Journal archives for August 2018

August 06, 2018

iNat Anniversary Again - Pescadero Creek County Park, anyone?

So August 13 is my iNaturalist anniversary (6 years of smart, healthy addiction). Come support my habit the day before, SUNDAY AUGUST 12, for a long walk at Pescadero Creek County Park - one of the least-visited open spaces in San Mateo county. And, for evidence, there are fewer than 170 species recorded for the park in all of iNaturalist, and only a scant handful of birds (less than ten). So this figures to be a place where we can have some FUN!

Let's meet at the Hoffman Creek Trailhead at 10:00 AM (TEN in the Morning). Bring snacks or lunch; we can go for dinner at Duarte's or the Mexican place in Pescadero, or somewhere easy in HMB.
https://parks.smcgov.org/sites/parks.smcgov.org/files/Pescadero-McDonaldBrochure-Nov2017-map.pdf

Here's the place marker for the park here on iNat -
https://www.inaturalist.org/places/pescadero-creek-county-park

Love to see any of you who can make it!

Posted on August 06, 2018 05:26 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 19 comments | Leave a comment

Beautiful iNaturalist Guides - and more Milestones!

Dear San Mateo County BioBlitz Participants -

Once again, we are fabulous! Look at our totals! Over 150,000 observations of over 5,000 species: that's top-notch! Thank you for all the observing and recording that you do.

@leslie_flint recently finished a guide to the Odes of the county. It can be found here
https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/8143

It joins the guides to Birds of San Mateo county - https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/4612
and Butterflies of San Mateo county - https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/4885
These two were assembled by @dpom

@alsholtz has a good guide to Native Plants of the county - https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/4985

Kathleen Dickey ( @kdickey ) has a guide to San Mateo's Seaweeds - https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/535

And last but not least, Alison Young ( @kestrel ) has a Northern California Rocky Intertidal Species guide that includes a lot of San Mateo County-based work - https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/3203

Consider these guides useful for learning and for identification. Also, consider filling in the edges - lichens, mosses, moths, reptiles, amphibians, slime molds, fungi, mollusks, grasses, hover flies, spiders - they need love too!

Many thanks to Leslie for her work on the Odes - onwards! Let's have the best documented county patch in the country!

Jennifer ( @gyrrlfalcon )

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August 16, 2018

Guide to Sting Intensity

I think this is some of the best writing ever in the history of science...and perhaps the English language.
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-colorful-pain-index-of-the-stinging-ants-bees-and-wasps-around-the-world

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August 29, 2018

Another Beautiful iNat Guide to San Mateo county

The irrepressible @dpom has produced another gorgeous guide for our county: FERNS! Thanks also to @tonicorelli2 for her amazing long-time exhaustive work on the flora of our local area. We are blessed indeed to live here - and to have the privilege of continuing to document the life around us!
https://www.inaturalist.org/guides/8291

Jennifer - @gyrrlfalcon

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