Das war der EuroBioBlitz 2021

Der 24. und 25. September 2021 sind vorbei und damit der europaweite "Wettbewerb" in Naturbeobachtung. Zwar laden noch immer einzelne User Beobachtungen vom vergangenen Freitag und Samstag hoch, aber man kann jetzt schon einen Blick auf die Ergebnisse werfen.
In den 48 Stunden wurden über 44.500 Beobachtungen dokumentiert, eine beachtliche Summe. Gartenkreuzspinne, Admiral und Asiatischer Marienkäfer waren die am häufigsten dokumentierten Arten. Auf Platz 6 mit 115 Nachweisen die erste Pflanze: Efeu, auf Platz 10 mit 104 Beobachtungen die Große Brennnessel und auf Platz 12 mit 100 Beobachtungen das Indische Springkraut.
Es sind Daten von 7334 Beobachtern eingeflossen. Wie haben sich da die teilnehmenden Hessen geschlagen? Der hessische User "mangoblatt" hat mit 252 beobachteten Arten Platz 7 nach Artenzahlen erreicht, das Zebra folgt gleich dahinter mit 213 Arten auf Platz 8. Nach absoluter Zahl der Beobachtungen hat das Zebra Platz 6 mit 423 Beobachtungen aus dem Marburger Land erreicht, mangoblatt landet auf Platz 10 mit 356 Beobachtungen aus Gießen. Wie man es dreht und wendet, es sind zwei Hessen in der Top 10 :-)
Und alleine diese beiden haben in zwei Tagen 779 Beobachtungen hochgeladen, der größte Teil davon Pflanzen. Klar sind darunter viele weit verbreitete Arten, bei denen einfach die Nachweisdichte verbessert wurde. Aber wie immer, wenn man sich auf macht, um genau hinzuschauen, ist auch der eine oder andere schöne Fund dabei. Die Erforschung der Flora von Hessen profitiert in jedem Fall von solcherlei Aktionen.
Nun war der Termin für die Flora nicht optimal. Deshalb gibt es die Idee, z.B. im Mai einen "Tag der Hessenflora" zu veranstalten und den vielleicht auch an verschiedenen Stellen zu bewerben, um weitere Beobachter*innen zu gewinnen. Wenn so ein Tag frühzeitig feststeht, kann man das gut mit Partner*in oder Familie planen, um die Pflanzensuche mit einem schönen Ausflug zu verbinden.
Doch bevor weitere Energie in dieses Projekt fließt, doch erstmal die Frage an die User*innen hier: Besteht überhaupt Interesse daran? Würdest Du/würden Sie teilnehmen?
Gerne die Kommentarfunktion für ein Meinungsbild nutzen!
Vielen Dank,
das Zebra

Posted on September 27, 2021 13:23 by zebra1193 zebra1193 | 1 comment | Leave a comment

Keying out Ilexes in Florida

During the bioblitz we had some questions about the hollies growing along the river. I had initially suggested they were Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria), but given how thin the leaves were, I bellve

This is an excerpt from "Eat the Weeds" by Green Deane
http://www.eattheweeds.com/hollies-caffein-antioxidants/

(I believe it may be based on Wunderlin, R. P., & Poppleton, J. E. (1977). The Florida species of Ilex (Aquifoliaceae). Florida Scientist, 7-21.)

Keying out Ilexes in Florida

  • Leaves thin, membranous

  • Leaves evergreen, entire or rarely denticulate, fruit dull purplish to black, plants of south Florida only
    • Ilex krugiana


  • Leaves deciduous
    • Leaves pubescent on most of the upper surface, margins serrate

    • Leaf blades elliptic with a rounded leaf base, 6-9 cm long
      • Ilex amelanchier




    • Leaves smooth on the upper surface, margins crenate to serrate
      • Leaf blades oblanceolate to ovate, 2-6 cm long, margins crenate

      • Ilex decidua


      • Leaf blades elliptic to ovate, margins serrate to crenate
        • Leaves with conspicuous veins, flowers and fruit appear singly or in clusters up to 3, in the leaf axils

        • Ilex verticillata


        • Leaves without conspicuous veins, flowers and fruit appear clustered from spur shoots
          • Ilex ambigua










