Diario del proyecto Illinois Botanists Big Year 2021

16 de enero de 2022

Illinois Botanists Big Year 2021 Results!



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Abel Kinser (@abelkinser) with 853 species!

As of 16 January 2022, @abelkinser had 1,581 Research Grade observations of 853 plant species in Illinois for 2021. Congrats!

2021 Illinois Plant Stats

6,741 observers
86,910 Research Grade observations of plants - 41% by people who had joined this project
2,089 species
2,010 identifiers

The Illinois Botanists Big Year is an annual friendly competition of the Illinois Native Plant Society to see how many species you can find in a single year in Illinois. The main goals of the project are to spark discovery in people of any age and experience, encouraging them to stop to look at plants they might have otherwise have passed by, as well as to create connections and build camaraderie among plant enthusiasts, share knowledge, and contribute to a growing database of the flora of Illinois. The year 2021 was its fifth year: 132 people joined the project.

The Illinois Botanists Big Year only looks at Research Grade observations (those that have identifications that have been confirmed by at least one other person), a rough tool to ensure a level of data quality. For 2021, only 48% of the qualifying observations of plants have reached Research Grade in Illinois so far.

Big thanks to the hundreds of people from around the world who dedicate so much effort to helping sort and identify Illinois plant observations, particularly @abelkinser this year, who has made almost twice as many IDs as anyone else, and the folks who made a huge push within the past couple weeks @j_p3 @tkoffel @maryah @nellse @brothernorbert @t_e_d @cwarneke and others! Without the dedicated work of so many identifiers iNaturalist would not function.

Compared to our last identification update:

Date January 1st January 10th January 16th
Unknowns (no ID at all) 3,768 1,941 44 - heck yeah (help identify)
Plants 81,720 Research Grade and 96,970 Need ID 83,524 Research Grade and 96,807 Needs ID 86,910 Research Grade and 94,082 Needs ID (help identify)
Needs ID at rank family or coarser 10,101 10,280 10,940 - increased in part because so many "unknowns" were coarsely identified as plants (help refine)
Needs ID obs by ILBBY 2021 participants 22,572 21,937 21,380 (help identify)
Identifiers 2,732 people. Of those, 308 people have made 50 or more IDs on IL plants observed in 2021, 197 made 100 or more IDs, 75 made 300 or more IDs, and 21 people made 1,000 or more IDs. 2,755 people. Of those, 311 people have made 50 or more IDs on IL plants observed in 2021, 200 made 100 or more IDs, 76 made 300 or more IDs, and 21 people made 1,000 or more IDs. 2,767 people. Of those, 311 people have made 50 or more IDs on IL plants observed in 2021, 201 made 100 or more IDs, 82 made 300 or more IDs, and 24 people made 1,000 or more IDs.

Most Species

  1. @abelkinser – 853
  2. @mmasell – 808
  3. @elfaulkner – 785
  4. @adriansydor – 723
  5. @dennis_nyberg – 705
  6. @brdnrdr – 630
  7. @sedge – 629
  8. @danielpohl – 625
  9. @sanguinaria33 - 602
  10. @wildlandblogger – 586

Most Observations

  1. @brdnrdr – 2,914
  2. @johnhboldt – 1,998
  3. @abelkinser – 1,581
  4. @danielpohl– 1,486
  5. @mmasell – 1,416
  6. @wildlandblogger– 1,312
  7. @sedge – 1,286
  8. @elfaulkner – 1,211
  9. @dennis_nyberg – 1,132
  10. @grantfessler – 1,110

Most IDs

Most identifications for other people (IDs on plant observations in Illinois in 2021):

  1. @abelkinser – 11,296
  2. @j_p3 - 6,525
  3. @bouteloua – 5,872
  4. @adriansydor – 5,098
  5. @elfaulkner – 3,170
  6. @grantfessler– 2,525
  7. @tkoffel – 2,477
  8. @sedge – 2,455
  9. @wildlandblogger – 2,298
  10. @greensnake879 – 2,283

Most "Improving" IDs

The number of times they were first to make the ID that the community subsequently agreed with (improving IDs on plant observations in Illinois in 2021):

  1. @abelkinser – 1,238
  2. @j_p3 – 1,003
  3. @bouteloua – 954
  4. @elfaulkner – 501
  5. @adriansydor – 486
  6. @k2018lena – 420
  7. @greensnake879 – 385
  8. @sedge – 394
  9. @wildlandblogger – 309
  10. @rynxs – 306

Niches

The Sedgehead: Most species in the genus Carex: @sanguinaria33 with 55 species!

The Grassmaster: Most species within the family Poaceae: @abelkinser with 66 species!

