Erie MetroParks's Journal

September 01, 2021

Project Update - September 2021

Firstly, welcome to our new project followers; @briarrose777, @llsparks, and @mjwarman!

The project has increased from 2360 to 2761 observations (+401), 885 to 970 species (+85), and 105 to 108 observers (+3). This was assisted by our first iNaturalist BioBlitz program. We will be having regular BioBlitzes, using the different MetroPark locations. Look out for a different BioBlitz program each month. We mentioned last month how we noticed that some park observations were not counting due to boundary boxes and accuracies. We have now found a way to filter out all of your observations for Erie County that are NOT included in the Erie MetroParks iNaturalist Project. To do this, use the following URL and change the username to your own. Then look at the map and see if any observations SHOULD be included. You can then edit the locations/accuracies of those observations. I noticed that some geolocations randomly appeared in the wrong place, so needed a quick fix.

Example URL: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?not_in_project=erie-metroparks&place_id=2775&subview=map&user_id=martyndrabik&verifiable=any (change ‘martyndrabik’ to your username.

In total, there were 395 observations added to the project within August 2021. The observations include 228 insects, 127 plants, 14 fungi, 9 birds, 6 arachnids, 6 mammals, 1 amphibian, and 1 mollusk.

Of these, there were 270 species recorded. The most observed species was the Monarch on 7 occasions. Monarch is second on 6 occasions, and Dense Blazing Star is third on 5 occasions.

The 395 observations came from 13 different observers. Our top 5 observers for the month were @mikehensley75 (158), @briarrose777 (109), @martyndrabik (48), @crosscountrycoach (19), and @llsparks (19).

The top observations of the month include:
Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/90408888
Chinese Mantis (Tenodera sinensis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/91276540
Milkweed Tussock Moth (Euchaetes egle) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/91280050
Goldenrod Crab Spider (Misumena vatia) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/92400921
Pennsylvania Ambush Bug (Phymata pennsylvanica) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/92371216

Thanks to all for contributing to the project. We will post another update next month. Please also look out for our upcoming programs via https://eriemetroparks.org/programs/

Our next BioBlitz program is at Castalia Quarry MetroPark on September 8th, starting at 5 p.m.

~ Martyn

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August 02, 2021

Project Update - August 2021

Firstly, welcome to our new project followers; @carolr, @karen_zimmerman, @morgandh, and @phylomoore. Erie MetroParks employees @spiritualgreen (Digital Media & Information Technology Coordinator) and @tkauffman (Natural Resource Manager) have also joined the project.

When we opened the project last month, we had an initial 1794 observations representing 747 species from 97 observers. This increased to 2360 observations (+566) to the end of July, representing 885 species (+138) from 105 observers (+8). Many of these were from the last month (see below), but some represent slight changes in the project settings. We found out that some of our park observations were not counting due to their boundary boxes and accuracies. Erie MetroParks Naturalists Mike and Martyn went through some of their older observations and increased the accuracies to ensure observations were appropriately included in the project. It might be worth checking some of your observations to ensure they too are included, especially if they are near a park boundary.

We also found that observations with hidden coordinates (e.g. threatened or protected species) were not automatically included. Users have to manually allow projects to view these by trusting the project. To do this, select 'Your Membership' on the project page, then select 'Yes, for any of my observations'. This is important to allow us to view the threatened and protected species that have been found within the parks.

In total, there were 554 observations for July 2021. The observations include 425 insects, 71 plants, 14 fungi, 12 arachnids, 8 amphibians, 7 birds, 6 gastropods, 5 mammals, and 2 reptiles.

Of these, there were 325 species recorded. The joint most observed species were the Gem Moth, Confused Eusarca Moth, and Common Gluphisia Moth. Each of these were observed on 7 occasions.

The 554 observations came from 13 different observers. Our top 5 observers for the month were @mikehensley75, @martyndrabik, @phylomoore, @crosscountrycoach, and @morgandh.

The top observations of the month include:
Red-fringed Emerald (Nemoria bistriaria) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/86414870
Pustulated Carrion Beetle (Nicrophorus pustulatus) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/87244238
Holarctic Treefrog (Hyla spp) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/88858394
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/87538577
Brown-belted Bumble Bee (Bombus griseocollis) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/87536182
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus) - https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/89179918

Thanks to all for contributing to the project. A journal entry such as above will be posted every month. Please also look out for our upcoming programs via https://eriemetroparks.org/programs/

~ Martyn

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July 01, 2021

Erie MetroParks iNaturalist Project

Welcome to Erie MetroPark's iNaturalist Project, which helps document all observations within the Erie MetroParks. Please join the project, or simply submit observations within the parks to help make this project grow. We will use this journal to regularly post updates about the project, and provide interesting statistics and observations.

We have set this project up for several reasons:

  • to document all species that can be found within the parks.
  • to allow us give advice and make suggestions about how to identify certain species.
  • to identify the presence of protected/threatened species, as well as any invasive species.

The project Admins are the three Naturalists employed by Erie MetroParks. Feel free to message them, or tag them on observations (note: to tag someone, type @ followed by their username).

We begin the project with 1047 observations for 484 species between the three Naturalists prior to opening the project to all users. After that, we increased our project to a massive 1794 observations and 747 species from 97 observers.

Thank you to everyone that has already contributed to the project simply by posting observations within the parks.

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