July 22, 2019

Japan - iNaturalist World Tour

Today, we start the fifth week of the iNaturalist World Tour. This week will take us to Japan in Asia, three countries in Latin America (Bolivia, Panama, and Peru), two in Europe (Czech Republic and Denmark), and Madagascar in Africa.

We start in Japan. @harumkoh is another example of a super observer-identifier who tops both the observer and identifier leaderboards in Japan. Most of their observations are around the Tokyo region. This is the center of activity for most of the top observers such as @belvedere04 @jeanvaljean @norio_nomura @tokue and @keitawatanabe. Outliers include @harazaki on Yakushima Island, @kuroshio near Fukuoka and @pcatlin around Kobi and Kochi - all south of the Tokyo area.

iNaturalist has been growing rapidly in Japan the last two years. There are April peaks that show the effect of City Nature Challenge Tokyo organized by @kobori and @souke. Many thanks to @sudachi and others for their hard work on Japanese translations.

As mentioned above, @harumkoh is the top identifier in addition to being the to observer. @housecrows and @maractwin are leading for plants and fish IDs. Many thanks to other top identifiers such as @yajapin @rajibmaulick @sudachi and @tokue.

What can we do to improve iNaturalist in Japan? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@harumkoh @harazaki @belvedere04 @jeanvaljean @kuroshio @housecrows @maractwin @yajapin @rajibmaulick @sudachi

We’ll be back tomorrow with Bolivia!

Posted on July 22, 2019 19:53 by loarie loarie | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 21, 2019

An Odonate Researcher from Sri Lanka Photographs a Spider While Looking for Birds in Malaysia - Observation of the Week, 7/21/19


Our Observation of the Week is this Gasteracantha diardi spider, seen in Malaysia by @amila_sumanapala!

Amila Sumanapala first delved into bird watching when he was thirteen years of age and was growing up in Sri Lanka. “By late teens my interest had broadened to include a wide range of faunal taxa,” he says, “[and] I joined several volunteer nature organizations in the country such as the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka, Young Biologists' Association of Sri Lanka and Butterfly Conservation Society of Sri Lanka and developed my capacity to become a researcher and a conservationist.” He is now a postgraduate researcher at the University of Colombo.

It was his original interest in birds that brought Amila and some friends to Malaysia, where they attended the Fraser's Hill International Bird Race. “My friend Kasun first observed the spider and showed it to me,” he recalls. “We recognized it to be a Gasteracantha species but it was different from what we have observed previously. So we photographed it hoping that we would be able to identify it later and we could do that thanks to INaturalist.”

Also known as spiny orbweavers, memebers of the genus Gasteracantha are found around the world as far north as the Korean Peninsula all the way to the southern tip of Africa. Gasteracantha diardi range through much of the islands of southeast Asia, and like other members of their genus, only the females are large and have spiked abdomens. Despite their diminutive size, Gasteracantha spiders spin quite large orb webs, and they decorate them with tufts of silk. It is presumed these tufts make the web easier for birds and other large animals to see and thus avoid, saving the spider from the onerous task of fixing a damaged web.

While Amila photographed a spider while on a trip where he looked for birds, his main area of interest is actually Odonata, or the dragonflies and damselflies. In about 2009 he developed an interest in them, and tells me 

Most of my colleagues at that time did not know much about odonates, thus I started observing them by myself and studying them in detail using the available literature. This has now become the main interest in my life as a biologist and I am conducting various research on their taxonomy, ecology and biogeography. I also authored a field guide to the dragonflies and damselflies of Sri Lanka in 2017. My postgraduate work is also on the damselflies of Sri Lanka.


While he joined iNat in 2014, after hearing about it at the Student Conference in Conservation Science, Bangaluru, Amila (above, doing field work in Sri Lanka) says he’s only been using it regularly for about the last four months, “currently trying to document the insects I observe around the country using photographs and understanding their distribution patterns. 

