Erie MetroParks's Journal

03 January, 2023

Year in Review - 2022

This year was a hugely successful year for our Erie MetroParks iNaturalist Project. Read below for more details!

We welcomed five new Members; @abragg15, @eriemetroparks, @jonidu, @kenr212, and @tylerben. Welcome all!

In 2022:

  • A total of 58 Observers submitted records!
  • A total of 3,369 Observations were added. This represents more than 49% of all Observations in the project!
  • A total of 1,106 Species were recorded!
  • Observations were verified by 575 Identifiers!
  • A total of 2,068 New Observations reached Research Grade. This represents 61.4% of all 2022 Observations!

Top Observed Species:

  1. Isabella Tiger Moth (40 observations)
  2. American Robin (32 observations)
  3. White-tailed Deer (26 observations)
  4. Bald Eagle (24 observations)
  5. Red-headed Inchworm Moth (24 observations)
  6. Ipsilon Dart (21 observations)
  7. Bent-lined Carpet (21 observations)
  8. Ailanthus Webworm Moth (20 observations)
  9. Virginian Tiger Moth (19 observations)
  10. Red-winged Blackbird (18 observations)

Top Observers:

  1. @mikehensley75 (1709 observations)
  2. @martyndrabik (654 observations)
  3. @briarrose777 (544 observations)
  4. @jenniferc3 (98 observations)
  5. @eriemetroparks (68 observations)

Top Observations:

  1. Eastern Boxelder Bug - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/135500044
  2. Spotted Pink Ladybeetle - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/137205686
  3. Long-eared Owl - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/107499643
  4. Tundra Swan - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/105996319
  5. Bathroom Moth Fly - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/124450476

Thanks to all for contributing to the project! Hear’s to an equally successful 2023!

~ Martyn

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Project Update - December 2022

We did not have any new members this month. If you know of anyone that may be interested, please direct them to our page!

During December, there were fewer observations that usual, likely due to the changes in weather and the holiday season.

The project increased from 6730 to 6777 observations (+47), 1637 to 1649 species (+12), and 154 to 155 observers (+1).

Our number of Research Grade observations increased from 4241 to 4316 (+75). This equates to a Research Grade percentage of 63.69% (up from 63.02%).

In total, there were 35 observations added to the project within December 2022. The observations include 29 birds, 4 mammals, and 2 insects.

Of these, there were 24 species recorded. Bald Eagle was the species observed the most (4 occasions), followed by American White Pelican and Northern Saw-whet Owl (3 occasions each).

The observations came from just 4 observers. They were @martyndrabik (25), @briarrose777 (8), @hlaub02 (1), and @mikehensley75 (1).

The top observations of the month include:
American Kestrel - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/144178817
American Red Squirrel - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/145540394
Isabella Tiger Moth - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/143999675
American White Pelican - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/143951087
Northern Saw-whet Owl - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/144735591

Thanks to all for contributing to the project!

~ Martyn

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05 December, 2022

Project Update - November 2022

We did not have any new members this month. If you know of anyone that may be interested, please direct them to our page!

During November, it seems everyone was busy, as there were very few observations.

The project increased from 6699 to 6730 observations (+31), 1631 to 1637 species (+6), and 154 to 154 observers (+0).

Our number of Research Grade observations increased from 4187 to 4241 (+54). This equates to a Research Grade percentage of 63.02% (up from 62.51%).

In total, there were 28 observations added to the project within November 2022. The observations include 12 insects, 10 birds, 1 fungi, 1 mammal, 1 arachnid, 1 reptile, and 1 plant.

Of these, there were 24 species recorded. Ring-billed Gull, American Robin, Isabella Tiger Moth, and Chinese Mantis were the only species observed on more than 1 occasion (2 occasions each).

The observations came from just 5 observers. They were @briarrose777 (11), @martyndrabik (9), @mikehensley75 (4), @jenniferc3 (2), and @murrdogg (2).

The top observations of the month include:
Shaded Fuzzy Ant (Lasius aphidicola) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/141847528
Chinese Mantis (Tenodera sinensis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/141685388
Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/141341711
Brickwork Woodlouse (Porcellio spinicornis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/140794770
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/141339650

Thanks to all for contributing to the project!