The Compositor: Most species within the family Asteraceae: @elfaulkner with 122 species!

The Sporophyte: Most species outside of flowering plants, Magnoliophyta): @abelkinser with 71 species!

The Most-observed Plant

Again - Trillium recurvatum, prairie trillium, with 1,124 RG observations.


Observation by @julieu in Winnebago County

The 100 sp. Club

Botanizers who made Research Grade observations of over 100 species of plants in Illinois in 2021 (not restricted to people who joined the project): @abelkinser @adriansydor @benzerante @big_al_xo @bob375 @bouteloua @brandoncorder @brdnrdr @canelasincera @carolt-80 @caryaovata @cathyph @chartreuse @christinebosacki @cmidden @crwrcwamt @d_coulter @danielpohl @dennis_nyberg @dorwageld @dziomber @eattaway92 @elfaulkner @ewarden @grantfessler @greensnake879 @hazelnutman @hortusmax @illinoisbotanizer @irmela @isoetes @j_p3 @jackassgardener @jj_mcluckie @joelmc @johncebula @johnhboldt @jonidenker @jophophora @k2018lena @k3outdoors @karibou20 @kkucera @laniarius @marensr @mattnugent @maureenclare @micahbowman @mmasell @mn2010 @mrostrowski @mwistrand @outdoorsie @parksisters @paulroots @pfshannon @prairie_fairy @prairiebeeman @r_vanherik @randall228 @rarecatsnake @redadmiral98 @reduviidae @ruthmetterhausen @rynxs @samwilhelm @sanguinaria33 @sara_614 @schizachrium @sedge @seversondells @sidchan282 @skrentnyjeff @ssinn @swgpotter @taco2000 @tom_lazar @tony695 @tonyg @ungulateunion @vnevirkov @wildlandblogger @wildlifeduke @woodridgejeff @zoology123

Species New to Illinois on iNat

Dozens of species new to iNat in Illinois this year. A few listed below:

Some Plant Pic Picks


Asclepias meadii (Mead's milkweed) by @abelkinser in Saline County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/85159409


Ranunculus harveyi (Harvey's buttercup) by @nebseivad in Randolph County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73905996


Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh) by @mmasell in DuPage County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/74189202


Allium tricoccum (wild leek) fruits by @sedge in Vermilion County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68743197


Conopholis americana (bearcorn) by @elfaulkner in Lake County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/80173562


Physcomitrium pyriforme (bladder moss) by @mmasell in Lee County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73792802


Asimina triloba (pawpaw) buds by @grantfessler in McLean County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/72806824


Valerianella umbilicata (navel-shaped cornsalad with syrphid buddy) by @sanguinaria33 in Kankakee County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/87326934


Lupinus perennis (wild lupine) by @bonsaisai in Lee County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79686615


Shepherdia canadensis (buffalo-berry) by @psweet in Lake County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/72450354


Liatris cylindracea (cylindrical blazingstar) by @jingyilu in Cook County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/87662442


Hymenocallis occidentalis (woodland spiderlily) by @bob375 in Massac County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/89413415


Hibiscus laevis (halberd rosemallow) by @prairie_fairy in Champaign County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/94388972


Verbesina alternifolia (wingstem) by @staceygluchman in Kane County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/91923596


Rhexia virginica (Virginia meadowbeauty) by @joshklostermann in Lee County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/100196198


Silene ovata (ovate catchfly) by @illinoisbotanizer in Hardin County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/96837154


Pteridium aquilinum (bracken fern) by @maureenclare in Lake County https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/91342613

happy botanizing,
@bouteloua (cassi saari)

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11 de enero de 2022

5 more days to ID

Five more days to add IDs before the official data pull for the Illinois Botanists Big Year 2021! Here are some ID stat updates:

Date January 1st January 10th
Unknowns (no ID at all) 3,768 1,941 - nice! (help identify)
Plants 81,720 Research Grade and 96,970 Need ID 83,524 Research Grade and 96,807 Needs ID - the latter hasn't gone down much because so many "unknowns" have subsequently been identified as plants! (help identify)
Needs ID at rank family or coarser 10,101 10,280 - see comment above! (help refine)
Needs ID obs by ILBBY 2021 participants 22,572 21,937 (help identify)
Identifiers 2,732 people. Of those, 308 people have made 50 or more IDs on IL plants observed in 2021, 197 made 100 or more IDs, 75 made 300 or more IDs, and 21 people made 1,000 or more IDs. 2,755 people. Of those, 311 people have made 50 or more IDs on IL plants observed in 2021, 200 made 100 or more IDs, 76 made 300 or more IDs, and 21 people made 1,000 or more IDs.

