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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 | 8 comments | Leave a comment

July 08, 2019

Ecuador - iNaturalist World Tour

We've reached the third week of the iNaturalist World Tour! This week, we'll visit Ecuador, Brazil, & Costa Rica in Latin America, Portugal & Spain on the Iberian Peninsula in Europe, and India & Malaysia in Asia.

¡Hemos llegado a la tercera semana del iNaturalist Tour Mundial! Esta semana, visitaremos Ecuador, Brasil y Costa Rica en América Latina, Portugal y España en la Península Ibérica en Europa, e India y Malasia en Asia.



Let's kick the week off in Ecuador! The map below shows the top 50 observers zoomed out to see all of Ecuador including the Galapagos Islands. In the Galapagos the top observers in the area around Santa Cruz Island seem to be mostly visitors from the United States (e.g. @johngsalamander). There have been several projects using iNaturalist in the Galapagos organized by the Charles Darwin Foundation, California Academy of Sciences, National Geographic, and others.

¡Vamos a empezar la semana en Ecuador! El mapa muestra los 50 principales observadores alejados para ver todo el Ecuador, incluidas las Islas Galápagos. En las Galápagos, los principales observadores estan en el área alrededor de la Isla Santa Cruz. Parecen ser en su mayoría visitantes de los Estados Unidos (por ejemplo, @johngsalamander). Hay varios proyectos usando iNaturalist en Galapagos organizado por la Fundación Charles Darwin, la Academia de Ciencias de California, National Geographic y otros.



Here's the same map zoomed in to show more detail from continental Ecuador. At this scale we can make out a distinct cluster of top observers around Quito (e.g. @rudygelis, @holgerbeck, @david_torres etc.). There's a second distinct cluster around Tena in the Amazon (e.g. @mcclarinj, @darwin20, @liz226, etc.). Other top observers like @damontighe are focused elsewhere in the country such as @jcamacho in Santa Elena near the Pacific Coast.

Aquí está el mismo mapa ampliado para mostrar más detalles del Ecuador continental. En esta escala, podemos distinguir un grupo distinto de observadores principales alrededor de Quito (por ejemplo, @rudygelis, @holgerbeck, @david_torres, etc.). Hay un segundo grupo distinto alrededor de Tena en el Amazonas (por ejemplo, @mcclarinj, @ darwin20, @ liz226, etc.). Otros observadores como @damontighe están enfocados en otros lugares del país, como @jcamacho en Santa Elena, cerca de la costa del Pacífico.



Beginning in 2011, @the_biodiversity_group (led by Dr. Paul Hamilton) organized several events using iNaturalist around Ecuador. But the number of observations per month began ramping up over the last year once Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO) under the leadership of @inclandj began promoting iNaturalist through bioblitzes and classes such as Entomologia General UCE in Quito. The huge peak in April 2019 resulted from a very successful showing in the 2019 City Nature Challenge in the Amazonian city of Tena organized by the INABIO in collaboration with IKIAM University

A partir de 2011, @the_biodiversity_group (dirigido por el Dr. Paul Hamilton) organizó varios eventos utilizando iNaturalist en todo Ecuador. Pero el número de observaciones por mes comenzó a aumentar en el último año una vez que el Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INABIO), bajo el liderazgo de @inclandj, comenzó a promocionar iNaturalist mediante bioblitzes y clases como Entomologia General UCE en Quito. El aumento en abril de 2019 fue el resultado de una exitosa exhibición en el Reto Naturalista Urbano 2019 en la ciudad amazónica de Tena, organizada por el INABIO en colaboración con la Universidad IKIAM.



INABIO's contributions can be seen in the graph below where top identifiers @felipecampos, @jorgebrito, and @osita are affiliated. Many thanks to @afid @johnascher @johngsalamander and @maractwin for their identifications of plants, birds, herps, and fish respectively.

