Diario del proyecto California Fire Followers 2020

12 de octubre de 2021

QUAIDS: Questions, Answers, Identifications Session

(UPDATED LINK)
The link has been updated in order to allow participants to register to the meeting

Virtual ID Party

DATES: THURSDAY AT 6 PM PDT – 7 PM PDT

QUAIDS

EVENT DETAILS
Please note this program is being offered virtually via Zoom:
Register to join live on Zoom at https://bit.ly/3BEvxOO

In the 7 months since the start of the CA Fire Followers project, volunteers have made ~56K observations! But ~15k observations that still need to reach Research Grade (RG). https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Need assistance identifying your observations or just want to help identify? We’re here to help! Join us on Thursday, October 28 at 6 PM PDT – 7 PM PDT to help us reach our goal and get as many observations to RG as possible. Anyone who is interested in collaborating with others to try to work through the identifications made so far are invited to attend!

With Halloween approaching, join us for a happy hour focused on Fire Followers Identifications! Our panelists will be here to help with any ID questions and we will work together to help identify any observation you might have. In addition to this social hour of ID’ing, we will also have breakout rooms focused on different plant families and an opportunity for everyone to ask questions in smaller groups.

We encourage anyone to come join us! This online event is open to identifiers of all experience levels. Remember, even if you do not know the species, you can help by suggesting an ID at any level (family, genus, etc.) or bringing observations to be identified during this event, including your own! In addition to all the fun that comes with plant IDs, we will be playing some Halloween-themed music and encourage people to dress up and have fun with it! We will also have some live raffles throughout this event and give everyone participating a chance to win some Fire Followers merch!

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions: jesparza@cnps.org
QUAIDS: Questions, Answers, Identifications Session

You are tagged in this post because you are among the top Identifiers in the CA Fire Followers Project and we hope you join for this event!
@boschniakia @catchang @silversea_starsong @graysquirrel @jrebman @rupertclayton @morganstickrod @charlescrussell @jellyfishww @grnleaf @ronvanderhoff @arboretum_amy @kueda @danieldas @dlevitis @sedgequeen @finatic @laurence @arlenedevitt @alan_rockefeller@spifferella @matt_g @helianthelsa @fa1conx @andyjones1 @arkstorm @lehacarpenter @abcdefgewing @cwbarrows @gyrrlfalcon @tiwane @sekihiker @marivillasol @johnascher @wildmare64 @roomthily @direbecca @tmessick @lilithohlson@kevinhintsa @poa @choess @kalelevin @smfang @tombomb @fjgregory @mickeylong @onyxrat @acastelein @jdmore

Anotado en 12 de octubre de 2021 a las 05:36 PM por jaesparza11 jaesparza11 | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

23 de septiembre de 2021

Harvest Moon


Observation by @leptonia /Christian Schwarz

As Summer Falls into September, we get ready for everything that Fall has to offer! Yesterday was the autumnal equinox for the Northern Hemisphere and on Sep 20, 2021 our Harvest Moon came. We will be bringing another month long observation challenge before the end of this calendar year. Starting now until our next full moon on October 20, 2021 (Hunter’s moon), any observation made from the following list will be counted towards your score!

Below, we have compiled a list of plant groups that have edible fruits or other parts. We encourage you to look (and photograph) but DON'T gather, though, as particularly in burned areas wildlife need the food!

Fagaceae (oaks) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=47852&verifiable=any
Rhus https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=54765&verifiable=any
Corylus https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=53373&verifiable=any
Sambucus https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=52689&verifiable=any
Rosaceae https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=47148&verifiable=any
Typhahttps://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=48686&verifiable=any
Ribes https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=47130&verifiable=any
Vaccinium https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=48353&verifiable=any
Opuntia https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=47902&verifiable=any
Vitis https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&subview=table&taxon_id=60773&verifiable=any

As always, we encourage everyone to go out and make as many observations as possible! The person with the most observations that fall within the categories above will win a Fire Followers Shirt! We will allow for an additional week for you all to finish uploading photos. In addition to the first place prize, we are giving our runner ups a fire followers pin and fire followers sticker! Winners will be announced on October 27th, but only observations from September 20 - October 20th will count.

