San Mateo County Bio-Blitz's Journal

Journal archives for April 2020

06 April, 2020

Exciting Event while under the SIP order!! Thursday April 9 online meeting with DAMON TIGHE!

Dear Naturalist Community -

While we are observing social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, that doesn’t mean we can’t be a community still! The Board of Sequoia Audubon Society has decided to experiment with an online meeting this month, at our usual time of Thursday. We will start ‘gathering’ online at 6:30, with the regular announcements to begin at 7:00 pm.

This is an exciting innovation, and so it is appropriate that our guest speaker is @damontighe , one of the founders and core members of the California Center for Natural History, a collective of naturalists in the Bay Area who organize events to create communities of culturally and experientially diverse naturalists in our area. Check out their work here: .

Topic: Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting
Time: Apr 9, 2020 6:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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It is advised to download the Zoom app prior to the meeting. Signing in early (at 6:30) will enable us to trouble-shoot technical difficulties with you. Not as much fun as our usual snacks, but we are all living and learning as we go along!

LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR TIME TOGETHER! Please spread the news widely - we are not limited in seating as we are in a physical meeting!


Posted on 06 April, 2020 17:49 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 4 comments | Leave a comment

17 April, 2020

300,000 - don't stop now!

So yesterday this project passed 300,000 observations in San Mateo County! This is amazing data coverage - and with the current shelter-in-place order keeping people at and close to home, we are filling in gaps in neighborhoods, pocket parks, and industrial zones. Nature is everywhere, and all organisms are worthy of being recorded. Keep at it, Naturalists!

Posted on 17 April, 2020 16:09 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 1 comment | Leave a comment

27 April, 2020

Needed Bird Species for the City Nature Challenge: Get 'Em TODAY!

Dear San Mateo County Birders -

Today (Monday) is the last day of the City Nature Challenge. There are a number of missing bird species which, if we were not under the Shelter-in-Place order, would be fairly easy for one or two people to find. But now we are thrown onto our individual five-mile radius limitations (it is as if we've leveled up in a game!), so it is trickier.

Here are the missing birds (in a semi-taxonomic order; I've not yet memorized the latest AOU order):

Northern Pintail
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Wood Duck
Pacific Loon
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Wandering Tattler
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonaparte’s Gull
Elegant Tern
Pigeon Guillemot
Cassin’s Auklet
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Rock Wren
American Pipit
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Black-throated Gray Warbler

A few birds not likely in San Mateo county, but possible in Santa Clara - (Black-chinned Hummingbird; Phainopepla; Bell’s Sparrow; Blue Grosbeak)

Posted on 27 April, 2020 16:04 by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 7 comments | Leave a comment