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Pratt Nature Preserve at Hickory Creek iNaturalist Collection Project

January 26, 2020 - iNaturalist project begins.

Posted on January 26, 2021 23:33 by dinahstults dinahstults | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Backyard Birds

I feel like such an amateur birder. I know that I certainly am one, but I wish it didn't feel so... evident. A short time ago, I began feeling more confident recognizing bird species that had been new to me not-so-long before. I was consistently spotting egrets, pelicans, and terns which was exciting, but I was hoping to expand my birding to new orders and families, particularly passerines.

On a sudden whim, I bought a sturdy bird bath and a solar-powered fountain to set up in my backyard. I was sure to keep the water clean and fresh, but to my dismay I discovered no new visitors. Even weeks after its installation, I've only noticed a couple instances of a mockingbird sitting at the bath briefly. Better than nothing, I suppose, but I was disheartened that the other birds I'd seen near the house (warblers, mourning doves, mockingbirds, humming birds, etc.) hadn't been enticed by my attempt to make my backyard more bird friendly.

My conclusion was that it's not bird friendly enough. So I looked on Etsy and got myself a bird feeder cage and home-made suet cake. I'm rethinking the decision for suet over seeds (I'm living in the heat of Florida, after all), but the photos of woodpeckers eating suet was appealing to me in the moment. I finally got it hung up on the eaves of the roof, and I waiting a few days for the birds to find its location, but in vain. I admitted to myself that even though it was an ideal spot for me to see out my window, it wasn't the best place for the birds seeking food. So I purchased a shepherd's hook and re-located the feeder near the mangroves separating the yard from the canal. I constantly hear birds within that vegetation, so I figured I'd see birds within maybe a week. I was wrong again, and my excitement deflated.

In a not-too-optimistic act, I saved the seeds from a butternut squash I had cooked for a soup. I looked up if they were safe for birds, and found out that mockingbirds, blue-jays, and cardinals can indeed eat squash seeds. I put them out by the mangroves on a plate and played the waiting game yet again. It took a couple days, but I finally spotted a northern cardinal pecking at my seeds! He was even there the next day as well. Of course, my camera was acting up and not performing at its usual quality, but I finally had some satisfaction that my efforts yielded a visit from my intended guests.

Perhaps this is a sign to get a new type of bird feeder?

Posted on January 26, 2021 23:01 by gemela-dos gemela-dos | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Tuesday 1/26/2021, 9 am

@newtpatrol and I went there this morning to do the first walk, as part of the regular weekday survey.
We had about 23 newts on this 1 mile section (from St. Joseph's Hill parking lot to the boat club road). Most of the newts were pretty dry. It’s amazing how quickly they dry out - it rained just on Sunday. We marked each newt with a numbered flag. In a few places we had 2 newts together, and they got one flag, but we wrote a note on the flag. @newtpatrol watched as one of the newts got blown away in front of her when a truck drove by on her way back (https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68654375)! She aslo found two newts that weren't maked on the road - an additional one on Flag #10, and Flag #18.
Since this was the regular survey day for this week, all observations were added to the 2021 project, and also to this new project. None of the newts were removed.
All data was added to a new preadsheet.
Traffic data: 5 trucks, 10 cars, 1 bike, 3 pedestrians, 20 parked cars.
It was so cold (3c) that there was beautiful frost everywhere, including 1 dead newt.

Posted on January 26, 2021 22:48 by merav merav | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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Раздача слонов от Птиц регионов России!

Итоги всероссийского Большого года - 2020 подведены, но большинство региональных лидеров все еще находятся в тени. Как и в прошлом году, администрация проекта Птицы регионов России решила отметить самых активных наблюдателей на местах с помощью скромных электронных дипломов. Поможет нам в этом Союз охраны птиц России!

Отмечаем самых продуктивных участников проекта в номинации "Лучший наблюдатель в регионе". Дипломом будут награждены участники (если, конечно, этого захотят), отметившие максимальное число видов птиц в одном регионе в 2020 году. Необходимое условие для получения диплома - наблюдения не менее 50 видов. Очень здорово, что этот порог в 2020 году пройден в 53 субъектах РФ - это на целых 20 больше, чем в 2019 году!

Если ваше логин упомянут в данном сообщении, значит вы стали лидером в одном из регионов. Что делать дальше? Пожалуйста, перейдите по указанной ниже ссылке. Познакомьтесь с результатами рейтинга (вкладка 2020). Проверьте, выполнено ли условие для получения диплома (+ в зеленой ячейке). Ответьте на вопрос "Нужен ли вам диплом?" Укажите ФИО или ФИ для заполнения диплома.
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UisenjLs4BhAPWhcG49324wnFinqh6jq8LVw0FMWB9A/edit?usp=sharing

Ссылка для скачивания готовых будет разослана позже, после согласия участников и заполнения соответствующих полей. Данные прошлогодних лидеров в таблице уже указаны.
Вот, собственно, все! Ждем вашего отклика, готовим электронные награды! По возникающим вопросам можете обращаться к @ev_sklyar