I started using INat to get identification support on the insects and other invertebrates I observe and photograph during my field work and it has been a great support in my work thanks to all the identifiers in the community. This has motivated me to record more and more biodiversity every time I'm out in the field and share it on iNat. I also contribute as an identifier, especially for Odonata and other major insect groups observed in Sri Lanka and India.

- by Tony Iwane. Some quotes have been lightly edited for clarity and flow.

- Check out this array of Gasteracantha species!

- Here’s a photo of a male Gasteracantha cancriformis. Note the lack of spikes.

- You can watch a Gasteracantha finish here web here. Note the little tufts of silk on the spokes.

Posted on July 21, 2019 23:19 by tiwane tiwane | 4 comments | Leave a comment

Switzerland - iNaturalist World Tour

We're in Switzerland for the last day of Week 4 of the iNaturalist World Tour. Here, @jasonrgrant and @murielbendel, both botanists, stand out as top observers and top identifiers. Other top observers include @roby, @nicz, @ivanomarques, and @vaudoiseaux.

iNaturalist started growing in Switzerland in 2016. This coincides with when @jharlin at the Alpine Institute has used iNaturalist in several classes and events. The number of observations per month has ramped up in the last two years.

As mentioned above, botanists @jasonrgrant and @murielbendel are not only the top observers in Switzerland but also the top identifiers. @murielbendel leads in plant identifications. As in many European countries, @borisb leads in insect IDs and @ldacosta leads in bird IDs. Many thanks to other top IDers from Switzerland such as @horticultix, @arnaudbrahier, and @amc.

What can we do to get more people using iNaturalist in Switzerland? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@jasonrgrant @murielbendel @roby @nicz @ivanomarques @vaudoiseaux @horticultix @arnaudbrahier @ldacosta @amc

We’ll be back tomorrow with Japan!

Posted on July 21, 2019 15:22 by loarie loarie | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 20, 2019

Netherlands - iNaturalist World Tour

The Netherlands are the 27th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. Efforts of the 50 top observers are fairly well distributed across the relatively small country. Several like @michaelbakkerpaiva and @ahospers are based in the northern part of the country. Others such as @hermanberteler, @nagelhoutandre, and @mirandaengelshoven are based more in the center and south.

The observations per month graph has a peak in August, 2018. This is when we assisted @ahospers copy his observations from the Observation.org platform. This coincided with the Biodiversity4All migration in Portugal which also involved Observation.org observations. But ignoring that somewhat artificial peak, the number of observations per month has ramped up rapidly in the summer of 2019.

@borisb, @ronrave, and @ldacosta lead both in overall identifications in the Netherlands and also for the top categories: insects, plants, and birds respectively. Many thanks to other top identifiers lending European expertise including @alexis_orion @stephen and @wouterteunissen.

How can we make iNaturalist better in the Netherlands? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@michaelbakkerpaiva @hermanberteler @ahospers @nagelhoutandre @mirandaengelshoven @ldacosta @ronrave @borisb @alexis_orion @stephen54

We’ll be back tomorrow with Switzerland!

Posted on July 20, 2019 16:59 by loarie loarie | 31 comments | Leave a comment

July 19, 2019

Singapore - iNaturalist World Tour

Singapore is the 26th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. For being a tiny country, Singapore is disproportionately well represented on iNaturalist. Its home to 3 observers (@budak, @gancw1, @kokhuitan) who are in the top 500 observers across all of iNaturalist and some other local power observers such as @big-simonchan, @sohkamyung and @techieoldfox. Be sure to give this observation of the week on sohkamyung and this one on budak a read.

The observations per month graph is a bit unusual compared to graphs we've looked at so far. The graph spiked up in March of 2014 thanks to @techieoldfox and then ratcheted to a new level in early 2017 (anyone know why?). Since then growth seems to have leveled off around a steady 2,000 observations per month. There have been some great projects in Singapore including Butterflies of Singapore started by @gancw1, Singapore Moths started by @hkmoths. @meiyeesung has done some great outreach through the Nature Society Singapore with schools through this umbrella project.