Las contribuciones de INABIO se pueden ver en el siguiente gráfico. Los principales identificadores @felipecampos, @jorgebrito y @osita están afiliados a INABIO. Muchas gracias a @afid @johnascher @johngsalamander y @maractwin por sus identificaciones de plantas, aves,
reptiles y anfibios, y peces respectivamente.



What can we do to keep up this momentum in Ecuador? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum post.

¿Qué podemos hacer para mantener este impulso en Ecuador? Por favor, comparte tus pensamientos a continuación o en este post del foro.

@rudygelis @damontighe @david_torres @mcclarinj @holgerbeck @felipecampos @vechocho @cstobie @rudygelis @johnascher

We’ll be back tomorrow with Malaysia!

Volveremos mañana con Malasia!

Posted on July 08, 2019 19:34 by loarie loarie | 8 comments | Leave a comment

Sea Slugs on the Elkhorn Slough - Observation of the Week, 7/7/19

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Our Observation of the Week is this Navanax inermis sea slug, seen in the United States by lmkitayama

“At work they call me the Slug Queen,” says Lauren Kitayama, an Assistant Manager at Kayak Connection in California. “Daylight permitting, I paddle once a week before work on the Elkhorn Slough. A couple of years ago, if you'd asked any of the local guides they might have said there were 5 species of sea slug on the slough. Last year I documented 27!”

The slug seen above was one of twenty Navanax inermis she spotted that morning, and said they were mating on the sea lettuce near the dock at work. “They are one of my favorite slugs,” she says,

They are large enough for people to appreciate, and so absolutely beautiful! I love using them to get people excited about the unloved slimy things that live in the ocean. One of my goals is always to show people something they never even imagined existed on the planet, and Navanax are a great opportunity to do that. As a kayak guide I work with a lot of school children, and love having the chance to inspire them to protect and appreciate the natural world around them.

While nudibranchs are the most commonly known order of sea slug, the Navanax inermis belongs to an entirely different order: Cephalaspidea, or the headshield slugs. Most members of this order, including the California Aglaja, do have a shell, but it is usually either tiny or internal. Navanax inermis are large slugs, growing anywhere from 2.5 to 10 inches (6.35 - 25.4 cm) in length, and they prey upon other gastropods and even small fish!

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Lauren (above) earned a Masters in Marine Conservation from the University of Miami (FL), where she focused on the impacts of marine debris. “I am zealous about protecting the oceans from plastic...[and] someday I hope to work for the UN attacking the plastic pollution problem in Southeast Asia.” For now, however, she says she loves her current job, and tells me 

My favorite thing is to see something I've never seen before. "I don't know" is my favorite answer to the question, "what is it?" I think that's how this whole slug thing started. They are beautiful, and most people would never look for them/see them without a guide. For whatever reason my slug observation skills are great. Can't find my keys half the time (or the sunglasses that are on my head), but a 9 mm sea slug hiding in a patch of kelp... no problem.

With my ecologist brain, I am excited to continue documenting slugs on the slough to see if a temporal pattern emerges (when are particular species showing up? Are they predictably in the same locations year after year?) I try very hard to get a photo of every species I see every week so that I can continue to document their presence/absence on the slough.

- by Tony Iwane.


- Check out Lauren’s Litter Mermaid projects and blog!

- And her sea slug observations.

- Watch a Navanax inermis eating a California Seahare.

- And watch a pair mating!

Posted on July 08, 2019 01:56 by tiwane tiwane | 6 comments | Leave a comment

July 06, 2019

Taiwan - iNaturalist World Tour

Taiwan is the 13th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. Although @doggy0406, the top observer, is the chairman of Yunlin Wild Bird Association, his observations span many types of organisms in addition to birds. Other top observers are associated with The Society of Wilderness including @luoycy, @wallacechen, @max822, @maxhsieh, @chinaberryhuang, and @kinmatsu. Several top observers are associated with National Chiayi University (@mutolisp, @shinochen, @chendada), Tunghai University (@penlock), and the Endemic Species Research Institute of Taiwan (@linscott, @papilioshih). @pseudoshuigeeee is a bird-watching guide.