~ Martyn

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02 November, 2022

Project Update - October 2022

We had one new member join the project this month. However, this is our Erie MetroParks account, which will be used for programming. Feel free to follow this account to see what kinds of wildlife are found on our programs: @eriemetroparks. If you know of anyone that may be interested, please direct them to our page!

During October, we are knee deep into the fall/autumn weather. Most of our summer residents are gone, and the leaves have either turned color, or fully dropped from our deciduous trees.

The project increased from 6369 to 6699 observations (+330), 1587 to 1631 species (+44), and 152 to 154 observers (+2).

Our number of Research Grade observations increased from 3981 to 4187 (+206). This equates to a Research Grade percentage of 62.51% (up from 62.09%).

In total, there were 314 observations added to the project within October 2022. The observations include 82 birds, 73 insects, 65 plants, 31 fungi, 21 mammals, 13 arachnids, 9 amphibians, 6 reptiles, 6 mollusks, and 1 fish.

Of these, there were 181 species recorded. Isabella Tiger Moth was the most observed species (9 occasions), followed by White-throated Sparrow, White-tailed Deer (both 7 occasions), and Northern Cardinal (5 occasions).

The observations came from 15 observers. The top five were @briarrose777 (71), @eriemetroparks (68), @mikehensley75 (56), @martyndrabik (48), and @jenniferc3 (45).

The top observations of the month include:
Spotted Pink Ladybeetle (Coleomegilla maculata) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/137205686
Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/138250601
Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/137444661
American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/137348777
Dekay’s Brownsnake (Storeria dekayi) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/140410988

Thanks to all for contributing to the project!

~ Martyn

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03 October, 2022

Project Update - September 2022

We don’t have any new project followers! If you know of anyone that may be interested, please direct them to our page!

September marks the end of summer, and the start of fall. The amount of insects we see starts to decrease, while we see more of the fall migrants passing through.

The project increased from 6141 to 6369 observations (+228), 1551 to 1587 species (+36), and 151 to 152 observers (+2).

Our number of Research Grade observations increased from 3801 to 3981 (+180). This equates to a Research Grade percentage of 62.09% (up from 62.51%).

In total, there were 239 observations added to the project within September 2022. The observations include 153 insects, 42 plants, 13 arachnids, 8 birds, 7 fungi, 7 mammals, 3 amphibians, 3 reptiles, 1 fish, 1 mollusk, and 1 protozoan.

Of these, there were 141 species recorded. Monarch was the most observed species (8 occasions), followed by Pennsylvania Ambush Bug (7 occasions) and Western Honey Bee (6 occasions).

The observations came from 14 observers. The top five were @martyndrabik (137), crosscountrycoach (35), @briarrose777 (19), @mikehensley75 (16), and @jenniferc3 (15).

The top observations of the month include:
Eastern Boxelder Bug (Boisea trivittata) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/135500044
Locust Treehopper (Thelia bimaculata) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/135434428
Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe cribonia) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/134020652
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/136771007
Butternut Woollyworm Sawfly (Eriocampa juglandis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/135253853

Thanks to all for contributing to the project. We have a Scavenger Hunt on October 4th at Edison Woods. This is our new attempt at a mini BioBlitz, though there will be certain things to aim for to earn points. Come join us! Please register via https://eriemetroparks.org/programs/

~ Martyn

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01 September, 2022

Project Update - August 2022

Firstly, welcome to our new project follower; @abragg15! If you know of anyone else that may be interested, please direct them to our page!

August was an interesting month, as we start to see signs of the summer ending. Some trees start to change color, and some fall migrants have started to make their way southward!

The project increased from 5846 to 6141 observations (+295), 1508 to 1551 species (+43), and 150 to 151 observers (+1).

Our number of Research Grade observations increased from 3653 to 3801 (+148). This equates to a Research Grade percentage of 61.90% (down from 62.49%).

In total, there were 294 observations added to the project within August 2022. The observations include 230 insects, 39 plants, 10 birds, 8 arachnids, 4 mammals, 2 fungi, and 1 reptile.

Of these, there were 210 species recorded. Least Skipper and Red-headed Inchworm were the most observed species (5 occasions), followed by Blue Dasher and Silver-spotted Skipper (both 4 occasions).

The observations came from 16 observers. The top five were @briarrose777 (111), mikehensley75 (105), @martyndrabik (38), @calconey (14), and @phonephone (5).

