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Discovering the Stinkhorn

Ooey gooey innards! Meet the Lantern Stinkhorn! It is not enough for me to snap the photo to earn my honor with iNaturalist rather I must "meet" the Stinkhorn! Rewind ... I used to see these pop up in the my flowerbeds but not really give them a second though. Today ... since starting a project for my students (KCKCBioD), I have started reconnecting back with my interest in the natural world. First it was a game to ensure that I had more observations than the students, of course! But then I realized it is only when I started researching the organisms that I was identifying that I became truly excited. Now don't get me wrong, the funny "phallic" objects in my flowerbed got us curious. Side note: there are many different species of these uniquely shaped fungi belonging to the Family Phallacaea (I love taxonomy). But when I looked inside the stinkhorn, I saw the prized, stinky goo. This goo emits a scent that is appealing to some species, like flies. They are attracted to the goo, they feed on it (spores included) then later deposit spores via their feces in other locations. Brilliant example of co-evolutionary (?) adaptations or perhaps a symbiosis that evolved. It is said that the putrid smell of the stinkhorn is what lures flies to the goo and, perhaps, repels predators from the fungi. Food for the insect and reproductive success for the fungi. Of course with so many species, there may be multiple mechanisms for spore dispersal along with other unique adaptations. At the end of the day,

Nature is so Cool!

Posted on May 31, 2020 13:19 by kc_coyote kc_coyote | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Some Bird Sternums

LANDFOWL:

Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) sternum:


Peafowl (Pavo) sternum (male):


Domestic Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus):


(from top to bottom)
Peacock, chicken, turkey.

Waterfowl

Domestic Muscovy Duck (Cairina moschata domestica):


Chicken vs Muscoy duck:

Feral Pigeon (Columba livia domestica)
Monk parakeet/Quaker Parrot (Myiopsitta monachus)
Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto)


Duck, chicken, pigeon, monk parakeet, collard dove:

Posted on May 31, 2020 04:39 by lizardking lizardking | 3 comments | Leave a comment
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Participe da nossa Enquete!

Prezado participante do Desafio da Natureza em Curitiba e RMC

Neste ano Curitiba ficou em 1º lugar dentre as cidades brasileiras no Desafio da Natureza nas Cidades (City Nature Challenge).
Pensando em conhecer um pouco mais sobre o perfil de quem participou em 2020 e visando melhorias para 2021, agradeceríamos se você pudesse responder a algumas perguntas até o dia 10/06/2020 no link a seguir: https://forms.gle/7GM1y6Yp2bgZcUNg8
É rapidinho! Você não levará mais que 3 minutos para responder. E não precisará se identificar.
Participe, e nos ajude a avaliar as ações realizadas e a aperfeiçoar as estratégias para o próximo ano.

Agradecemos, desde já, sua colaboração.

Atenciosamente,

Larissa Kummer, Jana Souza, Gustavo Ribeiro, Lais Montagnini, Gabriela Beninca & Rithielle Priscila
(Membros da UTFPR e integrantes da Comissão Organizadora do Desafio da Natureza em Curitiba e RMC)

Posted on May 31, 2020 00:46 by janasouza janasouza | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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bluets

From curator @jimjohnson:

@williamkimzey those species are not found in North America. These are Boreal or Northern Bluet (Enallagma boreale or annexum), and a very close view of the male cerci is required to differentiate them. It's almost always impossible to do with photos aside from the most exceptional cases. Females are impossible to differentiate except in-hand

@williamkimzey bluets (Enallagma) are a type of damselfly. There is a British/American difference in the common name—Americans tend to use different names for some of the genera (e.g. Enallagma/Coenagrion = “bluet”, Ischnura = “forktail”), but in Britain they are mostly just “damselfly”.

It’s important to keep in mind that many of the suggestions offered by iNaturalist don’t occur here, since geography is not taken into account. It’s good to do a little bit of research before accepting the top species in the list.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46616143
Ischnura = "forktail"

Posted on May 30, 2020 19:30 by williamkimzey williamkimzey | 4 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Новости первого дня 1/8 финала Кубка

Дорогие друзья!

Напоминаем, что в субботу, воскресенье и понедельник на портале "Флора России" проводится 1/8 финала Командного кубка России по фотофиксации растений 2020 года. На Камчатке 7 утра воскресенья, настало время рассказать о новостях этого дня.

Итак, все наблюдения, добавленные в этот период в проект "Флора России" экспертами, пойдут в зачёт кубковых очков следующих региональных проектов:

Флора Новосибирской области | Novosibirsk Oblast Flora
Флора Брянской области | Bryansk Oblast Flora
Флора Подмосковья | Moscow Oblast Flora
Флора Тульской области | Tula Oblast Flora
Флора Курской области | Kursk Oblast Flora
Флора Мордовии | Flora of Mordovia
Флора Камчатки | Kamchatka Flora
Флора Севастополя | Sevastopol Flora
Флора Омской области | Omsk Oblast Flora
Флора Иркутской области | Irkutsk Oblast Flora
Флора Воронежской области | Voronezh Oblast Flora
Флора Краснодарского края | Krasnodar Krai Flora
Флора Дагестана | Dagestan Flora
Флора Калужской области | Kaluga Oblast Flora
Флора Липецкой области | Lipetsk Oblast Flora
Флора Тюменской области | Tyumen Oblast Flora

Наблюдения из остальных регионов как обычно могут добавляться пользователями в фоновом режиме.

Регламент 1/8 финала тут (обязателен для внимательного изучения).

Табло соревнований в режиме реального времени здесь.

За первый день 1/8 финала в проект "Флора России" экспертами было добавлено 3000 наблюдений. Ещё на 2400 наблюдений за этот день вырос антипроект.

