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 03:08 PM by jbryant jbryant | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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What

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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What

Freshwater Crayfish Family Cambaridae

Observer

ericjorgensen

Date

September 19, 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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What

Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

Observer

ericjorgensen

Date

November 18, 2012

Description

Sunning itself around 2:42pm, temp about 75 degF.

jbryant Project curator ID

Pituophis catenifer

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What

Red Diamond Rattlesnake Crotalus ruber

Observer

ericjorgensen

Date

September 18, 2014

Description

Approximately 2.5' long. Definite rosey appearance. Temp about 75 degF. Coiled and followed me with his head as I walked around him about 4' away. Otherwise, not aggressive.

jbryant Project curator ID

Crotalus ruber

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What

Wind Scorpions Order Solifugae

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 5, 2014 06:41 PM PDT

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What

Western Skink Plestiodon skiltonianus

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 5, 2014 01:07 PM PDT

Description

Juvenile. Transported in a load of mulch from the Orangecrest area of Riverside. Photo by Alicia

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Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 7, 2014 11:21 AM PDT

Description

Ventral view. Photo by Rachel Newhall

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What

Baja California treefrog Pseudacris hypochondriaca

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 8, 2014 10:59 AM PDT

Description

Brown, almost patternless adult. Photo by Mandy Adcock

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What

Brown Widow Latrodectus geometricus

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 14, 2014 12:48 PM PDT

Description

Ventral view showing orange "hour glass". Photo by Steve Whatley

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What

Brittlebush Encelia farinosa

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 14, 2014 04:31 PM PDT

Description

Shrub without blooms. Photo by Garnett Smith

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What

moth Order Lepidoptera

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 16, 2014 09:49 AM PDT

Description

Adult moth in resting posture. NR Gloveria medusa?
Photo by Teresa Woodard.

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What

Wind Scorpions Order Solifugae

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 6, 2014 06:02 PM PDT

Description

Photo by Steven Gaskins

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What

California Kingsnake Lampropeltis californiae

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 4, 2014 06:04 PM PDT

Description

Transported in a load of mulch from the Orangecrest area of Riverside. Photo by Alicia

jbryant Project curator ID

Lampropeltis californiae

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What

Scolopendrids Family Scolopendridae

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 27, 2014 08:32 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Green Fig Beetle Cotinis mutabilis

Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 1, 2014 04:33 PM PDT

Description

Adult beetle. Photo by Alan McHughen

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Observer

naturespotter

Date

September 2, 2014 01:10 PM PDT

Description

Subadult female. Photo by Alan McHugen.

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What

bagrada bug Bagrada hilaris

Observer

jbryant

Date

September 2, 2014 01:49 PM PDT

Description

Adult insect.

jbryant Project curator ID

Bagrada hilaris

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Observer

jbryant

Date

August 29, 2014 08:59 AM PDT

Description

In the basement at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum

jbryant Project curator ID

Metacyrba taeniola

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What

vagrant grasshopper Schistocerca nitens

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 26, 2014 09:24 AM PDT

Description

Adult female insect.

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What

Anuroctonus scorpion Genus Anuroctonus

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 25, 2014 03:56 PM PDT

Description

Identification confirmed by Lorenzo Prendini, American Museum of Natural History.

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Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 26, 2014 11:06 AM PDT

Description

Adult spider with egg sac, found beneath golf cart. Perhaps genus Steatoda. Photo by Hope Olvera.

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What

blue mud dauber Chalybion californicum

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 23, 2014 10:00 AM PDT

Description

Adult wasp. Photo by James Bryant

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What

Millipedes Class Diplopoda

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 22, 2014

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What

Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 22, 2014

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Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 22, 2014 03:47 PM PDT

Description

Adult spider

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What

southern alligator lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 23, 2014 03:17 PM PDT

Description

Juvenile lizard. Photo by Jessica McIntyre

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What

southern alligator lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 17, 2014 09:21 AM PDT

Description

Juvenile. Photo by Alicia

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What

fiery skipper Hylephila phyleus

Observer

jbryant

Date

August 21, 2014 10:35 AM PDT

Description

Adults feeding at Rosmarinus

jbryant Project curator ID

Hylephila phyleus

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What

Woodlouse Spider Dysdera crocata

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 16, 2014 01:00 PM PDT

Description

Photo by Juan and Loriann.

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What

Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 14, 2014 03:33 PM PDT

Description

Adult insect on exterior wall of Sycamore Canyon Nature Center. Photo by Jennifer Gosik

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Field guides are now available in iNaturalist to assist you in identifying your finds! For plants, see http://www.inaturalist.org/guides/463; for insects, see http://www.inaturalist.org/guides/950; for mammals, see ...more ↓

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