The top observations of the month include:
Widow Skimmer (Libellula luctuosa) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/129237323
Monarch (Danaus plexippus) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/129364695
Male Scorpionfly (Panorpa spp.) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/130281675
Rusty Spider Wasp (Tachypompilus ferruginous) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/129237385
Poison Ivy Sawfly (Arge humeralis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/131102964

Thanks to all for contributing to the project. We have a mini BioBlitz scheduled for September 7th at Wyandot MetroPark. Please register via https://eriemetroparks.org/programs/

~ Martyn

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08 August, 2022

Project Update - July 2022

A few days late, I apologize!

Again, we didn’t have any new Project Members this month. If you know of anyone, please direct them to our page!

July was a busy month, not least because it is peak moth season, and our resident program manager / moth enthusiast spent many hours photographing and cataloguing moths. We also had a mini BioBlitz at Hoffman Forest MetroPark earlier in the month, so were able to record a bunch of different creatures!

The project increased from 5044 to 5846 observations (+802), 1420 to 1508 species (+88), and 142 to 150 observers (+8).

Our number of Research Grade observations increased from 3180 to 3653 (+473). This equates to a Research Grade percentage of 62.49% (down from 63.05%).

In total, there were 797 observations added to the project within July 2022. The observations include 732 insects, 23 plants, 14 amphibians, 9 arachnids, 4 birds, 4 mammals, 2 reptiles, 2 mollusks, 2 fungi, 1 protozoa, and 1 cyanobacteria.

Of these, there were 352 species recorded. Painted Lichen Moth was the most observed species (15 occasions), followed by Ailanthus Webworm Moth (14 occasions), Common Gluphisia Moth and American Lotus Borer Moth (both 13 occasions).

The observations came from 18 observers. The top five were @mikehensley75 (684), @martyndrabik (68), @crosscountrycoach (15), @abragg15 (6), and @htrommer (6). The tally from @mikehensley75 means he is the first person to surpass 3,000 observations within the Erie MetroParks iNaturalist Project. Indeed, the second highest has not yet even reached 1,000 observations!

The top observations of the month include:
Little Wood Satyr (Megisto cymela) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/125299754
Pearly Wood-Nymph (Eudryas unio) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/127476025
Long-tailed Giant Ichneumonid Wasp (Megarhyssa macrurus) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/127849733
Northern Mole Cricket (Neocurtilla hexadactula) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/126069748
Io Moth (Automeris io) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/125582954

Thanks to all for contributing to the project. We have no scheduled mini BioBlitz in August, though be on the lookout for a pop-up program, as we are trying to find a time/date for one at Castalia Quarry.Hopefully you can join us! Please also look out for our other upcoming programs via https://eriemetroparks.org/programs/

~ Martyn

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05 July, 2022

Project Update - June 2022

We didn’t have any new Project Members this month. If you know of anyone, please direct them to our page!

June is the month that we finally hit summer, so the insects are out, the flowers are blooming, and many birds have already had their first brood of hatchlings. Warm days also means more people in our parks, so we have lots to report!

The project increased from 4437 to 5044 observations (+607), 1335 to 1420 species (+85), and 137 to 142 observers (+5).

Our number of Research Grade observations increased from 2855 to 3180 (+325). This equates to a Research Grade percentage of 63.05% (down from 64.68%).

In total, there were 653 observations added to the project within June 2022. The observations include 542 insects, 52 plants, 16 birds, 14 arachnids, 7 reptiles, 6 amphibians, 6 mammals, 4 fungi, and 4 mollusks.

Of these, there were 334 species recorded. Isabella Tiger Moth was the most observed species (11 occasions), followed by Large Yellow Underwing (10 occasions), with and Red-headed Inchworm, Bent-lined Carpet, Oblique-banded Leafroller, and Small Baileya Moth (all 8 occasions).

The observations came from 13 observers. The top five were @mikehensley75 (513), @martyndrabik (88), @briarrose777 (14), @tylerben (9), and @militcadenee (6).

The top observations of the month include:
Sulcate Sunhead (Heliocybe sulcata) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/120152313
Musk Thistle (Cards nuts) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/120061768
Halloween Pennant (Celithemis eponina) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/121734866
Roundhead Sexton Beetle (Nicrophoris orbicollis) with mite infestation - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/120133493
Giant Leopard Moth (Hypercompe scribonia) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/122712692

Thanks to all for contributing to the project. We have one mini BioBlitz in July, which is on the 5th at Hoffman Forest MetroPark. Come join us! Please also look out for our other upcoming programs via https://eriemetroparks.org/programs/

~ Martyn

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01 June, 2022

Project Update - May 2022

We didn’t have any new Project Members this month. If you know of anyone, please direct them to our page!

