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 09:08 AM by jbryant jbryant | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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vagrant grasshopper Schistocerca nitens

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naturespotter

Date

August 26, 2014 09:24 AM PDT

Description

Adult female insect.

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Anuroctonus scorpion Genus Anuroctonus

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naturespotter

Date

August 25, 2014 03:56 PM PDT

Description

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

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Spiders Order Araneae

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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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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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Millipedes Class Diplopoda

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naturespotter

Date

August 22, 2014

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Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

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naturespotter

Date

August 22, 2014

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naturespotter

Date

August 22, 2014 03:47 PM PDT

Description

Adult spider

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southern alligator lizard Elgaria multicarinata

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naturespotter

Date

August 23, 2014 03:17 PM PDT

Description

Juvenile lizard. Photo by Jessica McIntyre

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southern alligator lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 17, 2014 09:21 AM PDT

Description

Juvenile. Photo by Alicia

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fiery skipper Hylephila phyleus

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jbryant

Date

August 21, 2014 10:35 AM PDT

Description

Adults feeding at Rosmarinus

jbryant Project curator ID

Hylephila phyleus

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Woodlouse Spider Dysdera crocata

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 16, 2014 01:00 PM PDT

Description

Photo by Juan and Loriann.

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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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southern alligator lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 12, 2014 12:08 PM PDT

Description

Subadult animal. Photos by Kyle

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Southern Bee-killer Mallophora fautrix

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naturespotter

Date

August 13, 2014 05:49 PM PDT

Description

Adult insect. Photo by Marco

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Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Observer

jbryant

Date

August 14, 2014 09:30 AM PDT

Description

Hawk feeding on dead animal in the street. Observed by Judy Bryant

jbryant Project curator ID

Buteo lineatus

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fig beetle Cotinis mutabilis

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 10, 2014 08:24 PM PDT

Description

Adults eating peaches on the tree. Photo by Bob Skilling.

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Red-shouldered Bug Jadera haematoloma

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 11, 2014 08:16 PM PDT

Description

Nymph. Photo by Alan McHughen

jbryant Project curator ID

Jadera haematoloma

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granite spiny lizard Sceloporus orcutti

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 11, 2014 12:13 PM PDT

Description

Juvenile with regrown tail. Photo by Karen Wesolowski

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Desert Stink Beetles Genus Eleodes

Observer

asramala

Date

August 8, 2014

jbryant Project curator ID

Genus Eleodes

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Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Observer

jbryant

Date

August 9, 2014 05:10 PM PDT

Description

Appeared to be a juvenile, molting into adult plumage, being harassed by two mockingbirds.

jbryant Project curator ID

Buteo lineatus

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jimmyweed Genus Isocoma

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 7, 2014 10:02 AM PDT

Description

Identification by botanist Andrew Sanders of the UCR herbarium as probably Isocoma menziesii. Photo by Suzie Hemphill

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Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) Geococcyx californianus

Observer

nshirkey

Date

August 9, 2014 08:19 AM PDT

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Granite spiny lizard Sceloporus orcutti

Observer

nshirkey

Date

August 9, 2014 08:00 AM PDT

Description

There are two in this picture. One is in the top right the other in the bottom left.

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Granite spiny lizard Sceloporus orcutti

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nshirkey

Date

August 9, 2014 07:43 AM PDT

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Granite Spiny Lizard Sceloporus orcutti

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helenwsung

Date

July 28, 2014 07:35 PM PDT

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Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

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helenwsung

Date

August 3, 2014 12:30 PM PDT

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Robber Flies Family Asilidae

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 4, 2014 02:30 PM PDT

Description

Photo by Joseph Olvera

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monarch Butterfly Danaus plexippus

Observer

jbryant

Date

August 4, 2014 02:00 PM PDT

Description

Adult feeding on nectar of Asclepias currasavica

jbryant Project curator ID

Danaus plexippus

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Red Diamond Rattlesnake Crotalus ruber

Observer

naturespotter

Date

August 2, 2014 01:31 PM PDT

Description

Adult snake resting beneath a shrub. Photo by Vicente Nunez

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Red-shouldered Bug Jadera haematoloma

Observer

naturespotter

Date

July 20, 2014 05:42 PM PDT

Description

Nymph of a species infesting a yard. Photo by Angel Hernandez

jbryant Project curator ID

Jadera haematoloma
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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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