Puerto Rico - iNaturalist World Tour

Puerto Rico - iNaturalist Tour Mundial

We're in Puerto Rico for the 54th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour! The top observer is @blueinferno with activity centered near the capital of San Juan where there seems to be the highest concentration of local users including @iveirizarry, @ritirene, @ricardocolonrivera and @mqzed. The next two top observers, @keishacharlene and @lvilla2962 are most active along the western tip of Puerto Rico near the University of Puerto Rico Aguadilla Campus. Both are involved @prsofia's Proyecto Playuela. Many of the top observers are visitors, mostly from the mainland United States including @drbh2o @rangertreaty50 @jbroadhead @mjplagens @billicbugslucas @annikaml and @botanygirl with activity centered in various clusters around island. A group of observers including @kent_miller and @fatroosterfarm have observations centered on the small island of Culebra to the east.

¡Estamos en Puerto Rico para la 54ª parada del iNaturalist Tour Mundial! El principal observador es @blueinferno con actividad centrada cerca de la capital de San Juan, donde parece haber la mayor concentración de usuarios locales, incluidos @iveirizarry, @ritirene, @ricardocolonrivera y @mqzed. Los siguientes dos observadores principales, @keishacharlene y @lvilla2962 son más activos a lo largo del extremo occidental de Puerto Rico, cerca del campus de Aguadilla de la Universidad de Puerto Rico. Ambos están involucrados en el Proyecto Playuela de @prsofia. Muchos de los principales observadores son visitantes, principalmente de los Estados Unidos continentales, incluidos @drbh2o @rangertreaty50 @jbroadhead @mjplagens @billicbugslucas @annikaml y @botanygirl con actividades centradas en varios grupos alrededor de la isla. Un grupo de observadores, incluidos @kent_miller y @fatroosterfarm, tienen observaciones centradas en la pequeña isla de Culebra, al este.

The number of observations per month in Puerto Rica is quite jagged with peaks higher than 250 observations per month stretching back to 2014. This indicates that this is mainly due to activity from visitors. But there seems to be more organic, sustained growth since 2018. Many of the local top observers such as @keishacharlene, @lvilla2962, and @ritirene have affiliations with the University of Puerto Rico, I'd be curious to know how iNaturalist is integrated, if at all, into the University and if thats driving this recent growth. Likewise, top observer @iveirizarry's academic affiliations are with Rutgers and their observations coincide with the Spring 2019 Rutger's Personal Bioblitz organized by Rutgers professor @vilseskog.

El número de observaciones por mes en Puerto Rica es bastante irregular con picos superiores a 250 observaciones por mes que se remontan a 2014. Esto indica que esto se debe principalmente a la actividad de los visitantes. Pero parece haber un crecimiento más orgánico y sostenido desde 2018. Muchos de los principales observadores locales como @keishacharlene, @lvilla2962 y @ritirene tienen afiliaciones con la Universidad de Puerto Rico, me gustaría saber cómo se integra iNaturalist, en todo caso, a la Universidad y si eso está impulsando este crecimiento reciente. Del mismo modo, las afiliaciones académicas del observador superior @iveirizarry están con Rutgers y sus observaciones coinciden con la Primavera 2019 Rutger's Personal Bioblitz organizado por el profesor de Rutgers @vilseskog.

The top identifier overall and top insect, herp, and arachnid identifier is @ritirene who recently finished her PhD at the University of Puerto Rico. @joshuagsmith, based in Colorado, is the second top identifier and top bird identifier. The mysterious @greenline is the third top identifier and the top plant identifier. There are alot of beaches in Puerto Rico and thus a relatively high proportion of crustacean, bivalve, and fish observations with identifications in these categories led by myself (@loarie), @susanhewitt, and @maractwin respectively. Many thanks to other top identifiers such as @jbroadhead and @john8.

El identificador superior en general y el identificador superior de insectos, herpes y arácnidos es @ritirene, quien recientemente terminó su doctorado en la Universidad de Puerto Rico. @joshuagsmith, con sede en Colorado, es el segundo identificador superior e identificador superior de aves. El misterioso @greenline es el tercer identificador superior y el identificador superior de la planta. Hay muchas playas en Puerto Rico y, por lo tanto, una proporción relativamente alta de observaciones de crustáceos, bivalvos y peces con identificaciones en estas categorías lideradas por mí (@loarie), @susanhewitt y @maractwin respectivamente. Muchas gracias a otros identificadores principales como @jbroadhead y @john8.

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

¿Qué podemos hacer para que más personas usen iNaturalist en Puerto Rico? Comparta sus pensamientos a continuación o en este hilo del foro

@blueinferno @keishacharlene @lvilla2962 @drbh2o @rangertreaty50 @ritirene @joshuagsmith @greenline @jbroadhead @john8

We’ll be back tomorrow in nearby Turkey!

¡Volveremos mañana en Turquía!

Posted by loarie loarie, August 16, 2019 20:52



If you live on this beautiful island and have access to a beach, please do make observations of the shells, and coral, and seaweeds, and crabs, and so on, that wash up on the beach, no matter how ordinary or how small they might be.

And if any visitors still have shells they brought back from a trip to Puerto Rico, shells for which they still know *where* they found them, and for which they also still know the *date* of collection, please feel free to photograph the shells and upload the images as observations, correcting the date.

I am always extremely happy to look at Caribbean shells.

Posted by susanhewitt 2 months ago (Flag)

Finally I show up in one of these posts! If any people here are thinking about visiting Puerto Rico, I would highly recommend it. The island is beautiful, and more importantly, so is the wildlife! Also, @susanhewitt you’re in luck because I actually do have a lot of shells that I have from Vieques, and I’ve been meaning to upload them for a while now! I’ll try and get them uploaded tonight, if not tommorow, and I’ll send you a message when I do!

Posted by rangertreaty50 2 months ago (Flag)

Ah, great! I will be very happy to look at them. Thanks @rangertreaty50.

And thank you to anyone who lives in Puerto Rico and wants to photograph marine mollusks, freshwater mollusks or land mollusks!

Or fish of any kind -- iNat does not have enough fish images!

Posted by susanhewitt 2 months ago (Flag)

I agree, fish are poorly represented everywhere. Sports fisher people should post examples of their catch before releasing of if kept. iNaturlist seems to not mind dead examples as I have posted a couple of rockfish and coho salmon that my family kept for food. Anyway, thanks for encouraging more fish representation. Sea Stars have better representation and that seems odd to me.

Posted by onekoolkid0 2 months ago (Flag)

I am currently trying to work out the best ways to make a friendly approach to fishers, so that when I approach them they do not think that I am the fish police.

Posted by susanhewitt 2 months ago (Flag)

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