Journal archives for April 2021

April 12, 2021

Sasquatch & Trophies

The primary purpose of the City Nature Challenge: Bonner County (CNCBC) is to document the incredible biodiversity in the area, while spotlighting the need to identify, preserve and restore critical habitat for threatened species.

A secondary purpose is to highlight the importance of the native plants that support the food web for local species, including pollinators. One thing that you can easily do is a bioblitz on your own property (with either iNaturalist or Seek). Find out what’s there! And, should you want to learn how to create and enhance natural areas around your home, there are lots of resources to help, like: “The Woods in Your Backyard” (https://www.amazon.com/Woods-Your-Backyard-Learning-Enhance/dp/1933395109), and “Bringing Nature Home” (https://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Nature-Home-Wildlife-Expanded/dp/0881929921).

If you haven’t already created a free iNaturalist account so that you can participate in the CNCBC, go here: https://www.inaturalist.org/signup.

To encourage people to be a little more ambitious and explore the biodiversity richness throughout the county, the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalists is going to:
1) Make a life size silhouette of a Sasquatch, and hide it in 4 different places around the county, on each of the 4 days of the Challenge. Her name is Sassy. (A photo of Sassy will be posted here once it’s completed so you’ll know what to look for.)
2) Make 4 small “CNCBC 2021” Sasquatch trophies to be given to the first person to find Sassy -and- make 20 observations of other species on each day of the competition (photos of the trophies will be posted next Sunday). A new location clue will be posted on this Facebook Page, and on the iNaturalist Project Page, the evening before to give you a general idea of where to look the next day.
3) Make a taller “CNCBC Champ 2021” Sasquatch trophy to be awarded to the person who makes the most unique species observations over the four-day period (photo of the trophy will be posted next Sunday).

*A special thank you goes out to Chad Butherus of Hard Art Studios, NE of Rathdrum for the trophies noted in items 2 and 3 above (here’s a link to his Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/hardartstudios/).

To make things even more interesting, in addition to the “competition” between all the worldwide CNCs, a friendly regional competition will take place between Boise, Bonner County, and Red Lodge, MT (Carbon County).

Here are the links to the respective Project pages:

The organizers in Red Lodge are making a unique “Northern Rocky Mountain Challenge” (NRMC) trophy for the winner of our mini-competition (photo of the trophy coming soon). For the trophy, each Challenge has a magnetic mascot: Peregrine Falcon for Boise, Sasquatch for Bonner County, and Moose for Red Lodge (removable magnets were chosen in the event that other area/regional Challenges are formed, and want to compete in the future). The NRMC trophy will be awarded to the Challenge that has the most participants per capita per project. (Participants must have an iNaturalist account, so that excludes children under the age of 13. Younger children can participate using a group account (i.e., with a class using a teacher’s account), or by helping someone with an iNaturalist account by finding things on their own using the Seek app.)

On May 10, 2021, the results will be announced.
1) There will be a Facebook Live “City Nature Challenge Awards Ceremony” at 4:00 PM (https://www.facebook.com/events/782272925738524) to announce the local competition winners, and the mini-competition regional winner. If Bonner County wins the regional competition, Mike Bauer of the East Bonner County Library District will accept the NRMC trophy, and it will be kept and displayed at the library, but will be rotated to different locations around the county.
2) The Sasquatch trophies winners will be announced, and the trophies can be picked up at the library.
3) Sassy will be at the library, so come by and have your picture taken with her!
4) After the CNCBC is over, Sassy will be primarily kept at the WaterLife Discovery Center in Sagle, but will be rotated around the county to keep interest high for future bioblitzes.

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Listen to Mike Bauer’s KRFY CNCBC interview here:
http://krfymedia.keokee.com/CommunityConversations-20210406-LibraryMikeBauer.mp3

Check out Kristen Gnojewski’s excellent “The City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist Basics” webinar recording here:
https://zoom.us/rec/share/ylbnIZKzvBfCajvSa-44QNouu5JIIzIJyH2x5t2pWz8unetIBE3LwkLZZre8dc4w.8Tjt8VKOr6LRYs3w

The Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society is having a Zoom presentation titled “City Nature Challenge 2021: Bonner County” on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoceqqrTIvGNNOgMx-grNiYheBZn2KhA3J.

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For more information about the CBCBC, check out the About section of this Facebook Page, and/or go to the Bonner County iNaturalist Project Page and explore the Journal entries:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-bonner-county-id.

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Please make sure to go to the CBCBC Event Page, and click if you’re Interested or Going, and Invite your Facebook Friends to participate:
https://www.facebook.com/events/2250196018451120.

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Finally, check out Dr. Stephanie Schuttler’s most recent podcast titled “55: How to Make a Wildlife Friendly Backyard”:
https://stephanieschuttler.com/wildlife-friendly-backyard/

One of the things she talks about is eMammal, and camera traps/game cameras. Here’s the site:
https://emammal.si.edu

There are several good resources here, but make sure to check out Dr. Schuttler’s “Camera Setup 2016” video:
https://emammal.si.edu/content/emammal-training

The CNCBC wants game cam images!! If you have one, make sure to set it out, and send the images captured during the project dates to your iNaturalist account.

And, for local fishermen, especially those participating in the April 24 to May 2 Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club (LPOIC) Spring Derby: send in your fish pics!

Posted on April 12, 2021 15:16 by geogehrig geogehrig | 0 comments | Leave a comment

iNatters of Bonner County Unite!