Help with quality control

Can you help check these links below for any documentations that were a first for Illinois on iNaturalist in 2021? You'll often find species on here that are the result of computer vision errors as well as observations that should be marked captive/cultivated. Fixing these helps sort the wheat from the chaff and keeps range maps representative of wild organisms. Many thanks to all who help with quality control!!

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01 de enero de 2022

An ILBBY 2021 Update


Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot) by @oakmastermetz in Winnebago County

Looking for a co-pilot(s)

Each year I resolve to do monthly updates of the Illinois Botanists Big Year (ILBBY) and each year I kind of trail off mid-summer when things get super busy. I would love a co-pilot or 2 on this project. If you're interested please email me at cassisaari@gmail.com :)

Time to ID

You know the drill. Participants have until January 15th, 2022 to finish uploading and helping with identification, after which the results from 2021 will be announced.

As of 1 January at around noon, here are our stats:

Ways to help with the backlog:

  • Add an ID. Even a "coarse" identification like at rank kingdom or family can help bring it to the attention of identifiers of these groups.
  • Mark as captive/cultivated if appropriate. The keyboard shortcut on the Identify page is x.
  • Use the Frequently Used Responses for issues that commonly pop up.

View a quick tutorial on how to efficiently use the Identify page here.


Arnoglossum plantagineum (prairie plantain) by @dennis_nyberg in Cook County

I also wanted to share this from @dennis_nyberg:

Early 2021 I decided to participate in iNaturalist and specifically in the ILBBY. I have spent a lot of time in remnants in all parts of Illinois, but especially in Palos and Calumet regions of Cook Co. over the last 40 years and I wanted add to the documentation of the diversity and beauty of Cook County south of 87th St (a town line). The plant diversity has been considerably enhanced by ecological restoration efforts of the FPCC and the Chicago Park District over the last 10 years. I wanted to give their efforts a 'shout out'.
I decided not to obscure locations for two reasons. First, locations to within 20m are far more valuable to science than obscured locations and second specific locations show getting off trails and roads really measures the diversity of a natural area. I did visit areas of Cook south of 87th that I had heard about but had not visited ever or within the last 20 years. People need to get off trails and out of parking lots.

These initial goals were expanded with time. The competition inspired me to try to get as many species as possible. Up until 2021 I was only interested in 'weeds' that invaded natural areas. In 2021 I decided to be more interested in garden and urban weeds (Hegewisch is a part of Chicago that has diverse weeds). As I got more interested in the competition I studied the map and saw that the east edge of IL from Vermillion to Wabash Counties had few observations. I knew Tom Hintz was Superintendent of Lincoln Trail SP and I had heard lots about Beadle Barrens so I decided on a trip to SE IL. I also noted that Hancock and Adams Counties (where my wife had served a church in Tioga and I had visited a number of remnants) were also not represented well on iNaturalist. I did not get to west central IL but I plan to write a journal entry on my trip to SE IL. As well as documenting plant species I already knew about I have learned new species and visited new sites. iNaturalist was a highlight of 2021.

Finally, join the 2022 project! https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/illinois-botanists-big-year-2022/join

happy IDing,
cassi

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05 de junio de 2021

June 2021 ILBBY Update


Lupinus perennis (wild lupine) by @bonsaisai in Lee County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79686615

2021 Illinois Botany on iNat

As of the end of May 2021 we've got...
4,827 observers
74,248 Needs ID or Research Grade observations (34,489 or 46.5% Research Grade)
1,251 species (Research Grade)
1,215 identifiers - help identify!

Leading for number of species in the Illinois Botanists Big Year (ILBBY) is now @adriansydor at 503 species. Following up are @wildlandblogger, @abelkinser, @johnhboldt, @elfaulkner, @grantfessler, @brdnrdr, @sedge, @mmasell, and @skrentnyjeff.

Thanks a billion to @williambee @wildlandblogger @wetlandfan @wdvanhem @vvoelker @tsn @trscavo @trh_blue @tom_lazar @thomasfriedrich @tararat @taco2000 @subaya @stephsandwich @spiritconnection @someplant @sedge @rynxs @ryneboi @rnelson15 @rgraveolens @rarecatsnake @rafaelurbinacasanova @rachelperezudell @paulswitzer @partspermillion @oxalismtp @naturalist_zeb @mrostrowski @morelock37 @mmmmbugs @mmasell @mjpapay @missgreen @micahbowman @matthias55 @marltrotter @lilphoebe @lcplinske @lallen @kurt170 @ksandsman @kkucera @kennedy9094 @k2018lena @jonidenker @joedziewa @jillianneece1 @jfgaskin @j_p3 @irenejhf @igor_kuzmin @hmsii @hazelnutman @greensnake879 @grazing @grantfessler @finndalaymo @ewarden @evan8 @else @elfaulkner @dziomber @dennis_nyberg @davidschwaegler @davidenrique @danielpohl @danielatha @d_coulter @crwrcwamt @conboy @choess @chase-prairie @chartreuse @charco_pluff @chanmmm @cellodottone @caryaovata @brothernorbert @breanddave @brdnrdr @bradoberle @batgirl @aphili8 @apgarm @alex_abair @albach @adriansydor @abelkinser who all made more than 50 IDs in May on other people's Illinois plant observations.

