October 30, 2019

2021 City Nature Challenge

Hello! My name is Aaron Lincoln. I'm a Texas Master Naturalist from the Heart of Texas Chapter in Waco. I'm also an iNaturalist addict. I've brought you all here because I'm in the process of creating a new "city" for the 2021 City Nature Challenge and you are active observers in the counties that will hopefully be approved as "Heart of Texas". If approved, the area I think would be included are the counties Hamilton, Somervell, Bosque, Hill, Coryell, Mclennan, Limestone, Falls and Bell. If you aren't aware of the City Nature Challenge, it was a wonderful time during April when cities across the world have a friendly competition to see who can make the most observations and find the most species. Apart from being a lot of fun, the challenge makes a real contribution to science and helps guide policy sometimes in bigger cities once decision makers see what kind of organisms are present in the area. You can find more info here:
http://citynaturechallenge.org/

Everything is done on iNaturalist, so you don't have to do anything different, just get out there and make observations. There's usually 4 days for observations followed by a week to upload and make identifications. I live in Bosque County, which currently isn't part of any "city", so I usually drive up to the southernmost county included in the DFW area. I really think that our area with Hillsboro, Waco, Temple, Killeen, Belton, and outlying areas really have something to offer, especially as the area continues to grow and development replaces natural areas.

Here's a link to the results of last year's challenge:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019
And here's how DFW did:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2019-dallas-fort-worth

It was a little too late to get on board for 2020, but 2021, here we come!
I hope to see you all out there, and by all means, help out another city this year and get in on the fun. Also, please tag anyone else you think might be interested.
@sambiology Am I missing anything? :)

Posted on October 30, 2019 02:28 by bosqueaaron bosqueaaron | 74 comments | Leave a comment

March 06, 2019

BIOBLITZ at the High Hope Ranch!! March 13 and 22.

Hello! It's late notice, but the owners of the 900 acre High Hope Ranch in Glen Rose asked me if I could get together a Bioblitz in March. I've got two dates, the 13th and the 22nd at 9 a.m. both days. I figure we'll pause for lunch in Glen Rose, then continue until everyone has had enough. :)
The High Hope Ranch sits right next to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Glen Rose. Here's a link to their website:
https://www.highhoperanch.com/history

There's also a project that's just getting started:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/citizen-scientist-at-high-hope-ranch
They are really interested in restoring certain parts of the ranch that have been overgrazed and protecting other parts with unique hill country flora and fauna. These bioblitzes will help provide a baseline inventory.

In addition, I'm leading some birding walks at Meridian State Park focusing on the Golden-cheeked warbler.
The dates and times can be found here:

The owners would like us to sign a release form, so please contact me at aaronlincoln@hotmail.com if you will be going. Please tag anyone else who might be interested. Hope to see lots of you there!

Posted on March 06, 2019 01:33 by bosqueaaron bosqueaaron | 19 comments | Leave a comment

September 27, 2017

Lichens!

Hello fellow inatters. I have a really hard time identifying lichens, but they are so cool, I always feel inadequate slapping a fungi/lichen ID on them. Here's a few resources I discovered today that might help to get some clarification on these really interesting specimens.

For a pretty good question/answer type guide:
http://www.discoverlife.org/mp/20q?guide=Lichens_USGA

and just some really good photos to look through for central Texas:
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/366199013438962323/?lp=true

I hope this helps!

Posted on September 27, 2017 13:54 by bosqueaaron bosqueaaron | 0 comments | Leave a comment

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