Day 2 of European BioBlitz!

It's been a great Day 2 of the European BioBlitz 2021

You may or may not have known but the observations you have made on the 24th and 25th of September have gone towards the world’s first ever 48-hour continental BioBlitz! So far as of 5pm we have 28,128 Observations, 4,720 Species, 970 Identifiers, and 6,032 Observers.

We just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has taken part so far and to keep up the fantastic work!!

We would love to know what you think and get your feedback to help us tell our funders why we should be doing this again next year! Please complete this short feedback form to help us with future projects:

We have had lots going on over the past couple of days including live interviews which have been recorded, you can find them here:

Live Interview with Maike Brinksma

Live Interview with Eva Perrin

Live Interview with Buffy Smith

Live Interview with Stephanie Seargant

Live Interview with Chris Talkin

And quizzes which you can find in the highlights sections of our Instagram account (@ern_intersections).

If you see this message before midnight, please adventure outside to snap those last few photos before the clock runs out!

A massive thank you again to everyone who has been involved - your hard work will help shape conservation efforts, support scientific research developments and land management.

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 16:34 käyttäjältä festofnature festofnature | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Fall 2021 Nature Walk (ALP)

On Wednesday, September 22, we went on our Nature Walk to Oakland Lake near our campus. We saw a singing unicyclist, a crawfish, geese, turtles, and swans. We even saw some early signs of autumn.

For this assignment, I'm taking you outside of our Blackboard discussion board to the iNaturalist app so you can share your observations and photographs with your classmates. We will go on three Nature Walks, all of which lead up to an essay you will write later on in the semester. We are starting to gather evidence for that project now.

Please respond to this prompt with:

One observation about Oakland lake as an urban greenspace. Use sensory details to describe what you saw. If you took a picture and identified with the iNaturalist app, use the scientific name of your observation.
Upload a picture if you have one.
NOTE: If you are not using your QCC email, please make sure to include your first name and last name initial in your post (ex: Marie J.).

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 15:58 käyttäjältä proflago proflago | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Blue Buttons

Blue buttons are making an appearance in Florida this week! Blue buttons are jelly-relatives, and have two main parts: the float, which is the round structure in the middle (the button), and the tentacles radiating out the side, which are usually bright blue! Although Blue Buttons resemble jellyfish with their tentacles, they can’t swim like jellyfish and instead float on the surface, using their tentacles for prey capture. Some of their favorite foods include small shrimp and other crustaceans, and they are often preyed upon by sea slugs and floating snails.

As always, it has been great seeing what everyone is finding! We would love to chat with our iNaturalist members during our first virtual meeting on October 3rd at 2:00 pm EST (11 am PST, 8 am HAST, 7 pm BST) anyone is welcome to join, just message us for the link!

Thanks for sharing your finds!

-Ari Puentes

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 15:45 käyttäjältä goseascience goseascience | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Fall 2021 Nature Walk (FN)

On Monday, September 27, we went on our Nature Walk to Oakland Lake near our campus. We saw a singing unicyclist, a crawfish, geese, turtles, and swans. We even saw some early signs of autumn.

For this assignment, I'm taking you outside of our Blackboard discussion board to the iNaturalist app so you can share your observations and photographs with your classmates. We will go on three Nature Walks, all of which lead up to an essay you will write later on in the semester. We are starting to gather evidence for that project now.

Please respond to this prompt with:

  1. One observation about Oakland lake as an urban greenspace. Use sensory details to describe what you saw. If you took a picture and identified with the iNaturalist app, use the scientific name of your observation.
  2. Upload a picture if you have one.

NOTE: If you are not using your QCC email, please make sure to include your first name and last name initial in your post (ex: Marie J.).

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 15:44 käyttäjältä proflago proflago | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Расширение проекта

В структуру проекта Биота Самарской области добавлен портал Biota of Samara Oblast: needs ID backlog ( Желающих предлагаю подписаться на новый портал.

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 15:33 käyttäjältä vladimirtravkin vladimirtravkin | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Well done everyone!

Thanks to everyone who turned up and gave the Seek and iNaturalist apps a go, and to everyone who volunteered their time to support us in finding things in the field and in identifications. It was a really fun two days and great to meet everyone.

I see that many records are now being commented on by the wider iNaturalist community - with some being upgraded to "research grade". So do keep an eye on your accounts and do see if you can work with the iNaturalist community to maximise the value of your records.

At the moment I can see 162 observations, of 101 species, from 23 observers. A helpful person at iNaturalist has pointed out 3 other accounts to me that were busy logging from Treborth, but who had not joined the project. I have messaged them and am hoping there is a way they can join their records to the BioBlitz project. If they can they will increase our totals. I could manually compare their species listst to the project list, but that'd be quite a lot of work, the automatic proejct reporting tools in iNaturalist are one of the great benefits.