Welcome!

New to the ILBBY project since our last update are: @ebeobservations @breanddave @pfshannon @stephsandwich

New to iNaturalist (Illinois plant observers) in the past few weeks are almost 500 people! A few newbies with quite a few observations already are: @wwahl @tnagel4 @swgpotter @stephbrink @sgperpignani @seinfeldin5a @sarabeara007 @mulyza @mcmule @hexagonaria @edstrenski @chiforager @chadfm33 @cebeidelman @catush94 @cathyph @carylrd @bozulbang @annamfroeschle

Welcome everyone! If you'd like to join the Illinois Botanists Big Year and get updates like these, hit "Join" in the top right corner here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/illinois-botanists-big-year-2021

To give new Illinois iNatters a special helping hand, here is a link to identify their observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?iconic_taxa=Plantae&order_by=random&place_id=35&user_after=4w

Species New to Illinois on iNat

Keep an eye on these links below for any documentations that are a first for Illinois on iNaturalist in 2021. You'll often find species on here that are the result of computer vision errors as well as observations that should be marked captive/cultivated. Fixing these helps sort the wheat from the chaff and keeps range maps representative of wild organisms. Many thanks to all who help with quality control. Also, by sorting "not in common", and "before 2021" from most to fewest, you can use these links as a "hitlist" for species we haven't yet found in 2021.

Plant Pic Picks

Finally, here are our plant pic picks from April observations.
Add a "fave" to your favorite observations to help highlight beautiful photos and cool observations!


Camassia scilloides (wild hyacinth) by @ksandsman in Will County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/76426124


Phlox divaricata (woodland phlox) by @judyu in Winnebago County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/76245206


Primula mistassinica (Mistassini primrose) by @micahbowman in Jo Daviess County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/77824572


Trillium viride (wood wakerobin) by @sedge in Union County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78920105


Geum triflorum (prairie smoke) by @skrentnyjeff in Ogle County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/78733449


Trillium recurvatum (prairie trillium) oddball by @ashleywold in Lake County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/79309952

Happy botanizing!
-cassi / @bouteloua

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01 de mayo de 2021

May 2021 ILBBY Update


Snake Road sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) observed by @wildlandblogger in Union County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73570547

2021 Illinois Botany on iNat

As of the end of April 2021 we've got...
2,914 observers
38,021 Needs ID or Research Grade observations (18,694 or 51.2% Research Grade)
1,674 species (924 at Research Grade)
807 identifiers - help identify!

Leading for number of species in the Illinois Botanists Big Year (ILBBY) is still @grantfessler at 343 species. Close behind is @wildlandblogger with 336, then @adriansydor, @abelkinser, @brdnrdr, @johnhboldt, @sedge, @joelmc, @elfaulkner, and @mmasell.

Thanks a billion to @abelkinser @adriansydor @grantfessler @elfaulkner @greensnake879 @brdnrdr @davidenrique @rynxs @wildlandblogger @alex_abair @micahbowman @k2018lena @williambee @trscavo @igor_kuzmin @chartreuse @joelmc @sedge @stephsandwich @rarecatsnake @choess @batgirl @caryaovata @wetlandfan @polemoniaceae @marltrotter @evan8 @ken_j_allison @ddennism @conboy @jj_mcluckie @mjpapay @lilphoebe @joedziewa @sciencegirl02 @canelasincera @matthias55 @grazing @apgarm @tsn @jonidenker @lmdalessio @vvoelker @jillianneece1 @dennis_nyberg @taco2000 @upular @kemper @kurt170 @mmasell @evanaturalist @ashleywold @else @ryneboi @chia @tararat @morganstickrod @sterrett @oxalismtp @naturalist_zeb @joshua46 @paulswitzer @johnwaidner @bradoberle @brothernorbert @danielatha @prairiehobbit @someplant @spiritconnection @esummerbell @afid @grigorenko who all made more than 50 IDs in April on other people's Illinois plant observations.

Welcome!

