Phew, what a weekend -- what did & didn't we find?

The observation period for our City Nature Challenge is over! We have until the end of the day Thursday, May 3rd to upload and identify what we found. Know your stuff? Help us identify and verify with this link. As you identify, please also mark things as captive/cultivated when appropriate. Turn off "confirming identifications" in your account settings to reduce the barrage of notifications.

So, what did we find, or maybe more interestingly, what didn't we find that we would have expected to? Below are links to compare what has previously been found and documented on iNaturalist in the Chicago Wilderness Region in the months of March, April, and May compared to what we found during the CNC 2018. Did you see any of these creatures? Add them, even if you were unable to get a photo (honor system, folks!). These links and stats will be changing as folks finish adding their observations. I excluded captive observations for the purpose of these comparisons, since they're much less interesting. The compare tool limits us to check 500 taxa at a time, so these are broken into several groups.

Click the title (e.g. "Mammals") to view what we didn't find. Other links are included in-line for the things we found that were newly documented for our region on iNat. On the right side of the compare page, click the number (e.g. "1") under the column "CNC 2018" to view observations of the new documentations.


Mammals

How did we not find a skunk or a feral cat? :) No new mammals were documented during the CNC 2018 for the Chicago Wilderness Region, which is not an unexpected result of course.


Birds

Several things I saw photos of on Illinois Birding this weekend but didn't get posted to iNat. How about gray catbird, rose-breasted grosbeak, indigo bunting, scarlet tanager, common yellowthroat, bufflehead, etc! Once a few others get their observations posted I'm thinking this list is going to change a bit :) Here we go: one new bird was documented for the Chicago Wilderness region on iNat! A ruff (Calidris pugnax) was found in Indiana and observed by @mbeatty233.


Reptiles & Amphibians

Anyone find or hear an American toad, leopard frog, foxsnake, or chorus frogs? No new herps documented.


Ray-finned fishes

Did anyone go fishing? 2 new ray-finned fishes documented, including silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix, talk about a mouthful) observed by @observer26.


Insects except the groups below

Lacewings, water striders, plant bugs? We did get one new species documented -- a common bed bug (Cimex lenticularis), not the most welcome observation of all...

Butterflies & moths
Several here y'all may have seen but didn't catch a photo of--American lady, eastern comma, mourning cloak. New leps (excluding superfamily Noctuoidea) included Lycia ursaria, observed by @bg1159 in Warrenville. No new Noctuoidea.

Dragonflies & damselflies
Also early for odes. Anyone see an eastern forktaill, common whitetail, or swamp darner? No new species documented.

Flies
Margined or eastern calligrapher? No new flies documented.

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, sawflies)
Camponotus pennsylvanicus or carpenter bee? A couple new reports, but not so sure about their identifications--can someone QC these?

Beetles
An absence of six-spotted tiger beetles and spotted ladybeetles! At least one new species for our region on iNat--a Carabus ground beetle at Columbus Park Bioblitz observed by @ericgyllenhaal and @joelblecha.


Arachnids

No zebra or bold jumpers? Anyone find dog ticks yet? We found a couple new things including an openfield orbweaver (Araneus pratensis) found by @randomrover88 at Midewin.


All other animals

A couple new things here, including a species of Daphnia captured by @rakesh2.


Fungi including lichens

Morels, witches butter, jelly ears (I'm hungry now). It's a bit early for mayapple rust, but did anyone find mayapples with orange speckles on their leaves? We apparently found a bunch of new fungi species for our area now that knowledgeable folks are out looking! I suspect several others will need corrective IDs due to Computer Vision suggestions.


▶Plants

Lots of plants. Split into several groups.

Non-flowering plants
Looks like no one added plant observations from Illinois Beach State Park yet--no Juniperus horizontalis. I bet @ewarden saw some Fissidens and Physcomitrium, no? A few new documentations since @rakesh2 had a microscope to look for small stuff and @aaroncarlson was able to capture our more northern flora.

Monocots
It's pretty early for several of the species here, but I'll bet someone found Convallaria majalis at least. A few new genera/species documented, some of which need some quality control.

Plants in Asterales (sunflower family and friends)
Nothing new documented yet, not too unexpected given the timing of the CNC.

Plants in Fabales (pea family and friends)
Anyone see Baptisia alba, Medicago lupulina, Astragalus canadensis, or other weenie early leaves? Nothing new documented.

Plants in Lamiales (mint family and friends)
A few new things which may need some QC.

Plants in Rosales (rose family and friends)
Pretty sure most of these Fragaria vesca observations from before the CNC are misidentified due to common name issues; anyone document downy hawthorn, black chokeberry, spring avens, glossy buckthorn(?? how'd that go missed). Several new species documented, several of which probably need QC.

Plants in Brassicales (mustard family and friends)
What, no dame's rocket? A couple new documentations, maybe needs some QC.

Plants in Ranunculales (buttercup family and friends
Where's our Anemone canadensis, Ranunculus sceleratus, Eranthis hyemalis, Thalictrums, Chelidonium majus at? Some new spp. may need some QC.

Plants in Caryophyllales (pink family and friends)
The Opuntia in our region have mostly been reclassified as O. cespitosa, so this is a taxonomic issue (we did find prickly pear in several locations!). A few others should be IDable based on vegetative photos--Silene latifolia, Rumex acetosella, Moehringia. Some questionable new stuff.

All other dicots except the groups above
A bit early for most of these too, e.g. phlox, violets, puccoons, but some should be IDable if you have vegetative photos for sure. Newly documented in our area on iNat were the American fly-honeysuckle (Lonicera canadensis), cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon), and a bunch of stuff that need to be looked at carefully to vet the IDs.

Other Life

Viruses, bacteria, archaea, chromista, slime molds, and other small things. We didn't find any dog vomit slime mold, but we did find several new taxa for our area on iNat.



phew.


Again, help identify and verify observations with this link:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?quality_grade=needs_id&project_id=city-nature-challenge-2018-chicago-wilderness-region&verifiable=any

You can turn on research grade in the filters if you want to vet for trigger-happy agreeing or help verify captive/cultivated organisms with this link.
Anotado por bouteloua bouteloua, 01 de mayo de 2018 a las 03:39 PM

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Anotado por bouteloua hace mas de 3 años (Advertencia)

you know i saw a dog tick and bold jumper last weekend but nothing this weekend, and yesterday at labagh i saw two dragonflies in LOVE but couldn't get close enough for an ID. perhaps we could guess at what they were based on their location?

Anotado por jackassgardener hace mas de 3 años (Advertencia)

also, knowing where some of these holes were, wouldn't it be cool if next year we gave people assignments?

Anotado por jackassgardener hace mas de 3 años (Advertencia)

I have a few insects posted that aren't ID'd yet. Will your identifying find them without me doing anything?

Anotado por martinlucas hace mas de 3 años (Advertencia)

I did have this post for Species to Find and we did spread out geographically for our bioblitzes, though surprised no one jumped on IBSP!

Anotado por bouteloua hace mas de 3 años (Advertencia)

@martinlucas All the links above, and the CNC stats on our project homepage, will get updated automatically based on new identifications made on our observations.

Anotado por bouteloua hace mas de 3 años (Advertencia)

Hi Cassi! I observed the chorus frog on April 28 at the Somme mini-bioblitz. https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11610745

Anotado por eriko hace mas de 3 años (Advertencia)

Also had Chorus frog at Salt Creek on the 29th. Audio just uploaded. I've also got your Fissidens sp. and a Liverwort species. Plus I know I uploaded a catfish species. Pretty sure Yellow Bullhead.

Anotado por ewarden hace mas de 3 años (Advertencia)

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