Journal archives for September 2017

September 09, 2017

Submit the magic 100,000th observation, get a t-shirt!

Dear Participants in the BEST county project on iNaturalist!

We are approaching a magic number - 100,000 observations - in San Mateo County! This project began on April 11, 2013, and in the 1,612 days since, we have garnered, on average, 61.6 observations per day. That's rather remarkable, so we have to celebrate. I will gladly purchase and provide a Sequoia Audubon t-shirt to the person whose observation is the official 100,000th observation in this project. I'll be watching - we admins have a way of knowing...if it turns out to be me who crosses the line, I'll give it to the next person.

Posted on September 09, 2017 16:25 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 2 comments | Leave a comment

September 11, 2017

Thinking of You with Irma

Dear Charlotte County iNaturalists - Hope that you are all staying safe during the storm, and that most of the wonderful habitats of the county survive.

Posted on September 11, 2017 02:23 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 22, 2017

Using the San Mateo County Bio-Blitz to deepen our knowledge!

We are over 100,000 entries, folks! That's so cool! I've developed, for my personal edification and education, an interesting corollary to this achievement. For the under-studied taxa, it is now possible to generate a list of the species most commonly seen in the county, as a kind of seat-of-the-pants guidebook to local distribution.

Take, for instance, Grasses. According to the project, some 88 species of grasses have been recorded in the county. I would feel unsure of those with only one or two observations, unless seen by an expert. But the top 20 have 9 or more observations in the county, at least some of those sightings confirmed. That feels somewhat solid. Take a look
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?captive=any&place_id=any&project_id=799&taxon_id=47434&verifiable=any&view=species

Maybe I won't have to hope @boschniakia graciously looks at all my entries...maybe I can make her proud and ID a few grasses on my own!

Here's Sac Fungi, that brings up a large % of lichens:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?captive=any&place_id=any&project_id=799&taxon_id=48250&verifiable=any&view=species

Posted on September 22, 2017 15:30 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 2 comments | Leave a comment

BioBlitz Heaven: Overfelt and San Bruno!

Two great bioblitzes in the scant remaining days of September.

Saturday September 23 - Overfelt Gardens, San Jose - Join me as we encourage the growth of the BioBlitz movement in the South Bay!
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/overfelt-park-bioblitz

Saturday September 30 - San Bruno Mountain County and State Park. Notice that Liam ( @robberfly ) is the poster child for this one!
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2017-bioblitz-san-bruno-mountain

Posted on September 22, 2017 15:50 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 7 comments | Leave a comment