Scavenger Hunt Check-In

Hey, how are we all doing?

The scavenger hunt has been in for a little while now, but if you haven't started, theres still time for you to jump on in while still earning the highest level badges!

Speaking of badges, for those who haven't noticed, I updated the badges page to make it easier for you to post the images. I had mine on my user profile page, but moved them into a journal post.

In the comments of this post, I invite you all to post your lists, your favorite observations made during the challenge, anything like that.

Here's my journal so far:
I'm nearly done but still have a handful left.
I also decided to add all the observations i used for the list as associated observations on the journal post. The tool to do that is located right next to the journal editing tool, but its very tedious. I, however, like tedious so I had fun doing it, but you don't have to do that. If you do, you just check off all the observations you want to add, and hit the "next" button to keep scrolling through your observations.

Don't forget I set up a quick survey so I can assess the strengths and weaknesses of how this was executed. I've got some ideas for other events so input would be really appreciated!

So, how's it going?? :D

Posted by kuchipatchis kuchipatchis, September 21, 2019 03:28


Here is my list! My favourite observation would have to be my "fuzzy" sea mouse found in a trawl sample from my marine biology course. I'm really hoping to complete my hunt by October. :)

This may also be a good place to ask, is there some wiggle room on what is a "threatened" species? I was sat for a while looking up various species known in the UK to be in great decline, however on iNaturalist are annotated as near-threatened or something similar, as they are doing better over on the continent/globally. Would I perhaps be able to get away with using this observation as my no. 20 on the list?

Posted by druidic about 2 years ago (Flag)

@druidic it really is a beauty! i still cant imagine how it looks in person.

and yeah, basically, i feel like anything that has a "badge" and therefore (ideally) obscures the location counts, which yours does (NT)! also, if iNat doesnt mark it such but you know better, go right on ahead! iNaturalist is a great guide, but like anything else, is definitely not perfect all the time.

Posted by kuchipatchis about 2 years ago (Flag)

i changed my "shell" observation, it was a snail but i loved this too much

Posted by kuchipatchis about 2 years ago (Flag)

Radical, thank you! Hahaha I really don't think I know better! But there are other examples I can think of, stag beetles (Lucanus cervus - see my av) are very low in numbers in the UK, but just fine on the continent and hence doesn't have a badge on iNat. Which, of course, is correct! But different to how folks in the UK think of them. :)

Posted by druidic about 2 years ago (Flag)
Posted by jef about 2 years ago (Flag)

@jef nice! good luck!

@druidic whats weird is i see a lot of times the conservation status is listed by state, like i might see some egrets are just fine here but i look up north in another state and see a red EN badge - why that would be for subsets of the same country and not for literal different countries, like, a country that is on a separate island from the rest of the continent, baffles me

Posted by kuchipatchis about 2 years ago (Flag)

My list is here. It's raining today and I'm procrastinating posting my Peru observations so I'm tackling associating the observations with that journal post. I don't know if I can name a favorite from this bunch, but it could be the Tiger Swallowtail butterfly. That or the bumble bee just because it's a bumble bee. :D

Posted by driftlessroots about 2 years ago (Flag)

i just got what i think is a weird one for mating behavior, if it is indeed mating behavior. two different species of periwinkle attempting to mate

(and despite how often im around water, i somehow have yet to observe a plant coming out of water.)

Posted by kuchipatchis about 2 years ago (Flag)

@kuchipatchis Conservation status varies by state because each state sets the status independently from one another. An animal may be more rare in one state than another, and each state can set a conservation status separate from other states or from the Federal government.

Posted by jef about 2 years ago (Flag)

Finished! 😊

Posted by druidic about 2 years ago (Flag)

ever true to my character, i have finished on the exact last day to get the highest level badge

(also my laptop is dead so thats been cool, im using my sisters computer to do this rn)

Posted by kuchipatchis about 2 years ago (Flag)

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