July 2020 Update of the Illinois Botanists Big Year

Wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa) flowers are opening in northern Illinois, so we must be in the heart of summer! :)

So far in 2020 the ILBBY has...


3,199 observers
36,441 research grade observations of plants
1,437 species
1,223 identifiers

New to observing plants in Illinois on iNaturalist in the past 2 months are: @aengel @alexisburson @ashleysilver @brad261 @brucestikkers @carriehardin @carriekinderhaus @chanmmm @craigdavis1 @cschenkenfelder @ctomera @dawn367 @elizabeth1021 @elizabeth975 @elpaseocommunitygarden @jakubt @jeffo5 @joe709 @jonpson @kelly893 @khayutin @korikotarba @lizard_queen_ @luna89 @mackenziekiewitt @mahnoor3 @marjadrew @marylucille @mearsley @missanthropic @morelock37 @ms_strange @munky15 @nathanrs @natureboy411 @nicolebellantuono @nicolecarrow @opiewon @rfhall @rikkir77 @samdeleon @sci_fam @shanas71 @skillackey_ @spl_michelle @tenoaksranch @thewisdomlibrary @trentonmoore24 among many others - almost 400 new folks so far this summer.

Welcome! If you want to stay apprised of Illinois Botanists Big Year updates, you can join the project here.

Identifiers: if you want to focus your efforts on new iNaturalist users, try this link.

Most species so far:

  1. @johnhboldt – 489
  2. @wildlandblogger – 452
  3. @abelkinser – 390
  4. @sanguinaria33 – 388
  5. @adriansydor – 352
  6. @elfaulkner – 302
  7. @missgreen – 238
  8. @psweet – 282
  9. @bouteloua – 269

(skrentnyjeff removed at his request.)

Plant Pic Picks

Don't forget to favorite observations to highlight good photos or cool finds!

Beautiful field of coneflowers and compass plant (Silphium laciniatum) in a cemetery prairie by @johnhboldt in Henry County:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51966118

Butterflyweed (Asclepias tuberosa) by @tararat in McLean County:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51935343

Take a jump back to the cooler temps of early May with this lovely hill of puccoons (Lithospermum canescens) and birdsfoot trefoil (Viola pedata) by @calumetkathleen in Cook County:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46455948

And mid-May with this trio of wild geranium flowers (Geranium maculatum) by @robbmiller in Winnebago County:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46427646

Some bright green baby leaves of hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) by @benzerante in Cook County:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/46550363

And finally this graceful Michigan lily (Lilium michiganense) by @rarecatsnake in Union County:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51171865

Beautiful photos, everyone.

Help Identify

As always, please help your fellow botanists, when yr able, to identify/confirm their observations.

Species New to Illinois on iNat

Keep an eye on these links below for any new documentations in 2020.

You'll often find species on here that are the result of computer vision errors, and observations that should be marked captive/cultivated. Fixing these will massively help to sort the wheat from the chaff! Many thanks to all who help with quality control. :)

happy botanizing!
@bouteloua (cassi saari)

Posted by bouteloua bouteloua, July 12, 2020 02:11

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