Hello iNatters!

In case you haven’t heard, there’s going to be an iNaturalist bioblitz, the City Nature Challenge 2021: Bonner County (CNCBC) from 12:01 AM on April 30th to 11:59 PM on May 3rd, 2021. Please check out the Journal entries for more information.

Of particular note,
1) The person who makes the most unique species observations will be awarded a “CNCBC Champ 2021” Sasquatch trophy.
2) There is a mini-competition between Bonner County, Boise and Red Lodge, MT to see who can bring out the most observers per capita. So please encourage anyone you know to help Bonner County win the inaugural Northern Rocky Mountain Challenge Trophy!

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Posted on April 12, 2021 15:38 by geogehrig geogehrig | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 26, 2021

Threatened Bonner County Amphibians and Reptiles

Countdown: 3 DAYS TO GO until the CNCBC! Have you downloaded the app and created an account? Have you been practicing? Do you think you can find Sassy and win a CNCBC 2021 Trophy? Will you help Bonner County win the inaugural Northern Rocky Mountain Challenge Trophy? You just need to make ONE observation to help Bonner County compete to see which challenge gets the most people out per capita.

Here is a list of the most endangered Amphibians/Reptiles in Bonner County. You probably won’t see any of these, but that’s important to know, too: not only which species are present, but which ones we are in danger of losing from the ecosystem.

AMPHIBIANS

Northern Leopard Frog
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/16367
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Amphibia -> Order: Anura -> Family: Ranidae -> Species: Lithobates pipiens
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/1019093
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.101454/Lithobates_pipiens
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=775108#null

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Lithobates_pipiens/

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/amph/anurans/rapi/Rapi.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&taxon_id=66003

iNaturalist Idaho Amphibians: https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/421299

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=AAABH01170

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.101454/Lithobates_pipiens

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Rocky Mountain Tailed Frog
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/18709
State Rank S3: Rare or uncommon but not imperiled (typically 21 to 100 occurrences).
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Amphibia -> Order: Anura -> Family: Ascaphidae -> Species: Ascaphus montanus
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/313904
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.104648/Ascaphus_montanus
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=661593#null

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Ascaphus_montanus/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=24544

iNaturalist Idaho Amphibians: https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/421306

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=AAABA01020

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.104648/Ascaphus_montanus

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Coeur d'Alene Salamander
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/15699
State Rank S3: Rare or uncommon but not imperiled (typically 21 to 100 occurrences).
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Amphibia -> Order: Caudata -> Family: Plethodontidae -> Species: Plethodon idahoensis
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/1038552
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.100555/Plethodon_idahoensis

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Plethodon_idahoensis/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/amph/urodela/plid/plid.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=27233

iNaturalist Idaho Amphibians: https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/415100

Montana Field Guide: --

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.100555/Plethodon_idahoensis

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Western Toad
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/17288
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Amphibia -> Order: Anura -> Family: Bufonidae -> Species: Anaxyrus boreas
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/1039204
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.102714/Anaxyrus_boreas
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=773513#null

Animal Diversity Web: --

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/amph/anurans/bubo/bubo.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&taxon_id=64970

iNaturalist Idaho Amphibians: https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/421305

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=AAABB01030

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.102714/Anaxyrus_boreas

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REPTILES

Common Gartersnake
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/16152
State Rank S3: Rare or uncommon but not imperiled (typically 21 to 100 occurrences).
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Reptilia -> Order Squamata -> Family: Colubridae -> Species: Thamnophis sirtalis
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/1055202
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.101158/Thamnophis_sirtalis
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=174136#null

Animal Diversity Web: --

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=28362

iNaturalist Idaho Reptiles: https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/421214

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ARADB36130

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.101158/Thamnophis_sirtalis

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Western Groundsnake
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/17968
State Rank S3: Rare or uncommon but not imperiled (typically 21 to 100 occurrences).
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Reptilia -> Order: Squamata -> Family: Colubridae -> Species: Sonora semiannulata
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/962167
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.103641/Sonora_semiannulata
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=174275#nul

Animal Diversity Web: --

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/reptile/serp/sose/sose.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/28649-Sonora-semiannulata

iNaturalist Idaho Reptiles: https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/421208

Montana Field Guide: --

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://xplorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.103641/Sonora_semiannulata

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Painted Turtle
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/62042
State Rank S3: Rare or uncommon but not imperiled (typically 21 to 100 occurrences).
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Reptilia -> Order: Cryptodeira -> Family: Emydidae -> Species: Chrysemys picta
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/795380
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.637723/Chrysemys_picta

Animal Diversity Web: https:// animaldiversity.org/accounts/Chrysemys_picta/

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/reptile/test/chpi/chpi.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=39771

iNaturalist Idaho Reptiles: https://www.inaturalist.org/guide_taxa/421298

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ARAAD01010

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.637723/Chrysemys_picta

Posted on April 26, 2021 16:54 by geogehrig geogehrig | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 25, 2021

There’s a new Sasquatch in town: Sassy, and she's beautiful!

You can see photos of here on the CNCBC Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/City-Nature-Challenge-2021-Bonner-County-ID-106106278046164

She made her debut recently at the WaterLife Discovery Center in Sagle, the home base for the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalists. The chapter commissioned her, along with the mini Sasquatch trophies (currently on display at the East Bonner County Library), for use in the City Nature Challenge: Bonner County (CNCBC).

