Late fall Timberlake Bioblitz: October 21st, 2023

Link to observations from this weekend!
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2023-10-20&d2=2023-10-22&place_id=any&project_id=timberlake-biological-field-station&verifiable=any

Identification modal link here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?d1=2023-10-20&d2=2023-10-22&place_id=any&project_id=timberlake-biological-field-station&verifiable=any

Species documented on iNat for the first time:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2023-10-20&d2=2023-10-22&place_id=any&verifiable=any&field:Similar%20observation%20set=First%20at%20Timberlake


Feel free to join us for a late October Bioblitz at Timberlake Field Station--October 21st. Newbies welcome! Attendees may begin arriving at noon Friday or anytime thereafter. We'll depart after lunch Sunday.

Tarleton State University’s Timberlake Field Station is an educational and research facility located on the Colorado River in the heart of Texas--midway between Austin and Abilene. The 790 acre property has over 2 miles of Colorado river frontage and includes bottomland and upland habitats.

I think everyone will already know, but it's been dry. There won't be much plant or aquatic life (unless the ponds catch water).

Upon arrival and before exploring, sign a release form at the pavilion. There will be printed maps for you to take also.

The original cabin (with AC and restrooms) is available and has 3 rooms with one bed and one room with 4 bunk beds. In addition there are two new bunkhouses (with AC and toilet) that sleep 12 each (6 bunk beds). There's lots of room to pitch a tent, or car camp, near the restroom and shower facility. No need to make reservation for cabin or bunkhouses--plenty of beds now.

Here's the link to detailed info about Timberlake (including directions): https://docs.google.com/document/d/19D_D0b94QvtB72GR8e5cSH8XHXFSe9DS69zffjRrbtw/edit?usp=sharing

Tarleton State University’s Timberlake Field Station is an educational and research facility located on the Colorado River in the heart of Texas--midway between Austin and Abilene. The 790 acre property has over 2 miles of Colorado river frontage and includes bottomland and upland habitats.

Timberlake iNaturalist Project:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/timberlake-biological-field-station

Observations listed from least observed to most observed:
https://jumear.github.io/stirfry/iNatAPIv1_observations_species_counts?place_id=118103&taxon_id=48460&verifiable=true&order=asc


Tag folks you think would be interested. This list is incomplete and not intended to be exclusive--apologies if any regulars have accidentally been omitted. First-timers are welcome!

@amzapp, @annikaml, @bacchusrock, @baxter-slye, @bosqueaaron, @brandonmeadows, @brencero, @brentano, @butterflies4fun, @cameralenswrangler, @centratex, @chasingchickens, @currenfrasch, @connlindajo, @daltonlawing, @devinpedraza, @eaneubauer, @elytrid, @franpfer, @gcwarbler, @gwaithir, @immortalwhat, @inhat83, @isaaceastland, @jcochran706, @jeff_back, @jeffmci9, @jgw_atx, @k8thegr8, @katherinedaniels, @knightericm, @kimberlietx, @laurahaynes, @lorimalloy, @lovebirder, @lulubelle, @mammelton50, @megachile, @mpintar, @mikef451, @oddfitz, @observerjosh, @pynklynx, @prairie_rambler, @rkostecke, @rymcdaniel, @sagaciousoctopus, @sambiology, @steven_bach, @swissagnes, @tadamcochran, @wildcarrot

Posted on 14 September, 2023 17:35 by pfau_tarleton pfau_tarleton

Comments

Rain or shine, can I reserve my usual spot again?

Posted by connlindajo 9 months ago

Looks like Linda Jo has called dibs on the Green Cabin suite with private bathroom--you're always so quick to the draw Linda Jo!

Posted by pfau_tarleton 9 months ago

Oh no! Now every one knows my secret! Looking forward to investigating some spots I discovered last trip.

Posted by connlindajo 9 months ago

@jellyfishmambo might be interested

Posted by bosqueaaron 9 months ago

It's on my calendar! I was just thinking that it was about time for me to get back to Timberlake. I'd missed the Spring event.

Posted by gcwarbler 9 months ago
Posted by lovebirder 9 months ago
Posted by annikaml 9 months ago

Yes please! I'll van camp. =)

Posted by k8thegr8 9 months ago

I plan on attending and car camping. Always exciting! New creations to help me observe the insects since I usually fall asleep before midnight. I am hopeful Jack Cochran can make this event with whom I've loaned my MV light.
@ldennis @jkend32 @sbeep @lkendall

Posted by mikef451 9 months ago

I'm co-hosting another bioblitz that Saturday, dangit!

Posted by kimberlietx 9 months ago

Making note of this as a possibility.

Posted by bacchusrock 9 months ago

I am interested and will hope to be there for this

Posted by jellyfishmambo 9 months ago

I'll know what we have going on in a few weeks. Not sure yet.

Posted by williampaulwhite17 9 months ago

Yes, please!

Posted by amzapp 9 months ago

@mikef451 Thanks for the tag. I will be there as a newby. I will car camp.

Posted by ldennis 9 months ago

I probably won't be able to make this one. Hope y'all have a blast!

Posted by bosqueaaron 9 months ago

I’ll try to make it, but will’ve just returned from the MN conference in McAllen the previous weekend. Either way, thanks for the invite!

Posted by inhat83 9 months ago

Family stuff that weekend, can't make it. Hope y'all find lots of cool critters though

Posted by williampaulwhite17 9 months ago

At the moment, it looks like I will be unable to make this one due to a prior commitment.