You are tagged in this post because you are among some of the top observers in the last month and we hope you take part in this challenge!
@marivillasol @aaron_echols @naturecandids @jonathan27 @megan_means @tedrake @marcus_t @dsommer @mushroomshindig @kelptaylor @phytographer @arlenedevitt @dutchbill @subhashc @geoffabbott @garth_harwood @hasfitz5 @leslie_flint @brandonwsmacdonald @kees_hood @alicemiller1 @trailtopeak @marymuchowski @imparker @coffearobusta42

Anotado en 23 de septiembre de 2021 a las 10:04 PM por jaesparza11 jaesparza11 | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

09 de septiembre de 2021

Pumpkin Spice


observation by @chris_winchell

DATES: Wednesday | September 9 - September 30

EVENT DETAILS

The smell of fall is in the air! For many, that’s “pumpkin spice,” but for lots of field folks the pungent scent of tarplants or hedgenettles evokes the end of summer and a transition to autumn, when the leaves of poison-oak turn a brilliant red. For our last observation-based challenge of the year, we’re focusing on plants that represent the season, be they California smells or California-related versions of pumpkin spice species:

Madieae: Tarplant tribe
Stachys: Hedgenettles
Lauraceae: Cinnamon
Asarum: California ginger (true ginger is in Zingiberaceae)
Torreya: California nutmeg (true nutmeg is Myristicaceae)
Myrtales: Allspice (and a lot of other plants, including evening primroses)
Cucurbitaceae: Pumpkin

Poison Oak and Plant Based Milks: Anacardiaceae: Poison-oak (and cashews, if you put cashew milk in your latte) If you want to add additional plant-based milk, add Rosaceae (almond milk) and Fabaceae (soy milk) and Poaceae (oat milk) that works too! The more the merrier.

We encourage everyone to go out and make as many observations as possible! At the end of the month, the person with the most observations that fall within the categories above will win a Fire Followers Shirt! In addition to the first place prize, we will be having a raffle! Anyone that makes a single observation in the categories listed will have a chance to win a fire followers pin and sticker!

Good luck!

Anotado en 09 de septiembre de 2021 a las 06:52 PM por jaesparza11 jaesparza11 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

24 de agosto de 2021

AI: Andrea vs Identotron - Getting the most out of computer-aided plant ID

Thursday August 26, 2021 5pm - 6pm https://bit.ly/cnps0826

Free · Online Webinar

DATES: THURSDAY AT 5 PM PDT – 6 PM PDT

EVENT DETAILS
Please note this program is being offered virtually via Zoom:
Register to join live on Zoom at bit.ly/cnps0826

One thing movies tell us is that artificial intelligence can’t be trusted, and what better way to celebrate that trope than with an event that celebrates a healthy suspicion of AI? A lot of us simply accept without question the computer-aided suggestions in iNaturalist, but check again! Is the plant suggested even found in that region? Does it match the description in a flora? Join us as we present you with all the tips and tricks to get the best ID suggestion to your ability. Join us and learn how to identify plants on iNaturalist and how you can participate in our Fire Followers Campaign.

Join Andrea Williams, a botanist who can help you get the most out of iNaturalist’s suggestions! Andrea is the director of Biodiversity Initiatives for the California Native Plant Society. Starting off wanting to know what everything was and doing “spot the difference” puzzles as a child led easily to today’s leisure activity of identifying plants on iNaturalist and Calflora. Andrea has two decades of botany experience in public lands management in California, adding over 100 taxa to five local plant lists through observation and community science.

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Skynet Challenge

Feeling inspired to put your new knowledge to the test? After our webinar, we will begin our Skynet Challenge, where you will have the opportunity to apply what you learned and help us identify some of the thousands of observations that still need to reach Research Grade.

We encourage you to help others identify their observations, however, starting on Friday, 8/27, our challenge will focus on the most overall improvements and leading identifications. Feel free to check out this list of observations that still need to be ID’d and test your knowledge! The winners will be announced on 9/8. Help identify for a chance to win a Fire Followers shirt!

Here is the link to the identification page for our project: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?iconic_taxa=Plantae&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020

As of now, there are a total of 14,035 observations that still need to reach RG. Best of luck!

Anotado en 24 de agosto de 2021 a las 08:55 PM por jaesparza11 jaesparza11 | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

03 de agosto de 2021

Dog Days of August


Dates | August 2, 2021-August 31, 2021

Details:
The Ancient Romans used to associate the hottest and most humid days of the year with the star Sirius, known as the “dog star”. As July comes to an end along with blistering heat waves throughout CA which set record temperatures, we continue to brace for more heat in August. With CA’s wildfire season continuing, we hope that everyone participating in our community science project does so safely.