@alexandrkochetkov, @tomegatherion, @dmitrydubikovskiy, @anatolykotlov, @konstantinsamodurov, @olegglushenkov, @ev_sklyar, @mikhail_87_, @naturalist25016, @solisia, @igor-dvurekov, @polinalikhacheva, @noyablokov, @alekseyfaraway, @vyatka, @konstantinseliverstov, @deniszhbir, @uralbirds, @aquacielo, @sergey_48, @andrewbazdyrev, @ruseva, @rimma_anashkina, @deniszhbir, @shukov, @plrays, @shukov, @radik_kutushev, @anton_abushin, @vyacheslavluzanov, @tatyana-omck, @isakovdenisrussia, @okasana, @naturalist24974, @dmitriy_schanitsyn, @andrewbazdyrev, @olga2019kuryakova, @nastasya40, @nat_zouieva, @denzanova, @sundry_divers, @lyudmilamikh, @gennadiy, @indigoinsane, @aleksei_maltsev, @aleks-khimin, @diogeno, @shukov, @birdchuvashia, @grihahasanov, @dmitrydubikovskiy, @naturalistprussian, @ivanovdg19, @mikhailezdakov, @naturalist28098, @labomez, @anastasiiamerkulova, @ubeeque, @romenka, @kiramarch, @ksubela, @igor_kokushkin, @igor-dvurekov, @dmitrydubikovskiy, @elena_71, @tatyana-seaangel, @naturalist48908, @natalya_ostapova, @romenka, @sansansusan, @vera_chistyakova, @dmitribizykov, @naturalist4631, @naturalist5430, @shaburhunchik, @dzirt2142, @ludaalimova, @oxanas, @andrewbazdyrev, @larasaparbaeva, @svetlanakhanty, @nature_traveler

Posted on January 26, 2021 22:10 by ev_sklyar ev_sklyar | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Baumkartierung des Theodor-Heuss-Parks in Köln, 5.

Südseite zwischen Clever Straße und Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer/Bastei

neue Arten:
Eisenholzbaum (mehrere, alternierend mit Hainbuchen als Randbepflanzung; erste Blütenknospen öffnen sich)
Schwarzkiefer (Gruppe von 6 Ex., unterschiedlich alt)
Roteiche (Gruppe von 3 Ex., unterschiedlich alt)

Am Weiher: Eisvogel

Posted on January 26, 2021 22:00 by kampfmaus kampfmaus | 4 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Week 2 Voting

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Posted on January 26, 2021 21:57 by myles678 myles678 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Baumkartierung des Theodor-Heuss-Parks in Köln, 4.

23.01.2021
Südseite Fortsetzung, Richtung Rhein

Rosskastanie
Ahorn (Art unklar, evtl. Berg-)
Platane
Hainbuche
junge Hainbuche
Berg-Ahorn
Europäische Eibe
Platane
Berg-Ahorn
Europäische Stechpalme (mit offener männlicher Blüte dicht über dem Boden)
Linde
unbekannter Baum mit dichten, hängenden Zweigen, im Frühjahr nachbestimmen
3 Baumhasel
großer Feld-Ahorn (waagerechte Flügel, Korkleisten, Blattform)
2 Platanen
Winter-Linde
Platane

in der Winter-Linde: Baumwanze

Posted on January 26, 2021 21:57 by kampfmaus kampfmaus | 5 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Week 2

Monday:
Monday: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68303243
Uploaded by: @imladris
Canada Goose
Note: Sorry this was taken a few days ago we had no new observations today.

Posted on January 26, 2021 21:56 by myles678 myles678 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Baumkartierung des Theodor-Heuss-Parks in Köln, 3.

21.01.2021: Südwestliche Ecke

Hainbuche
Stieleiche
Flieder
Berg-Ahorn
Linde
3 Ahorne (Art unklar)
Schwarz-Pappel

am Weiher: Lachmöwe, Kormoran, Nilgans, Kanadagans, Stockente

Posted on January 26, 2021 21:54 by kampfmaus kampfmaus | 5 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The Luciferases behind Bioluminescence

Great short article on the different Luciferases found in organisms. Makes me wonder if there are Luciferases that act beneath the visible spectrum emitting light that insects may pick up that we can not.

http://actanaturae.ru/2075-8251/article/view/11152

A high level look at what spectrum different organisms produce light in and their associated Luciferase enzyme size:

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A more detailed look at the mechanism of light production for each of these Luciferases:

Posted on January 26, 2021 20:57 by damontighe damontighe | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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iNaturalist App

iNaturalist is not only available through your web browser, but also available free to download at your app store!

Posted on January 26, 2021 20:13 by melissalaurino melissalaurino | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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California Would Ban Bear Hunting Under New Legislation, Even as Wild Population Rebounds

Original source: https://www.sacbee.com/news/california/article248775710.html

By: Ryan Sabalow
January 26, 2021

A San Francisco Democrat has introduced a bill that would ban black bear hunting in California, despite a bear population at its highest levels in decades and repeated conflicts with the wild animals in Lake Tahoe and other high-tourist areas

On Monday, state Sen. Scott Wiener introduced Senate Bill 252, “The Bear Protection Act” sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States.

The bill would ban California’s sport hunting season that now allows for 1,700 bears killed in the fall and early winter. Under the bill, bears could still be killed under a permit to protect public safety, livestock and for scientific research.