        • Leaves coriaceous, evergreen
          • Fruit red to yellow

          • Leaf blade with sharp pointed teeth, these are usually regularly spaced
            • Ilex opaca


          • Leaf blade entire, crenate or serrulate
            • Leaf blades with a rounded apex

            • Ilex vomitoria


            • Leaf blades with a sharp, pointed apex
              • Leaf blades 1-4 cm long and usually less than 1.5 cm wide, margins entire, tip sharp pointed

              • Ilex myrtifolia


              • Leaf blades generally longer than 4 cm and wider than 2 cm, may have a few teeth at the tip or with a single sharp point
                • Ilex cassine








              • Fruit black
                • Leaves crenate, leaves often cupped, 3-5 cm long

                • Ilex glabra


                • Leaves with a few small teeth, leaves somewhat cupped, 4-7 cm long
                  • Ilex coriacea






                • Posted on September 27, 2021 13:19 by coyotelabs coyotelabs | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  What a day!

                  Thanks to everyone who came out to Cumming Nature Center for Fungi Fest 2021! Your curiosity, enthusiasm and joy as you discovered the wonders of Kingdom Fungi was a pleasure to behold.

                  I am so pleased to see that there is already almost 20 observations shared in this project. Keep them coming! Without your contributions, this project would not be possible. Even if you see "your" mushroom already posted, add your observations too. It will be great to see which fungus gets the most posts, as well as the distribution of the mushrooms and lichens across the property.

                  Also, don't forget that you can add multiple photos of a mushroom to a single observation. Having images from a distance, up close, top, side and or underside can really aide in confirming the identification.

                  Lastly, please come back to CNC in October to explore areas you didn't get to visit on Sunday. Remember to share your fungal findings right here so we can continue to grow and learn together.

                  See you on the trails!

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 12:38 by mycoprof mycoprof | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  iNaturalist Journal Entry 1

                  THE ROAD NOT TAKEN
                  Robert Frost

                  Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,

                  And sorry I could not travel both
                  And be one traveler, long I stood

                  And looked down one as far as I could
                  To where it bent in the undergrowth;

                  Then took the other, as just as fair,
                  And having perhaps the better claim,
                  Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
                  Though as for that the passing there
                  Had worn them really about the same,

                  And both that morning equally lay
                  In leaves no step had trodden black.
                  Oh, I kept the first for another day!
                  Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
                  I doubted if I should ever come back.

                  I shall be telling this with a sigh
                  Somewhere ages and ages hence:
                  Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
                  I took the one less traveled by,
                  And that has made all the difference.

                  The Poetry of Robert Frost by Robert Frost

                  Analysis: The Road Not Taken, in my opinion, represents modern-day solutions to global problems like climate change, and how little impact humans can do to save the environment. The well-worn road is the majority of humans on this planet— whether educated about climate change or not— most people do little to nothing to halt the destructive nature of the human impact. However, the other rode, untouched for years, represents the minority of the population; people who donate large sums to charity and those who plant trees in deserts walk on this path. This poem, although written in the past, probably depicts our future; the “difference” Frost writes about in verse 20 has not happened yet, and may never happen, if everyone were to continue walking on the well-worn path.

                  IMPORTANCE OF BIODIVERSITY

                  Biodiversity— the variety of life in the world or in a particular habitat or ecosystem.

                  To remove even one species from an ecosystem would be extremely detrimental, as it would throw off the entire course of life in that area. Biodiversity is the “life force” of nature; the importance of biodiversity is much more than the importance of mere human needs. Without biodiversity, humans would not be able to exist much longer due to a lack of natural resources.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 12:35 by saspd_chloe_c saspd_chloe_c | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Nieuwe delen "Illustrated Moss Flora of Minnesota" beschikbaar

                  Er zijn weer nieuwe delen van Janssens, Joannes (Jan) A.. (2017). Illustrated Moss Flora of Minnesota. te downloaden. Ondanks dat de naam Jan Janssens veel vertrouwen in boezemt zijn de delen van ''Illustrated Moss Flora of Minnesota'' toch in het Engels.

