March 06, 2020

Opuntia corrections

Essentially, all Illinois Opuntia humifusa were recently reclassified as Opuntia cespitosa. Some of them in the sand areas of central and northwestern Illinois may be reclassified again in the near future per @atozbotanicals , but per Majure's reserarch: https://opuntiads.com/records/opuntia-humifusa-clade-chromo-counts.pdf and https://opuntiads.com/records/TYPIFICATIONS-NOMENCLATURAL-CHANGEs-eastern-opuntia-majure.pdf

All Illinois O. humifusa records, with possibly the exception of reintroduced populations, should be changed to O. cespitosa (or O. macrorhiza, but that's not been fully determined yet.) If you've seen me throw a weird ID on your Opuntia observation in Illinois, that would be why. As my knowledge of the complex doesn't go much past Illinois, I don't intend to review records from other states at this time.

Posted on March 06, 2020 17:22 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 1 observation | 2 comments | Leave a comment

October 22, 2019

Bothering People

Hi all! I just @ a ton of people in order to get some of my many Needs ID plants and other organisms confirmed. I've tried to only tag the same people for two or three observations at maximum, feel free to tag me back if there's something you need confirmed that I could probably look into.

Posted on October 22, 2019 00:30 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 26, 2019

Southern Illinois Trip

I just got back from 4 days in Southern Illinois- I'm going to have a LOT of observations coming over the next few days since I took 1,800 photos over that time. My most interesting non-iNattable sighting was a barge stranded a mile inland near Miller City, Illinois, due to floodwaters from this spring.

Posted on September 26, 2019 15:27 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 17, 2019

Discord Server Update

Yesterday, on my iNaturalist Discord server, we got to interview the Crime Pays but Botany Doesn't guy from Youtube briefly. I started that server expecting maybe 20 people. 200+ members and counting, and now we're interviewing YouTubers. Second to getting out of bed in the morning, I think that's the best thing that we've achieved all year. Most of the credit for setting this up should go to @michaelpirrello.

Posted on September 17, 2019 03:27 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 4 comments | Leave a comment

May 23, 2019

CTAP

I'm proud to announce that from now through August 31, I will be working for the Critical Trends Assessment Program of the Illinois Natural History Survey, monitoring plants across the state of Illinois. Since many of the monitoring sites are on private land, quite a few of my observations will be obscured. Just figured I'd throw that out there.

Posted on May 23, 2019 01:20 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 30, 2019

Update- March 30

https://lostinnatureblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/30/lifer-damselfly-on-a-youtubers-shirt-and-other-snake-road-adventures/

Well I've gone and posted another entry to my blog. I also want to say that of late I've heard that a few people intend to try and win this Illinois Botany Big Year, and that at least one of them isn't me. I want to wish my competition good luck. Many of you know FAR more about field botany than I do, and I've enjoyed learning much about plants in this state from your observations.

I'm thrilled at the arrival of spring and I wish anyone who reads this has a good and productive spring.

Posted on March 30, 2019 22:02 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 19, 2019

Spring Break!

https://lostinnatureblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/18/spring-break-wanderings/

New blogpost for Spring Break. I'm looking forwards to even more spring. Thanks again to everyone who IDs what I put out here. I'm learning so much from it.

Posted on March 19, 2019 15:40 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 10, 2019

Armadillos and Cottonmouths, Oh My!

Another blogpost entry, after the associated observation blew up in a couple of Facebook groups.

https://lostinnatureblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/10/yes-chicago-there-are-armadillos-in-illinois/

Posted on March 10, 2019 21:20 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 09, 2019

Getting Back into Blogging!

Hi everyone!

I'm starting up the old blog once again at https://lostinnatureblog.wordpress.com

Today's post is about yesterday's adventures along the Mississippi River Valley (Kinkaid Lake Spillway, bottoms around Jacob Illinois and briefly in Oakwood Bottoms)
https://lostinnatureblog.wordpress.com/2019/03/09/river-otter-at-kinkaid-lake-spillway/

Posted on March 09, 2019 17:59 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 0 comments | Leave a comment

February 25, 2019

Thanks!

Hey, thanks to everyone who's attempted to ID my plants/amphibians/birds this year. I've learned many ways to misidentify plants, and I've found a few neat ones along the way. One of my favorite recent discoveries was my lifer Pennywort:

Posted on February 25, 2019 06:12 by wildlandblogger wildlandblogger | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment