iNat Anniversary Party August 13 (Tuesday) El Corte de Madera

Every year for the past two, I've thrown myself the kind of party I really like and think is fun - an iNat Anniversary party! It was on August 13 of 2012 that I encountered the rattlesnake at Edgewood that set me off on this wondrous journey. My involvement with iNat has brought me friends, knowledge, and a sense of environmental passion that is better than simple activism or unending despair. So I want to celebrate all of that - and to continue to build the remarkable San Mateo County BioBlitz project.

This year the anniversary falls on a Tuesday - not the most convenient time, I know. Hence I am getting the invitation out early, and making room for latecomers.

DATE: August 13, 2019 (Tuesday)
TIME: 1:00 PM (early shift); 5:30 PM (later shift)
PLACE: El Corte de Madera, Skeggs Point parking area
ROUTE: Part One: Skeggs Point to Tafoni Trail; Tafoni to Fir Trail; Fir to Resolution Trail (to chaparral); Resolution to Fir Trail, back to Skeggs; Part Two: From Skeggs to the Sierra Morena Trail and back
DISTANCE: (Part One) about 3 miles; (Part Two) about 1 mile
IDEA: iNat Every Freaking Thing WE Can Find! Blanket the area with observations!
AFTERWORDS: We can figure out where we want to eat, depending on who wants to go to dinner. We know of good pizza, good Thai, good Mexican, good Japanese within thirty minutes of location heading back east into the heart of San Mateo county.

PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU INTEND (OR HOPE) TO ATTEND, so I know about how many people we have.

The observation that launched tens of thousands of contributions: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/112458

Posted by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon, July 30, 2019 16:05

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Posted by gyrrlfalcon 6 months ago (Flag)
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I'll actually be in California until a couple of days before that. Wish I had known about it sooner...

Posted by maractwin 6 months ago (Flag)
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Ha, I love this idea. And what a great snake start. Here's the caribou that launched my iNat adventure: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14373

Posted by muir 6 months ago (Flag)
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@maractwin - every August 13th; you can mark it on your calendar!
@muir - not only is Caribou also an auspicious start, but June 8th is a GREAT time for an iNat anniversary party!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 6 months ago (Flag)
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Ha, I was wondering what the official gyrrfalcon rules were on that -- date of observation or date of submission -- I like June 8 better! Please join me in Alaska next June 8, and apologies for missing your party this year.

Posted by muir 6 months ago (Flag)
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Dang. When I saw El Corte De Madera I thought Corte Madera so I thought it was be on the more accessible side of the Bay for me.

Posted by vermfly 6 months ago (Flag)
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Thank you so much! Unfortunately, I will just be starting back to school but I hope you have a fantastic time!

Posted by rjadams55 6 months ago (Flag)
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i wish! new baby so we can't travel much :)

Posted by charlie 6 months ago (Flag)
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@hydrocycler - if you want to try the other side of the Bay. @vermfly - I try to keep my iNat anniversary in San Mateo county, but that does tend to exclude some of you East Bay folk. Maybe I'll go further afield in some future year.

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 6 months ago (Flag)
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Boo- I have to work that day. I hope you have terrific animals and plants and other kingdoms (lichens!) to iNat. :)

Posted by catchang 6 months ago (Flag)
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@gyrrlfalcon A weekend in the Sierra would be awesome. August has great flowers and insects up at elevation. In August 2022 it will be your 10th anniversary and the 13th falls on a Saturday.

Posted by vermfly 6 months ago (Flag)
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@gyrrlfalcon I think I can make it, assuming my son sticks to the schedule he gave me. He does not plan to be home on that day, as of now.

Posted by dpom 6 months ago (Flag)
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Hmmm, that's actually the week I have open and was contemplating possible travel. Hmmmmmmm

Posted by nlblock 6 months ago (Flag)
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I’m in ! Taking an afternoon vacation day just for you! My anniversary obs 490710 in Dec 30, 2013 is much less dramatic..and much more blurry... https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/490710

Posted by metsa 6 months ago (Flag)
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I'll try to make the 1pm shift!

Posted by moventrice 6 months ago (Flag)
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I would love to be there but unfortunately can't do it this year. But one of these years I will join you for this celebration.