In Singapore 4 of the top observers (@gancw1, @kokhuitan, @techieoldfox, @sohkamyung) are also the top identifiers. @rajibmaulick has added many identifications from India. @johnascher is a top identifiers not just in Singapore but around the world particularly for bees. He also happens to be a professor at the National University of Singapore.

How can we make iNaturalist better in Singapore? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@budak @big-simonchan @gancw1 @sohkamyung @kokhuitan @techieoldfox @rajibmaulick @johnascher @marcelfinlay @christinechua

We’ll be back tomorrow with the Netherlands!

Posted on July 19, 2019 21:58 by loarie loarie | 2 comments | Leave a comment

July 18, 2019

Belgium - iNaturalist World Tour

Belgium is the 25th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. @henkwallays2 is the top observer in Belgium. His efforts are centered near Ghent and Bruges in the northwest of the country along with other top observers such as @damiano_oldoni, @peterwijnsouw, and @purperlibel. @mathg89's observations are clustered in the center of the country. Other top users such as @doorme @davide-12-09, @qgroom, and @bastiaan have observations centered elsewhere in the country.

The number of observations per month in Belgium has grown rapidly over the past two years. The strong seasonality is evident with observations peaking in the summer months. Vespawatch, an effort out of INBO led by @purperlibel recently came online for reporting wasp observations to iNaturalist from around Belgium.

While many of the top identifiers such as @spectruma @gillessanmartin and @peterwijnsouw are based in Belgium, others like @borisb have contributed their expertise from elsewhere. @borisb is famous on iNaturalist for his incredible global knowledge about beetles.

I suspect, like other countries we've examined so far such as Germany, iNaturalist in Belgium is relatively small relative to other sites for sharing nature observations. What can we do to make iNaturalist more vibrant in Belgium? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@henkwallays2 @mathg89 @damiano_oldoni @peterwijnsouw @purperlibel @doorme @spectruma @gillessanmartin @borisb @ldacosta

We’ll be back tomorrow with Singapore!

Posted on July 18, 2019 19:55 by loarie loarie | 7 comments | Leave a comment

July 17, 2019

Indonesia - iNaturalist World Tour

For the 24th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour we head to Indonesia. Indonesia is home to some of the best coral reefs in the world and this is reflected in the top observers - at least 4 of whom are avid divers and prolific underwater observers (e.g. @maractwin, @lovelyclemmy, @davidr, @timcameron). There are also top users based in Indonesia. @brunodurand splits his time between France and Bali. @jasonalexander is from Indonesia but is currently studying in Canada. @naufalurfi, a student at Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, and perhaps the mysterious @franzanth are among the few top observers who appear to be based in Indonesia year round.

I suspect the 'spike-y' nature of the observations per month chart is a result of visits by super observers like @maractwin. But the number of observations per month has grown quite dramatically in Indonesia in recent months. It would be interesting to know whats driving this.

@maractwin is not only the top observer in Indonesia, but also the top identifier overall and the top fish identifier. That fish are the second most 'observose' category in Indonesia is a testament to the hard work of underwater observers and identifiers like @maractwin. The top identifiers in Indonesia for the most part seem to be a cross-section of super identifiers from around the world (e.g. @briangooding, @tom-kirschey-nabu, @zizou, @kemper, @charliev, @hsini_lin, @ongzi) with @naufalurfi brining local expertise for arachnids.

It looks like there's potential to make improvements needed to get more Indonesians involved and maybe the diving community. What can we do to help? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@maractwin @lovelyclemmy @franzanth @brunodurand @davidr @naufalurfi @tom-kirschey-nabu @zizou @kemper @charliev

We’ll be back tomorrow with Belgium!