Небольшая напоминалка экспертам. Для определения наблюдений растений из регионов-участников 1/8 Кубка в период его проведения можно воспользоваться следующей ссылкой: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?project_id=45968&d1=2020-05-30&d2=2020-06-01&place_id=134600,139356,133612,139366,134701,134587,13210,143006,11803,139357,134605,134699,139496,134617,134703,139505 . В неё зашито: ID антипроекта (бэклог неопределённых наблюдений "Флоры России"), даты проведения Кубка (с 2020-05-30 по 2020-06-01), ID регионов-участников. Пройдя по ссылке, можно уточнить географические и таксономические фильтры. Коды регионов-участников для конструирования собственного фильтра:
134600 Брянская область
139356 Новосибирская область
133612 Подмосковье
139366 Тульская область
134701 Курская область
134587 Мордовия
13210 Камчатский край
143006 Севастополь
11803 Иркутская область
139357 Омская область
134605 Воронежская область
134699 Краснодарский край
139496 Дагестан
134617 Калужская область
134703 Липецкая область
139505 Тюменская область

Например, фильтр для Средней России: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?project_id=45968&d1=2020-05-30&d2=2020-06-01&place_id=134600,133612,139366,134701,134587,134605,134617,134703

Фильтр для Крыма и Кавказа: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?project_id=45968&d1=2020-05-30&d2=2020-06-01&place_id=139496,134699,143006

Фильтр для Сибири и Камчатки: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?project_id=45968&d1=2020-05-30&d2=2020-06-01&place_id=139356,13210,11803,139357,139505

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Текущая статистика 1/8 Кубка: 1 920 наблюдений - 592 вида - 76 экспертов - 112 наблюдателей

Текущее положение (наблюдения):

Позиция Проект Количество
1 Пара 8: Тюменская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 370
2 Пара 1: Брянская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 270
3 Пара 1: Новосибирская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 239
4 Пара 5: Иркутская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 213
5 Пара 2: Подмосковье, 1/8 Кубка-2020 195
6 Пара 5: Омская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 191
7 Пара 4: Камчатский край, 1/8 Кубка-2020 139
8 Пара 2: Тульская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 123
9 Пара 3: Курская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 40
10 Пара 6: Воронежская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 39
11 Пара 7: Калужская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 37
12 Пара 7: Дагестан, 1/8 Кубка-2020 36
13 Пара 3: Мордовия, 1/8 Кубка-2020 20
14 Пара 6: Краснодарский край, 1/8 Кубка-2020 8
15 Пара 4: Севастополь, 1/8 Кубка-2020 0
16 Пара 8: Липецкая область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 0
Текущее положение (виды):
Позиция Проект Количество
1 Пара 8: Тюменская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 188
2 Пара 1: Брянская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 170
3 Пара 1: Новосибирская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 131
4 Пара 5: Иркутская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 127
5 Пара 5: Омская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 115
6 Пара 2: Подмосковье, 1/8 Кубка-2020 97
7 Пара 4: Камчатский край, 1/8 Кубка-2020 89
8 Пара 2: Тульская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 77
9 Пара 3: Курская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 38
10 Пара 7: Дагестан, 1/8 Кубка-2020 36
11 Пара 6: Воронежская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 34
12 Пара 7: Калужская область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 31
13 Пара 3: Мордовия, 1/8 Кубка-2020 16
14 Пара 6: Краснодарский край, 1/8 Кубка-2020 8
15 Пара 4: Севастополь, 1/8 Кубка-2020 0
16 Пара 8: Липецкая область, 1/8 Кубка-2020 0
Участники:
Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений Видов
1 @vaglazunov 197 133
2 @yurii_basov 173 118
3 @panasenkonn 101 82
4 @tatyana-omck 92 70
5 @allaverkhozina 89 71
6 @alexanderdubynin 79 55
7 @olegdavydov 76 42
8 @disertinsky 52 44
9 @siburhan 47 43
10 @fedor_kondrachuk 43 25
11 @smsergey 43 42
12 @kiramarch 41 37
13 @olga_chernyagina 41 25
14 @olga2019kuryakova 40 34
15 @ramazan_murtazaliev 36 36
16 @aleks-khimin 35 31
17 @nikolaydorofeev 34 32
18 @annagamzina 32 29
19 @natalya1406 30 28
20 @max_carabus 29 24
21 @tatyaya 24 24
22 @melodi_96 24 18
23 @alexandr_grechko 23 19
24 @vladimir_teplouhov 23 19
25 @borisbolshakov 23 22
26 @pavel100 21 18
27 @tatyanapopova 21 19
28 @vadim98 19 15
29 @naturalist34144 18 18
30 @tsvetasheva 16 15
31 @daria_dru 15 14
32 @nikita_grechesky 15 15
33 @fw8 14 14
34 @naturalist34946 13 12
35 @lidiya_antonova 13 11
36 @vaneevalesya 13 12
37 @vaku-vaku 12 11
38 @yriysokolov73 12 12
39 @elena_tikhonova 12 11
40 @kildor 12 12
41 @marina_sad 11 11
42 @anfler 11 10
43 @natali_koptelova 11 10
44 @svetlanazherbakova 10 9
45 @gurkovlad 10 10
46 @abraamyan 9 9
47 @nikolayyakovchits 8 8
48 @naturalist31744 8 8
49 @naturalist19164 8 6
50 @mariiaarkh 8 8
51 @shaura_nastua 7 7
52 @stazip 7 7
53 @kseniaandreeva 7 7
54 @angelina237 7 7
55 @tarasov 7 7
56 @marinavs 7 7
57 @schneider414 6 6
58 @w_shakhparonov 6 6
59 @tatiana_malyarchuk 5 5
60 @angelina232002 5 5
61 @andreyf 5 5
62 @anastasiaaavor 4 4
63 @annasamoylova110404 4 3
64 @larsha 4 4
65 @elenalitoshenko 4 4
66 @marina_zimina 4 4
67 @oleg_kosterin 4 2
68 @dkonst 4 4
69 @elenakh 4 4
70 @andreygrechko 4 4
71 @alyona4 4 4
72 @maria_kuzmina 4 4
73 @tanyanerpa 3 3
74 @sergey100 3 3
75 @upupa_ 3 3
76 @sveta-koptelova2004 3 3
77 @veronika_belova 3 3
78 @plrays 3 3
79 @naturalist34954 2 2
80 @natale4ka 2 2
81 @yulyatitkova 2 2
82 @naturalist297401 2 2
83 @viktoriias 2 2
84 @victor_aleksanov 2 2
85 @ana_lu 2 2
86 @keep_going 2 2
87 @naturalist28007 1 1
88 @naturalist34992 1 1
89 @elizavetakoryakina 1 1
90 @needfortravelmax 1 1
91 @naturalist30403 1 1
92 @naturalist34703 1 1
93 @summerboy 1 1
94 @katipusta 1 1
95 @elizaveta_p 1 1
96 @naturalist34283 1 1
97 @wasdywasdy 1 1
98 @kristina_gayderova 1 1
99 @nelke 1 1
100 @shmelbzz 1 1
101 @irinaber 1 1
102 @nataborisova 1 1
103 @annayalisheva 1 1
104 @irkko 1 1
105 @naturalist17235 1 1
106 @naturalist15413 1 1
107 @syastrebova 1 1
108 @alexrybka 1 1
109 @alenakoshkina 1 1
110 @grisha59599 1 1
111 @naturalist4690 1 1
112 @deniszhbir 1 1
Дорогие пользователи iNaturalist! Если вы есть в этом списке, значит вы (возможно сами того не зная) принимаете участие в нашем Кубке! Еще два дня можно делать наблюдения дикорастущих растений в природе и загружать их до вечера вторника. Напоминаем, что в каждом регионе топ-30 самых распространенных видов в зачет не идут. Все подробности - в региональных табло 1/8 финала Кубка, которые собраны здесь.
Posted on May 30, 2020 18:43 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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How to help an injured bird