iNaturalist has been growing rapidly in Taiwan thanks to the leadership of Cheng-Tao Lin (@mutolisp) who has done an incredible amount of outreach within Taiwan while also leading efforts to translate and localize the platform. In the past year, The Society of Wilderness used iNaturalist as part of their annual habitat investigation and conservation activities. You can read the report here. You can find several projects here associated with the effort. 2019 was also the first year Taiwan participated in the City Nature Challenge. In Chiayi, The Society of Wilderness recorded 10k observation and 2187 species during April. @mutolisp and others also worked to introduce iNaturalist in biodiversity and environmental education courses in several universities including the National Chiayi University and Tunghai University.



The top vascular plant identifier in Taiwan is Chia-Lun Hsieh (@galanhsnu), a research assistant of Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica. @galanhsnu is followed by Po-Chung Chen (@pochung). @pochung is an enviromnental educator and has taught several courses to engage youth in nature. @yuchuan is the top insect identifier. Many of the moth identifications in Taiwan on iNaturalist can be traced to participants in the Taiwan Moth Information Center. This effort to create an online moth database is led by Hsu-Hong Lin, the chief secretary of the The Endemic Species Research Institute of Taiwan.



Many thanks to @mutolisp for providing most of the research used in this post. Please share your ideas below or on this forum thread on what we can do to make iNaturalist even better in Taiwan!

@doggy0406 @pseudoshuigeeee @luoycy @wallacechen @stevenson1002 @galanhsnu @pochung @dtmed9 @leaf1234 @chinaberryhuang

We’ll be back tomorrow with France!

Posted on July 06, 2019 16:13 by loarie loarie | 6 comments | Leave a comment

July 03, 2019

Russia - iNaturalist World Tour

Russia is the 10th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. The top 50 observers on iNaturalist span the country. Most, like @velibortravoved, are based in the western part of the country including the Moscow area. There is also a large group including @evgenyboginsky in the area around the Altai Republic. The efforts of @snv2 and others are centered around Vladivostok in the far south east. Even the Kamchatka Peninsula is represented through @borisbolshakov's efforts as well as the Caucus mountains through @ramazan_murtazaliev's efforts.

10-я остановка тура iNaturalist по миру - Россия. Топ 50 наблюдателей разбросаны по всей территории страны. На западе страны, включая Москву и область, базируется большинство - как @velibortravoved. Кроме того крупная группа наблюдателей, в том числе @evgenyboginsky, сосредоточена в районе Республики Алтай. Усилия @snv2 и других направлены на окрестности Владивостока на крайнем юго-востоке. Камчатский полуостров представлен благодаря @borisbolshakov, a горы Кавказа - благодаря @ramazan_murtazaliev.



Growth of iNaturalist in Russia has been sudden and surprising. A large part is due to the very successful Flora of Russia project, under the leadership of @apseregin from Moscow University where herbarium based research was complemented by using iNaturalist. This project has just crossed the 100K threshold.

I suspect the efforts of @dschigel, who is Russian and works for GBIF, were responsible for introducing many Russians to iNaturalist. @dschigel started by coordinating translation efforts, then he and his colleagues began running bioblitzes using iNaturalist as satellite events at conferences and courses associated with GBIF-related outreach and activities. They've also done a great deal of outreach on social media including Facebook and its Russian analogue, Vkontakte. It's likely that the Russian love of hiking and being in the countryside is a large part of why iNaturalist has caught on so quickly in the country, but it takes effective local outreach and leadership from people like @dschigel and @apseregin to introduce people to the platform.

Прирост iNaturalist в России стал резким и неожиданным. По большей части это связано с успехом проекта "Флора России" под руководством @apseregin из МГУ, в котором гербарные работы ведутся при помощи платформы iNaturalist. Этот проект буквально недавно перешагнул 100-тысячный порог.