Posted on July 17, 2019 16:50 by loarie loarie | 19 comments | Leave a comment

July 16, 2019

Argentina - iNaturalist World Tour

Argentina - iNaturalist Tour Mundial

Note: We have a special post today. Much of the following was written by Leonel Roget, aka @roget. We asked Leonel for a few notes on iNaturalist in Argentina and we got much more than we were expecting!

Nota: Hoy tenemos un post especial. Gran parte de lo siguiente fue escrito por Leonel Roget, alias @roget. Le pedimos a Leonel algunas notas sobre iNaturalist en Argentina y obtuvimos mucho más de lo que esperábamos.

Argentina is the 23rd stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. Despite being an immense country, Argentina is mostly unpopulated: it is the eight largest country in the world, with a surface area of 2.78 million km2 (or a million sq mi) but only 44 million inhabitants: population density is of 15 people per km2 of land area, while the world average is of 50 people.

One third of the population of Argentina lives in the metropolitan area of Buenos Aires, or Greater Buenos Aires (GBA). Because of this, it is no surprise that most of 50 top observers are centered there. 28k observations out of 80k in Argentina were made in the GBA. Even though the city of Buenos Aires has few natural areas, the biodiversity is outstanding. More than 300 species of birds have been observed there in recent times, and even being a metropolis you can find wild mammals and reptiles. The city receives influences from the well known Pampas, a grasslands ecosystem which has been destroyed almost entirely for agriculture, as well as species that comes down following the rivers from the north. Buenos Aires was built in the shore of the Río de la Plata, Spanish for Silver River, the world's broadest river. This in turn is formed by the confluence of two of the most important rivers of the country: Paraná and Uruguay.

After Buenos Aires, the most populated cities are Rosario, in the shore of the Paraná, in the Santa Fe Province, once a place of wetlands and grasslands but now also very damaged by the land conversion. Top users from here include @trekman, @elbeltrocco, @patriciaanamargaritafranchino and @leoleiva. Then follows Córdoba, in the namesake province. This is a hill-dominated area with some high pastures. Here top observers are @aacocucci and @jbar82. Then comes the province of Mendoza, a dry region in the Andes, home of @guille.

Argentina has many climates with several different landscapes. The most important is perhaps the province of Misiones, in the northeast, a jungle region. Misiones is home to one of the world's natural wonders, the Iguazú waterfalls. Half of the bird species for Argentina are found here, as well large mammals as the jaguar (Panthera onca) and other cats as the ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), the largest land animal, the tapir (Tapirus terrestris) or even the giant anteater (Myrmecophaga trydactila), and also monkeys or coatis. There are also plenty of insects and is one of the best places to see butterflies. Is a common destination for tourists so many observations are expected to be found. Misiones is what is left of the Atlantic Forest, once the second most important forest of the continent after the Amazon, shared with Brazil and Paraguay. About 93% of the forest was lost, and of what is left, the most conserved region is found here.

The Patagonian coast around the Valdés Peninsula is a popular tourist destination and one of the world's best places to see whales. The southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) is impossible to miss in spring, but also a great place for seeing orcas (Orcinus orca), some species of dolphins, elephant seals (Mirounga leonina), sea lions (Otaria byronia) penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) and other shorebirds as cormorants and oystercatchers. In the land is possible to see rheas (Rhea pennata), guanacos (Lama guanicoe) and foxes and hairy armadillos.

Another amazing place is the Chaco region, shared with Paraguay and Bolivia. A dry region with forests, shrublands and savannas, it is now one of the 11 deforestation fronts in all the globe. Chaco is dominated by Schinopsis and Prosopis trees and also home to south american megafauna as the giant armadillo (Priodontes maximus). Interesting amphibians and reptiles are also found here.

