South Australian iNaturalists's Journal

January 11, 2021

SA iNaturalists - December 2020 Update

This December update wraps up a year that won't soon be forgotten. Wandering through a forest, along a beach, following a creek or just around your neighbourhood, and sharing what you've discovered with the iNat community, is a great way to take a break from it all.

December is often a quieter month for uploads in SA, with the Summer heat beginning to limit some daytime adventuring. In SA this December we recorded 5,532 observations covering 1,559 species from 302 observers. There were 84 species receiving their first iNat record in SA, and 45 new observers contributing their first observations to iNat. Upon those observations, 447 identifiers contributed a total of 9,437 identifications.

Uploads for SA now stand at 163,325 observations of 7,129 species from 2,621 observers, with 3,176 identifiers providing 299,576 identifications.

If you're interested in summary stats for 2020, check out the full iNat summary for 2020 and the summary stats for Australia. The 'Most Comments and Faves' sections have some truly spectacular photos.

Personal Year in Review pages can also be created by pasting the following URL into your browser, and adding your username in place of "username". If you have not generated this page before, you will need to click "Generate Stats". If you have created it before, you may need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Regenerate Stats" to ensure the page is up to date.

Personal Year in Review Page URL: "https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2020/username". Feel free to share your Year in Review page in the comments section below.


Top contributors & species observed in December:








(Data used for this post taken on the 11th of January. It excludes any observations from December that were uploaded after this date)

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December 09, 2020

SA iNaturalists - November 2020 Update

Summer in SA was trying to start early this year with the warmest and driest November in some time.

In SA this November we recorded 7,756 observations covering 1,877 species from 353 observers. There were 171 species receiving their first iNat record in SA, and 66 new observers contributing their first observations to iNat. Upon those observations, 478 identifiers contributed a total of 13,088 identifications.

Uploads for SA now stand at 156,708 observations of 7,037 species from 2,556 observers, with 3,176 identifiers providing 285,857 identifications.

An interesting seasonal visitor to the more populated areas in SA, the Caper White (Belenois java), has appeared in large numbers and has taken the top spot this month for the most observed species with 103 observations. This is all the more interesting as only 6 observations of this species were uploaded to iNat from SA in all of 2019.

A couple of new graphs have been added this month. One for total Observers by Month in SA showing a record of 434 observers in September 2020, the same month as the Great Southern Bioblitz. And one for Identifiers of Observations from SA by Month. It's worth noting that the number of observers and observations are increasing quite a lot faster than the number of identifiers.


Top contributors & species observed in November:








(Data used for this post taken on the 7th of December. It excludes any observations from November that were uploaded after this date)

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November 19, 2020

Lockdown Project

Looking for something to do during the lockdown? Why not take some time to discover what's living in your own backyard. Join and bookmark the "South Australia COVID Lockdown #2" event project, upload your observations and see what others have discovered.

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November 09, 2020

SA iNaturalists - October 2020 Update


In SA this October we saw 9,905 observations, an average rate of 319 observations per day. We saw the highest ever number of species observed in SA at 2,117, an even higher number than was seen last month which included the GSB. There were 216 species receiving their first iNat record in SA. All this from a 389 different observers for the month, the second highest number of observers in any month to date. To those observations were added 16,728 identifications from 499 different identifiers.


Uploads for SA now stand at 148,067 observations of 6,848 species from 2,472 observers, with 3,059 identifiers providing 271,954 identifications.


Top contributors & species observed in October:






(Data used for this post taken on the 8th of November. It excludes any observations from October that were uploaded after this date)

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October 09, 2020

New iNat Projects for South Australia (Sept)


It's been a while since I updated the list of projects in SA. Here's hoping I've not missed too many. If you know of any I have missed, please let me know. Here are the latest iNat Umbrella, Collection and Traditional projects created for South Australia. The original list has been updated to included these.


Umbrella Projects
Project Title (Linked Projects) (Project Members) (News Posts)
TFL SA Water and Electranet Sites (6) (2) (0)
TFL Bushcare Sites in the Mitcham Council District (12) (2) (0)


Collection Projects - Events
Project Title (Project Members) (News Posts)
City Nature Challenge 2021: Greater Adelaide (7) (0)


Collection Projects - By Taxa
Project Title (Project Members) (News Posts)
Shorebirds and allies of South Australia (2) (0)


Collection Projects - By Place
Project Title (Project Members) (News Posts)
The Gums Reserve, Tranmere, South Australia (1) (0)
Beaumont Common, Burnside (1) (0)
Lipson Cove biodiversity (1) (0) - Restricted Membership
The Coorong (5) (0)


Collection Projects - By Taxa & Place
Project Title (Project Members) (News Posts)
Shrubby samphires and climate change (5) (2)


Collection Projects - Groups
Project Title (Project Members) (News Posts)
Friends of Cleland Conservation Park SA (6) (0) - Restricted Membership
Students Caring for Nature program (1) (0) - Restricted Membership


Traditional Projects
Project Title (Project Members) (News Posts)
Predators of Syngnathids in South Australia (1) (1)


Collection Projects - Historic Events
Project Title (Project Members) (News Posts)
Great Southern Bioblitz 2020 - Greater Adelaide (74) (4)
Great Southern Bioblitz 2020_City of Onkaparinga (19) (6)
Great Southern Bioblitz 2020_Lower Murray and Coorong (8) (2)

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October 08, 2020

SA iNaturalists - September 2020 Update


Spring is well underway and the first Great Southern Bioblitz has been a hit, and has helped SA to break a few records.


