May 08, 2020

Milestone: 100,000 observation records in the Herps of Texas project!

Thanks to all for your observations and to the curators for their identifications to this valuable data set. Please encourage others who post Texas amphibian and reptile observation records to iNat to join and contribute here.

Posted on May 08, 2020 17:07 by gtsalmon gtsalmon | 2 comments | Leave a comment

November 22, 2019

Curation Call for January Data Pull

Hello Herps of Texas curators! Texas Nature Trackers Biologists Craig and Tania are calling on all our fellow curators and managers for the Herps of Texas project to help curate sightings between now and Friday, January 17, 2020, in advance of a data pull. We are working with the Texas Natural Diversity Database (TXNDD) team to update records for SGCNs documented within this project.

We are focusing on those herps that are Species of Greatest Conservation Need. To that point, the link below will take you to a page that contains just those SGCN records in need of curation. As of this post this includes 2,659 observations in need of curation.

Additionally, as a reminder, for records to be added to the TXNDD the accuracy must be 500 m or closer. Please be sure to check accuracy. If that is not accounted for, we are encouraging you to copy and paste those observations into a document and later reaching out to the observer to invite him or her to add an accuracy within the bounds needed. Likewise, you can also simply reach out to the observer each time.

This is the link for SGCNs: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?project_id=herps-of-texas&list_id=211277&pcid=false

Thank you for sharing your time and expertise to make this possible!
-Craig

Posted on November 22, 2019 20:12 by texasnaturetrackers texasnaturetrackers | 4 comments | Leave a comment

January 23, 2019

37,000 Missing Observations!

If you have ever searched for the number of verifiable herp records from Texas in the Inaturalist database you will see that there are over 112,000 observations. But only 75,000 of those are in the Herps of Texas Project.

Why?

Because many observers don't know how to get their herp observations into the HOT project. We would love to see those 37,000 missing records added. They are excluded because the observers checked a specific box when entering their data, most without thinking about it.

In order for observations to be included in HOT, you must allow the project curators to see your locality data, even if it is obscured or private. Your obscured / private locations are still obscured from all other users.

So maybe we could make a push to notify those observers about this so that at least some of that huge mass of data can be brought in. We could see a 50% increase in the data of this project with that simple fix. If you find an observation of Texas herps that isn't in the project, why not let them know?

I have a separate journal post you could link to if it would help.

https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/sandboa/19459-joining-the-herps-of-texas-project

Chris

Posted on January 23, 2019 19:52 by sandboa sandboa | 2 comments | Leave a comment

January 14, 2019

Curation push for March data download

Hello Herps of Texas curators! We're planning on doing another data download in early March for inclusion in the TX Natural Diversity Database, so we're asking for an extra push in the next month and a half to get observations curated.

The top priority observations for curation (roughly 1,700) can be found here:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/project/herps-of-texas?projects%5B%5D=411&list_id=211277&pcid=no

Our last data download (Feb 2017-May 2018) netted over 1,600 curated observations of tracked species that met criteria for inclusion in the TXNDD - thank you for sharing your time and expertise to make that possible!
-Tania

Posted on January 14, 2019 17:16 by texasnaturetrackers texasnaturetrackers | 0 comments | Leave a comment

July 16, 2018

County Species list challange 2017

Sorry for the late update on the results from last year's contest.

Jon McIntyre finished with 49 species observed in Nueces County in 2017
Reed McClure finished second with 41 species from Jeff Davis County.

Congratulations to these two for their time spent in the field and their use of iNaturalist!

Posted on July 16, 2018 21:28 by toby toby | 2 comments | Leave a comment

May 08, 2018

Curation drive!

We're gearing up for a data download from the Herps of Texas project at the end of May, so we're asking project curators to take some time to get into the roughly 8,000 un-curated observations in the project and review them - our goal is to get as close as possible to 100% curation on verifiable observations.

As always, we appreciate you sharing your time and knowledge to make this project a success!

Posted on May 08, 2018 20:38 by texasnaturetrackers texasnaturetrackers | 0 comments | Leave a comment

September 12, 2017

County Species list challange 2017

I just did some quick checking for who was in the lead in the 2017 County Species Challenge.

I didn't check every county but looked at places I knew people were posting from a bunch.

  1. Jon McIntyre 42 Nueces County
  2. Reed McClure 41 Jeff Davis County
  3. Toby Hibbitts 35 Brazos County

Still a few months to go so get out there and get herping. The Fall is a great time to pick up a bunch of those species you have been missing!

Posted on September 12, 2017 18:54 by toby toby | 2 comments | Leave a comment

June 20, 2017

June 08, 2017

Herpetologist Position at TPWD

Do you know anyone who may be interest in working for Texas Parks and Wildlife as a Herpetologist in the Wildlife Diversity Program?
Here is more information: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/tpwd/jobs/1762310/natural-resources-specialist-iv-herpetologist

Posted on June 08, 2017 21:34 by texasnaturetrackers texasnaturetrackers | 0 comments | Leave a comment

March 01, 2017

2016 Century Club! Three Challenges for 2017

2016 was our best year yet on Herps of Texas, we had five observers break the Century Club. Again, Connor Adams @connor22 took first place. He might have to take a sabbatical to South Africa before anyone can dislodge him from the top of the Texas leaderboard...........

For first place, Connor Adams @connor22 wins a Stump Ripper from Animal Equipment by Stoney LLC. Thank you Stoney for supporting the Herps of Texas Project!!

In addition, the Century Club will be receiving field guides to support their efforts, and possibly help them give Connor some competition? It is an impressive feat to top 100 species in a year, Congratulations to all five from 2016:

2016 Century Club:

  1. Connor Adams @connor22: 139 species, 238 obs...
  2. Kenneth Bader @kucycads: 128 species, 531 obs...
  3. Dalton Neuharth @dneuharth: 121 species, 206 obs...
  4. Romey Swanson @romeyswanson: 106 species, 298 obs...
  5. Ashley Tubbs @ashleytubbs: 104 species, 191 obs...

We will be tracking the Century Club again in 2017, how many species can you find?

In addition to the statewide challenge, we want to highlight the importance of county records. We have a lot of county level data gaps for common species. So we are highlighting county level listing in two ways, the County Big Year and the Cumulative County Big Year

The County Big Year, how many species can you find in a single county in 2017? In 2016 it was a tie between Romey and Timothy:

Romey Swanson, Brewster County, 29 Species
Timothy Johnson, Brazos County, 29 Species

The Best Cumulative County list is the sum of all the county species totals. Every time you document a Gulf Coast toad or a green anole in a new county, that counts as a new "County Species"! Here is a list of the top 15 HoTX observers in 2016 along with their "County Species" Total. Kenneth Bader @kucycads was the leader by far with 363 County Species!

  1. @kucycads with 363 County Species
  2. @sandboa with 276 County Species
  3. @romeyswanson with 237 County Species
  4. @toby with 222 County Species
  5. @connor22 with 203 County Species
  6. @dneuharth with 185 County Species
  7. @ashleytubbs with 174 County Species
  8. @cullen with 171 County Species
  9. @gtsalmon with 162 County Species
  10. @eyswanson with 156 County Species
  11. @troyhibbitts with 150 County Species
  12. @catenatus with 114 County Species
  13. @jaredholmes with 113 County Species
  14. @sambiology with 109 County Species
  15. @langaha with 103 County Species

Posted on March 01, 2017 21:43 by cullen cullen | 2 comments | Leave a comment