Я (@loarie) также полагаю, что сказались и усилия @dschigel, который знакомит своих соотечественников с iNaturalist: он из России и работает в GBIF. @dschigel координировал перевод (платформы на русский), а также сообщил мне, что он и его коллеги обычно проводят с помощью iNaturalist Биоблитцы (соревнования), как дополнительные мероприятия, во время конференций и курсов по ознакомлению и работе с GBIF. Большой охват (аудитории) был также проведен при помощи социальных сетей - Facebook и VK. Вполне вероятно, что любовь россиян к пребыванию на природе и походам послужила поводом к быстрому завоеванию популярности в стране, но чтобы познакомить людей с платформой, необходимы эффективное донесение информации и лидерство от таких людей, как @dschigel и @apseregin.



Plants and birds top the species categories in Russia, likely due to the success of the Flora of Russia effort and keen birder watchers like @birdchuvashia and @tomegatherion

Растения и птицы возглавляют списки категорий видов в России благодаря усилиям проекта "Флора России" и энергичным наблюдателям за птицами - @birdchuvashia и @tomegatherion.



We’ll be back tomorrow with Colombia! Meanwhile what can we do to make iNaturalist work even better in Russia and sustain this growth? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@snv2 @velibortravoved @apseregin @eduard_garin @merlu @phlomis_2019 @convallaria1128 @kastani @julia_shner @alexeiebel
(Thanks to kastani for the Russian translation of this post)

Posted on July 03, 2019 15:23 by loarie loarie | 18 comments | Leave a comment

July 11, 2019

Spain - iNaturalist World Tour

España - iNaturalist Tour Mundial

We're in Spain for the 18th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. Three of the top observers, @gmucientes, @cesarpollo5, and @fdejuana, are based across the northern edge of the country. @artdivcanon is based in the the Canary Islands where @ahospers & @fero have made lots of contributions during their visits here from the Netherlands and Slovakia. There is a cluster of top observers around Andalucia in the south (e.g. @jimarcor, @susanne-kasimir, @whodden, @liesvanrompaey, @humbertoferron) and around the cities of Madrid (e.g. @melesmeles, @juliandiaz, @pdfuenteb), Valencia (e.g. @supergan), and Barcelona (e.g. @mattiamenchetti, @orlandof, @mammal, @xbejard, @xavimm75, @carmelo_lopez). Kew botanist @danielcahen has contributed many observations during visits to the Islas Baleares.

Estamos en España para la parada 18 en el iNaturalist Tour Mundial. Tres de los principales observadores, @gmucientes, @ cesarpollo5 y @fdejuana, se encuentran en el extremo norte del país. @artdivcanon tiene su sede en las Islas Canarias, donde @ahospers & @fero han hecho muchas contribuciones durante sus visitas aquí desde los Países Bajos y Eslovaquia. Hay un grupo de observadores destacados en el sur de Andalucía (por ejemplo, @jimarcor, @ susanne-kasimir, @whodden, @liesvanrompaey, @humbertoferron) y alrededor de las ciudades de Madrid (por ejemplo, @melesmeles, @juliandiaz, @pdfuenteb), Valencia (por ejemplo, @supergan), y Barcelona (por ejemplo, @mattiamenchetti, @orlandof, @mammal, @xbejard, @ xavimm75, @carmelo_lopez). El botánico @danielcahen ha contribuido muchas observaciones durante las visitas a las Islas Baleares.



CREAF under the leadership of @bernat did some fantastic early outreach for iNaturalist in Spain, but unfortunately stopped using the platform in 2016. Nonetheless, observations per month have increased significantly in Span since then and is continuing to increase rapidly as more an more Spaniards and visitors to Spain have become involved.

CREAF, con el liderazgo de @bernat, hizo un gran número de actividades para iNaturalist en España, pero desafortunadamente dejó de usar la plataforma en 2016. No obstante, las observaciones por mes han aumentado significativamente en España desde entonces. Continúan aumentando rápidamente a medida que más españoles y visitantes a España se han involucrado.