“Over the past few years, black bears have faced unprecedented habitat loss due to climate change and wildfires, and continued sport hunting in California makes survival an even tougher climb,” Wiener said in a news release announcing the bill. “It’s time we stop this inhumane practice once and for all.”

The legislation is likely to create another pitched battle between the considerably large and vociferous animal-rights and hunting communities in California, which itself features a now-extinct California grizzly bear on its flag and is home to tens of thousands of square miles of wilderness hunting grounds stretching from Southern California to the Oregon border.

Wiener cited public opinion polls showing that a majority of Californians support a ban on hunting bears, and he argued that hunting has no effect on population sizes near communities where bear conflicts are common, because hunting is impractical or off limits in those areas.

Locally, around Lake Tahoe, bear populations have grown to some of the largest densities in the country, and bears have been aggressively breaking into vacation homes, and attacks on people happen from time to time.

The bill’s introduction comes as California’s statewide bear population has more than doubled in the past four decades. Black bears are not endangered. State officials estimate that in 1982, the statewide bear population was between 10,000 and 15,000 bears. The black bear population is now “conservatively estimated” to be between 30,000 and 40,000 animals, state officials say.

California’s limited bear-hunting season has had no impact on this statewide population growth.

In 2011, with bear populations growing, the state proposed increasing the state’s annual harvest quota to 2,000 bears, but the plan was scuttled after fierce opposition from the state’s influential cadre of environmentalists and animal rights activists. The same year, the state legislature banned hunting bears with hounds in a bill pushed by animal rights activists who called it barbaric.

The hound-hunt ban took effect in 2013, and dramatically reduced the number of bears hunters killed in California.

The way California’s bear season works is an unlimited number of licensed hunters are allowed to buy a $49.42 permit known as a “bear tag.”

If they kill one, hunters are required within one business day to bring the skull to a Department of Fish and Wildlife office to have the head examined by a state biologist. The bear kill is included in the state’s harvest tally. If hunters hit the 1,700 quota, the season is immediately canceled before its late December end date. California game warden can cite a hunter if he or she shoots a female bear with cubs.

Since the ban on hunting black bears with hounds, the state’s hunters haven’t come close to hitting the 1,700-bear kill quota.

Last year, the season ended on Dec. 27 with the state’s 30,394 bear-tag holders killing just 919 bears.

Supporters of bear hunting say Wiener’s bill, if it should pass both the state Assembly and Senate and be signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom later this year, would deprive the state of a key source of funding for California’s wildlife habitat. And hunting associations say it undermines the state wildlife agency’s campaign to boost declining rates of hunters.

The state’s 235,000 licensed hunters play an outsized role in supporting habitat and wildlife. In California, around a quarter of the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s budget is paid through hunting and fishing licenses and taxes on hunters’ firearms and gear.

Bear tags generated $1.39 million in revenue last year for the state’s wildlife agency. The money goes into a big game management fund that supports habitat preservation for bears and other species including deer, elk, pronghorn antelope and bighorn sheep.

“Those dollars are used for (habitat) projects, research and things that are critically important to the management of all big game species,” said Bill Gaines, a lobbyist for various hunting causes. “So this would have serious impacts across the board.”

Animal rights activists often describe bear hunting as a cruel bloodsport whose sole goal for hunters is trophies, but bear meat is a delicacy for many hunters.

Because of their varied diet of animal flesh and vegetable matter, bear meat is similar in flavor and texture to pork, and bear fat is often used for pie and pastry crust.

Male bears are often called “boars” and females are called “sows,” which is traced back to their pig-like flavor and eating habits.

Wiener’s legislation is the latest bill that’s sought to protect charismatic predators and big game species from what activists describe as trophy hunting.

Last year, the Legislature passed a bill that would prohibit hunters from importing trophies such as lions and elephants from Africa.

Gov. Newsom was unable to sign the bill due to it not making it to his desk before a legislative deadline. His predecessor, Gov. Jerry Brown, vetoed similar legislation in 2018, saying the ban “would be unenforceable.”

In 2019, the state legislature banned bobcat hunting. The same year, Newsom signed a bill banning recreational fur trapping.

In 1990, Californians voted to permanently ban hunting of mountain lions, despite sport hunting for cougars not being allowed since Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a moratorium in 1972.

Posted on January 26, 2021 20:00 by out_west_jess out_west_jess | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Итоги акции «Серая шейка – 2021» по учёту зимующих водоплавающих птиц в г. Туле

16.01.2021 состоялся традиционный учет зимующих водоплавающих птиц в рамках Всероссийской акции "Серая шейка", проводимой по инициативе Союза охраны птиц России. В Туле учтено 1457 крякв. Подробнее здесь: http://redbooktula.ru/events/?ELEMENT_ID=200208

Posted on January 26, 2021 18:39 by elenasmirnova elenasmirnova | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Sources for Otero County Red List

The species in this project come from the (1) New Mexico Rare Plants List, (2) "Threatened and Endangered Species of New Mexico 2020 Biennial Review: Draft, (3) Environmental Conservation Online System, and (4) "Otero County, NM, USA" on iNaturalist.

(1) https://nmrareplants.unm.edu/rarelist.php
(2) http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/conservation/wildlife-species-information/threatened-and-endangered-species/
(3) https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp/
(4) https://www.inaturalist.org/places/otero-county#threatened=1

Please message tularsoatabulator about additional literature regarding rare and imperiled species in Otero County, NM.