The Iberá Wetlands, in the Corrientes province, is the best place for seeing wild animals. A huge marsh in a good conservation status. Many fish species are found there, but for the visitors is all about large animals. The marsh deer (Blastocerus dichotomus), the two species of caiman (Caiman latirostris and Caiman yacare), the yellow anaconda (Eunectes murinus), and lots of capybaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) are to be found here, as well endangered birds as the strange-tailed tyrant (Alectrurus risora) or the yellow cardinal (Gubernatrix cristata). If you are extremely lucky you can see the maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus).

But the best thing of Argentina is that there is lots of nature everywhere!

Argentina es la parada número 23 en el iNaturalist Tour Mundial. A pesar de ser un país inmenso, Argentina está casi despoblada: es el octavo país más grande del mundo, con una superficie de 2,78 millones de km2 pero solo 44 millones de habitantes: la densidad de población es de 15 personas por km2 de superficie terrestre, mientras que el promedio mundial es de 50 personas.

Un tercio de la población de Argentina vive en el área metropolitana de Buenos Aires, o Gran Buenos Aires (GBA). Debido a esto, no es sorprendente que la mayoría de los 50 observadores principales estén centrados allí. 28k observaciones de 80k en Argentina fueron hechas en la GBA. Si bien la ciudad de Buenos Aires tiene pocas áreas naturales, la biodiversidad es sobresaliente. Más de 300 especies de aves se han observado allí en los últimos tiempos, e incluso siendo una metrópolis se pueden encontrar mamíferos salvajes y reptiles. La ciudad recibe influencias de la conocida Pampa, un ecosistema de pastizales que ha sido destruido casi en su totalidad por la agricultura, así como de especies que descienden siguiendo los ríos del norte. Buenos Aires se construyó en la orilla del Río de la Plata, en español para Silver River, el río más ancho del mundo. Esto a su vez está formado por la confluencia de dos de los ríos más importantes del país: Paraná y Uruguay.

Después de Buenos Aires, las ciudades más pobladas son Rosario, en la orilla del Paraná, en la provincia de Santa Fe, que alguna vez fue un lugar de humedales y pastizales, pero ahora también está muy dañada por la conversión de la tierra. Los principales usuarios de aquí incluyen @trekman, @elbeltrocco, @patriciaanamargaritafranchino y @leoleiva. Luego sigue Córdoba, en la provincia homónima. Esta es una zona dominada por colinas con algunos pastos altos. Aquí los mejores observadores son @aacocucci y @ jbar82. Luego viene la provincia de Mendoza, una región seca en los Andes, hogar de @guille.

Argentina tiene muchos climas con diferentes paisajes. La más importante es quizás la provincia de Misiones, en el noreste, una región selvática. Misiones es el hogar de una de las maravillas naturales del mundo, las cascadas de Iguazú. La mitad de las especies de aves de Argentina se encuentran aquí, así como mamíferos grandes como el jaguar (Panthera onca) y otros gatos como el ocelote (Leopardus pardalis), la tierra más grande animal, el tapir (Tapirus terrestris) o incluso el oso hormiguero gigante (Myrmecophaga trydactila), y también monos o pumas. También hay muchos insectos y es uno de los mejores lugares para ver mariposas. Es un destino común para los turistas, por lo que se espera encontrar muchas observaciones. Misiones es lo que queda del Bosque Atlántico, una vez el segundo bosque más importante del continente después del Amazonas, compartido con Brasil y Paraguay. Alrededor del 93% del bosque se perdió, y de lo que queda, la región más conservada se encuentra aquí.

La costa patagónica alrededor de la Península Valdés es un destino turístico popular y uno de los mejores lugares del mundo para ver ballenas. La ballena franca austral (Eubalaena australis) es imposible perderse en primavera, pero también es un gran lugar para ver orcas (Orcinus orca), algunas especies de delfines, elefantes marinos ( Mirounga leonina), leones marinos (Otaria byronia) pingüinos (Spheniscus magellanicus) y otras aves costeras como cormoranes y cazadores de ostras. En la tierra es posible ver rheas (Rhea pennata), guanacos (Lama guanicoe) y zorros y armadillos peludos.