Posted by rymcdaniel 8 months ago

I will not be able to make this one after all. My grandson is performing that Saturday at a one act play. I can't miss that. Wish I could do both.

Posted by connlindajo 8 months ago

Looking ahead to this weekend, the weather looks promising. Warming up to 89 with lows of 64. This is a lot warmer compared to past two weeks, and may be the last really warm weekend of the season. If are any insects survived the hot, dry summer, they should be active.

I'm planning to serve pork and chicken street tacos with chips and salsa Saturday evening, so please let me know if you're coming so I can get a head count.

Posted by pfau_tarleton 8 months ago

Will be there. Thanks Russell!

Posted by mikef451 8 months ago

I will not be able to make it this time.

Posted by bacchusrock 8 months ago

I will be there, looking forward to seeing everyone and to the tacos. I'll bring some dessert.

Posted by annikaml 8 months ago

Also, in addition to the head count....

I found out this morning that Timberlake has been double-booked. There's a group of 20 aquatic ecology students from Baylor that will be using the new bunk houses. This isn't a huge problem because we will have the Green cabin which has three rooms with one bed each and another room with two bunk beds--plus two bathrooms. And several of us are tent/car camping anyways. They'll probably out-compete us for the pavilion when they're not out on the river, so the Green cabin will be our headquarters instead of the pavilion.

Posted by pfau_tarleton 8 months ago

Sounds like y'all are going to make 20 new mothing converts...

Posted by bosqueaaron 8 months ago

I'll be there and will bring a side.

Posted by amzapp 8 months ago

Oh no! I was in the Valley all weekend and did not have a single taco at the TMN conference. Will really miss those this weekend! Enjoy the gasthering.

Posted by connlindajo 8 months ago

I didn't have a taco either Linda Jo. Too much else happening! Timberlake tacos will solve things. Baylor need to understand this and if there is a battle for the pavilion so be it! Just kidding:)

Posted by mikef451 8 months ago

I will be there with a friend on Saturday morning through sometime in the afternoon. Not planning on staying too late. Looking forward to it!

Posted by lovebirder 8 months ago

The Baylor student are in my aquatic biology class!

Posted by jeff_back 8 months ago

Hope I still have a bed at the cabin? Linda Jo, I did have two tacos in Rio Hondo during the eclipse. Ditching the ranch was a good idea for me, it allowed me to go to Sal Del Rey and observe a Panther Ant for the first time and what appears to be a first-in-county Robber Fly the next day. Those will probably be my iNatting highlights of the trip although other people saw two wolf spiders species that would have made me happier.

Posted by eaneubauer 8 months ago

I will be there. Thanks!

Posted by ldennis 8 months ago

@jeff_back...I was wondering if this was your group. Hopefully there will be some water with life in it.
@eaneubauer...we'll reserve a bed in the cabin for you.

If anyone else needs a bed to be reserved, post that request here.

I was thinking about setting up "moth" lights down on the gravel shoal in the river bottom. If it's not too windy. If that interests you, @jeff_back, feel free to do that.

Be vigilant of copper heads. There's usually a big one in the vicinity of the pavilion/bath house. Always walk with a light at night.

Posted by pfau_tarleton 8 months ago

I can't make this one, sadly! Thanks for the invite. @rgvbirdingallnature

Posted by lorimalloy 8 months ago

I'll car camp if I get better from this cold!

Posted by k8thegr8 8 months ago

Sorry I can't make this one, but just reminder that there will probably be a fair amount of Gutierrezia texana blooming up there and it is important to get a photo of flowering heads from the side to distinguish it from Amphiachyris species. Have fun. :)

Posted by rymcdaniel 8 months ago

Doesn't look like Amphiachyris has been documented at Timberlake yet--but it should be there. Here's Ryan's guide to differentiate them:
https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/rymcdaniel/28366-differentiation-of-gutierrezia-texana-and-amphiachyris-species-in-north-central-texas

And my side-by-side comparison here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/34926031

Posted by pfau_tarleton 8 months ago

I'll bring lots of ice and water--just bring your own drinking vessels to refill.

Posted by pfau_tarleton 8 months ago

Oh rats, I’m just now seeing this! I’ve been down with the flu and bronchitis, but I hope y’all find lots of awesome stuff!!! Please tag me on the next one!

Posted by wildcarrot 8 months ago

Thanks, Russell, for another great Timberlake bioblitz! I think we should claim the green cabin as the "iNaturalist" cabin.

Posted by annikaml 8 months ago

Link to observations from this weekend!
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2023-10-20&d2=2023-10-22&place_id=any&project_id=timberlake-biological-field-station&verifiable=any

Identification modal link here:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?d1=2023-10-20&d2=2023-10-22&place_id=any&project_id=timberlake-biological-field-station&verifiable=any

Another great weekend with friends new and old. Despite the long, dry, hot summer, we still found a good bit of diversity to document.

Posted by pfau_tarleton 8 months ago

Remarkably, we are racking up the "first-time observations" of species made at Timberlake this weekend. Be sure to let me know if you think you've made a first observation (I do this by looking at the map as I identify them). You can view them all here: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?verifiable=any&place_id=any&field:Similar%20observation%20set=First%20at%20Timberlake

Posted by pfau_tarleton 8 months ago

Thanks for another great gathering Russell! Enjoyed the weekend and seeing folks again. I think I have finished my uploads. Looking forward to next time!

Posted by mikef451 8 months ago

Wish I could have made it but I'd promised my kids I'd take them the trick or treat thing at Lake Tawakoni State Park.

Posted by williampaulwhite17 8 months ago

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