Posted on January 26, 2021 18:29 by tularosatabulator tularosatabulator | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Cranefly orchids - a winter surprise

No matter how many times I see the green and purple leaves of Tipularia discolor poking through the thick leaf layers, I feel like it's my first time seeing it.

Leaves are dullish green on top and purple on the underside. They grow close to the ground and are easy to miss. Each leaf is a separate plant, and if all goes well, will have its own flower.

It's also known as crippled cranefly, although I've not heard that name until just now, as I look it up to write this, and it is a perennial terrestrial woodland orchid. It is the only species of Tipularia found in North America. It ranges from Texas to Florida, north to the Ohio Valley and along the Appalachians up into the Catskills. Tipularia require rotting wood and the organisms that cause decomposition. Larus Park is a nearly prefect environment with our abundance of rotting wood and leaf matter.

I think there are a couple of reasons that I get excited about it. First, it's an orchid, growing in the woods, absolutely fine without any human intervention. Not all orchids are fussy after all.

Secondly, it blooms in late summer and by that time all of the leaves have disappeared. The flower stalk and flowers are tiny and delicate, and even more easily overlooked than the leaves. Flowers are extremely hard to photograph for the average woods walker like me. So the leaves are not helpful if you're looking for flowers. I always try to remember where I saw the leaves so I can search for flowers in July and August. Maybe this year I will remember to mark some of the locations.

This orchid is pollinated by nocturnal moths in the family Noctuidae. I'll leave a description of how these moths work their magic for another post.

Posted on January 26, 2021 18:15 by jwoody jwoody | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Unidentified Seedpods

I love that plant life looks so different in winter, and identification can be much more of a (fun) challenge because the usual methods of using leaves or flowers to identify them is not an option for the most part in our area.

I was walking through a very tiny preserve near my house that I hadn't been to since early October. Since a lot has died back for the winter, I was able to take a path that I couldn't during the summer months because it's not well-traveled and usually more overgrown than I'm comfortable with. I spend a lot of time looking at the ground when I'm walking in nature, and I came across a large, long brownish seedpod. It was only one half of a pod, about 5 inches long and 3/4 inches wide, had a very thick/sturdy feel with a velvety outside, and indented spaces for two seeds.

My first thought was that it was dropped here by an animal or a bird because I had never seen one of those before, but as I looked around I realized there were more of these littering the ground, varying in length from 3 to 7 inches. Some of them had seeds in them, or space for more seeds than the first one I'd found. The seeds were very bean-like, around the size of a lima bean but mottled brown/tan and more round in shape.

I started to look up and all around to figure out what grew these pods, and soon saw a few still hanging from a vine that was growing all high up and all over the trees in this one spot. Of course, being winter there are no leaves on it, and even though it was hard to distinguish it from the other invasive vines I tried to take a photo to include in my iNaturalist observation. So far I still have no idea what it was, and I think I may have to wait until things start leafing out, and make a point of taking that path before it gets too overgrown. My guess is that it is something invasive, because this preserve is so full of invasive species. I wonder if the vines die off completely for the winter, and need to start again by seed in the spring?

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/68332076

Posted on January 26, 2021 18:00 by danivaill danivaill | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Sharing Vetiver Projects

Hello everyone and welcome to the first post of the Vetiver Systems Project Page!

We are a part of The Vetiver Network International (TVNI), an organization that strives to create a worldwide community of vetiver enthusiasts, raise awareness about the many benefits, and track vetiver projects. Our facebook group has become a wonderful resource for many of you and we are proud of the community it has created. We had concerns about the preservation of the facebook posts and important discussions, so we also created the vetiver forum (https://www.vetiver.org/flux/). However, neither of those help us track and map vetiver plantings.

To provide a tracking method, we started using the iVGT website created in Thailand to add as many vetiver sites as possible, but it has had some technical difficulties and participation hasn’t been as high as we had hoped. We recently realized there may be a better and much more user-friendly website that we can all use.

iNaturalist is a website and smartphone app for people to share pictures of animals and plants and to help identify species. It is used as a social network to build community, learn about nature, and provide open access data for researchers. It is very user-friendly, and you can easily search by species or location and view results as a list or within a map. The desktop website is the main hub with a lot of great functions while the smartphone app is a simpler set-up that helps ID and locate in the field.

Although its core focus is on wild species in their natural habitats, iNaturalist offers the ability to share “captive” or “cultivated” plants and animals that were placed at a certain location by humans. This includes a range of observations, from animals at a zoo to a flower planted in a garden. This is where most of our vetiver fits in.

The iNaturalist provides the ability to create a “Project” to track certain species or in specific areas, as well as build community and participation, so TVNI recently created a project page called “Vetiver Systems”. We hope you all start sharing your vetiver projects!

Getting Started

First, create a profile at https://www.inaturalist.org/. Once you are set up, you can change your language within the website by clicking on your account profile circle in the top right corner and then clicking on Account Settings, then Account. They have a large list of languages available, so this should work out well for our global community.

Adding a Vetiver Project

A picture of a plant/animal is called an “observation”. For general guidance on how to add observations, visit: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started.