New to the ILBBY project since our last update are: @earthtenderliz @mklovell @tessaplants @caryaovata @tanyaop @alifya @ajnn @chartreuse @astridl.

New to iNaturalist (Illinois plant observers) in the past few weeks are over 600 people! A few of those who've gotten off to a running start with lots of observations are: @ashland_thomas @caryaovata @geoffrey104 @heyitsbecky @hmsii @jhierbaum @kat_wiersum @lumalouvre3 @mcoulter1335 @mistyleegreen @mpanatera @mrsalyinovich @nancyholme @plantoks @sandyjeanchristine @sarah_gripshover @scampbell0245 @seversondellsstudent @susanlmichael @tanzi_lynn @teajaylore @wayne_rybak @william_martin

Welcome everyone! If you'd like to join the Illinois Botanists Big Year and get updates like these, hit "Join" in the top right corner here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/illinois-botanists-big-year-2021

To give these new iNatters a special helping hand, here is a link to identify their observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?iconic_taxa=Plantae&order_by=random&place_id=35&user_after=4w

Species New to Illinois on iNat

Keep an eye on these links below for any documentations that are a first for Illinois on iNaturalist in 2021. You'll often find species on here that are the result of computer vision errors as well as observations that should be marked captive/cultivated. Fixing these helps sort the wheat from the chaff and keeps range maps representative of wild organisms. Many thanks to all who help with quality control. Also, by sorting "not in common", and "before 2021" from most to fewest, you can use these links as a "hitlist" for species we haven't yet found in 2021.

Plant Pic Picks

Finally, here are our plant pic picks from April observations.
Add a "fave" to your favorite observations to help highlight beautiful photos and cool observations!


Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone) by @bonsaisai in Lee County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73236806


Jeffersonia diphylla (twinleaf) by @micahbowman in Kane County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73686480


Plantago cordata (heart-leaved plantain) by @abelkinser in Jackson County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/75092186


Draparnaldia glomerata (a species of green algae) by @jhinds in Cook County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73714430


Smiling blue ash (Fraxinus quadrangulata) by @sedge in McLean County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/74456703


Oops more twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla), this observation by @wdstknaturalyard in McHenry County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/74070275


Speckle freckle Viola sororia by @zoology123 in Tazewell County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/74417821


Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue) by @chase-prairie in Cook County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/75961644


Hottonia inflata (featherfoil) by @abelkinser in Williamson County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/74103631


Bright Jacob's ladder (Polemonium reptans) by @paulswitzer in Johnson County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73491566


Ranunculus harveyi (Harvey's buttercup) by @nebseivad in Randolph County.
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73905996

Happy botanizing!
-cassi / @bouteloua

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01 de abril de 2021

April 2021 ILBBY Update


Super spring cheer of Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot) by @flwrecoevo in Union County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/71753760

 

2021 Illinois Botany on iNat

As of the end of March 2021 we've got...
1,026 observers
12,067 Needs ID or Research Grade observations (6,258 or 51.2% Research Grade)
1,075 species (674 at Research Grade)
447 identifiers - help identify!

Leading for number of species in the Illinois Botanists Big Year (ILBBY) is still @grantfessler at 302 species, followed up by @adriansydor, @brdnrdr (up from 5th last month), then @wildlandblogger, @abelkinser, @sedge, @joelmc, @rarecatsnake, @elfaulkner, and @ungulateunion.

Thanks a billion to @grantfessler @abelkinser @adriansydor @aidancampos @alex_abair @alexiz @bouteloua @brdnrdr @brothernorbert @conboy @davidenrique @dziomber @elizabeth1067 @esummerbell @frousseu @grantfessler @greensnake879 @janeyair @jfgaskin @jhinds @jim_keesling @joedziewa @k2018lena @lmdalessio @lysandra @marltrotter @matthewt6416 @micahbowman @oxalismtp @polemoniaceae @rarecatsnake @rynxs @sedge @smschnerremd @stephsandwich @tkoffel @tminatbe @trscavo @vvoelker @wdvanhem @wetlandfan @wildlandblogger @williambee who all made more than 50 IDs in March on other people's Illinois plant observations.

Welcome!

