16 de octubre de 2021

Welcome new participants

Dear Contributors,

It is an exciting week. We have 11 new members that have signed up since our webinar 9 days ago.

For you that were unable to attend the webinar, but would still be interested in seeing it, a recording of it can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=dOPYfz7aHI8.

We are having a beautiful spring day in the Camden area with lots of flowering bushes. Right now the lorikeets are predominately feeding on eucalypts with our resident red wattle bird defending our bottle brushes and grevillias.

All the best,

David, Maya and Lauren

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09 de octubre de 2021

Webinar Follow up and Early Findings

Dear Contributors,

Again, thank you to everyone who has made one or more observations, they are making a difference.

This week I gave a webinar on Thursday night about this project. We had 101 logins to the webinar which was wonderful and have had some new people join our project since then - Welcome.

In preparing for the webinar I went over the data that has been generated to date.

Between your observations and observations of others in iNaturalist through the past few years we have more than 500 observations of feeding lorikeets or plants on which lorikeets have fed. We have identified 61 species of plants that on which they feed. Twenty of these have some level of toxicity and 10 species potentially produce a toxin that might cause LPS like signs. Of these ten species, four bloom or fruit only during that time or the year when LPS occurs. So the project is working, we are beginning to identify some plants that might be the cause of LPS.

However, we are not there yet and your observations between now and the end of February will be critical to this project, so keep up the good work.

All the best,

David, Lauren and Maya.

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03 de octubre de 2021

Welcome, thank you and Webinar

To our new lorikeet spotters - welcome from Lauren, Maya and myself.

To the folks who added the several new observations this week - thank you

Don't forget on Thursday, I will be giving a webinar about Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome, the study and what we have found so far. It is free.

To register to attend, go to this link: https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bu20Y0SkT6inQFD0fAcSSg. The seminar begins 5:30 in Queensland and 6:30 in New South Wales.

Have a great week.

David

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25 de septiembre de 2021

LPS webinar link, timing and date.

Dear Lorikeet Spotters,

Thank you to everyone who made an observation this week and to our new members.

There will be a webinar on 7 October to 6:30-7:30pm Sydney time and 5:30-6:30pm Queensland time to brief you on the importance of this study and to provide you with an update on our findings so far. This will also provide you with a chance to ask questions about the study or the process. All are welcome.

The link to the webinar is : https://uni-sydney.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Bu20Y0SkT6inQFD0fAcSSg

We look forward to seeing you there.

David, Lauren, and Maya

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16 de septiembre de 2021

Save the Day

Dear Fellow Lorikeet Spotters,

On 7 October at 5:30 pm there will be a webinar on our Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome Study. We will cover the impact of LPS on lorikeets, the disease, how it is treated and what we have found so far with our research including the information that has come from you.

As soon as I have the link to the webinar, I will make an announcement with it. You are all invited.

Again, thank you for your participation in this investigation.

David

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04 de septiembre de 2021

Keep up the good work

To all of our new members who have joined in the past two weeks, welcome.

As we move into the spring, we are coming closer and closer to the time when Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome will begin to impact our lorikeets again. Therefore it is more important than ever for you to keep making observations about what lorikeets are feeding on now and to keep making observations in the coming weeks.

If you don't have any lorikeets feeding in your backyard its ok (Covid restrictions pending) to make observations at other locations in your neighborhood. It would also be great to encourage your, friends and family to join the project.

Keep up the good work.

Happy rainbow lorikeet spotting.

David, Maya and Lauren

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14 de agosto de 2021

An introduction

Dear Contributors,

Let me first make an introduction. Maya and myself (David) will be assisting Lauren in monitoring your observations over the coming months.

We have several new contributors who have joined the study this week. Welcome aboard we really appreciate your contributions.

This week we have recorded a new plant, Pyrostegia, or orange trumpet vine. This is a plant that I have great memories of as people in the USA plant it to attract hummingbirds.

Keep up the great work. Happy rainbow lorikeet spotting.

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06 de agosto de 2021

Next steps after making an observation

Hi everyone!

First of all I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone whose joined the project, we wouldn't be able to find the answers without you. Secondly, congratulations to everyone for submitting 30 observations since the project was available online just over a month ago! An incredible start!

If you have made an observation, and want to know what to do next, here are a couple of options:

  1. Keep an eye out for Rainbow lorikeets feeding on other plants/food sources in your area! Let us know by making additional observations for each plant/food source you observe Rainbow lorikeets feeding on.
  2. Tell us when the Rainbow Lorikeets return to your tree/plant/food source! To help us determine what rainbow lorikeets are feeding on at different times of the year, and to save you adding new observations of rainbow lorikeets feeding on the same tree, you can simply EDIT your observations! After you have made an observation of a particular tree/plant species on iNaturalist, you can simply edit your observation to add in new dates and times you have observed the rainbow lorikeets coming back to the same plant.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Go into your profile, which can be found in the top right-hand corner of the iNaturalist web-page
  2. Click the heading ‘Edit observations’
  3. Choose the observation with the plant species you have seen the Rainbow Lorikeets revisit (e.g. Crimson Bottlebrush at Dunrossil Park on 23rd July)
  4. Once in the observation, click the blue ‘Edit’ icon found at the top right-hand side.
  5. In the ‘Notes’ section, found on the left-hand side, please right the date and time you observed Rainbow Lorikeets revisiting this tree/plant species (e.g. 28/06/2021 8:15am).
  6. Once the edit has been made, scroll down and click the blue ‘Save observation’ down the bottom of the page.

Keep Safe and Happy Rainbow Lorikeet Spotting!

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30 de julio de 2021

Scientific Paper on Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome

Hi Everyone,

If anyone is interested in knowing more about the Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome, please find the web link below which will take you to a recently published scientific paper on the disease. One of the co-authors, David Phalen, has been the driving force behind creating this Citizen Science Project!

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/avj.13107

Happy Rainbow Lorikeet spotting!

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22 de julio de 2021

Helpful Tips when Submitting your Observations

How to fill in the ‘What did you see?’ (his question is found at the top left-hand side of the ‘Add an Observation’ page)

The best way to fill in this part of the observation, is dependent on the photos you add to the observation:

  1. The photos are of a plant species I am unfamiliar with and/or do not know the name of AND THERE IS NO RAINBOW LORIKEEET IN THE PHOTO: In the ‘What did you see?’ section, type plants. As you are typing, iNaturalist will offer suggestions underneath, CLICK ON THE PLANTS (KINGDOM PLANTAE) OPTION. People from the project and the iNaturalist community will then be able to make ID suggestions on your observation to help narrow down the potential plant species.
  2. The photos are of a plant species I know the name of: In the ‘What did you see?’ section, type the name of the plant species. As you are typing, iNaturalist will offer suggestions underneath, click on the name of your plant species.
  3. The photos are of plant species I am unfamiliar with and/or do not know the name of BUT THERE IS A RAINBOW LORIKEET IN THE PHOTO: In the ‘What did you see?’ section, you will be able to type and click on either Rainbow Lorikeet OR Plants.

What does captive/cultivated mean?

Checking captive/cultivated means that the observation is of an organism that exists in the time and place it was observed because humans intended it to be then and there. Likewise, wild/naturalized organisms exist in particular times and places because they intended to do so.

Captive/cultivated
o zebra in a zoo
o poppy in a garden
o butterfly mounted in a display case
o your cat
o garden plant/tree that was planted there by the gardener

Wild / naturalized
o zebra in the Serengeti (assuming it's not in a zoo in the Serengeti)
o weed in a garden
o butterfly that flew into your house

Here are links to help you use iNaturalist:
https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help
https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started

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