  1. To add a picture of vetiver, click “Upload” and select ONE photo from your file (You’ll have a chance to add more photos of that site later). Complete the requested information, including species, date of the picture, and location. For the Notes, add a brief summary of the vetiver project (i.e. purpose, size, details, results). Please avoid commercial advertising or spam-like content because it will get you banned from the website.
  2. Next, check the Captive/Cultivated box. Most of the vetiver plants used in Vetiver Systems are sterile and cultivated, so it is important to list it as such in iNaturalist. The website’s main focus is on wild plants and animals and it uses a multi-step process for identifications, which helps researchers with their studies as well as assist the program with recognizing patterns for automated suggestions. To accomplish this, the website initially labels non-cultivated or non-captive observations “Needs ID”, then as the community agrees on an identification, it becomes “Research Grade.” If an observation is checked off as captive or cultivated, it does not undergo those labeling steps and instead simply marked as “Casual.” This is okay for our purpose! To learn more, visit: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help.
  3. After that, “Tags” are key words about your vetiver project. This will help people search and track vetiver sites based on type. Here are some examples of tags that you can use: Erosion control / Slope stabilization / Nursery/propagation / Grazing/forage / Wastewater / Phytoremediation / Landscaping / Handicrafts / Roof thatch / Essential Oil.
  4. The next step allows you to add “Observations Fields” to help provide detail. We set up 5 observation fields that we encourage you to use. Start typing vetiver in the space and the options will appear: # of plants / Area in hectares / Soil pH / Soil type / Annual rainfall in mm.
  5. Click “Submit 1 Observation” to finalize. Once you finalize the “observation”, you can add more photos of that vetiver planting, add or change the tags, or edit any other information as needed. Please note it is important to add only specific sites where vetiver has been observed. Also, if you have been working with vetiver in the past and have photos of vetiver applications at known locations and dates, you are welcome and encouraged to add them as observations.

The Vetiver Systems Project Page

Your vetiver “observation” will automatically be added to our Vetiver Systems Project page, but you need to “JOIN” the project for it to show up on your vetiver observation. You can find our Project by typing “Vetiver Systems” in the general Search at the top of the page. Once you are on our page, you can see all the pictures, either as a list or on a map. You can click on each one to see the details or add comments. There are already some earlier vetiver observations from other iNaturalist users.

We welcome you to check out other observations in our project so far and tell others about our page. You can leave a comment on any observation or vetiver system, but be aware, COMMERCIAL ADVERTIZING is not allowed and we will ban you from the group.

Another great feature of the Vetiver Systems Project page is our ability to post news or journal entries. Our administrators will occasionally post on this page to help grow the community and keep you informed. Note, you need to “JOIN” the project to get the community updates.

We will also be inviting key members from specific countries or regions to help promote this Vetiver Systems project and to keep an eye on the "quality" of input. As the project expands, regional/country leaders can start creating their own project pages and then our global Vetiver Systems page will become an “umbrella” project.

Let us know if you have any questions by leaving a message for one of the project administrators. Enjoy!

Posted on January 26, 2021 17:49 by ejwiediger ejwiediger
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24 000 наблюдений

Сегодня наш проект "Флора Севастополя" набрал 24 000 наблюдений. У нас на счетчике 1397 видов. Для достижения этих цифр понадобились усилия 249 наблюдателей и 520 экспертов, которая отдельная благодарность за расчистку завалов. Топ-25 наших экспертов:
Место Эксперт Идентификаций
1 @sapsan 7 333
2 @katerina_kashirina 3 527
3 @davydovbotany 3 073
4 @lenatara 2 365
5 @apseregin 2 122
6 @mercantour 1 602
7 @pavel_yevseyenkov 1 593
8 @svetlana-bogdanovich 1 414
9 @roman-evseev 1 087
10 @dinasafina 1 077
11 @aleks-khimin 996
12 @epikhin 573
13 @phlomis_2019 560
14 @igor_olshanskyi 439
15 @kastani 435
16 @tatiana_karpenko 429
17 @wolfgangb 379
18 @julia_shner 262
19 @alexander_baransky 175
20 @svg52 161
21 @mallaliev 147
22 @albach 143
23 @naturalist24318 139
24 @convallaria1128 131
25 @natalia_gamova 112
Топ-25 наблюдателей проекта:
Место Наблюдатель Наблюдений Видов
1 @katerina_kashirina 9 677 1 000
2 @sapsan 5 025 1 067
3 @dinasafina 2 400 741
4 @cambala 1 305 525
5 @svetlana-bogdanovich 620 343
6 @tatiana_karpenko 396 299
7 @lyamin_aleksey 290 186
8 @naturalist16000 251 144
9 @andimitr 249 144
10 @naturalist34384 173 114
11 @anatoliy_bondarenko 139 98
12 @sevelen 122 101
13 @matveybeketov 107 89
14 @romashka_anastasiya 104 84
15 @xorb 104 95
16 @anastasia_y 102 22
17 @naturalist_vlada 100 60
18 @lenatara 98 92
19 @sofia_kud 91 61
20 @naturalist29771 90 46
21 @ets 85 71
22 @ayvazktryan 80 50
23 @tyomix 73 66
24 @vlad50 71 70
25 @dashulka 68 56
Posted on January 26, 2021 17:41 by katerina_kashirina katerina_kashirina | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Hyocreopsis rhododendri II

'Seek and you will find'

I have continued to learn more about this fascinating species of fungi. One incredibly useful source of information has come from the Ecology of Hypocreopsis rhododendri by Katherine C. Grundy. I would definitely recommend giving it a read if you want to know more:

https://eu03.alma.exlibrisgroup.com/view/delivery/44ABE_INST/12153000170005941

I have been having great success in finding Hypocreopsis rhododendri in blackthorn scrub, which is an incredibly uncommon way to find this species. The blackthorn scrub is dense and very hard to traverse through. I will try to find more of this species in the blackthorn scrub, and I will also document the lichen species found there, as the blackthorn is dripping with many species.