@pdfuenteb, @martinho_cabana , and @jgd have contributed significant local identification expertise from within Spain. Meanwhile, @ ldacosta and @khaledayyach have shared lots of expertise from nearby Portugal and Algeria. The contributions of @borisb, who specializes in identifying beetles from around the globe, can also be seen here.

@pdfuenteb, @martinho_cabana y @jgd han contribuido mucho experiencia en identificación adentro de España. Mientras tanto, @ldacosta y @khaledayyach han compartido muchos conocimientos de las cercanías de Portugal y Argelia. Las contribuciones de @borisb, que se especializa en la identificación de escarabajos de todo el mundo, también se pueden ver aquí.



What can we do to make iNaturalist more vibrant in Spain? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum post.

¿Qué podemos hacer para que iNaturalist sea más vibrante en España? Por favor, comparte tus pensamientos aqui o en esta publicación del foro.

@fdejuana @ahospers @artdivcan @cesarpollo5 @gmucientes @ldacosta @jgd @martinho_cabana @khaledayyach @pdfuenteb

We’ll be back tomorrow with Portugal!

Volveremos mañana con Portugal!

Posted on July 11, 2019 20:55 by loarie loarie | 14 comments | Leave a comment

July 09, 2019

Malaysia - iNaturalist World Tour

Malaysia is our 16th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. Top observers in Malaysia are mostly clustered around the capital Kuala Lumpur (e.g. @anukma @ongzi @dhfischer @johnhowes @tansh91 @krentan). A second group of top observers are clustered near Singapore, a tiny nation adjacent to Malaysia, (e.g. @gancw1, @kokhuitan, @budak). Others are on the tiny island of Penang (e.g. @henrywu, @cheahhup) and others on the massive island of Borneo (e.g. @sullivanribbit, @fcheong).



Not unlike Hong Kong the observations per month graph is dominate by large events, specifically Penang Intersecondary School City Nature Challenge organized by @lingeshwarry and @ahmadzafir in February 2019 and City Nature Challenge 2018 in Klang Valley (organized by @krentan and colleagues) and 2019 in Penang and Klang Valley. Penang activities are associated with the Habitat Foundation led by @allentan88 and @taipan who first used iNat during a 2017 Bioblitz. Klang Valley events are in association with the University of Malaya.

Whats odd is that while there is a group of top observers based in Malaysia who use the iNaturalist regularly (e.g. @anukma @ongzi @dhfischer @johnhowes @tansh91) and other regular users based in nearby Singapore, most of the observers associated with these large events (many of whom are top observers in Malaysia) have only use iNaturalist during these events (e.g. @krentan, @affan1990 @syuhadasapno @ecologist31 @nurulfitrah @wuhaowern @asiahkadir). It's interesting that they've contributed so much during these events but haven't gone on to use iNaturalist regularly at all.



Most of the top identifiers are based in Singapore (e.g. @gancw1, @kokhuitan, @johnascher). @rajibmaulick is based in India and @tlsv2's whereabouts are mysterious. @nadine4 at the Universiti Sains Malaysia and @jkfoon at the Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Rimba have contributed valuable expertise from within Malaysia.



It seems like we have a clear challenge/opportunity in Malaysia. How do we grow the community of regular users from within Malaysia. Is there anything that could be done to convince participants in these large events to continue using iNaturalist outside of the events? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum post.

@krentan @gancw1 @anukma @affan1990 @arnoldwijker @gancw1 @kokhuitan @tlsv2 @rajibmaulick @johnascher

We’ll be back tomorrow with Brazil!

Posted on July 09, 2019 18:50 by loarie loarie | 9 comments | Leave a comment

July 01, 2019

Italy - iNaturalist World Tour

Today, we start the second week of the iNaturalist World Tour with seven new countries to explore. Unlike last week, none of these countries have English as their primary language. Three are in Europe (Italy, Germany, France), two are in East Asia (Hong Kong and Taiwan), along with Colombia in South America, and Russia straddling Eurasia.



Most of the top 50 observers in Italy are located in the north with a smaller group near Rome and representing the southern parts of the country.