New to the ILBBY project since our last update are: @andrew1071 @beewilliams @champaignforests @chrisnowa @dcoldren @emilymetzger @hao103 @hcurtis3286 @henrychandler @jhlsacco @kyle466 @lindemanzachary @njfloot @peterjgoodspeed

New to iNaturalist (Illinois plant observers) in the past few weeks are a whole bunch of people, over 150! A few of the most "observant" are: @ariella_d @astridl @jaaott @rhanley815 @klajdi_balla @tomlazar @charris62 @tellison02 @kevinbrutting @ashley_harris @txrchxs @ckaufman814__shawneecc_edu and @apardogutierrez

Welcome everyone! If you'd like to join the Illinois Botanists Big Year and get updates like these, hit "Join" in the top right corner here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/illinois-botanists-big-year-2021

To give these new iNatters a helping hand, here is a link to identify their observations:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?iconic_taxa=Plantae&order_by=random&place_id=35&user_after=4w

Species New to Illinois on iNat

Keep an eye on these links below for any documentations that are a first for Illinois on iNaturalist in 2021. You'll often find species on here that are the result of computer vision errors as well as observations that should be marked captive/cultivated. Fixing these helps sort the wheat from the chaff and keeps range maps representative of wild organisms. Many thanks to all who help with quality control. Also, by sorting "not in common", and "before 2021" from most to fewest, you can use these links as a "hitlist" for species we haven't yet found in 2021.

Plant Pic Picks

Finally, here are our plant pic picks from March observations.
Add a "fave" to your favorite observations to help highlight beautiful photos and cool observations!


If you've ever seen Erigenia bulbosa (harbinger of spring) in real life, you were probably initially fooled like photos like this by @sedge in Vermilion County. In person they are quite dinky!
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/71261540


Not native but not hard to love - Eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite) by @sanguinaria33 in Dupage County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70514323


Erythronium americanum (yellow troutlilies) by @rarecatsnake in Johnson County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/71986132


Larger than life Draba verna (whitlowgrass) by @berna in Johnson County
https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/117237799


Budding Mertensia virginica (Virginia bluebells) by @achriste in Champaign County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/71755904


Female flower of a Corylus americana (hazelnut) by @maureenclare in Cook County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/71386246


Moody Trillium nivale (snow trillium) by @mrostrowski in Piatt County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/72055194


Return of the prairie aliens, Pedicularis canadensis (wood betony) by @elfaulkner in Cook County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/71994977

Happy botanizing!
-cassi / @bouteloua

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07 de marzo de 2021

March 2021 ILBBY Update

Spring has been harbinged! Erigenia bulbosa, the harbinger of spring, observed by @abelkinser in Jackson County on February 24th.

2021 Illinois Botany on iNat

290 observers
4,110 Needs ID or Research Grade observations (2,360 or 57% Research Grade)
688 species (500 at Research Grade)
232 identifiers

Leading for number of species in the Illinois Botanists Big Year (ILBBY) is @grantfessler - who swapped for 1st place with @adriansydor since our last update, then @wildlandblogger, @abelkinser, @brdnrdr, @sedge, @joelmc, @rarecatsnake, @ungulateunion, and @jfaupel.

Grazie mille to @rynxs @wildlandblogger @sedge @grantfessler @rarecatsnake @abelkinser @cosmiccat @polemoniaceae @joedziewa @brdnrdr @greensnake879 @alex_abair @elizabeth1067 @williambee @lysandra @dziomber @tkoffel @tanyuu @matthias55 who all made more than 50 IDs in February on Illinois plant observations. I know many of you have been going through backlog, not just 2021 observations, which is a huge help.

Welcome!

New to the ILBBY project in 2021 are @beewilliams @peterjgoodspeed @champaignforests @hao103 @kyle466 @njfloot @henrychandler @andrew1071 @dcoldren @dwayn19 @hcurtis3286 @jhlsacco @emilymetzger @chrisnowa @lindemanzachary. New to iNaturalist in the past few weeks are @amywright @andrew_griffith @annabelle_fitzpatrick @bahiyyah_muhammad @ben_johnson1 @brian_carlson @briana_zanayed @danielmorton @dmdover @flwrecoevo @haileyeverhart @hesspaige @j_p3 @jdoych @jholmes88 @joseph_bright1 @justin851 @kstahlheber @lisa_vanderbleek @lj_lamera @lucasbalon @mbayert @mdelira1 @micah_wheeler @omkar_betsur @prairiebeeman @rburger @ritaf61 @rlmaniskas @sbs5 @susan1132 @theriverjern @tommy242 @tylerdeyoung24 @wlhurley. Welcome everyone! If you'd like to join the Illinois Botanists Big Year and get updates like these, hit "Join" in the top right corner here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/illinois-botanists-big-year-2021

To give these new iNatters a helping hand, here is a link to identify their observations: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?iconic_taxa=Plantae&order_by=random&place_id=35&user_after=4w

Species New to Illinois on iNat

Keep an eye on these links below for any documentations that are a first for Illinois on iNaturalist in 2021. You'll often find species on here that are the result of computer vision errors as well as observations that should be marked captive/cultivated. Fixing these helps sort the wheat from the chaff and keeps range maps representative of wild organisms. Many thanks to all who help with quality control. Also, by sorting "not in common", and "before 2021" from most to fewest, you can use these links as a "hitlist" for species we haven't yet found in 2021.