Posted on January 26, 2021 17:09 by williamfullofwood williamfullofwood | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Lewis G. Larus Park History

Lewis Griffin Larus and his brother started the Larus & Brother tobacco company in 1877. Larus bought land at Stony Point in 1915 and later acquisitions increased the estate to over 500 acres. There was an existing house on the estate which burned down in 1924. Larus rebuilt the house in a fanciful mixture of English Tudor, Elizabethan and Jacobean styles. The gardens included a field of daffodils that was the delight of Larus’ wife Anne Gavin Taylor Larus. Those daffodils have been engulfed in the forest edge, but still come up every spring, though rarely bloom. Larus died in 1966 and the family rented the house to Charles S. Valentine Jr. and Elizabeth Williams Gookin, who taught at St. Michael’s School in Bon Air. They opened Stony Point School that year and it remains a school today. The remaining land was donated to the City of Richmond in the 1970s. Lewis G. Larus Park was opened to the public in 2006.

Posted on January 26, 2021 16:46 by vickiebell vickiebell | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Don't Forget to Fav Photos for the January Winner!

Cast your votes and be counted! You can 'fav' any observation that you like to vote for the Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. Located to the right of the photographs and just below the location map is a star symbol. Click on this star and you've fav'ed an observation. At the end of each month, we'll see which photo-observation has the most favs and crown them the monthly winner. Check out awesome observations and click the star for those that shine for you. Vote early and often!

Check out who is in the lead and see a list of all of this month's photo-observations.

Posted on January 26, 2021 15:08 by kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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February - Test Descriptions

1-Feb
Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) : https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/48256-Pseudotsuga-menziesii
Pine Siskin (Spinus pinus) : https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/145304-Spinus-pinus

8-Feb
Western Red Cedar (Thuja plicata) : https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/48252-Thuja-plicata Western Cedar Borer (Trachykele blondeli) : https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/455267-Trachykele-blondeli-blondeli

15-Feb

Falsebox (Paxistima myrsinites) Oregon Boxwood : https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/63893-Paxistima-myrsinites
Chocolate Arion (Arion rufus) : https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/84755-Arion-rufus

22-Feb
Red-flowering Currant (Ribes sanguineum) : https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/53435-Ribes-sanguineum
Anna's Hummingbird (Calypte anna) : https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/6317-Calypte-anna

Posted on January 26, 2021 08:14 by mlundburg mlundburg | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Стрекозы Пермского края

Добрый день, натуралисты!
Интересующихся стрекозами приглашаю вступить в проект "Стрекозы Пермского края"
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/strekozy-permskogo-kraya-dragonflies-of-the-perm-region-russia?tab=about
Это наш региональный проект основного Российского проекта по стрекозам https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/strekozy-rossii-odonata-of-russia (по России уже 143 вида)

А также напоминаю о проекте Пермского отделения Союза охраны птиц России "Российская зима по учету зимующих птиц:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/permskiy-kray-rossiyskaya-zima-2020-2021

Если у Вас появилась эта новость, значит в этом году Вы загружали свои наблюдения за флорой и фауной Пермского края в систему iNaturalist:
@mashat , @pavloviv , @ekaterina_arkadevna , @naturalist1691 , @brodaga59 , @nadezhdabaglej , @elementlu , @maglove , @veronika_mihaylovskaya , @maxirita , @maxirita , @tcager , @janemi , @pr0tagonist , @one_giant_problem , @nikolay_sobolev , @birdchuvashia , @anna_burakova , @ludmila_m , @evgeniy_vz , @juliamax , @evgeniyagorbatsevich , @khoroshev , @ekat , @nastya_komarova , @svetlana_katana , @dariaeroshenko , @marina_mukhina , @katekdu , @trubinova , @artem2013 , @elenailina , @pasha100fromchrz , @fotoperm , @iuliia_epishina , @natalyasampoeva , @tatyanav , @nasa_2020 , @anastasianov, @konst13 , @ruslansadykov , @dariaorl , @yanasemour , @naturalist36178 , @naturalist36868 , @valerygabov , @lasest , @polina_azarenko , @yuriysavelev , @cenatomata , @lesmeduses , @naturalist31192 , @strannikperm , @ami_lisa , @ful768 , @naturalist18641 , @naturalist45042 , @oreshekkhap , @julbuz , @mariaermakova , @odonata159 , @shalopai

Posted on January 26, 2021 07:38 by isakovdenisrussia isakovdenisrussia | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The "arrow-leaved" balsamroots in Central Oregon

This is part of a series of Central Oregon plant ID notes; find the others here.