If you have found an injured bird that hit a window, help it immediately to improve its chances of survival. See this guide for instructions on how to help a bird that hit a window, and recommendations for how to prevent bird-window collisions from FLAP Canada.

Posted on May 30, 2020 18:13 by brendons brendons | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Event summary

Thank you, everyone, for taking part in the third Socially Distant BioBlitz (SDB) on 24 May! While this event had fewer participants (148) than our two previous bioblitzes, we rallied together to make >10,000 observations and document >3,300 species. This brings our SDB series totals to nearly 50,000 observations and almost 9,000 species. Well done, team! If you still have observations to submit, please do so! Although this summary has been posted, your observations will still be included in the event totals.

The United States lead the way with most observations (7,033), yet Australia took the prize for most observations per observer (219). The friendly competition for SDB species champion between @nicklambert of Australia and @alexis_orion of Germany continues to propel our tallies ever higher. Congratulations to @nick2524 and @seileonne for topping the 24 May SDB observations and identifications leaderboards, respectively!

Our collective “day” started at right at 12:00 AM local time near Coffs Harbour, Australia, where @nicklambert documented this moth in the genus Opogona. It was still well before sunrise in Japan when @utchee recorded this singing Chinese Hwamei. A few hours later, back in Australia, @cobaltducks found this dangerous looking Kangaroo Thorn . German naturalist @amzamz was the first to post from Europe, documenting this Flame Shoulder Moth, a common nocturnal insect found across Europe. More observations soon followed in Belgium, Nepal, and Laos as @gillessanmartin, @karoconniff, and @edelaquis began their respective days. Nocturnal insects were a highlight of this SDB thanks to the recent new moon, and @bonnieeamick took full advantage of this lunar timing by submitting >120 Insecta observations before sunrise in the eastern United Sates. Many other bioblitz-ers made a concentrated effort to find moths, spiders, pill bugs, and more at nearby lights, which helped arthropods make up 33% of our species total (up from 28% in our previous bioblitz). The bioblitz wrapped up after 38 hours and 59 minutes when @jciv recorded a bee fly in southern Texas at 11:59 PM local time.

We hope you can join us for the next bioblitz on 14 June, and please encourage others to participate as well.

Warm regards,

Steven Lamonde (@slamonde ), Sara Lobdell (@slob973 ) & Michael Nerrie (@mnerrie )

List of participating countries (29): Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Czechia, Fiji, France, Germany, Guatemala, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Laos, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay.

Posted on May 30, 2020 16:04 by slamonde slamonde | 3 comments | Leave a comment
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30,000 observers

It's taken just nine months to add 10,000 observers to reach the 30,000 mark. This is wonderful! Thanks to every single one of you!

Andy Wilson
President-elect of the Pennsylvania Biological Survey

Posted on May 30, 2020 15:15 by andywilson andywilson | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The 2,000 club

Congrats @angela58 and @botanygirl for recently submitting their 2,000 observations in Frederick County. Great work!

Thank you

Posted on May 30, 2020 15:11 by andywilson andywilson | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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#BlackBirdersWeek aims to raise awareness, grow community.

The project is called #BlackBirdersWeek, and it will take place from Sunday, May 31, through Friday, June 5. Anyone who is interested should follow the hashtag #BlackBirdersWeek on Twitter and Instagram.

https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/news/birdwatching/blackbirdersweek-aims-to-raise-awareness-grow-community/?amp

Posted on May 30, 2020 14:44 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Personal observations

I am very much in the learning process & would appreciate any input from those of you with more knowledge even telling me what macro lens attachment works best
on cellphones.
After 35 years of professional photography I sold & gave away all my equipment lol.
As soon as I can a point & shoot will be purchased, no more professional grade
equipment for me.
Thank you ALL for your time reviewing my observations,
Larry Glatt

Posted on May 30, 2020 14:10 by larryglatt larryglatt | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Flore 74 : bilan du mois de mai

Avec le déconfinement, les sorties en montagne et l’explosion des floraisons de printemps, le mois de mai a vu s’accélérer le rythme des observations et augmenter le nombre des participants au projet.
Du côté des indicateurs, nous avons dépassé les 2000 observations, soit le double de fin avril, et identifié 709 espèces, soit 247 nouveaux taxons, avec l’aide de 115 observateurs (+46) et de 216 identificateurs (+65). Ces chiffres soulignent la force des projets collaboratifs lorsqu’ils reposent sur une plateforme efficiente et interactive comme iNaturalist.
Parmi les plantes du mois se retrouve un bel échantillonnage des fleurs d’alpage avec bien sûr les orchidées dont 19 espèces sont déjà répertoriées. Les plus abondantes sont l’orchis mâle, l’orchis sureau, les deux espèces de céphalanthères, la néottie nid-d’oiseau, l’orchis singe et celle de Fuchs parfois confondue avec le dactylorhize tacheté.
Parmi les autres espèces observées en mai, notons l’anémone des Alpes, la gentiane acaule, l’ancolie, la raiponce en épi, la centaurée des montagnes, la soldanelle des Alpes...
Nous en oublierions presque les mousses, les fougères, les lichens et les champignons, bien que ces derniers commencent à faire leur apparition sur les vieilles souches.
La répartition est à fin mai de 87% d’espèces du règne Plantae pour seulement 13% d’espèces du règne Fungi.
En attendant un nouveau point dans un mois, nous vous souhaitons de belles balades et de bonnes observations pour le mois de juin.