                  Description
                  The "Illustrated Moss Flora of Minnesota" is designed for identification of Minnesota mosses in the lab, with both stereo- and compound microscope. The chapters are mostly based on the order of family and genus treatments of the "Flora of North America," volumes 27 and 28 ("Flora of North America north of Mexico," Volume 27, Bryophyta, part 1, 2007, New York and Oxford, Oxford University Press, 713 pp. and "Flora of North American north of Mexico," Volume 28, Bryophyta, part 2, 2014, New York and Oxford, Oxford University Press, 702 pp.). The keys have been modified from keys published in the "Flora of North America," using my own expertise and additional sources of diagnostic detail, cited specifically for each chapter. I eliminated all species from the keys without properly annotated Minnesota vouchers, as well as those key characters that are not needed to differentiate the remaining species. All individual species recognized for Minnesota are illustrated with a full plate, a reduced legend and caption illustration with referenced text pointing out diagnostic character states, and some photos, if available, of either habitat, habit, or clone appearance. Dot-distribution maps are provided for each species, with unconfirmed county records listed in the map captions.
                  Funding information
                  Sponsorship: Bell Museum of Natural History (MIN); Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM); Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
                  Suggested Citation
                  Janssens, Joannes (Jan) A.. (2017). Illustrated Moss Flora of Minnesota. Retrieved from the University of Minnesota Digital Conservancy, https://hdl.handle.net/11299/188265.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 12:29 by optilete optilete | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  The Bio-Science Trip Reflection

                  1. Citizen Science is the collection and analysis of data relating to the natural world by members of the general public, typically as part of a collaborative project with professional scientists.
                  2. For me, I think the main purpose of this whole project is to let us learn about biodiversity in real life and offer a great opportunity for us to value different species. Through exploring these real-life situations, we can have a better comprehension of the impact and effect of biodiversity.

                  Journal Entry
                  Last Friday during the trip, I found numerous cool species in the park, and one of the animals that I discovered left me a profound impression. They are the mallards, our group or our home base found this natural site that there are a huge of mallards in the pond. I also discovered that these animals have high agility. When I threw some cereal to them, they can notice the cereals and catch them within half a second. I wonder why they can react that fast.
                  Biodiversity, through its species and ecosystems, provides a variety of environmental services that are vital at the global, regional, and local levels. Biodiversity is essential for maintaining ecological processes such as nutrient fixation and recycling, soil formation, air, and water circulation and purification, global life support, maintaining water balances within ecosystems, watershed protection, maintaining stream and river flows throughout the year, controlling soil erosion and reducing local flooding.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 12:18 by saspd_timmy_peng saspd_timmy_peng | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Mini Water Lobelias Section Mezleriopsis

                  Mini water Lobelia
                  Table Mountain Lobelia (Lobelia eckloniana)
                  De Waal Hugo from iNat- studying these??

                  See Mezleriopsis
                  https://inaturalist.ca/taxa/999670-Mezleriopsis

                  Observations in Cananda iNat!
                  https://inaturalist.ca/observations/68806943
                  https://inaturalist.ca/observations/68807118

                  Are the small pink Lobelias/ grass like seen in damp areas of Outeniquas and placed provisionally in Water lobelia (Grammatotheca) group possibly in this group???

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 08:03 by evieb evieb | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Week 2 9/26/21

                  Today marks the end of Week 2 of our iNaturalist project. This morning, I went to take a walk in Huddart Park and took some photos of a variety of plants, as well as one fungus. It was so nice to be able to slow down and really take in everything around me as a looked for observations to make. I heard a number of interesting bird calls in the park, as well, although I wasn't able to see the birds making them. This upcoming week I would like to plan to potentially go to the coast to observe some species in tidepools. This was an activity I did frequently as a kid, and I was always surprised by the abundance and variation of the organisms I could find. If that does not work out, I will see if I can either get out on my family's boat or go for a hike at Windy Hill Preserve to make some observations there.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 06:31 by caseychamberlain caseychamberlain | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Week 2 Observation Outing Notes

                  My sister and I went on a walk in San Bruno mountain and saw lots of ferns, ivy, nasturtiums, and many other plants. We also saw a few birds and a couple of raccoons but we couldn't get close enough to take any pictures. They would just run away. Next time we will either go to Pier 39 to take pictures of the seals when my sister gets off work, or we will wake up earlier and go to a trail by our house.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 05:23 by gabriellaski gabriellaski | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Dives #508 - Madrona Small Wall - 16 September 2021

                  First real night dive of the year. A 4 yo girl was entranced by us gearing up in the parking lot, and made her family go back down to the beach to see us splash. It was adorable.

                  A little bit of SSWD and sea cuke wasting. The highlight for me was spotting a wee tiny little juvenile grunt sculpin that was so little it didn't even have its adult colours in yet! I found leather stars with 5, 6, and 7 rays. J spotted a baby red octopus. Lots of small sailfin sculpins, and a couple of Red Irish Lords.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 05:22 by leftcoaster leftcoaster | 58 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Week 2 Observation Trip Notes

                  My sister and I went to walked on two San Bruno mountain trails yesterday evening and this morning. We tried to go there early today, but we didn't end up getting to the trail till 7:40 AM. We mostly got pictures of plants because we couldn't get any good shots of animals that we did see. Whenever I would try and get close to them they would just run or fly away. I am hoping to find away to upload my pictures to iNaturalist in an easier and quicker way, as it takes so long to upload from my photos and I don't get good reception on the trails. I am hoping to get out earlier next time so we can have a better shot at getting pictures of animals.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 04:58 by sofiana sofiana | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  SAS Bioblitz Journal #1

                  Wooden Melodies

                  Trees sway as the summer winds sing.

                  A melody,

                  An anthem,

                  A roaring chant,

                  A calming mantra.

                  Flowers bloom as they hear this theme,

                  An endless chorale full of nature’s beauty.

                  A cycle,

                  A motif,

                  Repeating itself,

                  Until the end of time.

                  This is a poem that I wrote about nature, I tried to shape it into the general shape of a tree. I wrote it because of the rare moments I've experienced in nature, where the temperature is perfect and the mosquitos don't sting.

                  I think swans are interesting, and I was lucky enough to observe a fully grown black swan. Swans had a pretty big misconception about their wing strength, with many people saying they could break bones with a flap of their massive wings. This myth was busted by John Huston of the Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset. Swans also mate for life, which is probably why they are portrayed as a romantic symbol. French composer Saint-Saëns also wrote a very popular cello piece called Le Cygne, meaning "The Swan".

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 04:13 by saspd_kai_l saspd_kai_l | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  My First Journal Entry

                  My First Journal Entry

                  5th Grid

                  “Be part of the solution, not the pollution” -Pintrest

                  This quote stands out to me so much because it reflects so well on what us humans are doing right now. Humans are saying, “Let’s Change” or something but only a small percentage of people are actually changing for the environment. This quote reminds people that we actually need to change before it’s too late.

                  6th Grid

                  This project relates to being a global citizen because what we are doing helps raise awareness among the other citizens. This projects changes us into “citizen science” which helps the professionals have a better understanding of the different species in shanghai. This is an action of an ethical global citizen.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 04:13 by saspd_jesse_h saspd_jesse_h | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  My First Journal Entry

                  My First Journal Entry
                  5th grid
                  “Nature Doesn’t Need Humans - Humans Need Nature.” - CNN
                  This quote resonates with me because it explains how humans matter to the earth. This quote tries to explain how humans mean nothing to earth. Humans are like little parasites living on earth giving the planet no benefits whatsoever. We are hunting our home and yet more than half of the citizens on our planet don’t care. It calls for help that humans need to start helping nature and if we don’t we are the ones getting abandoned.