She’s about 7’ tall, and weighs in at about 15 lbs. She’s only ¾” wide, so she’s a little fragile. Since her debut, she’s been roaming Bonner County, looking for places to hide during the CNCBC. She’s found 4 good spots. To win one of the “CNCBC 2021” Sasquatch trophies, you have be the first person to find her -and- 20 different species, and upload your observations using the iNaturalist app. She’ll be at each location until 6:30 PM each of the 4 days of the CNCBC (Friday April 30 – Monday May 3), then she’ll be moved to the next location.

[Note: To qualify, send an email with CNCBC 2021 in the Subject line to cncbonnercounty@gmail.com as soon as you’ve made the observations. Include your name, your iNaturalist user name, and contact information in the body of the email. The principal organizers of the CNCBC - the ones who know where she’ll be hiding - are not eligible to win the “CNCBC 2021” Sasquatch trophies. Previous daily winners cannot win a second daily prize, but they can win the overall “CNCBC Champ 2021” trophy, which will be awarded to the person who makes the most unique observations.]

Hints to where she’ll be will be posted here and on the CNCBC Facebook Page. For example, for the Friday April 30 location, check back on Thursday April 29.

If you find her, PLEASE be gentle with her (actually, please don’t touch her). She’ll be propped up against a tree, with a small chain around her waist. We need to make sure she makes it out of the woods in good shape for the awards ceremony (see info below).

On May 10 at 2:00 PM, the results of the CNC will be announced online. You will be able to watch the results come in real time. You’ll see the leader board, and see how the CNCBC matches up to the other challenges here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021

Even though this year is more cooperation than competition due to COVID, some challenges have decided to form mini competitions. That’s what we’ve done. We’re competing with Boise and Red Lodge, MT, to see who can get the most people out per capita. All you have to do is make one observation to help Bonner County compete for the new Northern Rocky Mountain Challenge Trophy. It’s being commissioned by the good folks over in Red Lodge, and they want to win it. The winner will be able to keep it for a year, until the next CNC, and have bragging rights. So, c’mon Bonner County: download that app and help us win that trophy! If we win it, Mike Bauer of the East Bonner County Library will accept it, and it will be kept and displayed at the library, but will be rotated to different locations around the county.

On the same day, May 10, at 4:00 PM, you’ll be able to join a Facebook Live Event, hosted by the Mike, to find out the winners of the mini Sasquatch trophies, and the Northern Rocky Mounty Challenge Trophy: https://www.facebook.com/events/782272925738524

Sassy will be there, and she’ll be there at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 15. That’s when the winners of the mini Sasquatch trophies will be able to collect them.

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In case you need additional information, please see the links below:

City Nature Challenge 2021: Bonner County - George Gehrig and Preston Andrews
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/fIpBfsd1gK7a9jJTPIpKTGBjlHUhMf7yQroUnfexyIslgzPHvksEH24xrdN4eIJE.tcoaeqNH9sX7JS_x
Access Passcode: 85.q8^B7

CNC Info Session: The City Nature Challenge and iNaturalist basics – Kristin Gnojewski, Boise
https://zoom.us/rec/share/ylbnIZKzvBfCajvSa-44QNouu5JIIzIJyH2x5t2pWz8unetIBE3LwkLZZre8dc4w.8Tjt8VKOr6LRYs3w

Methods of Collection - Courtney Long, Red Lodge
https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLefLi2ClwjA7nbR30gHb-wP4AekW7Pb1r

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City Nature Challenge FAQs
https://www.calacademy.org/citizen-science/city-nature-challenge/FAQs

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iNaturalist Tutorials
Getting Started
https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/getting+started

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Video Tutorials
https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials

Adding an Observation on a Mobile Device
https://vimeo.com/162581545

Adding an Observation via the Web
https://vimeo.com/167431843

How to Take Identifiable Photos
https://vimeo.com/167341998

How to mark an observation as Captive/Cultivated
https://vimeo.com/331151155

Seek by iNaturalist https://vimeo.com/328588355

Posted on April 25, 2021 21:41 by geogehrig geogehrig | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 18, 2021

11 Days and Counting! Are You Ready Bonner County??

The organizers of the international 2021 City Nature Challenge bioblitz have finalized a video to promote it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yO45mO9BUJM

The video highlights cities, and most the Challenges will be in metropolitan areas. See the map of the Challenges here:
https://citynaturechallenge.org/city-list-2021/

But the City Nature Challenge: Bonner County (CNCBC), like a growing number of others, will have a county-wide boundary.

Are you ready to participate? Again, its free and very easy to do. For an excellent introduction on how to do so, please watch this video:
https://zoom.us/rec/play/aAH0okTeANvh2LuCuv4zlCkIjqW65FlvX_z6d2kclC1914kiNwbaNERj-qEisJN-5tMlYlOg1ogbmPSi.LJ8Cy54i1THAP5p0

The FAQs can be found here:
https://www.calacademy.org/citizen-science/city-nature-challenge/FAQs

For more information, look at the About section of this page and/or the CNCBC iNaturalist Project page:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-bonner-county-id

Also, if you want/need more information, make sure to watch the Kinnikinnick Native Plant Society’s Zoom presentation titled “City Nature Challenge 2021: Bonner County” on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.
Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIoceqqrTIvGNNOgMx-grNiYheBZn2KhA3J.

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As promised, the gorgeous trophies have arrived! You can see them on the CNCBC Facebook Page, and in the display case of the East Bonner County Library (thanks to Mike Bauer for putting it together!). And thanks to Chad Butherus of Hard Art Studios for making them, and donating the “CNCBC Champ 2021” trophy. And to the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalists for donating the smaller “CNCBC 2021” trophies.

