Journal archives for November 2013

03 November, 2013

Vote for October Photo-observation of the Month!

The theme for October was autumn colors. With all the brilliant foliage shots submitted, we just couldn't pick five so here's a little twist. Everyone gets to pick their favorite TWO photos! As always, if you are reading this and are a registered iNaturalist observer, you can vote by replying to this post with the number of the photo-observation you like best. We ask the winner to make the selections for the next month's vote.


Posted on 03 November, 2013 21:21 by kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 13 comments | Leave a comment

15 November, 2013

October Photo-observation Winner

The theme for October was autumn colors. With so many great photo-observations, voters were able to choose two winners. The most popular photo-observations by vote were a Staghorn Sumac leaf ( and a vibrantly colored Sugar Maple ( Both of these were by Sue Elliot. It is "stick season", but there is still a lot of biodiversity beauty to be found. Get your photo-observations submitted for the November contest!

Posted on 15 November, 2013 15:03 by kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 3 comments | Leave a comment

24 November, 2013

ID Please!

We've all probably used the "ID Please" check box. When you add an observation, it is right next to the "What did you see" entry box. It's a great feature that allows us to get help from the amazing group of naturalists on iNaturalist Vermont. Recently, I have noticed that sometimes many of us also forget to remove ID Please after we get a few good identifications. A search of the database reveals 1,216 observations with ID Please indicated. Check it out at It is important that we do this so that folks that use the search tool to find observations that need an identification are not bogged down. Do you have some observations that could have the ID Please box turned off now? Go to your observations on your dashboard and use search to find them. I have over 100 to go through and correct! Cue the red face....

Posted on 24 November, 2013 22:42 by kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 6 comments | Leave a comment

30 November, 2013

Wingless Winter Moths

November at dusk with the temperature barely breaking 40 degrees I could see my breath. Yet, all around me moths fluttered through the woods. They were one of two species in the genus Operophtera, visually drab, but physically magical. Whether these were the native Bruce Spanworm (O. bruceata) or the introduced Winter Moth (O. brumata), devilishly hard to identify, I couldn't discern. Either way, both of these small, cold weather moths are thermo-conformers. Incredibly, they can fly with air and body temperature ranging from just 27 up to a balmy 77 degrees.

Read more about this amazing moth:

Check out a map for Bruce Spanworm observations this year:

Posted on 30 November, 2013 14:26 by kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 0 comments | Leave a comment