                  7th grid
                  Humans have lots of impacts on the earth. A common one is the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. It creates global warming creating most problems in climate change. Effects could be, sea rising, wildfires, species going extinct, and so on. According to www.epa.gov, It states that in 2019 U.S. greenhouse gas emissions totaled 6,558 million metric tons.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 04:11 by adrian01pd2026 adrian01pd2026 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  My First Journal Entry

                  While “seeking” in the wild, I found that in China, there are a lot more freshwater species of fish than I thought. Before I think that the canals in Shanghai didn’t have that many species of fish. I thought there were only species like crucian carp, grass carp, common carp, and white amur bream. Now I learned that there are so many species, I can’t even memorize them all. There are species of catfish that I don’t know, there are Chinese perch, there are Northern snakeheads, and there are the Skygazers. I know that these species are only a small percentage of the fish in Shanghai now, and I am still looking for more species.
                  I also found some species of minnows. Before I thought that all minnows were the same because some were adults, and some were babies. Now I learned many species of minnows, including the Upper mouth gudgeon, the Chinese false gudgeon, and the Chinese giant bitterling. There are more, but I am still learning. Before I had to use google to identify the fish I caught and it usually took a long time but now that I have Seek, it makes it much easier even though sometimes google can be more accurate. What awed me was the species of fish, and how they seemed to all live perfectly. The shrimps and the minnows ate the dead bodies of fish, other fish then eat the minnows to keep their population in check, and the turtles and also eat the shrimps. It is crazy how if one of the species went extinct, a lot of things could change.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 04:10 by saspd_lindon_s saspd_lindon_s | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Global Citizen Connections To Nature

                  As we all know, being a Global Citizen means to be able to take action to try solving the problems that we have in our World. It means to understand the perspectives of not only ourselves, not only of others, but also plants. As we also know, people are harming the environment in ways that are irreversible and that could impact our future forever. Some of this includes deforestation, littering and causing pollution. If we continue at thew way we are going now, our environment could be heavily damaged, and Nature can die. So, we need to understand the meaning of being a global citizen to save our Earth. We need to understand the importance and the benefits we get from the environment. So, if we become true global citizen, we would have a chance of saving our earth, to see flowers bloom, to see trees grow, and much more.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 04:09 by aidan01pd2026 aidan01pd2026 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  My first Journal entry

                  Today is September 24, we went seeking in Century Park. Seek is an app that identifies different species in flora and fauna. We arrived at the park and started Seeking immediately. We walked near the lake and found some dragonflies and damselflies however, they moved around too much for Seek to be able to identify its species. Other than that on the ground I found some Japanese Mazus, they are these purple flowers that grow on the ground. I wonder how weeds grow since I’m assuming this is a weed and not purposely planted there. According to Wikipedia the Japanese Mazus (aka Mazus Pulimas) are commonly found in wet grasslands, stream banks, and trail sides. It’s also an invasive species in North America.

                  Being a global citizen means respecting everyone, including nature, and strive to rid of problems (like global warming). This project relates to being a global citizen because when we upload our photos, scientists and researchers can see these images. To me, nature is more important than mere humans, although humans are advanced in work and developing countries, we are also really good at destroying nature around us. The fact is that we rely on nature and nature doesn’t rely on us. If nature stopped existing one day, we’d mostly be doomed, but if humans stopped existing one day, nature would take over the world again. I believe that instead of destroying Earth and then moving onto Mars just to destroy that too, we should do something about the issues that are pushing us towards moving to Mars. Although a single person cannot do much, if everyone worked together (or if the governments take action as well) we can restore forests and places where animals thrive. Livestock farms take up more space on Earth's surface than forests do. Overall, I strongly believe that humans should take action on the chaos we caused ourselves.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 03:59 by saspd_ann saspd_ann | 1 observation | 1 comment | Leave a comment

                  Spider Flower (Cleome)

                  A Spider Flower is named after its appearance. The long, thread-like stamens of the individual flowers and the elongate seedpods that develop below the blooming flowers. It's scientific name, Cleome hassleriana, is a type of species of 170 in the caper family. It is a common annual flower from South America that also goes by other common names including spider legs and grandfather’s whiskers. This flower grows very tall, from a small seed to strong stems up to 6 feet tall from a stout taproot. There are also pricks on the main stem of the flower, as well as a pair of small spiny stipules at the base of each leaf. Some people even say the flower produces a minor skunk-like smell. This also makes me wonder, how this scent is produced and possibly why the scent is produced.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 03:57 by aidan01pd2026 aidan01pd2026 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  SAS Bioblitz Journal #1