Summary

There are three species of balsamroot (Balsamorhiza spp.) with simple leaves and flat to notched leaf bases in or near Central Oregon. Carey's balsamroot (B. careyana) is most common in the east Cascades. It can be recognized by (usually) having stems with one large flower head and multiple smaller lateral heads, leaves that are hirsute (with short stiff straight hairs), and ray florets that persist on the seed after drying. Arrowleaf balsamroot (B. sagittata) is more common to the east in the lava plains and Ochoco Mountains. It is recognized by (usually) having a single flower head on each stem, densely tomentose (woolly with matted hairs) phyllaries (the bracts surrounding the flower head), and tomentose leaves, particularly on the undersides. Deltoid balsamroot (B. deltoidea) grows mainly west of the Cascade crest, but enters our area near the crest where it intergrades with Carey's balsamroot. It has stems with a single terminal flower head and maybe 1 or two smaller lateral heads, has leaves that are sparsely hirsute, and may have rounded teeth on the leaf margins. Balsamroots are notorious for hybridizing where species overlap, so it is often difficult to assign an individual plant to a species.

Introduction

Balsamroots (genus Balsamorhiza) are among our most showy wildflowers, with large basal leaves and tall stems with large yellow sunflower-like heads. There are 12 species of balsamroots in western North America, of which 3 have large arrow-shaped leaves (Balsamorhiza section Artorhiza) (FNA*), and all 3 of those species are found in or near Central Oregon (FoO/OFP*). The three species are Carey's balsamroot (B. careyana), arrowleaf balsamroot (B. sagitatta) and deltoid balsamroot (B. deltoidea). These species are sometimes difficult to tell apart, and may hybridize where their ranges overlap.

Species descriptions

See the Key Characteristics section for detailed distinguishing features.

Carey's balsamroot (B. careyana)

Carey's balsamroot, from Observation 47946776 Distribution on iNaturalist
Carey's balsamroot

Carey's balsamroot is recognizable by having green leaves with few short, coarse hairs and usually entire margins, usually having multiple flower heads on each stem, and having ray flowers that persist on the heads after drying. This species occurs mainly on the east slope of the Cascades and the Columbia Plateau from central Oregon to north-central Washington.

Arrowleaf balsamroot (B. sagittata)

Arrowleaf balsamroot, from Observation 52336715 Distribution on iNaturalist
arrowleaf balsamroot

Arrowleaf balsamroot is recognizable by having woolly grey leaves (sometimes only the lower surface of young leaves), usually single flower heads on each stem, and densely woolly phyllaries (bracts below the flower head). This species occurs throughout the intermountain region between the Cascades/Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains from southern British Columbia south to California and Arizona.

Deltoid balsamroot (B. deltoidea)

Deltoid balsamroot, from Observation 24287450 Distribution on iNaturalist
deltoid balsamroot

Deltoid balsamroot is recognizable by having green leaves with few short, coarse hairs and wavy or toothed margins, one to several flower heads per stem, and ray flowers that fall as the head matures. The species primarily occurs west of the Cascades & Sierra Nevada from southern Vancouver Island to southern California. It approaches our area near the Cascade crest, in the Columbia River Gorge, and near the marshes of Klamath and Lake Counties.


Key characteristics

Based on consulting three recent floras: Flora of North America (FNA); Flora of the Pacific Northwest, 2nd ed. (FPNW2); Flora of Oregon, vol. 2 (FoO, OFP). Note that these floras disagree on some of the distinguishing characters, making this a very difficult group indeed.

Inflorescence

No. of heads per stem

  • careyana — us. 3+, occ. 2 (FNA); several, ca. equal (FPNW2); 1 large, 1-6 smaller (FoO)
  • sagittata — us. 1, occ. 2-3+ (FNA); 1, occ. 2-3 (FPNW2); 1 large, rarely 1-3 smaller (FoO)
  • deltoidea — us. 1, occ. 2+ (FNA); several, lateral heads smaller (FPNW2); 1 large, 0-2 smaller (FoO)

Phyllaries (bracts below the heads)

  • careyana — slightly or scarcely woolly (FPNW2); villous (with long, soft, unmatted hairs) to tomentose (with matted or tangled hairs)
  • sagittata — generally woolly-tomentose (FPNW2); densely tomentose, esp. at base (FoO)
  • deltoidea — slightly or scarcely woolly (FPNW2); villous, more densely at bases (FoO)

Ray Flowers: persistence

  • careyana — "tardily deciduous, tending to persist on the achene and become +/- papery" (FPNW2); persistent after drying (FoO)
  • sagittata — (no mention of deciduous vs persistent in any of the sources)
  • deltoidea — early deciduous, not becoming papery (FPNW2); deciduous (FoO)

Leaves

Leaf margins

  • careyana — entire, occ. crenate (wavy) to dentate (toothed) near base (FNA, FoO)
  • sagittata — entire (FoO)
  • deltoidea — crenate to dentate near base (FNA); entire to toothed, teeth rounded and apiculate (FoO)