This month of August, we want to continue to encourage everyone to help identify some of the observations that need ID’s. Show your dogged determination, make sure these identifications aren’t barking up the wrong tree, and keep our project from going to the dogs! Starting today, participants will have the entire month of August to make as many identifications as possible!

The Fire Followers Project has approximately +51,000 observations! Out of those observations, approximately 14,000 observations still need ID:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&subview=table&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae
Click the link above and help us get these observations to RG.

The top identifier for the month of August will receive a Fire Followers Shirt!

Geophyte Club Challenge, we have managed to get observations that Need ID from ~18,000 to ~14,000! This is with the additional 6,000+ observations that have been added to the project since early July! Thank you to everyone who has participated so far!

1) As a reminder, even if you do not know the species, you can help by identifying the observation to a finer level such as identifying the family, which is extremely helpful for others. Also, feel free to use the comment section to let others know what you're thinking!
2) You can help by confirming IDs that have already been made, refining IDs from general to more specific and correcting mis-identifications. The Suggestions tab will offer similar plants seen in the area--make sure you check it’s a good match.
3) To find likely mis-identifications, look at the Species tab of one of the fire areas you know pretty well. Scroll down to the bottom and look at the plants that only have one or two observations. Check on any out of range observations or plants you know are ornamental.

You are tagged in this post because you are among some of the top most recent identifiers in the project and we hope you take part in helping identify some of the observations made so far! Feel free to share this with other Naturalists who you think would like to participate and don't forget to join our Fire Followers Project. Thanks for your help!
@boschniakia @silversea_starsong @ronvanderhoff @sedgequeen @arboretum_amy @grnleaf @catchang @tmessick @morganstickrod @danieldas @aigner @jellyfishww @jmillsand @poa @lexibug @alexandre164 @sekihiker @apatten @polemoniaceae @thehyphaemovement @helianthelsa @dagowen @randomtruth @velodrome @keirmorse

Anotado en 03 de agosto de 2021 a las 06:42 PM por jaesparza11 jaesparza11 | 2 comentarios | Deja un comentario

21 de julio de 2021

CA Fire Followers: ID-athon Events

Journal Post - ID-athon
The International sports event usually held every 4 years will have its opening ceremony starting this Friday, July 23. But maybe you’re marveling at the feats of endurance, speed and resilience observed by the “track in field” Fire Followers project instead.

DATES: July 23, 2021-August 8, 2021

DETAILS:
Starting this Friday, we will also be running our own decathlon of identifications, which will last for 16 days. Like the decathlon, scores from reaching benchmarks in 10 individual events will be totaled to declare the 3 winners of the Fire Followers deca-identi-thlon!

Gold: Fire Followers Shirt
Silver: CAL-IPC Hat and Fire Followers Pin
Bronze: Fire Follower Sticker pack and Luggage Tag

EVENTS:

Event 1: Asteraceae: ~1900 ids needed
The Sunflower Family is a 1,500-species run in California!

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=47604&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Event 2: Fabaceae: ~1,200 ids needed
Plants in the Pea Family often pop their pods, scattering heavy seeds far from the parent plant in shot-put feats.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=47122&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Event 3: Boraginaceae:~1,100 ids needed
If I told you a high jumper clearing the bar looks like the scorpioid cyme of the Borage Family you’d never unsee it.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=48150&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Event 4: Poaceae: ~500 ids needed
If you’ve ever had the hardened callus of a grass seed lodge in your sock or elsewhere, you’ve felt the javelin throw of the Grass Family.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=47434&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Event 5: Polemoniaceae: ~500 ids needed
With a name like the Sky Pilot Family, it’s a “Pole”moniaceae vault!

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=48932&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Event 6: Phrymaceae: ~430 ids needed
Mostly monkeyflowers, often annuals: usually facing a short growing season, it can be a 100-day dash to the finish for the Lopseed Family.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=64552&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Event 7: Plantaginaceae: ~390 ids needed
When the Scrophulariaceae was reordered and pretty penstemons paired with plain plantains, the Plantain Family took a broad jump in form and number of species!

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=50638&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Event 8: Lamiaceae: ~380 ids needed
The Mint Family is often known by their 4-sided stems, and the 400-meter event is known for being 400 meters. The Lamiaceae used to be the Labitae and the 400-meter used to be a quarter-mile!