                  On Friday, me and my friends went to Century Park to look and photograph different species.
                  I found a lot of interesting plants and some insects. The insects that I found were cool, but I was unable to photo them because they kept moving and my camera would not focus on them. But I still got a few, like the red dragon fly. It's really important to have a variety of animal species. Different species have different effects on the environment and removing a certain species could have a devastating effect on the food chain.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 03:48 by saspd_leia_w saspd_leia_w | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Week 2 Journal Post - Planning

                  Unfortunately, I was not able to make it out to a park this weekend, but I did some research on future parks to visit. I went on the San Mateo County website and found two parks that are very close to me, Huddart Park and Wunderlich Park. I'm leaning towards Wunderlich because it is closer to me and has free parking. Time is my biggest issue with this project, so I am very excited to find a couple parks that are only 15 minutes away. Both parks seem to have similar landscapes of many redwood trees in the hills. According to the San Mateo County Parks website, Wunderlich Park seems to have many plants for observations. The website also lists many animals, but it may be hard to get close and take a picture of some smaller animals, such as squirrels and lizards. I'm hoping to visit this park either this week or the next week!

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 03:47 by tylernelson19 tylernelson19 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Century Park Journal #1

                  The trip to century Park was really helpful and we observed a lot of species. I hope it helps other scientists around the world. One part of being a global citizen means to be aware of our surroundings and spread the word. By taking pictures of our surroundings were gathering information to help other people learn more about our world. Certain species such as the eastern tiger swallowtail...was really interesting. There were a lot of butterflies in the park and this is the only one I got a picture of. That shows this species doesn't move a lot. I find that very interesting.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 03:38 by saspd_jessica_y saspd_jessica_y | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Journal 2

                  This week I was unable to visit any parks and so currently I'm planning to visit a park at Pacifica. The day is still undecided; however, the park I have in mind is called San Pedro Valley Park. I've never gone there, but the weather might be cloudy. The time I go will really vary; however, I'm hoping to go in the early afternoon. From the pictures, the park looks to be fairly large and so the observations I aim to make will also be more in comparison to the last park I visited.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 03:33 by brisagar brisagar | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Mushroom Hunting in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

                  While I did not see nearly as many mushrooms here as I did the day prior at Double Trouble State Park, I did see multiple varieties which I had not seen previously. I don't know the identities of most of them. Additionally, I spotted a black vulture and painted turtles, as well as an Eastern Phoebe, which was unfortunately too far away for me to get a decent photo.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 01:17 by the_red_owl the_red_owl | 10 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Seeking in Shanghai

                  During my first Seek experience, I found various species just in one park in the concrete jungle that is Shanghai. It taught me that even in the busiest cities, we still coexist with many fascinating species and we should continue to preserve some natural land for them. It amazed me on how much biodiversity there was in such a small space in the middle of a city. The potential for nature thriving is immense, even in a park. I managed to discover a handful of species in just half a day going across half the park.

                  Out of my thirty-something observations, I decided to research more about the Yellow-Spotted Stink Bug. I learned that this insect is a hard shelled insect, and is part of the subfamily Pentatominae. Observations of these insects peak during the summer, then plummet down to close to zero during the latter months. This implies that these insects only are present during the summer and hibernate during the winter. This was just one of the many species I observed that day. However, these species might all disappear one day.

                  Our Earths condition is rapidly deteriorating. Us humans don't make animals' lives easier. In fact, we often times make it significantly harder for them. In the end, the Earth doesn't need us; but we need the Earth. If we hadn't existed, there wouldn't have been damage to the ozone layer, or massive amounts of carbon dioxide let into our atmosphere along with the harmful toxic waste being poured into our oceans. We need to prove to the Earth that we can do good, not only for the sake of our species staying on the planet, but for others too.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 01:12 by saspd_haohan_w saspd_haohan_w | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Mushroom Hunting in Double Trouble State Park, NJ

                  This trip was my first time at Double Trouble. A state park in the Pine Barrens, it's distinguished by pine forests and a cedar swamp. There were several different kinds of mushrooms along the trails, particularly under and in the fallen pine needles. Perhaps most plentiful were the milkcaps, which lined the paths in several places throughout the park.

