Journal archives for September 2019

12 September, 2019

Back to ID'ing! :) Regional experience with the local organisms.

After the City Nature Challenge at the end of April, I was a little worn out from doing ID's. I did around 7k ID's during the CNC, and took a loooong break from regularly scrolling through observations.

Now, I'm back! :) I focus almost all of my time to my 'region.' This is the DFW metroplex, and a bit larger area, the "Cross Timbers and Blackland Prairies ecoregion."

I try my best to go through all of the observations made in this region... I search both the ones that are already 'research grade' and 'needs ID.'

I then search through each day with a calendar that I cross out.. So far, I've hit just a couple weeks, but it's good to be back. :) Just a few more months of observations to search through!

I wish I could devote more time to a larger 'region' or a taxon, but for the time being, I think it's best that I focus on my general 'region.' It's a good way to become more familiar with the organisms I'd likely find as I go outside locally.

Posted on 12 September, 2019 23:52 by sambiology sambiology | 12 comments | Leave a comment

24 September, 2019

Frequently Asked Questions - NPSOT BioBlitz

Observations must be of a plant with a photo and must be in Texas during Oct 20 - 27. If cultivated, observation must be marked as cultivated.

How can I participate?
It's easy! Just download iNaturalist on smartphone, create username and password. You can also go onto the website and create a username and password. You can use a camera if you don't have phone; just put the observations on iNat using the computer. Use the app to make observations, but go to the website to look at the data!

Do I need to join the project?
No! Any and all observations of plants made in Texas during October 20 - 27 will automatically be added to the project. You don't have to do any extra steps to add observations to the project.

How can I see the progress of the bioblitz?
Search this page that aggregates all of the observations that match the criteria (plants, Texas, photo evidence). You can filter results by your county/region or by individual or plant family or anything else.

Can I observe a native plant that I put in my landscape?
We would rather you observe plants that are wild and not planted... iNaturalist is best used for natural distributions of organisms, so if we do observe cultivated/planted, they need to be marked as cultivated or captive. After all, we do have elephants in Dallas -- but they're captive. So, observations of cultivated plants need to be marked as cultivated.

Why should non-natives or invasives count to this bioblitz?
So, this data is still important to know! This project is for documenting all wild plants.

Where should I go to make observations?
The best place to go includes those wild spaces like no-mow zones or 'weedy' spots. You can observe plants from around your home or roadside (no trespassing allowed!!!). Public parks are ideal - observations made in these public spaces can guide management!

How else can I help?
One of the most important things you can do is help with the identifications!!! If you know some plants, take a look at the observations that folks are making around Texas:
This is best done on the computer/PC. You need to have an iNaturalist account to identify observations.
Also, if you notice that folks are documenting cultivated/planted plants, you can mark these as cultivated/captive on the identify screen.

Posted on 24 September, 2019 17:38 by sambiology sambiology | 3 comments | Leave a comment