*Coming soon will be a photo of Sassy (donated by the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalists, and painted by Luz Chase Bayless), and the North Rocky Mountain Challenge Trophy (created by the organizers of the Red Lodge City Nature Challenge).

Again:
1) the “CNCBC Champ 2021” Sasquatch trophy will be won by the person who makes the most unique observations.
2) the “CNCBC 2021” Sasquatch trophies will be won by first person to find Sassy -and- make 20 observations of other species on each day of the competition. To qualify, send an email with CNCBC 2021 in the Subject line to cncbonnercounty@gmail.com as soon as you’ve made the observations. Include your name, your iNaturalist user name, and contact information in the body of the email. (Location clues will be posted on this page. The principal organizers of the CNCBC - the ones who know where she’ll be hiding - are not eligible to win the “CNCBC 2021” Sasquatch trophies.)
3) The winners will be announced on Monday, May 10, 2021 at 4:00 PM Pacific Time. Join the Facebook Live event here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/782272925738524. The trophies can be picked up at 10:00 AM Pacific Time on Saturday, May15, 2021 at the East Bonner County Library. If Bonner County wins the regional competition, Mike Bauer of the East Bonner County Library District will accept the North Rocky Mountain Challenge Trophy, and it will be kept and displayed at the library, but will be rotated to different locations around the county.

Posted on April 18, 2021 23:58 by geogehrig geogehrig | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 28, 2021

Threatened Bonner County Fish

Countdown: 1 DAY TO GO until the CNCBC!! Have you downloaded the app, and created an account? Have you been practicing? Do you think you can find Sassy and win a CNCBC 2021 Trophy? Will you help Bonner County win the inaugural Northern Rocky Mountain Challenge Trophy? You just need to make ONE observation to help Bonner County compete to see which challenge gets the most people participating per capita. Get your family and friends involved, too…and your 5th cousin from Fargo if he’s visiting or passing through! You can even get your best friend, your dog, signed up (OK, that’s not true. Sorry. Got a little carried away there! You have to be human to participate).

  • Reminders:
    1) You don’t have to live in Bonner County for your observations to count. So, folks from Benewah, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone: come help! Next year the CNCBC can become a North Idaho Challenge! Heck, we even want our Washington and Montana neighbors to slip over the border and participate!
    2) Dr. Jim Eakins of IDAH2O will be at the WaterLife Discovery Center (WDC) in Sagle on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM to teach about aquatic macroinvertebrates and how to ID them. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with one of Idaho’s leading watershed experts! Learn about the Master Water Steward Program he administers. The WDC is a great place to make some observations, too.
    3) Clues to Sassy’s location will be HERE, and on the Facebook Page, beginning TOMORROW!

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Here is a list of the most endangered Fish in Bonner County. You probably won’t see either of them, but that’s important to know, too: not only which species are present, but which ones we are in danger of losing from the ecosystem.

Bull Trout
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/19737
State Rank S4: Not rare and apparently secure, but with cause for long-term concern (usually more than 100 occurrences).
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Actinopterygii -> Order: Salmoniformes -> Family: Salmonidae -> Species: Salvelinus confluentus
Encyclopedia of Life: --
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.106067/Salvelinus_confluentus
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=162004#null
-US Endangered Species Act Threatened Species
-Bureau of Land Management Sensitive Species Type 1
-US Forest Service Intermountain Region Threatened Species

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Salvelinus_confluentus/

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=111978

Montana Field Guide: https://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=AFCHA05020

USGS: NAS - Nonindigenous Aquatic Species: https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=938

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From the Governor’s of Species Conservation: Bull Trout
https://species.idaho.gov/aquatic-species/bull-trout/

Final Bull Trout Recovery Plan
https://species.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/sites/82/2016/05/Final_Bull_Trout_Recovery_Plan.pdf

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Bull Trout Critical Habitat
https://www.fws.gov/pacific/bulltrout/Habitat.cfm

Bull Trout background information – U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
https://www.fws.gov/pacific/bulltrout/

Bull trout 101: What anglers should know about this protected Idaho species
https://www.idahostatesman.com/outdoors/fishing/article245366815.html

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Burbot
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/16458
State Rank S1: Critically imperiled because of extreme rarity or because some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable to extinction (typically 5 or fewer occurrences).
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Actinopterygii -> Order: Gadiformes -> Family: Gadidae -> Species: Lota lota
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/204768
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.101577/Lota_lota
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=164725#null
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/135675/18233691

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Lota_lota/

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=104813

Montana Field Guide: https://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=AFCMA01010

USGS: NAS - Nonindigenous Aquatic Species:
https://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.aspx?SpeciesID=698

*Note: Burbot haven’t been observed in Bonner County, but they are found just to the north, and are a good recovery story.