May is the month of the great spring migration for many warblers and other birds. We also start seeing more dragonflies, butterflies and moths, while many of our plants start to bloom. We have also had some very warm days, which means lots of people out and about in the parks, recording observations through iNaturalist. We also had a mini BioBlitz at Edison Woods. Thanks to all that attended!

The project increased from 3881 to 4437 observations (+556), 1248 to 1335 species (+87), and 129 to 137 observers (+8).

Our number of Research Grade observations increased from 2552 to 2855 (+303). This equates to a Research Grade percentage of 64.68% (down slightly from 65.76%).

In total, there were 508 observations added to the project within May 2022. The observations include 181 insects, 148 plants, 128 birds, 21 arachnids, 8 mammals, 7 fungi, 5 mollusks, 4 amphibians, 4 reptiles, and 1 protozoa.

Of these, there were 295 species recorded. American Robin was the most observed species (10 occasions), followed by Common Blue Violet (6 occasions). Tree Swallow and Gray Catbird were both observed on 5 occasions.

The observations came from 19 observers. The top five (six) were @mikehensley75 (213), @briarrose777 (116), @martyndrabik (93), @phylomoore (27), and @wdemers (15).

The top observations of the month include:
Forest Wolf Spider (Hogna frondicola) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/117924180
Blue Dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/118212241
Eastern Whip-Poor-Will (Antrostomus vociferus) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/114626377
Eye-spotted Lady Beetle (Anatis mali) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/117994789
Hound’s Tongue (Cynoglossum officinale) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/116982346

Thanks to all for contributing to the project. We don’t have a BioBlitz in June, so our next one will be on July 5th at Hoffman Forest. Please also look out for our other upcoming programs via https://eriemetroparks.org/programs/

~ Martyn

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02 May, 2022

Project Update - April 2022

We didn’t have any new Project Members this month. If you know of anyone, please direct them to our page!

Spring is well and truly here now, even if we did have some more snow before it finally came to stay. Spring means more sun, more warmth, and of course, more opportunities to see wildlife!

Note that some historical observations were added to the project. Sometimes iNaturalist has a hiccup with capturing the GPS coordinates, meaning that an observation can be placed a mile or so away from the actual observation. Here is a URL that can look at every observation WITHIN Erie County that IS NOT in the Erie MetroParks project. Simply replace USERNAME with your iNaturalist Username. I found at least 10 records this way that needed to be corrected.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?not_in_project=erie-metroparks&place_id=2775&subview=map&user_id=USERNAME&verifiable=any

The project increased from 3583 to 3882 observations (+299), 1191 to 1248 species (+57), while the number of observers stayed at 129 (+0).

Our number of Research Grade observations increased from 2307 to 2552 (+245). This equates to a Research Grade percentage of 65.74% (up from 64.39%).

In total, there were 293 observations added to the project within April 2022. The observations include 147 birds, 44 plants, 36 insects, 17 mammals, 12 amphibians, 7 fungi, 6 arachnids, 5 mollusks, 5 reptiles, and 1 fish.

Of these, there were 160 species recorded. American Robin was recorded the most (10 occasions), with Bald Eagle and Red-winged Blackbird both observed on 9 occasions. Spring Peeper, White-tailed Deer, and Great Egret were all observed on 8 occasions.

The observations came from 6 observers. The top five (six) were @briarrose777 (114), @martyndrabik (80), @mikehensley75 (78), @jenniferc3 (19), @llsparks (1), @pdwight553 (1).

The top observations of the month include:
Calico Crayfish (Faxonius immunis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/110682028
Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/110695209
Great Egret (Ardea alba) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/110697649
Picnic Beetle (Glischrochilus fasciatus) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/112607986
Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/111273783

Thanks to all for contributing to the project. We will post another update next month. We do have a BioBlitz scheduled for May. It is scheduled for May 29th at Edison Woods. Come join us! Please also look out for our other upcoming programs via https://eriemetroparks.org/programs/

~ Martyn

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