Plant Pic Picks


Symplocarpus foetidus (skunk cabbage) - temperature outside and inside the spathe by @sedge in Vermilion County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70293383


Claytonia virginica (spring beauty) by @rarecatsnake in Jackson County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70113289


Quercus alba (white oak) marcescence on a bright day by @missgreen in DuPage County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70269211


Papery Dioscorea villosa (wild yam) wind chimes by @abelkinser in Union County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/70426138

Finally, in case you missed it, see past journal posts, like looking back at Illinois botany firsts for iNaturalist and our January 2021 update.

Happy botanizing!
-cassi / @bouteloua

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16 de febrero de 2021

Looking Back at ILBBY Species Firsts

Illinois iNat users have compiled an impressive database of our state’s flora. As of January 2021, there were over 221,000 research-grade observations of 2,378 plant species.* And friendly competition among Illinois Botanists Big Year (ILBBY) participants is generating new finds every year. In 2020, ILBBY participants added observations for 207 species, ranging from bryophytes to naturalized non-native trees, that had no previous iNat records in our state.

When the first ILBBY competition launched in January 2016, only 1,225 plant species had been observed in Illinois. The chart below shows ILBBY participants’ month-by-month progress in adding over 1,100 new species (in green). While the largest number of new species are observed during the warmer months, a surprising number of species got their first Illinois iNat observation in the middle of winter. There were 15 new species in December 2020 alone, and the only months with no new species were December 2016 and February 2018.

Check out the Northeast Illinois Native Plant Society’s Instagram for highlights of the new species seen in 2020. The full list is below.

Acer griseum
Acer palmatum
Actaea rubifolia
Agrostis elliottiana
Agrostis scabra
Anemonoides apennina
Anomodon minor
Arachis pintoi
Aristida desmantha
Aristida dichotoma
Aristida longespica
Arrhenopterum heterostichum
Athyrium asplenioides
Aulacomnium palustre
Barbarea verna
Barbula unguiculata
Bazzania trilobata
Bellis perennis
Berberis aquifolium
Borodinia canadensis
Bothriochloa laguroides
Bouteloua gracilis
Calypogeia muelleriana
Carex aggregata
Carex brunnescens
Carex lupuliformis
Carex spicata
Carex tonsa
Carex vesicaria
Carya aquatica
Carya pallida
Chaenomeles speciosa
Chara vulgaris
Chloris virgata
Cladrastis kentukea
Claopodium rostratum
Coreopsis grandiflora
Crataegus succulenta
Cuscuta cephalanthi
Cuscuta polygonorum
Cyclachaena xanthiifolia
Cydonia oblonga
Cynosciadium digitatum
Dianthus deltoides
Dianthus plumarius
Dichanthelium boreale
Dichanthelium commutatum
Dichanthelium depauperatum
Dichanthelium lindheimeri
Dichanthelium meridionale
Dichanthelium praecocius
Dicranum scoparium
Didiplis diandra
Diplophyllum apiculatum
Draba cuneifolia
Dryopteris filix-mas
Dryopteris goldiana
Dumortiera hirsuta
Echinochloa colona
Eleocharis tenuis
Elodea nuttallii
Epilobium parviflorum
Eragrostis capillaris
Eragrostis frankii
Erigeron divaricatus
Eriochloa contracta
Euphorbia glyptosperma
Fagus sylvatica
Fissidens dubius
Fritillaria meleagris
Geranium incanum
Geum urbanum
Glyceria arkansana
Grimmia laevigata
Gymnocarpium dryopteris
Helianthus angustifolius
Helianthus microcephalus
Heliopsis gracilis
Heteranthera reniformis
Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
Hypericum drummondii
Hypericum tubulosum
Hypericum virgatum
Ilex mucronata
Iris cristata
Juncus articulatus
Juncus biflorus
Juncus diffusissimus
Juncus secundus
Kerria japonica
Knautia arvensis
Lactuca sativa
Lechea pulchella
Leontodon saxatilis
Leptodictyum riparium
Lespedeza bicolor
Lilium superbum
Lindernia anagallidea
Linum striatum
Magnolia grandiflora
Magnolia macrophylla
Magnolia virginiana
Malus baccata
Melothria pendula
Mnium hornum
Muhlenbergia sobolifera
Muhlenbergia sylvatica
Myosotis arvensis
Noccaea perfoliata
Odontoschisma denudatum
Ophioglossum engelmannii
Ophioglossum pusillum
Oxalis illinoensis
Pallavicinia lyellii
Panicum flexile
Papaver rhoeas
Paspalum dilatatum
Paspalum pubiflorum
Pellia epiphylla
Persicaria setacea
Phegopteris connectilis
Philadelphus pubescens
Physalis angulata
Picea abies
Picea pungens
Picea rubens
Pilea microphylla
Plagiochila asplenioides
Plagiochila porelloides
Plagiomnium affine
Plagiomnium rostratum
Pleurozium schreberi
Populus balsamifera
Porella pinnata
Potamogeton amplifolius
Potamogeton berchtoldii
Proboscidea louisianica
Prunus avium
Pseudanomodon attenuatus
Ptilimnium nuttallii
Ptychostomum capillare
Pycnanthemum incanum
Quercus montana
Ranunculus bulbosus
Ranunculus longirostris
Ranunculus parviflorus
Ranunculus pusillus
Ranunculus sardous
Rhamnus japonica
Rhamnus utilis
Rorippa aquatica
Ruellia caroliniensis
Saccharum alopecuroides
Saccharum giganteum
Sagina decumbens
Salsola kali
Salvinia minima
Scapania undulata
Schefflera arboricola
Scirpus georgianus
Scirpus pedicellatus
Scirpus polyphyllus
Scleria pauciflora
Scleria verticillata
Sedum album
Setaria verticillata
Shepherdia canadensis
Solanum diphyllum
Solanum sarrachoides
Solidago buckleyi
Solidago rugosa
Sparganium androcladum
Sphagnum compactum
Sphagnum magellanicum
Sphagnum palustre
Sphagnum squarrosum
Sporobolus cryptandrus
Sporobolus neglectus
Sporobolus vaginiflorus
Strophostyles umbellata
Symphyotrichum boreale
Symphyotrichum undulatum
Syringa reticulata
Taxus baccata
Taxus cuspidata
Tetradium daniellii
Tortella tortuosa
Tortula muralis
Tragia cordata
Trichocolea tomentella
Tripleurospermum inodorum
Tropaeolum majus
Ulota crispa
Urochloa platyphylla
Utricularia gibba
Vaccinium stamineum
Valerianella locusta
Verbascum phlomoides
Veronica americana
Veronica chamaedrys
Vicia grandiflora
Viola eriocarpa
Viola macloskeyi
Vitis vulpina
Vulpia myuros
Wolffia columbiana
Zannichellia palustris