Leaf surface

  • careyana — green with few coarse hairs (FPNW2); with fine stiff hairs and gland-dotted (FNA); with fine stiff hairs (FoO)
  • sagittata — silvery with feltlike wool when young, esp. lower surface (FPNW2); variously woolly (at least lower surface), sometimes nearly hairless, usually gland-dotted as well (FNA); surfaces woolly, more densely so on lower surface (FoO)
  • deltoidea — green with few coarse hairs (FPNW2); usually with fine stiff hairs, sometimes not, usually gland-dotted (FNA); sparsely stiff-hairy on upper surface veins (FoO)


Sources

FNA: Flora of North America (online), http://beta.floranorthamerica.org
FoO: Meyers, SC, et al. (2015, 2020, 2022?) Flora of Oregon. BRIT press (3 vols. planned)
OFP: Oregon Flora Project, https://oregonflora.org, the online companion to FoO
FPNW2: Hitchcock, CL, and Cronquist, A (2018) Flora of the Pacific Northwest, 2nd edition. Univ. Washington Press

Posted on January 26, 2021 03:33 by twainwright twainwright | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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We're going to need a bigger boat!

We're extremely excited to welcome so many new areas in Texas to the 2021 City Nature Challenge, a total of 14 areas! You can see the coverage for each project on the map or by clicking through to each individual project. We've now got 78 counties represented - nearly 30% of the counties in the state of Texas. Observations collected in these areas - some of which are rapidly urbanizing - can provide a valuable snapshot of the state of their biodiversity and insights on how we can better protect and steward our natural resources.

So, whether it's along your daily walk or a visit to a new green space you've been meaning to check out, the City Nature Challenge needs your observations!

Posted on January 26, 2021 02:29 by taniahomayoun taniahomayoun | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Okefenokee West Entrance Roadway

No matter how many trips I make to Georgia's Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, my excitement always builds exponentially as I near the refuge border. It is a twenty mile drive from Fargo, Georgia on the western edge of the Okefenokee until you reach the dead-end within the Stephen C Foster State Park campground. This long stretch of Highway 177 can seem quite boring if all you notice are the telephone-pole-straight pines that seem to go on endlessly to your right, left, forward and behind. The tendency can be to “gun it” and get to the swamp more quickly.

Wild Turkey foraging in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 68610850 Wild Turkey foraging along Highway 177 between Fargo, Georgia and the Stephen C Foster State Park in the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge; January 21, 2021.

But if you slow down and take your time, you just might find some critters along this drive (and not splat them into roadkill as well). White-tailed Deer and Wild Turkey often emerge from the dense Saw Palmetto to forage on the roadside grasses. In January 2021, I also spotted an American Black Bear crossing the road far ahead, but alas, no photograph. From spring to fall, Highway 177 is a great stretch for “herping”, as the snakes like to crawl out onto the warm pavement in the evenings and overnight.

White-tailed Deer foraging in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia
© Photographer: William Wise | iNat Observation: 68610847White-tailed Deer along the west entrance to the Okefenokee Swamp National Wildlife Refuge: January 21, 2021.

~ William Wise, www.okefenokee.photography

Posted on January 26, 2021 01:29 by williamwisephoto williamwisephoto | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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A Japanese Mycologist and a Poison Fire Coral Fungus - Observation of the Week, 1/25/21

Our Observation of the Week is this Poison Fire Coral fungus (火炎茸), seen in Japan by @hirabe1216!

Hiroshi Abe has been fascinated with fungi since he was a child and ended up studying mycology in both college and graduate school. His focus is on the ecology of ectomycorrhizal symbiosis, “the strong relationship between tree species and mushroom forming fungi,” he explains. “I was really surprised to know tree species cannot survive without fungal symbionts in the natural environment.”

Since graduating, he has been studying fungi of nearby Komiya Park in Tokyo as a first step towards urban ecosystem conservation. 

I think even recording species with a short description and DNA sequence data will help us understand and evaluate the local natural environment. In addition, due to the fact that taxonomy of fungi is now just developing, undescribed species are found even in the local park!

Poison fire coral fungus, however, is a well known species, and Hiroshi (along with his friend Takahiko Koizumi) came across this specimen during their first exploration into Komiya Park. “This species is well-known as a lethal mushroom in Japan,” he tells me, “[and its] Japanese name is ‘火炎茸(kaen-take)’ meaning ‘flame fungus.’

It is also said that the number of [poison fire coral fungi] is increasing as oak wilt disease expands in Japan. Oak wilt disease, which triggers mass mortality of Quercus trees nurturing birds, insects and ectomycorrhizal fungi etc., is now one of the serious problems in urban ecosystems in Japan. In fact, dead Quercus trees attacked by the disease are increasing in Komiya Park.

Hiroshi (above) uses iNat to record and share his fungus explorations, look for observations made by others, and get ID help from the iNat community. “iNaturalist,” he says, “is the great first step of citizen-science!!”

(Some quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.)


- Poison fire coral fungus (also known as Podostroma cornu-damae) has devastating effects if ingested, you can read more here [PDF] if you’re interested.

- Once known mainly eastern Asia, it has been found as far a south as Australia. There’s even an iNat observation of one there.

- And because why not, here’s an electronic instrumental dance song named after this mushroom.

Posted on January 25, 2021 23:03 by tiwane tiwane | 5 comments | Leave a comment
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