CANCELED/ Carolina Anemone Scavenger Hunt BioBlitz



Carolina Anemone Scavenger Hunt BioBlitz
Saturday, March 23rd, 10am – 2pm
Mansfield City Cemetery


Image by @suz Suzette Rogers

The spring flowers are starting to bloom across Texas and we need your help to find and document a not-so-common species of Anemone, Anemone caroliniana, or the Carolina Anemone. The Anemone North Texans might be most familiar with, A. berlandieri, is known by the common names Tenpetal Anemone and Windflower. Both species grow side-by-side and look alike at first glance, so the Carolina Anemone often gets overlooked. In fact, only 5 DFW locations have been documented on iNaturalist!

Come join us on Saturday, March 23rd at 10am at the Mansfield City Cemetery (a documented location) to learn what to look for and participate in a Scavenger Hunt BioBlitz where we will visit other nearby locations looking specifically for the Carolina Anemone. (Bring a sack lunch with you, too!) Afterward, we will be looking for volunteers to visit locations throughout DFW during the spring blooming period to find as many new locations as we can!

For more information, contact @pfau_tarleton or @kimberlietx. And please tag anyone that you think might be interested!

Posted by kimberlietx kimberlietx, February 01, 2019 22:54

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Sounds fun! I'll be there.

Posted by annikaml over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Ok,, thanks for the tag

Posted by itmndeborah over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Thanks. It's on my calendar.

Posted by cameralenswrangler over 1 year ago (Flag)
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I'm planning to be there!

Posted by cgritz over 1 year ago (Flag)
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This semester is crazy busy, but I'll do my best to be there. Found my first anemone of the season yesterday. It was A. berlandieri. :-/

Posted by tadamcochran over 1 year ago (Flag)
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planning on it!

Posted by cindylcobb5 over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Don't forget! Anemone BioBlitz is this Saturday!! Hope to see a bunch of you there!

Posted by kimberlietx over 1 year ago (Flag)
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I will try to swing by after the Grapevine iNat meetup!

Posted by wildcarrot over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Have had it on my calendar since you first planned it. Looking forward to helping out on such an important project. So glad to see the first flowers of spring popping. Saw a bunch in my neighbors yard wish I knew what to go over there and look for.

Posted by brentano over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Hey guys, please don't comment about other events on this post. This one is just for the Anemone BioBlitz. Thanks 😊

Posted by kimberlietx over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Due to the thunderstorms expected on Saturday, we are rescheduling the Anemone BioBlitz to Saturday, March 23rd at 10am. We hope you will still be able to make it!

In the meantime, if you are out and about, please take a look for Anemones! It's important to get a picture of the identifying characteristics (mainly the stem below the bract) and to check the location in several different places, as they are commonly found together. We have put together an information sheet on the different species in DFW and this visual comparison below. We hope you will still plant to join us for the BioBlitz on March 23rd!

Information Sheet Link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1llZApbJ29F2h9w7EYA7D3B-cDAcQra0GC01zWMCvVc8/edit#slide=id.p

Comparison Image: (Click image below to see an enlarged version or to select the original high quality image.)

Posted by kimberlietx over 1 year ago (Flag)
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I've YET to see A. caroliniana myself in person. Kimberlie's amazing images are the closest I've come. I'm also very jealous of @kimberlietx having been finding them all over the place!

Posted by pfau_tarleton over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Really? I didn't realize you haven't seen one yet. You are in for a treat! We are going to blitz Mansfield and find lots there too!!

Posted by kimberlietx over 1 year ago (Flag)
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We've put together a project for the DFW Carolina anemone bioblitz. It includes links to a guide to help distinguish the two species in the area and a map of sandy soils (they are said to inhabit sandy soils whereas A. berlandieri prefers heavier clay or loam soils).

Posted by kimberlietx over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Unfortunately, we are going to cancel the BioBlitz for this blooming season. I didn't get the memo that mother nature had the sprinklers set to run every Saturday, so we are once again rained out by 90% chance of thunderstorms. Next weekend is predicted to be the same.

Please review the links post for the training information and links to maps of where we are needing searchers to check.
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/carolina-anemones-of-dfw/journal/22090-important-links

If there is interest, I can arrange a short webinar to talk through the information about identifying Amenones and locations to check. Comment on THIS post if you would like to be notified. It will depend on the number of interested participants.

Thank you to everyone who planned to join us! We will try for the BioBlitz again next year!

Posted by kimberlietx over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Posted by brentano over 1 year ago (Flag)
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The anemone season will be winding down over the next few weeks, so if you want to explore some more, now's the time! Here's a review of what's happened over the past couple of months. It's been pretty remarkable. Prior to January 2019, there were 19 observations of Anemone caroliniana in Texas made by 12 observers at 11 locations. Since January 1, 2019, there have been 74 additional observations by 32 observers at ~40 locations!
Before January 2019: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d2=2019-01-01&place_id=18&taxon_id=128651
After January 2019: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2019-01-01&place_id=18&taxon_id=128651

DFW Carolina anemone project page: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/carolina-anemones-of-dfw

There have also been several observations from new locations for Anemone okennoni, edwardsiana, and tuberosa.

Great job, folks!

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Posted by pfau_tarleton over 1 year ago (Flag)
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Awesome work, @pfau_tarleton!

Posted by suz over 1 year ago (Flag)

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