Posted on May 30, 2020 13:32 by alainc alainc | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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10000 наблюдений!

Уважаемые участники проекта!

Рады сообщить Вам, что наш проект набрал уже 10000 наблюдений! Это отличный результат, который стал возможным благодаря нашей общей энергичной работе! Растет и число видов, их уже 1039.

Напоминаем всем участникам, что стартовала 1/8 финала Командного кубка России по фотофиксации дикорастущих растений на платформе iNaturalist 2020 года. Уверены, что дождливые выходные не помешают нам показать отличные результаты!

Posted on May 30, 2020 11:15 by vladimirov vladimirov | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome

Welcome everyone to the second Fraser Coast Backyard BioBlitz. Some great observations so far!
Wow, wouldn't you just love to catch a glimpse of that Noisy Pitta! I have really noticed the reduction of insects since the last BioBlitz, due to the cold. Winter is definitely on our doorstep. Have fun everyone.

Posted on May 30, 2020 08:05 by charsz charsz | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Dogs and Fungi GRRRRRR

I have learned the extremely valuable lesson of not leaving Fungi anywhere a tall inquisitive dog lives!

Both species of puffballs I collected on 28 May 2020 were in my office on my desk and I left the room for 5 minutes and Diesel the wonder dog entered, chewed up and pulverised 16 odd of the tiny puffballs.

The larger stalked puffball was stolen! and it took me half an hour to find where he had taken it. That one was partially damaged. I wonder if DOG DNA will be shown on the DNA sequencing report. Arrrggg!

Posted on May 30, 2020 02:06 by sherieb sherieb | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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20200523 觀察前討論

每個禮拜1.3.5觀察

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Insects I saw

I see many insects in pear orchards for my job and am always on the lookout for interesting insects around town. This project records some of these insects.

Posted on May 30, 2020 00:09 by robertorpet robertorpet | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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20200529 第三次觀察記錄

下大雨後

Posted on May 29, 2020 23:19 by a_breeze7 a_breeze7 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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20200525 第一次觀察

第一次觀察 一個用 app,一個用紙筆。

Posted on May 29, 2020 23:13 by a_breeze7 a_breeze7 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The Historic Black Lands of Texas, part 5

Over the ensuing decades, deep cultivation, cotton and drought were not kind to the black lands, and by the mid-20th Century farmlands began to be sold for other development. In 1947, a developer named Rick Strong purchased several parcels of land that surrounded a major portion of Orr Branch which became a Dallas addition known as “Hillcrest Estates”. Centered on a roughly mile-long stretch of Northaven Road, the tracts of old pasture and farm structures were subdivided, typically into 300-foot-deep lots, some with horse corrals, and restrictions required homes to be a minimum of 2,300 square feet. Landscaping on these semi-rural lots often involved adapting the native plant species. South of Northaven, a small chain of water impoundments lay along Orr Branch, some these descended from old stock tanks used by the precursor farms. With time, additional dams, bridges and retaining walls were constructed, with old horse shoes turning up in the excavations.

Posted on May 29, 2020 23:02 by jbryant jbryant | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Brazos Bend SP - 7 Day Itch

Life is just barely slowing for the summer. Spring Interns are 'graduated' which means I have time to myself for an entire Friday. No Saturday classes to plan for or communicate about! Two of the CPC interns joined Scott and me on today's hike, all social-distancing, of course.

We took the prairie walk so they could see all three species of Vervain and distinguish between the three: V. brazilian, V. halei, and V. xutha. The dragonflies were all out, as were the mating butterflies. The surprise of the day was the Reakirt's Blue in the prairie, as well as the GIANT wolf spider off the path. Scott mistook it for a tarantula, it was so big.

After our friends parted ways, we marched on a bit further. Sadly, photos of juvenile Barred Owls did not turn out well enough for ID, but while Scott was bench-napping, I was able to record some parent calling back and forth with cicadas singing in the background.

The rookery was also in full swing. I found it funny that iNaturalist had 'monkey' right up top to name the juvenile ibises. I guess AI was confused by the striped bills and the ugly little faces (only a Mama could love).

All-in-all, another great hike at BBSP, third week straight. We'll see if next Friday pans out for another day trip. *crossing fingers*

Nice to see you again, #MyBrazos. (PS - I included the handful of observations from yesterday's volunteer stint.)

Posted on May 29, 2020 22:48 by dirtnkids dirtnkids | 31 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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How to Find and Photograph Live Bivalves

Historically, bivalves have almost exclusively been identified by their shells. Preserving soft parts is much more difficult than keeping shells and soft parts are not present in the fossil record. Furthermore, species identification is frequently impossible without a view of the inside of the shell, which is only possible with dead individuals. Today, however, photography of bivalves in situ is getting much easier and much more common. When shells and soft parts are correlated, we may discover ways to identify species in their natural habitats. Yet, many species cannot be identified in situ from their shells because of their burrowing habits, making them hard to extract or catch. Frequently, these species cannot burrow back into their substrates as adults, in which case they can only be identified by their siphons and other visible organs without killing them in the process. Here are some different habitats where you can find bivalves and what to do if you find them. For all bivalve shells, it's helpful to get photos of them lying flat with an indication of scale. One easy way to do this is by holding it in your hand and taking a photo from directly above. Get several photos from different angles, especially of the inside of the shell if the animal is dead. To see siphons and other soft parts, bivalves usually need to be underwater.