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Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalists Webinar: Kootenai River Fish Restoration
https://drive.google.com/file/d/14fvoMe9jnepZeTilnY6jFP55ktH0p35W/view
-T.J. Ross, Senior Fishery Research Biologist for IDFG, conducted this presentation about the Kootenai River Fish Restoration Project on May 14, 2020. The addition of Libby Dam to the Kootenai River in NW Montana in 1972 resulted in significant negative impacts to the fisheries in the river downstream of the dam. The dam retains nutrients that previously flowed throughout the river system. In addition, levees had been added to the banks of the Kootenai River near Bonners Ferry 70-90 years ago to prevent flooding of the adjacent fields. Studies have shown that the flooded plains help young fish to grow after spawning, rather than being flushed downstream. IDFG and the Kootenai Tribe have been working to restore populations of burbot and white sturgeon. A nutrient addition project was implemented near the Montana-Idaho border in 2005, where Phosphorus and Nitrogen are injected into the river. This has improved the fisheries immediately downstream of the injection point and a second nutrient addition point is being considered near the confluence with the Moyie River. Burbot fishing was closed on the river in 1992, but with the increases in the population, burbot fishing was reopened in 2018. At about 59 minutes into the presentation, a video about the burbot was played, but the audio was poor. Here is a link to that video:

The decline and recovery of burbot in the Kootenai River
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SK-5KHdjkM&feature=youtu.be

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April 27, 2021

Threatened Bonner County Birds

Tuesday is for Birds

Countdown: 2 DAYS TO GO until the CNCBC! Have you downloaded the app and created an account? Have you been practicing? Do you think you can find Sassy and win a CNCBC 2021 Trophy? Will you help Bonner County win the inaugural Northern Rocky Mountain Challenge Trophy? You just need to make ONE observation to help Bonner County compete to see which challenge gets the most people out per capita. Get your family and friends involved, too. Children under 13 yo can use the Seek app to help identify species. Boise and Red Lodge are recruiting folks like crazy. We want the bragging rights!

Here is a list of the most endangered Birds in Bonner County. All of them have a State Rank S1: Critically imperiled because of extreme rarity or because some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable to extinction (typically 5 or fewer occurrences). Shockingly, there are 25 more that are listed as State Rank 2 (Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction - typically 6 to 20 occurrences), and 36 that are State Ranked S3 (Rare or uncommon but not imperiled - typically 21 to 100 occurrences).

Do we know them? Are we going to protect them? You probably won’t see any of them, but that’s important to know, too: not only which species are present, but which ones we are in danger of losing from the ecosystem.

  • Reminders:
    1) Sounds can be uploaded and serve as evidence in iNaturalist. This is particularly helpful for birds (you may not be able to see them, or get a clear photo, but you might be able to hear/record them).
    2) You don’t have to live in Bonner County to participate. So, folks from Benewah, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone: come help! Next year the CNCBC can become a North Idaho Challenge!
    3) Clues to Sassy’s location will be here, and on the Project Page, beginning Thursday! The trophies are cool. To qualify, send an email with CNCBC 2021 in the Subject line to cncbonnercounty@gmail.com as soon as you’ve made the observations. Include your name, your iNaturalist user name, and contact information in the body of the email. You can only win one smaller trophy, but you could also win the CNCBC Champ 2021 Trophy given to the person with the most observations. Winners will be announced via Facebook Live on Monday, May 10 at 4:00 PM. Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/events/782272925738524. Trophies can then be picked up at the East Bonner County Library on 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 15.

  • Note: Dr. Jim Eakins of IDAH2O will be at the WaterLife Discovery Center in Sagleon Saturday, May 1st from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM to teach about aquatic macroinvertebrates, and how to ID them. Don’t miss this opportunity to speak with one of Idaho’s leading watershed experts! Learn about the Master Water Steward Program he administers.

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American Bittern
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/17802
State Rank S1B
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Ciconiiformes -> Family: Ardeidae -> Species: Botaurus lentiginosus

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/American_Bittern

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Botaurus_lentiginosus/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/american-bittern

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/bttrn/ambi/ambi.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=5034

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNGA01020

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.103409/Botaurus_lentiginosus

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Botaurus-lentiginosus

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Black Swift
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/16351
State Rank S1B
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Apodiformes -> Family: Apodidae -> Species: Cypseloides niger

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Apodidae/

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Black_Swift

Audubon: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/black-swift

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=6667

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNUA01010

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.101434/Cypseloides_niger

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Cypseloides-niger

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Blue Jay
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/16060
State Rank S1N
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Passeriformes -> Family: Corvidae -> Species: Cyanocitta cristata

Animal Diversity Web: https:// animaldiversity.org/accounts/Cyanocitta_cristata/

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Blue_Jay

Audubon: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/blue-jay

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=822

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABPAV02020

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.101039/Cyanocitta_cristata

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Cyanocitta-cristata

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Boreal Chickadee
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/20082
State Rank S1
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Passeriformes -> Family: Paridae -> Species: Poecile hudsonicus

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Boreal_Chickadee

Animal Diversity Web: --

Audubon: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/boreal-chickadee

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/sngbrd/chckds/boch/boch_inf.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=144821

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABPAW01060

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.106548/Poecile_hudsonicus

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/

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Bufflehead
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/18755
State Rank: S1B,S1N
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Anseriformes -> Family: Anatidae -> Species: Bucephala albeola

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Bufflehead

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Bucephala_albeola/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/bufflehead

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/swndk/buff/buff_inf.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=6993

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNJB18030

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.104714/Bucephala_albeola

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Bucephala-albeola

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Caspian Tern
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/18702
State Rank: S1
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Charadriiformes -> Family: Laridae -> Species: Hydroprogne caspia

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Caspian_Tern

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Sterna_caspia/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/caspian-tern

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/gulls/cate/cate_inf.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=144537

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNNM08020

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.104635/Hydroprogne_caspia

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Hydroprogne-caspia

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Common Loon
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/15698
State Rank: S1
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Gaviiformes -> Family: Gaviidae -> Species: Gavia immer