-Joel / @joelmc

*Totals cited in this blog post were run in early February and include species-level taxa only. Totals on the iNat site may differ due to the inclusion of hybrids and subspecies or due to changes made by users after this analysis was conducted.

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13 de febrero de 2021

February 2021 ILBBY Update

Since we updated the project filters this year to only include observations by people who have specifically joined the project, this year we'll be reporting a mix of iNat-wide stats (everyone's observations) and restricting leaderboards to people who are in the project.

January Stats

193 observers
2,538 Needs ID or Research Grade observations (1,556 or 61% Research Grade)
596 species (428 at Research Grade)
170 identifiers

A little over 41% of the ILBBY project members made an observation in January! Hardy folk! Leading up January for number of species was @adriansydor, followed by @grantfessler, @wildlandblogger, @sedge, @abelkinser, @joelmc, @brdnrdr, @rarecatsnake, @elfaulkner, and @jfaupel.

Big thanks to @sedge, @adriansydor, @bouteloua, @grantfessler, @tsn, @rarecatsnake, @wildlandblogger, @greensnake879, @abelkinser, @john1kelly, @grazing, @wetlandfan, and @tkoffel who have all made more than 25 IDs on January Illinois plant observations.

Species New to Illinois on iNat

Keep an eye on these links below for any documentations that are a first for Illinois on iNaturalist in 2021. You'll often find species on here that are the result of computer vision errors as well as observations that should be marked captive/cultivated. Fixing these helps sort the wheat from the chaff and keeps range maps representative of wild organisms. Many thanks to all who help with quality control. :)

Also, by sorting "not in common", and "before 2021" from most to fewest, you can use these links as a "hitlist" for species we haven't yet found in 2021.

Plant Pic Picks


Lindera benzoin (spicebush) twig by @sedge in Piatt County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68231043


A big old Fraxinus quadrangulata (blue ash) by @rarecatsnake in Logan County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68823253


Hydrangea arborescens (wild hydrangea) by @jfaupel in Jackson County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68200446


Hardy Hepatica acutiloba by @grantfessler in LaSalle County
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68250764

Happy botanizing!
-cassi / @bouteloua

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17 de enero de 2021