Sandy Beaches

Species here are burrowers, and some are very quick! Species like bean clams can be found in the sand or waves, especially during a low tide. Many bivalve species leave holes visible on the surface of the sand and can be dug up. This should only be done with the proper permits and where it is allowed; some species are protected and some cannot burrow back into the sand once they are removed. That being said, we'd love to get observations from clammers! When found alive, place bivalves in some water and let them sit still for a minute or two. Bring a bucket to keep them in temporarily. Glass works well, but it's often not advisable (or permitted) to bring glass to most beaches. Pretty soon after submerging them, you'll see their siphons. If you add some sand, they might stick out their foot and begin burrowing.

Tidepools and Reefs

Tidepools and rocky reefs are common along rocky coasts. Coral reefs provide similar habitats in the tropics. Boring clams can be found in hard substrates, and nestlers can be found living in their empty burrows. Some species can be found cemented to a substrate or attached with a byssus. Others can be found nestling in piles of rubble or pockets of sand. Still others can be found attached to the underside of large rocks or coral slabs. Given the rough surf common in these habitats, it is often difficult to get photos of bivalves underwater. Pools are a great place to look. Individuals out of the water that are not attached to a substrate can be placed in a bucket or pool of water. Many species that are attached with a byssus can reform one if they are dislodged, so it is possible to gently remove some species and place them underwater. However, reforming a byssus takes time and dislodging is often fatal because of rough surf, so this is generally not advisable. Burrowing and nestling species cannot survive outside their burrows and they cannot make new ones, so their burrows should be left intact. Fortunately, the careful observer can sometimes find protruding siphons even from individuals that are not submerged. Smaller species can be found by sifting sand and gravel. Many species found in tidepools are also biofoulers and can be found on pier pilings, harbors, and boats.

Beached Bivalves

Sometimes, live or fresh dead bivalves wash ashore. This can happen after storms when any number of substrates wash ashore. These instances provide a great opportunity to learn about more inaccessible species. If the animals are still alive, they will probably not survive even if they are returned to the ocean, unless they are shallow water burrowers. Boring clams can be carefully extracted from their substrate with a chisel and kelp holdfasts can be torn apart looking for a variety of nestlers. Shipworms can be found by splitting open driftwood. Animals should be placed in water for photographing and possibly donated to a museum for preservation (feel free to message me if you're interested in details on how to collect specimens). Fresh dead bivalves are those that are alive but still have remains of the animal attached to the shell. These can be helpful if parts of the animal are still identifiable. It helps to put them in water, and after getting some photos of the animal, you can clean the shell and get some photos of the inside of the shell.

Subtidal Habitats

Lots of species live completely underwater and can only be found by SCUBA diving. Subtidal habitats are similar to those on the shore, with soft and hard substrates. Bivalves here often have their siphons out. Smaller species can be found by sifting sand and gravel. Other bivalves live far beyond the reach of divers and are only accessible by submersibles and ROVs. If you find any deep-water bivalves, we'd love to hear about it!

Freshwater Habitats

Freshwater clams and mussels are widespread around the world. Some are highly invasive; many are at risk of extirpation because of habitat loss and pollution. Most species live in the sediment on the bottom of streams, lakes, and rivers. These can be found by sifting the sediment or by watching closely for siphons. Hunting for many species is highly regulated, even if you are just interested in taking pictures, so make sure you are aware of what is and isn't allowed. Some freshwater mussels, such as the invasive zebra and quagga mussels, attach to a substrate with a byssus and have become notorious biofoulers.

What Isn't a Bivalve

Some animals can look like bivalves, especially their siphons. Note that bivalves always have 2 siphons, so anything that appears to have more or less than that probably isn't a bivalve. Tunicates also have 2 siphons, but they are typically translucent while bivalves have opaque siphons. If the siphons are submerged, look for frills on the tips of one or both of the siphons, which is characteristic of bivalves. Brachiopods are marine animals with 2 shells like bivalves, but they are actually in their own phylum. Anatomically they have a top and a bottom shell, whereas bivalves have a left and a right shell. Some crustaceans also have 2 shells, such as ostracods and water fleas. These can be confused with a small bivalve, especially pea clams in freshwater environments, but they are usually very round and smooth. If you put them in water, you can see them scurry around with their appendages. And don't be fooled by the classic pistachio shell! More than one naturalist (including myself) has picked up a nutshell, only to realize it was left over from somebody's lunch.

Glossary

Biofouler: an organism that lives on or in artificial structures, frequently impeding efficiency of movement and/or undermining structural support.
Boring clam: a type of burrower that lives in a hard substrate, such as rock, concrete, or other shells.
Burrower: a type of bivalve that makes burrows in a soft or hard substrate. If it is a hard substrate, it is called a boring clam and nestlers often live in these burrows after the original burrower dies.
Byssus: a mass of byssal threads that certain bivalves, such as mussels, use to anchor themselves to hard substrates. It is made of protein and is well-studied as a potential for biomimicry. In cooking, this is called a beard.
Foot: a wedge shaped organ that bivalves use to dig in soft substrates or attach themselves to hard substrates with a byssus. Some species can even climb.
Mantle: an organ in mollusks that encloses the internal organs. It deposits the shell and is often seen on the edge of the shell. Siphons are actually just folds of the mantle, but those are kept as distinct observation fields because of their frequent differences in appearance.
Nestler: a type of bivalve that lives in cracks and holes in a substrate, but does not make the hole itself. They often can be found living in empty burrows of boring clams. Shells of these species are often distorted from irregular habitats and other nestlers.
Siphons: paired tubes of the mantle coming out of the posterior end of the shell. One siphon takes in water, and the other squirts it back out. This is how many bivalves generate a current to get oxygen and food.
Substrate: a material that provides a surface on or in which an animal can live. Examples include sand, mud, rock, coral, seaweed, wood, shells, other animals, concrete, and trash.

Posted on May 29, 2020 22:19 by thomaseverest thomaseverest | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Welcome!

Hello and welcome to the Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge iNaturalist Project! From the most common to the more rare, every species plays an important role in the ecosystem. Help us document the organisms that live on the refuge by adding your refuge-based observations to iNaturalist; they will automatically be added to this project.

Join the project to stay up-to-date and discover all the life that makes Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge a treasure in the Treasure Valley! Not sure how to join? See below.

Thank you for your curiosity about the Deer Flat NWR Project. We look forward to discovering with you the species that call this beautiful place home!

To join the project:
1. Click the “Join” button on the project home page. (See the red square in the image below.)