Otro lugar sorprendente es la región del Chaco, compartida con Paraguay y Bolivia. Una región seca con bosques, matorrales y sabanas, ahora es uno de los 11 frentes de deforestación en todo el mundo. Chaco está dominado por los árboles Schinopsis y Prosopis y también alberga la megafauna sudamericana como el armadillo gigante (Priodontes maximus). Interesantes anfibios y reptiles también se encuentran aquí.

Los humedales de Iberá, en la provincia de Corrientes, es el mejor lugar para ver animales salvajes. Un gran pantano en buen estado de conservación. Muchas especies de peces se encuentran allí, pero para los visitantes se trata de animales grandes. El ciervo de los pantanos (Blastocerus dichotomus), las dos especies de caimanes (Caiman latirostris y Caiman yacare), la anaconda amarilla (Eunectes murinus), y una gran cantidad de capibaras (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris) se encuentran aquí, así como las aves en peligro de extinción como el tirano de cola extraña (Alectrurus risora) el cardenal amarillo (Gubernatrix cristata). Si tienes mucha suerte, puedes ver al lobo de cría (Chrysocyon brachyurus).

¡Pero lo mejor de Argentina es que hay mucha naturaleza por todas partes!

There are many power users from iNaturalist who have been using the platform for years. These include @nicoolejnik @guille @gmalonso @ezequielvera @aacocucci @pipoca1730 and @roget. If you look at observations added prior to 2018, the top 10 observers included @chartuso and @carmelo_lopez as noteworthy visitors. @nicoolejnik holds the unique position of being both the top observer and identifier from Argentina!

iNaturalist has been experiencing an explosive growth since 2018, reaching a peak in April 2019 with the City Nature Challenge (CNC) described shortly. Much of this growth stems from the Birding Club community. @roget has also done a great deal of outreach this year to groups including COA Carancho, the birding club from the Palermo section of Buenos Aires. New iNaturalist participants from this group include @diegocarau who is now the #2 observer and @giramone who is now #5, and also @gonsaro, @mbernini, @mnomg, @annxeneize and @fernanda_alarcon. Carancho is the local name for the Crested Caracara (Caracara plancus), the most observed organism of Argentina. This bird is found in nearly all the country. Other power users who have been active in other COAs are @r-a-p or @ezequielvera.

This year, more than 12.000 observations were generated during the CNC. The mastermind behind this event is @anabela2, the GBIF Node Manager for Argentina, but also @ezequielvera and @giramone, both active members of the COA community.

COA stands for Club de Observadores de Aves, or Birding Club in Spanish. They are nodes of volunteers who originally gathered to participate in birding activities, but quickly evolved to other activities including environmental education. This is an initiative from Aves Argentinas, the oldest environmental NGO from South America and a local associate to Birdlife International, much like Audubon is in the US. Aves Argentinas claims there are more than 100 birding clubs active in all the provinces of Argentina, and such clubs remain the most important source of community observations. They undoubtedly have been key in the success of eBird in the region, and every year Argentina is one of the most important contributors to the Big Day. The coordinator of this program is @jjbonannod and he invited the COA to participate in the CNC, hence the incredible peak.

Hay muchos usuarios avanzados de iNaturalist que han estado usando la plataforma durante años. Estos incluyen @nicoolejnik @guille @gmalonso @ezequielvera @aacocucci @pipoca1730 y @roget. Si observa las observaciones agregadas antes de 2018, los 10 principales observadores incluyeron @chartuso y @carmelo_lopez como visitantes notables. @nicoolejnik mantiene la posición única de ser el mejor observador e identificador de Argentina.