Growth in number of observations per month in Italy is seasonal peaking around May or June. 2019 has been the biggest year so far, but the rate of growth seems to have slowed slightly relative to 2018. Italy was well represented in the 2019 City Nature Challenge, but only 3 participating cities (Vicenza, Naples, Roma) use iNaturalist while 6 others (Catania, Lecce, Ostuni, Taranto, Trento, Trinitapoli) used a Spanish fork of an older version of iNaturalist.



As in Mexico and South Africa, herps are in the top 4 categories. This is likely due to @danieleseglie's long running Italian Herps project



We’ll be back tomorrow with Hong Kong! In the meantime what can we do to improve iNaturalist in Italy? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@bferrero @nicolascatassi @lauragola @marcorastelli @leibele @danieleseglie @smuele @ldacosta @filippoceccolini @finrod

Posted on July 01, 2019 15:01 by loarie loarie | 15 comments | Leave a comment

July 10, 2019

Brazil - iNaturalist World Tour

We head to Brazil for our 17th stop on the iNaturalist World Tour. The top 50 observers in Brazil are distributed across this huge and biodiverse country. As expected, many of the top observers are clustered along the Atlantic Coast heading north from Porto Alegre (e.g. @henriqueraupp) north through the Sao Paulo area (e.g. @mzamoner, @pajeu, @josev_g, @alessandradalia) all the way to Salvador (e.g. @deboas). @nelson_wisnik and @arnoldwijker travel widely but their observations are centered here. There is also a cluster of observers near the capital (e.g. @douglas-u-oliveira, @onildo_marini), in Acre in the far western part of the country (@edson_guilherme, @marcos_silveira), and in the Amazon city of Manaus (e.g. @renata_xavier). @birdernaturalist travels widely but his observations are centered on the border between Mato Grosso and Para.



iNaturalist has been growing rapidly over the last two years. The peak in April, 2018, was from City Nature Challenge Sao Paulo 2018 organized by @sandrovonmatter.



The top identifier in Brazil is @michelotto who researches spiders. @josev_ge and @diegoalmendras also bring local South American identification expertise along with @deboas, @gasperinbio, and @meiterer. The top insect identifiers @wongun (Hemiptera, Korea), @johnascher (Hymenoptera, Singapore), @borisb (Coleoptera, Germany) show how insect specialists can be a huge help to iNaturalist observers across the globe. Thanks to @diogoprov for sharing his regional amphibian expertise.



What can we do to capture momentum in Brazil and take things to the next level? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum post.

@mzamoner @nelson_wisnik @douglas-u-oliveira @birdernaturalist @arnoldwijker @michelotto @josev_ge @diegoalmendras @johnascher @deboas

We’ll be back tomorrow with Spain!

Posted on July 10, 2019 14:31 by loarie loarie | 20 comments | Leave a comment

July 02, 2019

Hong Kong - iNaturalist World Tour

Hong Kong, the ninth stop on the iNaturalist World Tour, is our first visit to Asia.



In Hong Kong, a slowly growing core community of users like @sunnetchan @portioid & @hkmoths have provided a foundation of expertise that has allowed events geared at wider audiences to be successful and well curated. The three spikes on the graph below are 3 such events all organized by @shellfishgene and his colleagues. In order they were
City Nature Challenge 2018 (in which Hong Kong placed 10th), a CNC associated inter-school challenge, and CNC 2019 (in which Hong Kong placed 11th). @shellfishgene's outreach efforts for each of these events has been very impressive!



Insects top the species categories. This is likely in large part a result of @hkmoths expertise in moths.



We’ll be back tomorrow with Russia! In the meantime what can we do to make iNaturalist work better in Hong Kong? Please share your thoughts below or on this forum thread

@sunnetchan @sk2 @i14ehkreeffish @portioid @alankwok @hkmoths @cosmophasis @morimami @thui @wkcheng71

Posted on July 02, 2019 14:14 by loarie loarie | 9 comments | Leave a comment