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Loon

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Gavia_immer/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/common-loon

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/loons/colo/colo_inf.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=4626

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNBA01030

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.100554/Gavia_immer

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Gavia-immer

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Dunlin
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/16570
State Rank: S1M
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Charadriiformes -> Family: Scolopacidae -> Species: Calidris alpina

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Dunlin

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Calidris_alpina/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/dunlin

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=3857

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNNF11170

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.101733/Calidris_alpina

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Calidris-alpina

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Eared Grebe
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/15293
State Rank S1N, S2B
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Podicipediformes -> Family: Podicipedidae -> Species: Podiceps nigricollis

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eared_Grebe

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Podiceps_nigricollis/classification/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/eared-grebe

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/grebes/eagr/eagr_inf.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=4205

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNCA03030

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.100013/Podiceps_nigricollis

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Podiceps-nigricollis

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Eurasian Wigeon
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/15402
State Rank: S1N
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Anseriformes -> Family: Anatidae -> Species: Anas Penelope

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eurasian_Wigeon

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Anas_penelope/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/eurasian-wigeon

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=558441

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNJB10170

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.100158/Mareca_penelope

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Mareca-penelope

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Glaucous-winged Gull
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/16368
State Rank S1N
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Charadriiformes -> Family: Laridae -> Species: Larus glaucescens

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Glaucous-winged_Gull

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Larus_glaucescens/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/glaucous-winged-gull

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=4399

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNNM03190

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.101457/Larus_glaucescens

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Larus-glaucescens

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Harlequin Duck
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/18872
State Rank S1B
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Anseriformes -> Family: Anatidae -> Species: Histrionicus histrionicus

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Harlequin_Duck

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Histrionicus_histrionicus/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/harlequin-duck

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/swndk/hadu/hadu_inf.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=7111

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNJB15010

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.104856/Histrionicus_histrionicus

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Histrionicus-histrionicus

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Lapland Longspur
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/15783
State Rank: S1N
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Passeriformes -> Family: Emberizidae -> Species: Calcarius lapponicus

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Lapland_Longspur

Animal Diversity Web: --

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/lapland-longspur

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=116840

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABPBXA6020

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.100665/Calcarius_lapponicus

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Calcarius-lapponicus

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Long-tailed Duck
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/17717
State Rank S1N
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Anseriformes -> Family: Anatidae -> Species: Clangula hyemalis

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Long-tailed_Duck

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Numenius_americanus/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/long-tailed-duck

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=7170

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNJB16010

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.103301/Clangula_hyemalis

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Clangula-hyemalis

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Red-breasted Merganser
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/19224
State Rank S1M
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Anseriformes -> Family: Anatidae -> Species: Mergus serrator

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-breasted_Merganser

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Mergus_serrator/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/red-breasted-merganser

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=6996

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNJB21020

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.105357/Mergus_serrator

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Mergus-serrator

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Sanderling
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/16902
State Rank S1M
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Charadriiformes -> Family: Scolopacidae -> Species: Calidris alba

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sanderlin

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Calidris_alba/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/sanderling

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=3849

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNNF11030

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.102190/Calidris_alba

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Calidris-alba

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Semipalmated Plover
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/17538
State Rank S1M
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Charadriiformes -> Family: Charadriidae -> Species: Charadrius semipalmatus

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Semipalmated_Plover

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Charadrius_semipalmatus/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/semipalmated-plover

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=4817

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNNB03060

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.103068/Charadrius_semipalmatus

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Charadrius-semipalmatus

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Semipalmated Sandpiper
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/18611
State Rank S1M
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Charadriiformes -> Family: Scolopacidae -> Species: Calidris pusilla

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Semipalmated_Sandpiper

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Calidris_pusilla/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/semipalmated-sandpiper

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=3862

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNNF11040

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.104508/Calidris_pusilla

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Calidris-pusilla

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Solitary Sandpiper
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/1956
State Rank S1M
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Charadriiformes -> Family: Scolopacidae -> Species: Tringa solitaria

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Solitary_Sandpiper

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Tringa_solitaria/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/solitary-sandpiper

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=3875

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNNF01070

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.105827/Tringa_solitaria

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Tringa-solitaria

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Sora
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/18239
State Rank S1N, S4B
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Gruiformes -> Family: Rallidae -> Species: Porzana carolina

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Sora

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Porzana_carolina/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/sora

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/rails/sora/sora_inf.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=162

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNME08020

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.103998/Porzana_carolina

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Porzana-carolina

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Trumpeter Swan
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/19287
State Rank S1B,S4N
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Anseriformes -> Family: Anatidae -> Species: Cygnus buccinator

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Trumpeter_Swan

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Cygnus_buccinator/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/trumpeter-swan

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/swndk/trus/trus_inf.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=6915

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNJB02030

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.105446/Cygnus_buccinator

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Cygnus-buccinator

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Western Screech-Owl
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/17834
State Rank S1
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Strigiformes -> Family: Strigidae -> Species: Megascops kennicottii

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Western_Screech-Owl

Audubon: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/western-screech-owl

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Otus_kennicottii/

Audubon: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/western-screech-owl

Digital Atlas Idaho: https://digitalatlas.cose.isu.edu/bio/birds/owls/weso/weso_inf.htm

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=19743

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABNSB01040

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.103456/Megascops_kennicottii

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Megascops-kennicottii

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White-throated Sparrow
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/17284
State Rank S1N
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Craniata -> Class: Aves -> Order: Passeriformes -> Family: Emberizidae -> Species: Zonotrichia albicollis

All About Birds: https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/White-throated_Sparrow

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Zonotrichia_albicollis/

Audubon: http://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/white-throated-sparrow

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=9184

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=ABPBXA4020

NatureServe Explorer 2.0: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.102710/Zonotrichia_albicollis

Xeno-Canto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Zonotrichia-albicollis

Posted on April 27, 2021 15:08 by geogehrig geogehrig | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Geeking Out with iNaturalist

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes when organizing a City Nature Challenge? Here’s the last minute organizer Zoom meeting/pep talk. It’s been a real pleasure working with these professionals. Their enthusiasm for biodiversity is infectious!