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=48623&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Event 9: Montiaceae: 370 ids needed
Many spring beauties of the Montiaceae are recognizable for their discus-like fused bracts below the flowers.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=71417&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

Event 10: Rosaceae:~340 ids needed
Rose hips are pivotal for identification and human hips are pivotal in the hurdles!

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_id=47148&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Plantae

SCORING:
Benchmark: You will be scored based off of the total points accumulated throughout the events, for the highest benchmark reached in each.
The 1,500 Species Sunflowers: 500 IDs = 1000pts. |300 IDs = 500pts. |100 IDs = 100pts. | 50 IDs = 50pts.
The Pea Pod Shot Put: 400 IDs = 900pts. |200 IDs = 400pts. |100 IDs = 100pts. | 50 IDs = 50pts.
The Scorpioid Cyme High Jump: 300 IDs = 700pts. |150 IDs = 200pts. |100 IDs = 100pts. | 50 IDs = 50pts.
The Grass Javelin:200 IDs = 600pts. |100 IDs = 100pts. |50 IDs = 50pts. |25 IDs = 25pts.
The Polemon Vault:200 IDs = 600pts. |100 IDs = 100pts. |50 IDs = 50pts. |25 IDs = 25pts.
The 100-Monkeyflower Dash: 150 IDs = 300pts. |100 IDs = 100pts. |50 IDs = 50pts. |25 IDs = 25pts. |10 IDs = 10 pts.
The Beardtongue Broad Jump: 100 IDs = 150pts. |50 IDs = 75pts. |25 IDs = 25pts. |10 IDs = 10 pts.
The 4-Sided Stem Dash: 100 IDs = 150pts. |50 IDs = 75pts. |25 IDs = 25pts. |10 IDs = 10 pts.
The Discus (Perfoliate Bract) Throw: 100 IDs = 150pts. |50 IDs = 75pts. |25 IDs = 25pts. |10 IDs = 10 pts.
The Rose Hip Hurdles: 100 IDs = 150pts. |50 IDs = 75pts. |25 IDs = 25pts. |10 IDs = 10 pts.

ADDITIONAL EVENT:
To make things a bit more challenging, we will also be awarding the top three participants who make the most overall improvements and leading identifications in all the following categories above! Here is a link that will take you to a list of all the families listed above combined: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=14&project_id=california-fire-followers-2020&quality_grade=needs_id&taxon_ids=47604,47122,48150,47434,48932,64552,50638,48623,71417,47148&iconic_taxa=Plantae
As a reminder, the prizes are:
Gold: Fire Followers Shirt
Silver: CAL-IPC Hat and Fire Followers Pin
Bronze: Fire Follower Sticker pack and Luggage Tag

You are tagged in this post because you are among some of the top Identifiers of these plant families listed above and we hope you take part in helping identify some of the observations made so far! Feel free to share this with other Naturalists who you think would like to participate and don't forget to join our Fire Followers Project. Thanks for your help!
@graysquirrel @jrebman @grnleaf @catchang @matt_g @andyjones1 @cwbarrows @polemoniaceae @glmory @arboretum_amy @reodell @jdmore @efmer @kueda @serpophaga @ronvanderhoff @birgitknorr @boschniakia @susanmf @charlie @flower_prof @paloma @jlmartin @brothernorbert @sganley @kevinhintsa @diego4nature @finatic @silversea_starsong @cedric_lee @alex_abair @lagoondon @csledge @danieldas @matthew_salkiewicz @loarie @tchester @hikingsandiego @aaronliston @smfang @cwarneke @kschoon @tiwane @birdgal5 @tmessick @morganstickrod @fjgregory @mrchasse @sedgequeen @milliebasden

Anotado en 21 de julio de 2021 a las 07:43 PM por jaesparza11 jaesparza11 | 8 comentarios | Deja un comentario

29 de junio de 2021

Geophyte Club

Geophyte Club

Geophyte Club Challenge
The first rule of Geophyte Club is: You DO NOT talk about Geophyte Club
The second rule of Geophyte Club is: You DO NOT talk about Geophyte Club…
WE’RE BREAKING THE RULES!
Geophytes are perennial plants that store resources in underground organs: usually bulbs in a broad sense, but also tubers, corms or rhizomes. They can wait out drought or poor growing conditions underground and emerge when the time is right.

What makes some geophytes fire followers? Geophytes survive burning because the storage organs are below ground protected from burning, but they also emerge en masse after fire from chemical or light cues, particularly in chaparral. One of the first plants to respond this year was soaproot (Chlorogalum), and we’ve seen amazing displays of geophytes of all types through this whole year.

