Big month of June -- we aren't alone! :)

June! My big month! With all the rains of May here in Texas, I foresaw that we'd have a nice green June, so I took advantage of this and went out iNaturalisting… a lot. Again, forgive me for spamming up your dashboard with lots of plants and bugs. I saw some cool stuff this month!

I set my personal goal to observe as many different species as I could in this one month. I ended up seeing around 500 species in about 1000 observations. Of this 500, about 300 were plant species, 130 were bugs (47 dragonflies and damselflies!), and about 40 bird species. If you do want to see the fun list, here it is:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/taxa?hrank=species&on=2015-06&user_id=sambiology

So, what did I learn? Well, again, this is a reason that I’m soooo bonkers about iNaturalist… We share this planet with lots of different organisms. We interact with lots of different organisms each day – if just with our eyes. I tried to intentionally notice as many different species as I could. I documented as many as possible (although, I do restrict myself with plants – I try to only observe/document plants that have reproductive structures like flowers or fruits) where ever I went. I tried to find some new spots that I hadn’t been before too! I didn’t travel too too far around TX this month, but I still spotted quite a few critters and plants in a small area.

I documented a lot of super common species and several of these are non-native, invasive species. It's still very important to document all of the common species. We interact with these common ones quite a bit. Even the non-native, invasive species are important to document – they share the planet with us too. :)

I encourage everyone to go out and observe even the common species. Get to know your neighbors! :)

Posted by sambiology sambiology, July 01, 2015 16:04

Observations

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Johnson Grass (Sorghum halepense)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 18, 2015 07:38 PM CDT

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Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 19, 2015 05:03 PM CDT

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Silky Rosegill (Volvariella bombycina)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 19, 2015

Description

Quite large!

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Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 19, 2015

Description

Very common yet still one of my favorite birds. :)

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Reverchon's Scurf-Pea (Pediomelum reverchonii)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 20, 2015 10:52 AM CDT

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Comanche Peak Prairie Clover (Dalea reverchonii)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 20, 2015 02:08 PM CDT

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Checkered Setwing (Dythemis fugax)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 20, 2015

Description

Again, this male was so angry -- his face was red with fury! :)

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Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 20, 2015

Description

Just finished crawling across the road. God speed, snapper. :)

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Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos)

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sambiology

Date

June 22, 2015

Description

Enjoying a salad at lunch by doing some iNatting. :)

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Plain-bellied Watersnake (Nerodia erythrogaster)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 24, 2015

Description

Observed with some preschoolers... One of them said "where did the water worm go?" :)

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Quihoui Privet (Ligustrum quihoui)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 24, 2015 07:04 PM CDT

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Threadfin Shad (Dorosoma petenense)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 24, 2015

Description

I think...

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Eastern Eyed Click Beetle (Alaus oculatus)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 25, 2015

Description

With the summer camp KidZone, we tried to catch as many different bugs as we could today. It was a bit difficult as it was around 93 degrees (feels like 97!)... We caught some, collected them in baggies, and brought them back to the front to group them.

This was the highlight bug we caught... It's one of the eyed click beetles (I think Alaus oculatus... although, it might be A. lusciosus). We watched it "click" and correct itself when it was on its back. Then, we dared each other to let it walk on our faces! After a few did it, then all 21 kids wanted to do it. :) Fear of bugs -- gone! :)

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Pinkladies (Oenothera speciosa)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 27, 2015 11:26 AM CDT

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Yellow Brain (Tremella mesenterica)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 27, 2015

Description

I think...

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Plains Cicada (Megatibicen dealbatus)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 27, 2015

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Question Mark (Polygonia interrogationis)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 27, 2015

Description

I should know this caterpillar -- it's quite unique.

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Dakota Mock Vervain (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 28, 2015 04:08 PM CDT

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Straggler Daisy (Calyptocarpus vialis)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 29, 2015 09:29 AM CDT

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Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis)

Observer

sambiology

Date

June 29, 2015

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Observer

sambiology

Date

June 30, 2015

Description

Poecilognathus punctipennis, based on:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/581235/bgpage

Comments

Sounds like congrats are in order for what sounded like a good big month. Don't worry about people spamming up my board, this isn't facebook. Because here I know its going to be something that is worth looking at. Even considering how large Texas is I had no idea the state had such wide array of native flora. Will have to consider taking a botanical expedition to Texas someday and hope the heat does not kill this northern boy.

Posted by wildflowerenthusi... over 6 years ago (Flag)

Wow! 500 species. Isn't life grand!

Posted by mchlfx over 6 years ago (Flag)

Yay! Well done Sam!

Posted by susanhewitt over 6 years ago (Flag)

It was indeed a fun month of observing nature! :)

And Matt, let me know when you're coming down to TX! We have some crazy cool plants down here. :)

Posted by sambiology over 6 years ago (Flag)

Unfortunately, at this point any big road trip is more wishful thinking than anything. Hopefully, it will be a someday when I have the time and money trip.

Posted by wildflowerenthusi... over 6 years ago (Flag)

Impressive work, Sam. And some very interesting critters and plants.

Posted by krancmm over 6 years ago (Flag)

I am extraordinarily lucky that I have a job where this sort of stuff is encouraged. :) I get to go out with kiddos and iNat with them too!

Posted by sambiology over 6 years ago (Flag)

An impressive month indeed! Well done!

Posted by carrieseltzer over 6 years ago (Flag)

I've been thinking about trying a challenge like this! But for me, I think I'll shoot for a species a day kind of thing. haha. Of course, the goal would be to learn what I can about the species and at the end of the month feel more depth on 31 species. :)

I've been going through your journal. I love reading it. Thanks for sharing everything you do and the enthusiasm you have. I always feel like I went to college for the wrong thing, and am so grateful for iNaturalist being so accessible so I can learn as I go.

Posted by rebecca_nh about 6 years ago (Flag)

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