Posted by finatic 6 months ago (Flag)
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@nlblock - Ooooo come on over to the left coast! @metsa - I'm honored, and you know El Corte is a great lichen spot... @finatic - I understand it couldn't be this year, but we'll all look forward to the year when you join us (and swamp us in terms of number of observations, without breaking a sweat)

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 6 months ago (Flag)
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:( I'm at work that day... I'm down for a weekend trip though. Or a moth night :)

Posted by clem 6 months ago (Flag)
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Sounds like fun, but............Boo Hoo. I have to work (and no calling in sick) Pick a nice day in October when I am back from my medical mission trip. Please have fun and see lots of new great stuff.

Posted by bratworst 6 months ago (Flag)
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@gyrrlfalcon Put me down for the late shift!. I have it on my calendar! I'll plan on dinner too. After all, it's an anniversary and you are largely responsible for getting me into this obsession anyway. My first observation- Ring-necked Snake on 8/3/2013. So I have an anniversary coming up too. Cheers!

Posted by geodani 6 months ago (Flag)
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Cool - we could combine anniversary parties some year, George!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 6 months ago (Flag)
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@gyrrlfalcon Probably!

Posted by moonlittrails 6 months ago (Flag)
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@gyrrlfalcon - bummer I'm also in the working stiffs camp wit Cat. Hope its a blast

Posted by damontighe 6 months ago (Flag)
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Hi, @gyrrlfalcon - sounds wonderful. Thanks for the invitation. I could probably come to either shift. The early one is slightly more appealing. Sign me up. @catchang, I'll do my best to nab some lichens for ya. -- Todd

Posted by wildmarin 6 months ago (Flag)
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@wildmarin we should go for the Myrtle’s Silverspot if it’s flying in mid August! Everyone on this thread invited.

Posted by catchang 6 months ago (Flag)
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I'm (so) in! I think for the whole day.

Posted by sea-kangaroo 6 months ago (Flag)
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Just had a thought-- ever run a moth light on the bayshore? Potential salt marsh moth-filled nearby post-dinner activity...

My first ever iNat observation features an indistinct lump of fur: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/31704

Posted by sea-kangaroo 6 months ago (Flag)
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@graysquirrel - Krissa, could you join us?

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 5 months ago (Flag)
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I don't think I can manage it, unfortunately - I'll be there in spirit and ID all your stuff though :)

Posted by graysquirrel 5 months ago (Flag)
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Thanks!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 5 months ago (Flag)
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I'm not going to be able to make it after all. Thought I could get there in time from Santa Cruz, but I can't make it work. Keep me posted on a potential Pescadero Creek Park event, though!

Posted by moventrice 5 months ago (Flag)
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I am going to make the 5:30p shift. Please advise what type of shoes/clothes to wear. Thank you for inviting :)

Posted by jesca67 5 months ago (Flag)
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@gyrrlfalcon I'll shoot for the 1:00 I think (at least), assuming I don't feel like I do today. That route is mostly under trees, right?

Posted by moonlittrails 5 months ago (Flag)
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Yes mostly tree-laden! Clothing should be layered. I've been away from the Bay Area for the last week, so I don't know what weather conditions have been like in our micro-climates. Let me repeat that the goal is to walk at the rate of about 1 mile per hour for the first part, and even slower for the second part. See you tomorrow!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 5 months ago (Flag)
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Well, I had hoped to join you this afternoon, Jennifer, but some work deadlines have changed my plans unfortunately. Have a great time. I hope to see you and others out in the field or at another event this year.

Posted by wildmarin 5 months ago (Flag)
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The six of us who made it - me, Leslie, Donna, Debbi, JJ, and Cynthia - had a great time, logging almost 200 observations along the Tafoni and Fir Trails. Suggestions welcome for holes that need to be filled in San Mateo county for next year's iNat anniversary. Somewhere with water would be nice. Hugs to al!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 5 months ago (Flag)
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@gyrrlfalcon I was looking at the SM county bioblitz project the other day. I didn't see any holes.

Posted by vermfly 5 months ago (Flag)
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You have to zoom waaaaaay in to find the holes!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon 5 months ago (Flag)

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