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/KNVEwPz8mhVv_1Ko9LK5lif3TTv52q7nyq5v6E_xTHtesgR7E7Ragqt0_zzRBRNRNce_br4fCzV3xD1x.DPShlhLULzXl9mf8

And, here’s the second training video done by the fantastic team down in Boise:

City Nature Challenge Info Session: CNC Info Session: Adding Identifications to iNaturalist
https://zoom.us/rec/share/MKj8ty6jZKZMbHHq3xx6ulCQNoz4-2eNz-B9DKIm9hQ-xC_w-4YvL4JPPn0pJONf.KPSP7xEO_Yz-NWl-

Need to get your competitive juices flowing?? If you don’t watch anything else, do fast forward to 55:30 of the “Adding Identifications” video. Can Boise get more people out than Bonner County?? Will we let Red Lodge, Montana keep the Northern Rocky Mountain Challenge Trophy they’re making for our mini competition?? Aw, heck naw! Download the free iNaturalist app (and the Seek app, too), create an account, and get ready to make at least one observation. C’mon Bonner County. Represent!

Posted on April 27, 2021 15:30 by geogehrig geogehrig | 2 comments | Leave a comment

April 29, 2021

Threatened Invertebrates of Bonner County

Thursday is for Invertebrates

Here is a list of the most endangered Invertebrates in Bonner County. Thankfully, none are S1s, and there are only a relatively small number with the State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction (typically 6 to 20 occurrences). You probably won’t see any of these, but that’s important to know, too: not only which species are present, but which ones we are in danger of losing from the ecosystem.

Autumn Springfly
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/30174
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Arthropoda -> Class: Insecta -> Order: Plecoptera -> Family: Perlodidae -> Species: Pictetiella expansa
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/613005
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.117819/Pictetiella_expansa
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=103188#null

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Pictetiella_expansa/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=228115

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=IIPLE2H010

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Ground Beetle
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/71561
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Arthropoda -> Class: Insecta -> Order: Coleoptera -> Family: Carabidae -> Species: Agonum errans
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/1033910
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.746156/Agonum_errans
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=110280#null

Animal Diversity Web: http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Agonum_errans/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=212764

Montana Field Guide: --

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Mayfly (no photo)
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/26814
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom Animalia -> Phylum: Arthropoda -> Class: Insecta -> Order: Ephemeroptera -> Family: Ephemerellidae -> Species: Ephemerella alleni
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/1024286
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.114073/Ephemerella_alleni
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=101251#null

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Ephemerella_alleni/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: --

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=IIEPH11190

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Magnum Mantleslug
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/30083
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Mollusca -> Class: Gastropoda -> Order: Stylommatophora -> Family: Arionidae -> Species: Magnipelta mycophaga
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/452361
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.117721/Magnipelta_mycophaga
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=77100#null

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Magnipelta_mycophaga/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=224381

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=IMGAS61010

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Monarch
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/21608
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Arthropoda -> Class: Insecta -> Order: Lepidoptera -> Family: Nymphalidae -> Species: Danaus plexippus
Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/pages/2682739
NatureServe Profile: http://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.108245/Danaus_plexippus
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=117273#null

Animal Diversity Web: http://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Danaus_plexippus/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=48662

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=IILEPP2010

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Pale Jumping-slug
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/26101
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Mollusca -> Class: Gastropoda -> Order: Stylommatophora -> Family: Arionidae -> Species: Hemphillia camelus
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/403104
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.1036307/Hemphillia_camelus
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=77090#null

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Hemphillia_camelus/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=221187

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=IMGAS59080

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Shiny Tightcoil
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/31426
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Mollusca -> Class: Gastropoda -> Order: Stylommatophora -> Family: Zonitidae -> Species: Pristiloma wascoense
Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/pages/452565
NatureServe Profile: http://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.119231/Pristiloma_wascoense
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=77257#null

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Pristiloma_wascoense/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: --

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=IMGAS80140

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Sphinx Moth
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/1474172
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Arthropoda -> Class: Insecta -> Order: Lepidoptera -> Family: Sphingidae -> Species: Hemaris thetis
Encyclopedia of Life: http://eol.org/pages/508184
NatureServe Profile: http://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.873983/Hemaris_thetis
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: --

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Hemaris_thetis/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=127170

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=IILEX0W050

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Western Pearlshell
https://idfg.idaho.gov/species/taxa/20574
State Rank S2: Imperiled because of rarity or because other factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable to extinction.
Kingdom: Animalia -> Phylum: Mollusca -> Class: Bivalvia -> Order: Unionoida -> Family: Margaritiferidae -> Species: Margaritifera falcata
Encyclopedia of Life: https://eol.org/pages/52228397
NatureServe Profile: https://explorer.natureserve.org/Taxon/ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.107100/Margaritifera_falcata
Integrated Taxonomic Information System: https://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?search_topic=TSN&search_value=80372#null

Animal Diversity Web: https://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Margaritifera_falcata/classification/

Digital Atlas Idaho: --

iNaturalist: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=148212

Montana Field Guide: http://fieldguide.mt.gov/speciesDetail.aspx?elcode=IMBIV27020

Posted on April 29, 2021 13:08 by geogehrig geogehrig | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Sassy Clues & Overview

Countdown: 0 DAYS TO GO – TOMORROW is the first of the 4 days of the CNCBC!