2. That will take you to a page confirming that you would like to join.
a. Select “Yes, I want to join.” (See the light blue square in the image below.)
b. If you would like to receive updates from our project. (Check the box circled in green in the image below.)

Posted on May 29, 2020 21:35 by deerflat deerflat | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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05.28.2020 Dive#930

Breakwater
12:19 pm
90 min.
29’ max
20‘ ave.
52°
Solo urchin dive. Very calm water—I was able to get right into the cracks to work on urchins. Water started a murky 7’ vis, but as the tide came in and the water got colder, the vis improved greatly. It was 25-30’ on the way in. Would have been an excellent photography day. A ronquil came out and sat on a rock to wait for me to start hammering urchins!
On the swim in I was hooked by a fishing line in my fin again! It was impossible to get the hook out, I had to just cut the line and swim in dragging a couple of feet. Then when I surfaced, my BC at first was leaking. I had to swim over to the rocks to fix it so that I could climb up if I needed to.

Posted on May 29, 2020 21:15 by melaniemoreno1927 melaniemoreno1927 | 5 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Trampas Malaise

Acabo de estrenar una trampa Malaise para registrar la diversidad de insectos en casa ante la imposibilidad de salir a otros lugares por la restrcción de la pandemia. Los insectos no son mi especialidad, pero nunca dejo de verlos como un grupo muy importante en interacción con las plantas. Pueden ver una muestra de lo que estas trampas han registrado en unos pocos días. Me sorprende la eficacia de estas trampas para las moscas y avispas, aunque aparecen también arácnidos, escarabajos y afines. Para la mayoría de mis capturas, escojo algunos ejemplares y los pongo por unos minutos en el refrigerador para aletargarlos mientras realizo algunas fotografías. Algunas avispas y escarabajos, no me esperan y salen volando.
De pronto y el problema no es tener acceso a las trampas y capturar organismos, sino tener el tiempo para separarlos y sobre todo identificarlos. Es un mundo muy extenso para mi.

Posted on May 29, 2020 20:53 by huracan huracan | 16 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Official CVC Butterfly Blitz start date tomorrow - May 30th!

Hello CVC Butterfly Blitz participants!

Although this project has been up and running for a while now, the official start date of the summer-long blitz is tomorrow - May 30th. We are presenting our last training webinar tomorrow; in combination with last weekend's training, you should all now be prepared to get outside and observe butterflies!

I will be resetting the start date of the iNaturalist project to begin on May 30th instead of April 1st, as it is currently set. Don't panic if you see a change in the leaderboard and the species counts. The date change is to be fair to those who are waiting until their training is complete before starting to look for butterflies, as well as those who have been waiting for the start date in our promotional materials.

I also would like to call your attention to two other CVC Butterfly Blitz 2020 projects on iNaturalist:
https://inaturalist.ca/projects/cvc-butterfly-blitz-2020-sensitive-species
https://inaturalist.ca/projects/cvc-butterfly-blitz-2020-all-species

Creating these projects is a necessary (but confusing) step to ensure that we collect information on all butterflies observed in the watershed over the summer - even those sensitive species for which the observation coordinates are obscured. Details on why this is needed can be found here: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help#placeindex

In the meantime, all you need to know is that the species you have observed is not a sensitive species you don't need to add it to any CVC Butterfly Blitz 2020 collection project - it will be automatically detected and added*.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.
laura.timms@cvc.ca

Thanks,
Laura

* unless you are using obscured coordinates for geoprivacy; in which case your observations may not be automatically included - contact me for more information

Posted on May 29, 2020 20:43 by lltimms lltimms | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Searching in Campbell Valley Regional Park

I plan to start searching specifically in Campbell Valley park since it seems to be suitable habitat and be right in the middle of all existing confirmed sightings. It might be fruitful to search specifically near the Langley or Custer sightings in case there's an established nest at either location, since there's only a limited daily range that workers would fly.

I don't have any research links on daily range of V. mandarinia, but I see that V. velutina has been found to range about 1km daily from the nest.

Checking likely habitat that is less densely populated seems like a strategy to bring in more useful information.

Posted on May 29, 2020 20:22 by doviende doviende | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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НА СТАРТ! ВНИМАНИЕ!! МАРШ!!! Сетка 1/8 финала Командного кубка России по фотофиксации растений

Поехали! На Камчатке 7 утра. Соревнования начались. Подведение итогов - во вторник 2 июня вечером (по Москве). Регламент 1/8 финала тут. Табло соревнований в режиме реального времени здесь.

Фиксируем статистику проектов:
"Флора России": 381 681 наблюдение - 6 605 видов - 2 670 экспертов - 5 513 наблюдателей
бэклог: 58 421 наблюдение - 4 034 вида - 913 экспертов - 3 342 наблюдателя

Сетка 1/8 финала:

Пара 1
1 Флора Новосибирской области | Novosibirsk Oblast Flora
2 Флора Брянской области | Bryansk Oblast Flora

Пара 2
3 Флора Подмосковья | Moscow Oblast Flora
4 Флора Тульской области | Tula Oblast Flora

Пара 3
5 Флора Курской области | Kursk Oblast Flora
6 Флора Мордовии | Flora of Mordovia

Пара 4
7 Флора Камчатки | Kamchatka Flora
8 Флора Севастополя | Sevastopol Flora

Пара 5
9 Флора Омской области | Omsk Oblast Flora
10 Флора Иркутской области | Irkutsk Oblast Flora

Пара 6
11 Флора Воронежской области | Voronezh Oblast Flora
12 Флора Краснодарского края | Krasnodar Krai Flora

Пара 7
13 Флора Дагестана | Dagestan Flora
14 Флора Калужской области | Kaluga Oblast Flora

Пара 8
15 Флора Липецкой области | Lipetsk Oblast Flora
16 Флора Тюменской области | Tyumen Oblast Flora

Приведенные ниже таблицы - дань традициям, чтобы мы знали вклад Кубка в дело накопления данных. Все результаты будут на табло.