Challenge Details:
Starting this week on Wednesday June 30, 2021 we will be holding our Geophyte Club challenge! As always, we strongly encourage you all to go out and make observations, however, this week we will be focusing on identifications! You will have until July 7th to make as many identifications as possible! We will be focusing specifically the following:
Asparagales (Agaves/Lilies, Orchids, Irises, and Allies)
Manroots (Marah)

The search links above will direct you to a list of those specific plants.
The top 3 identifiers of the listed plants above will be rewarded with a Fire Followers Shirt!

You’re tagged in this post because you are among some of the top identifiers for Asparagales and we hope you take part in helping identify some of the observations made so far!

1) As a reminder, even if you do not know the species, you can help by identifying the observation to a finer level such as identifying the family, which is extremely helpful for others. Also, feel free to use the comment section to let others know what you're thinking! There are also approximately 18,800 observations that need an ID! Out of those 18,800, ~80 Marah need ID and ~780 are Asparagales of which we are considering Agaves/Lilies, Orchids, Irises, and Allies.

2)You can help by confirming IDs that have already been made, refining IDs from general to more specific and correcting mis-identifications. The Suggestions tab will offer similar plants seen in the area--make sure you check it’s a good match.
3) To find likely mis-identifications, look at the Species tab of one of the fire areas you know pretty well. Scroll down to the bottom and look at the plants that only have one or two observations. Check on any out of range observations or plants you know are ornamental.

@rupertclayton @jrebman @graysquirrel @catchang @grnleaf @rynxs @arethusa @cwbarrows @matt_g @afid @sganley @kueda @catullus @jlmartin @finatic @lallen @lagoondon @birgitknorr @yuriydanilevsky @efmer @morganstickrod @boschniakia @arboretum_amy @diego4nature @paloma
@kevinhintsa @andyjones1 @glmory @charlie @serpophaga @loarie @ronvanderhoff @susanmf @oxalismtp @blue_celery @smfang @danieldas @cedric_lee @lonnyholmes @najera_tutor @birdgal5 @tiwane @rynaturalist @hikingsandiego @nelruzam @sapienshane @snakeinmypocket @sekihiker @nofrakes @milliebasden

Anotado en 29 de junio de 2021 a las 03:59 PM por jaesparza11 jaesparza11 | 7 comentarios | Deja un comentario

16 de junio de 2021

Pollinator Week Challenge


Pollinators perform a valuable ecosystem service and are critical to the success of plants after fires! Some pollinators may be more abundant after fire, following the flush of flowers. Pollinators may be flies, bees, butterflies, wasps, beetles, moths, ants, birds, bats, mice...wind and water don’t count for our challenge though.

This weekend is the start of Pollinator Week and the Fire Followers Project will be celebrating this year with our new pollinator challenge! This time, we will be partnering up with the Xerces Society to bring you an exclusive challenge and reward in addition to our very own!

Challenge Details:
Starting June 19-27, we encourage you all to go out and make as many observations as possible in any of the burn sites. Keep a close eye out for flowers being pollinated along your hike! This week, there will be an opportunity for 3 individuals to win a Fire Followers Pin! Here are the categories:

Most pollinator species observed:
Most observations of pollinators:
Most identifications of pollinators:

Xerces Society
Bumble Bee Watch Project
Like stated before, this year we are partnering with the Xerces Society to bring you more opportunities to be involved in community science efforts and for a chance to win some amazing prizes. In addition to our own challenges done on iNaturalist, we will also be utilizing the California Bumble Bee Atlas, which is one of several Xerces community science projects using the Bumble Bee Watch platform.

The California Bumble Bee Atlas is a community science project of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other partners. California is home to half of the bumblebee species found in North America, but there has never been a systematic survey of these important pollinators of wild and crop plants. At least 1/4 of the state's native bumble bees are now imperiled, and some have been proposed for state or federal Endangered Species Act listing. Building on the success of the Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas, over the next three years, project volunteers will collect data on the distribution and diversity of California's bumble bees, creating a baseline dataset to which future conditions can be compared. Because bumble bees can usually be identified by experts from photos, volunteers will submit photos and other data to project coordinators, but will not have to destructively sample the bees themselves. The California Bumble Bee Atlas will give volunteers the opportunity to learn about the ecology and habitat needs of some of the state's native bees, and they will also make real contributions to scientific efforts to monitor and conserve these important insects. You can join the project by registering at https://www.cabumblebeeatlas.org/.