There are still a few more hours to upload any observations from the GSB 4-day weekend and add some IDs, which officially ends midnight tonight. So far across SA there have been more than 6,400 observations of 1150 species by 214 different observers.


In SA this September we saw a new record of 13,085 observations, an average rate of 436 observations per day. A total of 2,020 species were observed including 190 receiving their first iNat record in SA. All this from a new record of 415 different observers for the month, up from the previous maximum during the City Nature Challenge in April at 341 observers.


Uploads for SA now stand at 137,364 observations of 6,624 species from 2,368 observers.


Tracking the number of observations and observers across each day throughout September shows the huge effect the Great Southern Bioblitz has had:



Top contributors & species observed in September:





(Data used for this post taken on the 8th of October. It excludes any observations from September that were uploaded after this date)

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September 24, 2020

It's Time for the First Great Southern Bioblitz


The first Great Southern Bioblitz begins midnight tonight and runs for four days. Get out your cameras and see what you can discover. Any upload to iNat in the southern hemisphere over the next four days is automatically included in the GSB. Below are a few local SA projects worth following as the bioblitz gets underway.


Great Southern Bioblitz Umbrella
Great Southern Bioblitz 2020_Greater Adelaide
Great Southern Bioblitz 2020_Lower Murray and Coorong
Great Southern Bioblitz 2020_City of Onkaparinga
Great Southern Bioblitz 2020 - Oceania unaffiliated

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September 10, 2020

SA iNaturalists - August 2020 Update


Spring in SA is where iNat shines. Typically producing the most observations from the most people of the most species. In the lead up, this August saw the 2nd highest number of observations of any month in SA. This is a promising sign that this Spring will see all past records broken, and the Great Southern Bioblitz in a few weeks time is likely to be the key driver. The April City Nature Challenge produced 11,700 observations across SA. How many will the GSB produce? 20,000 is a real possibility.


In SA this August we saw 6,762 observations across 1,444 species from 281 observers, with 99 of those species receiving their first iNaturalist records in SA.


Uploads for SA now stand at 123,015 observations of 6,401 species from 2,198 observers.


Now is the time to go Orchid hunting. Thanks to the influx of observations uploaded through the Wild Orchid Watch app, this August saw a 3 fold increase in the number of Orchid observations over August 2019. Expect the September peak to exceed 1,000 Orchid observations for the month.



Top contributors & species observed in August:





(Data used for this post taken on the 4th of September. It excludes any observations from August that were uploaded after this date)

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August 21, 2020

Great Southern Bioblitz - Sept 25th to 28th


The Great Southern Bioblitz (GSB) is a little over a month away. You may have already seen it promoted on social media or already have joined your local iNat project. Below you can find all you need to know to participate in this first Southern Hemisphere wide Spring bioblitz.


So, what is the Great Southern Bioblitz? Start by checking out the About page on the GSB website.


Want to participate? The GSB website has you covered here with a How to Participate page. Start by heading to the iNaturalistAU website or download the iNaturalist app, and create your iNaturalist account. Watch the brief "Adding an Observation on a Mobile Device" or "Adding on Observation via the Web" found on the Video Tutorials page.


Now you are ready to participate. Upload an observation of any wild organism (but not pets or garden plants) during the bioblitz period of 25th to 28th September 2020, from anywhere in the Southern Hemisphere, and your observation is automatically part of the bioblitz.


Want to see the bioblitz as it happens? For this you'll need to join (or bookmark) one of the many projects participating in the bioblitz. Check out the list of participating areas below. You can join the project for your local area, or all the projects, or just bookmark the page to watch the observations roll in. Any observations made during the challenge in these regions will be automatically included in these projects even if you do not join any specific projects.


Great Southern Bioblitz Umbrella - This 'Umbrella' project brings together all the projects for participating regions across the Southern Hemisphere. You'll want to join this project to see the individual project totals and watch them compete for the most observations, most species and most participants. Scroll down on the project page and click "View More" to see all of the participating projects across the Southern Hemisphere. Click on each project to go through to the individual project pages.


Great Southern Bioblitz 2020_Greater Adelaide - This project covers the Greater Adelaide region. If you make an observation during the event in this region, it will automatically appear in the project.


Great Southern Bioblitz 2020_City of Onkaparinga - This large populated area has its own separate project for the event.


Great Southern Bioblitz 2020_Lower Murray and Coorong - This project has been set up to track the observation across this vast area.


There are many other participating projects outside South Australia, and outside Australia. Join as many as you wish.


Moth Night - A Great Southern Bioblitz Project - Join this project and collect as many Moth observations as you can on the 26th Sept. Turn on some outdoor lighting, or install a blacklight (UV) globe for the night, put down a white sheet nearby and see just how many species live in your area. This project only collects Moth observations during the bioblitz, and only for those who join the project.


If you're new to iNaturalist and are wondering what it's all about, or a current user looking for inspiration, check out this video of iNaturalist long time contributor Sam Kieschnick (@sambiology) discussing the personal, societal and conservation value of iNaturalist.


If you have any questions about the GSB, please ask in the comments section below.

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August 04, 2020

SA iNaturalists - July 2020 Update


In SA this July we saw more than double the observations of the same month last year, with Fungi and Orchids featuring prominently. A total of 231 users uploaded 5,219 observations covering 1,233 species, with 105 of those species getting their first iNat record in SA.

As of the end of July 2020 there were 114,554 observations recorded in SA covering 6,261 different species from 2,093 observers.

Top contributors & species observed in July:





(Data used for this post taken on the 4th of August. It excludes any observations from July that were uploaded after this date)

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