Report on a Year of NatureSpotter

It has been about a year since the release of Riverside’s NatureSpotter smartphone application (now available for both iPhone and Android operating systems) and the inauguration of the Riverside Citizen Science program’s projects at www.iNaturalist.org. Over that time, we’ve discovered an exciting diversity of life forms in the City, the region and in the various locations where our NatureSpotters like to be active. And we’ve learned a good deal more about how much our project participants enjoy observing nature and sharing their findings, questions and thoughts about the natural world around them. With the support of the Innovation and Technology Department at the City of Riverside and the brilliant sharing tools developed for iNaturalist, we appear to be making a significant contribution to the growth of a worldwide community of naturalists and the knowledge of our planet’s biodiversity.

In all, we’ve received roughly ...more ↓

Posted on August 27, 2014 12:08 PM by jbryant jbryant | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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grey cricket Acheta domesticus

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naturespotter

Date

October 22, 2014 05:38 PM PDT

Description

Appears to be a male. Photo by Gail Vonalt

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tree spider Family Araneidae

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naturespotter

Date

October 19, 2014 05:09 PM PDT

Description

Adult female spider in web placed in Washington navel orange tree. Photo by Lynn Voorheis.

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nshirkey

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October 12, 2014

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Long-horn eucalyptus beetle Phoracantha recurva

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naturespotter

Date

October 9, 2014 03:24 PM PDT

Description

Adult beetle, species identification confirmed by UC Riverside entomologists Mark Hoddle and Doug Yanega. Photo by David Frick

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Black Witch Ascalapha odorata

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naturespotter

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October 10, 2014 02:44 PM PDT

Description

Adult moth with smoke detector for scale. Photo by Carly Wilde

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wishbone bush Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia

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nshirkey

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October 12, 2014

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purple nightshade Solanum xanti

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nshirkey

Date

October 12, 2014

jbryant Project curator ID

Solanum xanti

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armored stink beetle Eleodes armatus

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nshirkey

Date

October 12, 2014

jbryant Project curator ID

Eleodes armatus

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Sunflower Helianthus annuus

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nshirkey

Date

October 12, 2014

jbryant Project curator ID

Helianthus annuus

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Bushtit Psaltriparus minimus

Observer

nshirkey

Date

October 12, 2014

Description

I saw a couple of them in the tree and played a recorded bushtit song. The tree came alive with activity and song (at least 25 birds), and I was able to record the sound clip.

jbryant Project curator ID

Psaltriparus minimus

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Granite spiny lizard Sceloporus orcutti

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nshirkey

Date

October 12, 2014

jbryant Project curator ID

Sceloporus orcutti

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Anna's Hummingbird Calypte anna

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nshirkey

Date

October 12, 2014

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Calypte anna

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tomato hornworm moth Manduca quinquemaculata

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naturespotter

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October 10, 2014 12:02 PM PDT

Description

Caterpillar photo by Carly Wilde

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Brown Widow Latrodectus geometricus

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nhm_nature

Date

October 8, 2014 04:00 PM PDT

Description

"Spider found in backyard chair. This pic. was take by my 6 y.o explorer, inspired by our most recent visit to the Spider Pavilion in Los Angeles at the NHM." - Eden Jarrett

Photo taken by Aden Jarrett, sent to nature@nhm.org.

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bracket fungus Family Polyporaceae

Observer

naturespotter

Date

October 6, 2014 06:40 PM PDT

Description

Fruiting bodies visible on a stump over several weeks. Photo by Mary Ann Macvey

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orange-crowned warbler Oreothlypis celata

Observer

jbryant

Date

October 6, 2014 01:30 PM PDT

Description

Male bird attracted to lawn sprinkler.

jbryant Project curator ID

Oreothlypis celata

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white-crowned sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

Observer

jbryant

Date

October 4, 2014 05:30 PM PDT

Description

Male bird feeding on the ground near bird bath.

jbryant Project curator ID

Zonotrichia leucophrys

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naturespotter

Date

July 22, 2014 08:08 AM PDT

Description

Photo by Gene Anderson

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vinegar weed Trichostema lanceolatum

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naturespotter

Date

July 31, 2014 07:00 AM PDT

Description

Photo by Eugene Anderson

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tarweeds Genus Madia

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naturespotter

Date

July 22, 2014 07:21 AM PDT

Description

Photo by Eugene Anderson

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Jimson weed Datura stramonium

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naturespotter

Date

July 22, 2014 07:21 AM PDT

Description

Photo by Eugene Anderson

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yucca weevil Scyphophorus yuccae

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 28, 2014 08:32 PM PDT

Description

Adult beetle. Photo by Alan Mchughen

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greengoddess72

Date

September 28, 2014 03:49 PM PDT

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Coastal Rosy Boa Lichanura orcutti

Observer

nshirkey

Date

May 20, 2012

jbryant Project curator ID

Lichanura orcutti

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naturespotter

Date

September 27, 2014 09:37 AM PDT

Description

Photo by Steve Crunk. Identification as a female Paravaejovis puritanus by Lorenzo Prendini, American Museum of Natural History

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armored stink beetle Eleodes armatus

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naturespotter

Date

September 20, 2014 05:35 PM PDT

Description

Adult beetle. Photo by France Cervantes

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Brown Widow Latrodectus geometricus

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 20, 2014 10:04 PM PDT

Description

Adult female. Photo by Steve Whatley

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California aster Corethrogyne filaginifolia

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 23, 2014 10:24 AM PDT

Description

In bloom in early Fall. Identification by Arlee Montalvo, verified by Andy Sanders (both University of California, Riverside). Photo by Alana Hysert

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Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 21, 2014 12:01 PM PDT

Description

Caterpillar. Photo by Alana Hysert

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Freshwater Crayfish Family Cambaridae

Observer

ericjorgensen

Date

September 21, 2014

Description

Several about 2-3" long. Dozens about 1+" long. Pincers appeared slightly orange. Rest of the body translucent grey.

These are common in almost every shaded pool along the creek in Sycamore Canyon.

Unable to take photos underwater.

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