                  Besides the mushrooms, I also found a tree with several leaves covered in oak leaf gall midges. Not pictured is the yellow-billed cuckoo I saw, but was not able to snag a photo of.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 01:10 by the_red_owl the_red_owl | 19 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  BioBlitz Reflection

                  1: Citizen science is a research project conducted by non-professionals, which can increase the public's understanding for science.
                  2: The purpose of this project is to let us learn the term of biodiversity and evaluate the impact of it. It also offers us a great opportunity to explore and study about different species in Shanghai. An impact of improving our understanding of science has been made by this project.

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 00:38 by saspd_simon_s saspd_simon_s | 1 comment | Leave a comment

                  BioBlitz results!

                  Thank you for joining the Coyote Creek Fall BioBlitz! People are still uploading observations, but for now, we can share a few findings: some groups saw male Desert Tarantula wondering around. This is the time of the year when the males are looking for mates. They will try to mate with a few females, and die afterwards. Females can live for many years (decades!). It was nice to see so much water in the creek, which is mostly dry north of Coyote Valley. We documented some aquatic invertebrates, including mayfly, caddisfly, and dragonfly larva, all of which have flying adults, in addition to snails, worms, and others. Many bird species were active today, including at least one Golden Eagle, Bluebirds, and many Jays. Please return to this project later to see what others have documented - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/coyote-creek-fall-2021-bioblitz

                  And a few other links:
                  If you’d like to learn more about the Coyote Creek Watershed, please join us this Monday (tomorrow) for a webinar here - https://www.grassrootsecology.org/event-calendar/2021/9/27/shining-a-spotlight-on-the-coyote-creek-watershed?fbclid=IwAR39ETLUUgfdtAQCQzypXoRXdAwAIzIqN1IOGDJmGaOFBziHOWsnyFaA1bs
                  I will present some of our many findings at this meeting, including the new Coyote Creek Biodiversity Project - https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/coyote-creek-biodiversity
                  And one last thing - I hope you enjoyed watching some galls today. Please join us for the first Gall Week! You can learn more about it here - https://www.bioblitz.club/event-info/gall-week-2021

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 00:32 by merav merav | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Budawang Coast website coming soon

                  Budawang Coast is working on a website. Here you will find news on events, interesting articles and publications, links to other sites and a whole lot more. The site will include a gallery of nature photos and this is where you come in. We are seeking good quality photos of flora, fauna, landscapes and citizen scientists doing their thing. So if you would like to see your images displayed for all to see on the world wide web, please email them to budawangcoast@gmail.com. Preferably include your name (signature) at the bottom of the image or send your name with the image so you can be credited. Thank you!

                  Posted on September 27, 2021 00:01 by annielane annielane | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  Yellow Rock Crab (Carcinus Maenas; Phylum Arthropods) - Kirby Cove 9/18/21

                  When I went down to Kirby beach near the camping site off of one of the trails in Kirby Cove, my brother found a deceased Yello Rock Crab. To get to the trail, one has to go off of Conzelman Road after the roundabout on the one way. Then to get to the beach, you have to go down the trail surrounded by abandoned bunkers, trees, and birds. My brother and the people we were with were trying to find pretty rocks and shells while I was taking pictures of other species. Once I was finished, I went over to them and saw that my brother had a crab in his hand. I asked him to hold it while I used the seek app to identify the crab species and found it is an introduced species with the scientific name Carcinus Maenas and part of the phylum Arthropods.

                  Posted on September 26, 2021 23:41 by kelly_annec kelly_annec | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

                  First Nature Walk (9/26/21)

                  Today I went for a late afternoon walk through the Pine Tree Preserve and around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. It was sunny and there was a cool breeze. I really enjoyed this walk because it felt the coolest it has been outside since we arrived on campus this year and it was nice to clear my head and observe the nature around me since I have been spending a lot of time studying for my upcoming exams. I did not see many flowers, but I saw a lot of weeds around the reservoir and a lot of fungi in the Pine Tree Preserve. I also saw a ducks, swans, and geese in the water.

                  Posted on September 26, 2021 23:40 by martafi martafi | 7 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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