On the iNaturalist global leaderboards for December 2019

December in the more northerly parts of the Northern Hemisphere is usually not a great month for nature observations. However, starting on the 4th of December I was lucky enough to spend almost three weeks in Southwestern Florida -- Sanibel, which is a barrier island on the Gulf Coast, not far from Fort Myers.

Of course I love to try to find new-to-me, or better yet new-to-Sanibel species of shelled marine mollusk, and I like to look at all the other marine organisms that wash up on the beaches. Sanibel beaches are fortunately not "groomed"!

I also love to try to see new-to-me species of plants, and even new plant pests and plant diseases. I was lucky that I was able to get to a nature preserve on a very hot day, and get some pics of some interesting flying insects.

We had a lot of rain storms towards the end of our visit, which was not good for trying to examine the more tiny shells, or trying to see more flying insects. However, despite this, I found I was already on the global leaderboards for the month of December 2019, both for the total number of observations made, and for number of different species observed.

And when I came back to NYC, late on 23rd December, I knew if we got some reasonable weather (as was predicted) I could probably easily rack up a couple hundred more species here in the Big Apple, winter or not.

So that's what I did, and I finished the month still well positioned on December's leaderboards, with 3,027 observations of 587 species. I also was able to have fun with two iNat mini-meetups, one on Sanibel and one here in NYC, thanks to @jayhorn and @steven-cyclist!

Happy New Year to everyone! And happy iNatting!

Posted on 01 January, 2020 22:06 by susanhewitt susanhewitt

Observations

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White Atlantic Semele (Semele proficua)

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susanhewitt

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December 21, 2019 03:25 PM EST

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Cross-barred Venus (Chione elevata)

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susanhewitt

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December 21, 2019 05:44 PM EST

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Atlantic Sea Pork (Aplidium stellatum)

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susanhewitt

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December 22, 2019 02:30 PM EST

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Yellow Prickly Cockle (Dallocardia muricata)

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susanhewitt

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December 22, 2019 02:31 PM EST

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Florida Fighting Conch (Strombus alatus)

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susanhewitt

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December 22, 2019 02:51 PM EST

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Red Grapes (Botryocladia occidentalis)

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susanhewitt

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December 22, 2019 02:52 PM EST

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susanhewitt

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December 22, 2019 03:19 PM EST

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Cayenne Keyhole Limpet (Diodora cayenensis)

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susanhewitt

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December 22, 2019 03:20 PM EST

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Sea Oats (Uniola paniculata)

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susanhewitt

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December 22, 2019 03:21 PM EST

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Indian Wax Scale (Ceroplastes ceriferus)

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susanhewitt

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December 28, 2019 12:37 PM EST

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On a cultivated flowering quince bush.

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Ginkgo Spot (Bartheletia paradoxa)

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susanhewitt

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December 28, 2019 12:52 PM EST

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Winged and Once-winged Insects (Subclass Pterygota)

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susanhewitt

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December 28, 2019 01:05 PM EST

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Hellebore Leaf-Blotch (Microsphaeropsis hellebori)

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susanhewitt

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December 31, 2019 03:43 PM EST

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Bacterial Crown Gall (Agrobacterium radiobacter)

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susanhewitt

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December 31, 2019 03:48 PM EST

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susanhewitt

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December 31, 2019 03:49 PM EST

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susanhewitt

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December 31, 2019 03:55 PM EST

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Fungal leaf spot on Euonymus japonicus.

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Euonymus Scale (Unaspis euonymi)

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susanhewitt

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December 31, 2019 03:56 PM EST

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On Euonymus japonicus. The white ones are the "crawlers".

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Pearlworts (Genus Sagina)

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susanhewitt

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December 31, 2019 04:14 PM EST

Comments

For April 2020, I was also on the global leaderboards for total number of observations. That was in large part due to the City Nature Challenge, and my getting in training for that event!

Posted by susanhewitt about 4 years ago

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