iNaturalist ha experimentado un crecimiento explosivo desde 2018, alcanzando un punto máximo en abril de 2019 con Reto Naturaleza Urbana (RNU) descrito brevemente. Gran parte de este crecimiento proviene de la comunidad de Birding Club. @roget también ha realizado una gran cantidad de actividades de difusión este año para grupos como COA Carancho, el club de observación de aves de la sección de Palermo de Buenos Aires. Los nuevos participantes de iNaturalist de este grupo incluyen @diegocarau que ahora es el observador # 2 y @giramone que ahora es # 5, y también @gonsaro, @mbernini, @mnomg, @annxeneize y @fernanda_alarcon. Carancho es el nombre local de la Caracara crestada (Caracara plancus), el organismo más observado de la Argentina. Esta ave se encuentra en casi todo el país. Otros usuarios avanzados que han estado activos en otros COA son @r-a-p o @ezequielvera.

Este año se generaron más de 12.000 observaciones durante el RNU. El cerebro detrás de este evento es @ anabela2, el administrador de nodos de GBIF para Argentina, pero también @ezequielvera y @giramone, ambos miembros activos de la comunidad COA.

COA significa Club de Observadores de Aves, o Birding Club en español. Son nodos de voluntarios que originalmente se reunieron para participar en actividades de observación de aves, pero evolucionaron rápidamente a otras actividades, incluida la educación ambiental. Esta es una iniciativa de Aves Argentinas, la ONG ambiental más antigua de América del Sur y asociada local de Birdlife International, al igual que Audubon está en los Estados Unidos. Aves Argentinas afirma que hay más de 100 clubes de observación de aves activos en todas las provincias de Argentina, y estos clubes siguen siendo la fuente más importante de observaciones de la comunidad. Sin duda, han sido clave en el éxito de eBird en la región, y cada año, Argentina es uno de los contribuyentes más importantes para el Gran Día. El coordinador de este programa es @jjbonannod e invitó al COA a participar en el RNU, de ahí el increíble pico.

@nicoolejnik, the top identifier, has worked as a ranger, nature guide and currently at the national museum of natural history. Because of this he has plenty of observations and also a formidable knowledge and access to information to identify several species, something that he's been doing for years. @lrubio7, is the top insect and arachnid identifier. @santiagombv is an ecologist with CONICET and is the top plant identifier. @giramone hails from the fishing community and has a great deal of fish identification expertise. Thanks to other top identifiers including @michelledelaloye @trekman and @r-a-p.

@nicoolejnik, el principal identificador, ha trabajado como guardabosques, guía de la naturaleza y actualmente en el museo nacional de historia natural. Debido a esto, tiene muchas observaciones y también un conocimiento formidable y acceso a la información para identificar varias especies, algo que ha estado haciendo durante años. @lrubio7, es el principal identificador de insectos y arácnidos. @santiagombv es un ecologista con CONICET y es el principal identificador de la planta. @giramone es oriundo de la comunidad pesquera y tiene una gran experiencia en la identificación de peces. Gracias a otros identificadores principales que incluyen @michelledelaloye @trekman y @r-a-p.

What can we do to make iNaturalist even better in Argentina? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum post.

¿Qué podemos hacer para que iNaturalist sea aún mejor en Argentina? Por favor, comparte tus pensamientos aqui o en esta publicación del foro.

@nicoolejnik @diegocarau @roget @r-a-p @giramone @ezequielvera @guille @lrubio7 @michelledelaloye @trekman

We’ll be back tomorrow with Indonesia!

Volveremos mañana con Indonesia!

Posted on July 16, 2019 18:55 by loarie loarie | 4 comments | Leave a comment

July 15, 2019

South Korea - iNaturalist World Tour

Today, we start the fourth week of the iNaturalist World Tour. This week will take us to three countries in Asia (South Korea, Indonesia, and Singapore), three in Europe (Belgium, Netherlands, and Switzerland) and one in South America (Argentina).

