Socially Distant Bioblitz (10/18/2020)'s Journal

October 21, 2020


It's three days past the SDB and I would like all participants to give themselves a HUGE ROUND of APPLAUSE and HIGH FIVES for helping the project hit and surpass the 100,000 observations mark. I will let @slamonde update all at a later date with full stats for the SDB Series.

However for the stats focused folk out there, here are the latest stats for #10 (at time of posting):
Observations 8137 Species 2938 Identifiers 698 Observers 115

Plants 1565 species (53.8%) Insects 516 species (17.7%) Birds 312 species (10.7%)
Fungi 232 species (8%) Arachnids 76 species (2.6%) Molluscs 64 species (2.2%)
Others 59 species (2%) Mammals 44 species (1.5%) Reptiles 25 species (0.9%)

Top observers and most species go to the top 6 comprising
@alexis_orion @yayemaster @bonnieeamick @tonyrebelo @sedgequeen and @srall
Among this illustrious group they uploaded 4003 observations (49.2%) and 1553 species (52.8%)

Most observed were
Common mugwort (Artemisia villgaris) 44 times
Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) 41 times
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) 37 times
Once again whoo hoo!!! :-D

Posted on October 21, 2020 13:13 by magichin magichin | 5 comments | Leave a comment

October 19, 2020

Time to submit and identify observations

Everywhere on Earth, Sunday has become a day of the past. With the observation period of the tenth Socially Distant Bioblitz now over, it is time to submit your observations and identify them! Not sure what the organism you found is? Not a problem! Try tagging other iNaturalist users that have experience with that taxa - chances they will be able to assist.

Highlighting a few recent observations, check out these beautiful poison dart frogs found by @frogman44 in Costa Rica:

And this Darkling Beetle species from Zimbabwe, found by @spidermandan

And this Hydatophylax formosus caddisfly from South Korea, found by @whaichi

An event summary will be written and observation awards will be decided in about two weeks time, so please try to have your observations submitted by then. Thank you!

Posted on October 19, 2020 15:22 by slamonde slamonde | 0 comments | Leave a comment

5,000 observations!

Before dawn, early riser @yayemaster posted observation #5,000: this Fern from the Shu Swamp Nature Preserve in New York (USA).

Thank you @yayemaster and congrats, as you're currently in the lead with 542 observations and 343 species! @srall is currently in second place, with 479 observations and 201 species identified, followed by @tonyrebelo who has 401 observations and 118 species.

We're now at 98,222 total observations for the SDB series, and as many of us continue to upload our photos and audios, we're getting closer to our overall goal of 100,000 observations!

Posted on October 19, 2020 12:47 by gpasch gpasch | 0 comments | Leave a comment

FOUR-thousand observations!

Observation #4,000 is from the Subfamily Parmelioideae, submitted by @bonnieeamick, and we've reached 1,721 species.

Posted on October 19, 2020 03:17 by gpasch gpasch | 3 comments | Leave a comment

A Siege... of Herons!

Birders around the world have had a very busy weekend! Here's a sampling of herons observed and submitted during this 10th SDBioblitz:

First, two elegant Blue Herons on opposite coasts: one in California by @andreacala, and one in New Jersey, by @sadawolk.

Three Great Egrets have been reported so far: one flying over Florida by @eridanxharahi, this one in Zimbabwe by @dougmacsafaris, and a third in Germany, spotted by @amzamz.

Next, we have three Snowy Egrets: one in Dominican Republic by @dnisortiz, a digiscoped Snowy in Costa Rica by @robertoquirs, and one in California showing off her golden slipper, by @andreacala.

@birdexplorers has photographed two species in Fiji: a Pacific Reef-Heron and this elegant White-faced Heron. Both, they say, are "common on the reef", still, a treat for us to see!

@twhitehead reported the one Cattle Egret and the only Grey Heron uploaded so far, and this Little Egret carrying (or perhaps stealing?) nesting material!

That makes a total of eight species. But wait, there's one more: a Cocoi Heron, the largest South American heron, photographed by @jpiolain in French Guyana.

If you're curious about this family of birds, you can check this link at anytime to see the updated list of Ardeidae observations for the current bioblitz.

PS: One more heron species just uploaded, this AM of Oct. 19th:
Tri-colored Heron, by @andrewmorgill in Port Aransas, Texas (USA).

Posted on October 19, 2020 03:07 by gpasch gpasch | 3 comments | Leave a comment

Just a few hours left!

For participants in the eastern hemisphere, the bioblitz day has come and gone. Two hours remain in the eastern United States, eastern Canada, and parts of South America. For any participants in Hawaii, you have just under 8 hours left!

Sightings continue to come in from across the globe, some getting uploaded in live time, like this sharpshooter found by @sstatner, and others getting posted from earlier in the day, like this bat and this gall fly by @cmtercero and @allisonbf , respectively.

Nearly 4,000 observations and 1,700 species so far - keep up the great work :)

Posted on October 19, 2020 02:11 by slamonde slamonde | 0 comments | Leave a comment

October 18, 2020

3,000 and counting!

Thanks to @francesgiberson for posting this Spruce from New Brunswick, Canada. Thus we've reached the 3,000th observation mark!

The Spruces posted so far also include this (Norway) Spruce, by @helenbergstrom (Sweden), this Red Spruce by @halifornians (Canada), and this Spruce by @allisonbf (USA)

Thanks go out to all 79 observers who by now have identified 1,430 species-- with the valuable assistance of 248 identifiers.

Posted on October 18, 2020 22:58 by gpasch gpasch | 0 comments | Leave a comment

over 2000 observations!

Wow, more than 2000 observations have been posted so far! #2000 was this Oak-leaf Pinwheel found by @markuskrieger in Germany:

@sadawolk currently has the most observations with 150, and @jensu is in the lead for species with 83!

Mushroom season in well underway in many northern areas, so here are some of the coolest fungi that have been posted so far:
Yellow-tipped Coral Fungus by @laszlozoltan -
Pinwheel or Parachute mushroom by @xulescu_g -
Anemone Stinkhorn Fungus by @colin25 -

Posted on October 18, 2020 20:11 by alexis_orion alexis_orion | 1 comment | Leave a comment

That's Two-Thousand Observations!

@markuskrieger has just posted observation #2,000 for this SDBioblitz:
an Oak Leaf Pinwheel from Plattling, Germany.

Thank you, @markuskrieger! So let's check how the Fungi category is doing: so far we have 193 Fungi observations, for 71 species, sent in by 27 observers. And here are just a few of our new Fungi observations, all added within the last 20 minutes:

Sulphur Tuft, Peppery Milkcap, and Lilac Bonnet, all added by @laszlozoltan in Romania,

and Western Hardwood Sulphur Shelf sent in by @katman2 in California, USA.

All are in need of ID confirmation, perhaps you could take a look and help with these IDs?

Thanks to all and let's keep blitzing!

Posted on October 18, 2020 20:07 by gpasch gpasch | 2 comments | Leave a comment

Past 1200 count!

1200 is the dropwing from @dougmacsafaris https://www.inaturalist/org/observations/62916222

Thank you to the 117 identifiers and 53 observers thus far.
1st @jensu with99
2nd @amzamz with 84
3rd @koos1 with 75
1st @jensu with62
2nd @srall with 61
3rd @dougmacsafaris with48
Last viewing observations were at 1245.

That's it from me today folks as I go look for more observations outside. Keep posting!!

Posted on October 18, 2020 17:51 by magichin magichin | 0 comments | Leave a comment