OK! No more fooling around!! Here are clues to where you can find Sassy TOMORROW, Friday, April 30 until 6:30P:

  • What is 50 times 4?
  • Where would you go to get your broken wing rehabbed if you are a raptor?
  • The location is located less than one mile from the river with nearby town of same name.
After 6:30 PM, she’ll be moved to the next location. Clues for that location will be here posted here tomorrow morning. Need a quick review on how to what the City Nature Challenge is, and how to participate? All you have to do is: 1) Download the free iNaturalist app (get the Seek app, too, while you’re at it). 2) Create an account (must be 13 years old). 3) Go out and take some photos of flora and fauna within Bonner County, and upload them. They will be automatically included in the CNCBC between 12:01 AM on April 30th and 11:59 PM on Monday May 3rd. When taking photos. Remember:
  1. Get closer!
  2. Shoot multiple angles and images.
  3. Take photos that are sharp and in focus.
Here are some good tutorial videos: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials Here are a couple of good ones from the Red Lodge, MT organizer: Here is the FAQs doc: https://www.calacademy.org/citizen-science/city-nature-challenge/FAQs The City Nature Challenge 2021: Bonner County, ID (CNCBC) is in a competition involving over 400 sites around the world. There are no prizes to win, although there will be a leader board showing how many people, observations and species are counted in each individual challenge. You can watch the results live from all over the world here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021. And you can watch the Bonner County observations being made here: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2021-bonner-county-id (this is also a great site to get lots of info – see the About section and Journal entries). Regionally, Bonner County, Boise, and Red Lodge, MT have a mini competition going on. We are all competing for a newly created Northern Rocky Mountain Challenge Trophy. It will be awarded to the site that gets the most people to participate per capita. Participation involves making at least one observation and uploading it. The winning site will be able to keep the trophy until next year. You can watch their results come in: The City Nature Challenges have, in every place they’ve been conducted, set a new baseline for nature observations. Will that be true for the three regional challenges? Here’s the baseline as of Thursday, April 29, 2021:
  • Bonner County: Observations: 3,919; Species: 1,078; Observers: 463 | County population.: 45,739 | % observers/pop.: 1.0%
  • Carbon County (Red Lodge, MT): Observations: 4,521; Species: 1,480; Observers: 373 | County population: 10,725 | % observers /pop.: 3.5%
  • Ada County*: Observations: 18,116; Species: 2,062; Observers: 1,647 | County population: 481,587 | % observers/pop.: 0.3%
    (*The Boise Area challenge will 242,160 as the population, since that number represents the 2020 population of Boise and Garden City - the two areas contained in their project.)

Locally, participants can win one CNCBC 2021 Trophy, and a CNCBC 2021 Champ Trophy.
  • To win one of the CNCBC 2021 trophies, you’ll need to find Sassy, a cut-out of a Sasquatch -and- 20 unique species. She’ll be hidden in 4 different locations in Bonner County. You can only win one of these. To qualify, send an email with CNCBC 2021 in the Subject line to cncbonnercounty@gmail.com as soon as you’ve made the observations. Include your name, your iNaturalist user name, and contact information in the body of the email. The first person that does so on each day gets a trophy.
  • To win the CNCBC 2021 Champ Trophy, you’ll need to make the most unique observations of different species over the 4 days of the competition.
  • The trophies can be seen in a display case in the East Bonner County Library. Thanks again to Chad Butherus of Hard Art Studios, NE of Rathdrum, for donating the CNCBC 2021 Trophy, and to the Pend Oreille Chapter of the Idaho Master Naturalists for donating the CNCBC 2021 trophies and creating Sassy!
  • The winners will be announced during a Facebook Live Event on Monday, May 10th at 4:00 PM. Here’s the link:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/782272925738524.

  • The trophies can then be picked up at the library at 10:00 AM on Saturday May 15th.
  • If the CNCBC wins the regional competition, Mike Bauer will accept it on behalf of the county, and it will be displayed in the library (but it will rotate around the county to maintain enthusiasm for observing nature, and to build momentum for future bioblitzes.
  • Reminders:
    1) You don’t have to live in Bonner County to participate. So, folks from Benewah, Boundary, Clearwater, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone: come help! Next year the CNCBC can become a North Idaho Challenge! Heck, we even want our Washington and Montana neighbors to slip over the border and participate!
    2) Dr. Jim Eakins of IDAH2O will be at the WaterLife Discovery Center (WDC) in Sagle on Saturday from 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM to teach about aquatic macroinvertebrates and how to ID them. Do not miss this opportunity to speak with one of Idaho’s leading watershed experts! Learn about the Master Water Steward Program he administers. The WDC is a great place to make some observations, too.

Posted on April 29, 2021 13:09 by geogehrig geogehrig | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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