We begin the week in South Korea. The top iNaturalist observer in by a wide margin is @pintail. As @amarzee told me: "iNat in Korea would not exist if not for @pintail" @pintail has submitted observations from across the tree of life and from nearly every corner of South Korea, but his observations are centered in Chungcheongnam-do. Most of the other top observers are also focused in northwestern South Korea in the areas around Seoul (e.g. @aganse, @whaichi, @taewoo, and @amarzee). @aganse 's observation are very localized, almost all from the ground of a single school that is becoming one of the best documented pieces of land on iNaturalist. @whaichi and @taewoo are among the power users that got Korea to rank 22nd and are great help to the community. @wonwoong , @wongun and @amarzee are also providing a lot of data. We give a special mention to @desireeka93 for uploading a large number of observation from Ulleung island, far off into the East sea.

The peak in the observations per month graph in December of 2015 marks when @pintail (who was the 280th person to create an iNaturalist account back in 2009 when iNat was just a year old) uploaded a backlog of 4500 past photos. His presence continues to dominate, but iNaturalist use has grown in South Korea since 2018. There have been several organized bioblitz events such as Bioblitz Korea. As the number of observations per month has grown we can start to see the seasonal activity pattern characteristic of most high latitude countries.

The top South Korea identifiers (@whaichi @taewoo, @wongun, @amarzee, @wonwoong) are all based within South Korea. @taewoo and @whaichi are impressive for their knowledge on insects and extremely quick identification of anything uploaded on iNat. @amarzee has lended his expertise on reptiles and amphibians while @wonwoong is a reference for other invertebrates and fish. Thanks to @marcoschmidtffm and @john8 for lending their expertise on plants and birds. @wongun is based in South Korea, but is known for his global reach for identifying hemipterans.

In the meantime what can we do to improve iNaturalist in South Korea? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread
@pintail @aganse @whaichi @taewoo @amarzee @wonwoong @lhurteau @wongun @bio96 @borisb

Thanks to @amarzee for helping research this post. We’ll be back tomorrow with Argentina!

Posted on July 15, 2019 16:45 by loarie loarie | 10 comments | Leave a comment

July 14, 2019

India - iNaturalist World Tour

We end the 3rd week of the iNaturalist World Tour in India. The top observers in India are distributed across the country from @ivijayanand, a rural physician based in Assam, northeast India (near @rejoicegassah, @rohitmg, and others) to @chiefredearth who's posted observations from across the subcontinent. Top observers @aniruddha_singhamahapatra, @rajibmaulick, @subhajit_roy have observations centered around West Bengal. @firos_ak is the top observer from the southern part of the subcontinent near Bangalore. @vinodborselac and others (e.g. @vijaybarve and @ravinaidu) show up in the center of the subcontient while there is a cluster of top users such as @jagdishsupekar near Mumbai.

There's been noticeable activity on iNaturalist from India since at least 2012. This coincides with @vijaybarve creating iNaturalist projects such as this one linked to the DiversityIndia site. But activity has ramped up appreciably since 2017. There have been numerous interesting projects from India using iNaturalist such as the Marine Life of Mumbai project by @shaunak, @pradip, and others and featured in this blog post.

@rajibmaulick is the top identifier in India followed by @sethmiller (who only joined iNaturalist recently but has contributed a larger number of identifications to Indian bird observations) and the mysterious @niccolasmiller. @juhakinnunen and @charliev have contributed their knowledge of India's biodiversity from of Finland and Austalia respectively. @vijaybarve is doing post-doctoral research in Florida at the moment, but has close ties to India.

What can we do to get more people from India participating in iNaturalist? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum post.

@ivijayanand @chiefredearth @rejoicegassah @aniruddha_singhamahapatra @subhajit_roy @rajibmaulick @sethmiller @niccolasmiller @juhakinnunen @vijaybarve

We’ll kick off Week 4 tomorrow with South Korea!

Posted on July 14, 2019 17:28 by loarie loarie | 11 comments | Leave a comment