Таблички рейтинга: наблюдения
Позиция Проект Количество
1 Флора Москвы | Flora of Moscow 37422
2 Флора Подмосковья | Moscow Oblast Flora 32878
3 Флора Брянской области | Bryansk Oblast Flora 17473
4 Флора Алтайского края | Altai Krai Flora 16217
5 Флора Омской области | Omsk Oblast Flora 13440
6 Флора Чувашии | Chuvash Republic Flora 13369
7 Флора Курской области | Kursk Oblast Flora 13273
8 Флора Севастополя | Sevastopol Flora 12904
9 Флора Нижегородской области | Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Flora 12785
10 Флора Ярославской области | Yaroslavl Oblast Flora 11511
11 Флора Новосибирской области | Novosibirsk Oblast Flora 11344
12 Флора Камчатки | Kamchatka Flora 10129
13 Флора Воронежской области | Voronezh Oblast Flora 9987
14 Флора Крыма | Flora of the Crimea 8232
15 Флора Татарстана | Tatarstan Flora 7311
16 Флора Костромской области | Kostroma Oblast Flora 7214
17 Флора Владимирской области | Vladimir Oblast Flora 6914
18 Флора Красноярского края | Krasnoyarsk Krai Flora 6556
19 Флора Приморского края | Primorsky Krai Flora 5859
20 Флора Калининградской области | Kaliningrad Oblast Flora 5412
21 Флора Иркутской области | Irkutsk Oblast Flora 5372
22 Флора Самарской области | Samara Oblast Flora 5348
23 Флора Дагестана | Dagestan Flora 5342
24 Флора Тульской области | Tula Oblast Flora 4999
25 Флора Башкирии | Bashkortostan Flora 4931
26 Флора Краснодарского края | Krasnodar Krai Flora 4810
27 Флора Белгородской области | Belgorod Oblast Flora 4705
28 Флора Свердловской области | Sverdlovsk Oblast Flora 4641
29 Флора Мордовии | Flora of Mordovia 4457
30 Флора Томской области | Tomsk Oblast Flora 4356
31 Флора Калужской области | Kaluga Oblast Flora 4296
32 Флора Тверской области | Tver Oblast Flora 4179
33 Флора Санкт-Петербурга | St Petersburg Flora 4148
34 Флора Югры | Flora of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug 3569
35 Флора Ленинградской области | Leningrad Oblast Flora 3532
36 Флора Сахалинской области | Sakhalin Oblast Flora 2971
37 Флора Волгоградской области | Volgograd Oblast Flora 2621
38 Флора Ростовской области | Rostov Oblast Flora 2471
39 Флора Тюменской области | Tyumen Oblast Flora 2448
40 Флора Республики Алтай | Altai Republic Flora 2355
41 Флора Кировской области | Kirov Oblast Flora 2240
42 Флора Пермского края | Perm Krai Flora 2229
43 Флора Архангельской области | Arkhangelsk Oblast Flora 2108
44 Флора Липецкой области | Lipetsk Oblast Flora 2083
45 Флора Амурской области | Amur Oblast Flora 2040
46 Флора Карачаево-Черкесии | Flora of Karachay-Cherkessia 2019
47 Флора Удмуртии | Udmurt Republic Flora 1994
48 Флора Саратовской области | Saratov Oblast Flora 1953
49 Флора Кемеровской области | Kemerovo Oblast Flora 1942
50 Флора Мурманской области | Murmansk Oblast Flora 1637
51 Флора Челябинской области | Chelyabinsk Oblast Flora 1571
52 Флора Ульяновской области | Ulyanovsk Oblast Flora 1326
53 Флора Бурятии | Buryat Republic Flora 1313
54 Флора Рязанской области | Ryazan Oblast Flora 1280
55 Флора Ямало-Ненецкого АО | Flora of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug 1259
56 Флора Карелии | Flora of Karelia 1235
57 Флора Псковской области | Pskov Oblast Flora 1186
58 Флора Пензенской области | Penza Oblast Flora 957
59 Флора Новгородской области | Novgorod Oblast Flora 890
60 Флора Хакасии | Flora of Khakassia 791
61 Флора Чукотки | Flora of Chukotka 786
62 Флора Тамбовской области | Tambov Oblast Flora 715
63 Флора Адыгеи | Flora of Adygea 651
64 Флора Ставрополья | Stavropol Krai Flora 639
65 Флора Ивановской области | Ivanovo Oblast Flora 542
66 Флора Вологодской области | Vologda Oblast Flora 533
67 Флора Забайкальского края | Zabaykalsky Krai Flora 451
68 Флора Оренбургской области | Orenburg Oblast Flora 426
69 Флора Курганской области | Kurgan Oblast Flora 423
70 Флора Коми | Komi Republic Flora 411
71 Флора Кабардино-Балкарии | Flora of Kabardino-Balkaria 365
72 Флора Якутии | Flora of Yakutia 330
73 Флора Смоленской области | Smolensk Oblast Flora 329
74 Флора Астраханской области | Astrakhan Oblast Flora 315
75 Флора Марий Эл | Mari El Flora 206
76 Флора Тувы | Tyva Republic Flora 145
77 Флора Орловской области | Oryol Oblast Flora 142
78 Флора Чечни | Chechen Republic Flora 129
79 Флора Магаданской области | Magadan Oblast Flora 116
80 Флора Северной Осетии | Flora of North Ossetia 91
81 Флора Ненецкого АО | Flora of Nenets Autonomous Okrug 78
82 Флора Хабаровского края | Khabarovsk Krai Flora 77
83 Флора Калмыкии | Flora of Kalmykia 34
84 Флора Ингушетии | Flora of Ingushetia 27
85 Флора Еврейской АО | Flora of Jewish Autonomous Oblast 1
Таблички рейтинга: виды
Позиция Проект Количество
1 Флора Дагестана | Dagestan Flora 1736
2 Флора Приморского края | Primorsky Krai Flora 1366
3 Флора Крыма | Flora of the Crimea 1327
4 Флора Севастополя | Sevastopol Flora 1161
5 Флора Алтайского края | Altai Krai Flora 1152
6 Флора Краснодарского края | Krasnodar Krai Flora 1112
7 Флора Брянской области | Bryansk Oblast Flora 1091
8 Флора Подмосковья | Moscow Oblast Flora 1079
9 Флора Воронежской области | Voronezh Oblast Flora 1064
10 Флора Москвы | Flora of Moscow 1044
11 Флора Курской области | Kursk Oblast Flora 978
12 Флора Красноярского края | Krasnoyarsk Krai Flora 972
13 Флора Нижегородской области | Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Flora 937
14 Флора Татарстана | Tatarstan Flora 930