Challenge Details and Prizes
The Xerces Society will be awarding the top 5 contributors of bumble bee observations to the Bumble Bee Watch site. Winners will have Choices from these 3 books! (shown above!)
1)Attracting Native Pollinators https://www.xerces.org/publications/books/attracting-native-pollinators
2)Plants to save the Bees https://xerces.org/publications/books/100-plants-feed-bees
3)100 Plants to save the Monarchs https://gifts.xerces.org/products/100-plants-to-feed-the-monarch

As a reminder, in addition to uploading your observations on iNaturalist, be sure to also submit your observations to the Bumble Bee Watch Platform in order to have an opportunity to win! Be sure to head over and sign up to upload your Bumble Bee observations!

Submitting a Sighting in the Bumble Bee Watch Project is easy!
1)Head over to https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/ and create an account
2)Take a photo (Just like you would do for iNaturalist)
3)Identify your species
4)Sighting will be verified by an expert

Instructions on signing up and uploading your observations are here:
https://www.bumblebeewatch.org/

Please feel free to contact me at jesparza@cnps.org for any questions! I look forward to seeing all of your observations!

Anotado en 16 de junio de 2021 a las 05:08 PM por jaesparza11 jaesparza11 | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

02 de junio de 2021

Weed Week Challenge

Native wildflowers aren’t the only plants that respond to fire--sometimes weed seeds sprout or blow into burned areas. Some can even increase the frequency of fire in the future, or impact how native plants recover, so it’s important to track non-native species’ response too! Sunday, June 5th is the start of Invasive Species Action Week(June 5-13) and we will be partnering up with the California Invasive Plant Council (Cal-IPC) and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) to bring you all some new prizes to win during our weekly challenge!

Challenge Details:
Starting this Weekend, we encourage you all to go out and make as many observations as possible in any of the burn sites. There will be 5 opportunities for participants to win a CAL-IPC hat! Here are the rules for each category:

Most observations of non-native plants
Most identifications of non-native plants
Top observer of Spanish, French, Scotch or Portugese broom
Top observer of Cenchrus setaceus/Pennisetum setaceum, fountain grass
Top observer of Centaurea solstitialis, yellow starthistle

In addition to the main 5 winners, we will also be holding a raffle for those who have joined the project so far and made at least one observation of a non-native plant during the challenge! We will be raffling out 10 stickers and 10 luggage tags to 10 randomly selected winners! Just remember to join and trust the project before the end of the competition!

Best of luck to everyone!

Anotado en 02 de junio de 2021 a las 08:27 PM por jaesparza11 jaesparza11 | 3 comentarios | Deja un comentario

30 de abril de 2021

Fire Poppy Cup

-May Bracket Challenge-

Details:
The Fire Poppy Cup is a tournament-style challenge of the top 4 fires from each of the 4 regions in California: Northwest, Big East, Central, and Southwest. The first 2 rounds are consolation rounds--so Regional Round 1 winners play each other in Round 2, and Regional Round 1 losers play each other in a consolation tournament (details below). Elimination rounds will begin in Round 3 of the tournament.

Dates:
Hot 16: May 3 - 9 Winner: Most species
Quarter-Final: May 10 - 16 Winner: Highest % observations at Research Grade
Semi-Final: May 17 - 23 Winner: Most identifiers+observers+faves
Final: May 24 - May 30 Winner: Most observations

Fire Poppy Cup Tournament Bracket Seed List - 2021
These seeds were ranked based off of the five categories from 4/14/21 which included, observations, species, identifications, identifiers and observers.
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Fire Poppy Cup:
As stated before, the Fire Poppy Cup will be single elimination, however, the first two rounds will be consolation rounds and losers will move down to the Whispering Bell Cup to compete for a consolation championship.

Each round is shown below and the Champion will hold bragging rights over other regions! Be sure to support your Burn Zone throughout the competition, but most importantly, show some love to your Region!
-Tournament detail along with dates are shown above-
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After the Hot 16 of the Fire Poppy Cup is over, if your Burn Zone is lost, be sure to keep tabs on the consolation bracket as they will continue to compete in the Whispering Bell Cup!
Details of this consolation challenge follow the same rules and structure as the Fire Poppy Cup

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Be sure to tune in and show your support throughout the month! Good luck!

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