15 Флора Свердловской области | Sverdlovsk Oblast Flora 872
16 Флора Камчатки | Kamchatka Flora 858
17 Флора Иркутской области | Irkutsk Oblast Flora 815
18 Флора Новосибирской области | Novosibirsk Oblast Flora 813
19 Флора Ярославской области | Yaroslavl Oblast Flora 812
20 Флора Владимирской области | Vladimir Oblast Flora 806
21 Флора Костромской области | Kostroma Oblast Flora 790
22 Флора Чувашии | Chuvash Republic Flora 777
23 Флора Ростовской области | Rostov Oblast Flora 760
24 Флора Сахалинской области | Sakhalin Oblast Flora 724
25 Флора Белгородской области | Belgorod Oblast Flora 712
26 Флора Архангельской области | Arkhangelsk Oblast Flora 703
27 Флора Томской области | Tomsk Oblast Flora 698
28 Флора Башкирии | Bashkortostan Flora 696
29 Флора Омской области | Omsk Oblast Flora 696
30 Флора Волгоградской области | Volgograd Oblast Flora 684
31 Флора Карачаево-Черкесии | Flora of Karachay-Cherkessia 683
32 Флора Тульской области | Tula Oblast Flora 675
33 Флора Республики Алтай | Altai Republic Flora 673
34 Флора Тверской области | Tver Oblast Flora 671
35 Флора Амурской области | Amur Oblast Flora 653
36 Флора Самарской области | Samara Oblast Flora 631
37 Флора Мордовии | Flora of Mordovia 624
38 Флора Калининградской области | Kaliningrad Oblast Flora 622
39 Флора Калужской области | Kaluga Oblast Flora 619
40 Флора Кемеровской области | Kemerovo Oblast Flora 600
41 Флора Ленинградской области | Leningrad Oblast Flora 564
42 Флора Бурятии | Buryat Republic Flora 563
43 Флора Югры | Flora of Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug 526
44 Флора Пермского края | Perm Krai Flora 523
45 Флора Липецкой области | Lipetsk Oblast Flora 504
46 Флора Санкт-Петербурга | St Petersburg Flora 504
47 Флора Кировской области | Kirov Oblast Flora 494
48 Флора Саратовской области | Saratov Oblast Flora 484
49 Флора Тюменской области | Tyumen Oblast Flora 477
50 Флора Удмуртии | Udmurt Republic Flora 450
51 Флора Пензенской области | Penza Oblast Flora 434
52 Флора Псковской области | Pskov Oblast Flora 433
53 Флора Челябинской области | Chelyabinsk Oblast Flora 400
54 Флора Ульяновской области | Ulyanovsk Oblast Flora 399
55 Флора Рязанской области | Ryazan Oblast Flora 391
56 Флора Адыгеи | Flora of Adygea 376
57 Флора Хакасии | Flora of Khakassia 350
58 Флора Новгородской области | Novgorod Oblast Flora 348
59 Флора Мурманской области | Murmansk Oblast Flora 331
60 Флора Ставрополья | Stavropol Krai Flora 331
61 Флора Карелии | Flora of Karelia 324
62 Флора Ямало-Ненецкого АО | Flora of Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug 312
63 Флора Забайкальского края | Zabaykalsky Krai Flora 283
64 Флора Тамбовской области | Tambov Oblast Flora 273
65 Флора Ивановской области | Ivanovo Oblast Flora 271
66 Флора Чукотки | Flora of Chukotka 262
67 Флора Вологодской области | Vologda Oblast Flora 261
68 Флора Оренбургской области | Orenburg Oblast Flora 250
69 Флора Курганской области | Kurgan Oblast Flora 224
70 Флора Кабардино-Балкарии | Flora of Kabardino-Balkaria 222
71 Флора Якутии | Flora of Yakutia 219
72 Флора Смоленской области | Smolensk Oblast Flora 215
73 Флора Коми | Komi Republic Flora 186
74 Флора Астраханской области | Astrakhan Oblast Flora 159
75 Флора Марий Эл | Mari El Flora 147
76 Флора Тувы | Tyva Republic Flora 125
77 Флора Чечни | Chechen Republic Flora 109
78 Флора Орловской области | Oryol Oblast Flora 103
79 Флора Северной Осетии | Flora of North Ossetia 87
80 Флора Магаданской области | Magadan Oblast Flora 69
81 Флора Хабаровского края | Khabarovsk Krai Flora 65
82 Флора Ненецкого АО | Flora of Nenets Autonomous Okrug 54
83 Флора Ингушетии | Flora of Ingushetia 26
84 Флора Калмыкии | Flora of Kalmykia 20
85 Флора Еврейской АО | Flora of Jewish Autonomous Oblast 1
Posted on May 29, 2020 20:07 by apseregin apseregin | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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'Nebraska Butterfly Big Year' - new blog by Neil Dankert

I wanted to share information on an opportunity to learn more about Nebraska butterflies and moths, through a new blog by Neil Dankert at nebraskalepidoptera.com. He has been studying Nebraska butterflies for over 30 years and his new project is a ‘Nebraska Butterfly Big Year.’ He’s visiting public access areas around the state and reporting on what he finds. His natural history observations are sure to be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about butterflies and moths. You can also contribute information for the annual census of Nebraska butterflies through the site.

Rachel Simpson, Nebraska Natural Heritage Program, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Posted on May 29, 2020 19:50 by ras ras | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Spruce beetle (Dendroctonus rufipennis)

If you haven’t seen me yet, you soon will. As temperatures start to rise you’ll see my small reddish brown to black cylindrical body (1/4" long by 1/8" wide) as I look for a new home in a nearby spruce tree. http://alaskasprucebeetle.org

Have you noticed red sawdust at the base of a tree? This is the result of spruce beetles boring into trees-other insects also bore into trees, you may be able to id the type of beetle by sawdust color & location.

Posted on May 29, 2020 18:43 by awenninger awenninger | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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