Have a great weekend,
Dr Alison Cameron

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 10:38 käyttäjältä bgyaca bgyaca | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Elementary Guide for Mushroom Photography

Deutsche Übersetzung / German translation

Many observations here only show the top view of mushrooms and some oberservers than might wonder why they never get identifications. The reason is that the top view belongs to the rasther uninteresting aspects of mushrooms, the bottom side of the cap is much more exciting.

© lpsedillo
This picture could stand not only for different species but even for completely different mushroom families.

Only the bottom view of the cap reveils the truth::

© lpsedillo
This is a hedgehog mushroom, with fine spikes on the bottom side of the cap.

© kalomu
And this is a golden chanterelle, with thick gills on the bottom side of the cap.

Remember - viewed from top both mushrooms nealy look identically.

Here are some very elementary rules:

  • Take several pictures so that at least the top and bottom of the cap and the stem are visible.
  • At least one image should show the mushroom in its natural environment (not exclusively in the frying pan).
  • Photograph several copies if possible.
  • For many types of mushrooms, a photo with a vertical cut through the fruiting body is helpful, or at least a photo of a crack if there is no knife available.

@kalomu, @lpsedillo Thank you for sharing your photos.

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 10:35 käyttäjältä wormsy wormsy | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Like-size dog vs donkey: exemplifying differences in pace of life

(writing in progress)

How similar in body size can the smallest-bodied breeds of the donkey ( and be to the largest-bodied breeds of the domestic dog?( and and and

(see and and and

And how much do these convergent pets, one derived from large ancestors and the other derived from small ancestors, converge in their pace of life?

By pace of life, I mean the rate at which the animal uses resources physiologically, as reflected by its metabolism, growth, reproduction, and senescence.

Body mass is one of the most important descriptors of any organism. This is partly because, other factors being equal, the smaller the body the faster its pace of life.

A donkey of about 90kg (which would weigh perhaps 15 kg less were its bulky intestines empty) has a far slower pace of life than a dog of about 60 kg, despite the similarity in body sizes.

This is because it is in the nature of equids to metabolise, grow, and reproduce more slowly than do canids. And because the selective feeding of particularly large or small breeds affects the species-specific physiological processes relatively little.

The body temperature of the donkey is only about 36.6 degrees Celsius, whereas that of the dog is about 38.7 degrees Celsius. This difference of two degrees - which applies even in miniatures of the donkey and giants of the dog - makes a great difference to the rate at which the cells use energy and oxygen, consume food, produce wastes, and wear out.

Partly because its rate of metabolism is so much more rapid than that of the donkey, the dog can be expected to become senile by ten years old (, whereas the donkey becomes senile only by 30 years. This is a three-fold difference.

The gestation periods are also extremely different. That of the donkey is about one year, whereas that of the dog is only about two months ( and

Litter sizes are about tenfold different. The donkey bears only one at a time, whereas large-bodied breeds of dog bear on average about ten. The maximum, recorded for a Neapolitan mastiff, is 24 (,according%20to%20AKC%20registration%20data), compared with only a maximum of two in the donkey.

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 08:51 käyttäjältä milewski milewski | 1 kommentti | Jätä kommentti

Elementare Pilzfotografie-Basics

English translation

Viele Beobachtungen hier zeigen einen Pilz nur in der Aufsicht, und die Beobachter wundern sich dann vielleicht warum sie nie eine Bestimmung erhalten. Der Grund dafür ist, dass ausgerechnet die Aufsicht zu den uninteressantesten Aspekten von Pilzen gehört. Viel spannender ist die Unterseite des Hutes.

Ein Beispiel:
© lpsedillo
Diese Bild kann nicht nur für viele verschiedene Pilzarten, sondern sogar für völlig unterschiedliche Pilzfamilien stehen.

Erst die Unterseite bringt die Wahrheit an den Tag:

© lpsedillo
Hier handelt es sich um einen Semmelstoppelpilz, mit feinen Stacheln auf der Hutunterseite.

© kalomu
Und hier handelt es sich um einen Pfifferling, mit Leisten auf der Hutunterseite.

Wohlbemerkt - von oben betrachtet sehen beide Pilze praktisch gleich aus.

Hier ein paar sehr elementare Regeln:

  • Mehrere Aufnahmen machen, sodass zumindest die Hutober- und unterseite sowie der Stiel sichtbar sind.
  • Zumindest eine Aufnahme sollte den Pilz in seiner natürlichen Umgebung zeigen (also nicht ausschließlich in der Bratpfanne).
  • Möglichst mehrere Exemplare fotografieren.
  • Bei vielen Pilzarten ist eine Aufnahme mit einem vertikalen Schnitt durch den Fruchtkörper hilfreich oder zumindest ein Foto von einem Anbruch, falls kein Messer vorhanden.

@kalomu, @lpsedillo Thank you for sharing your photos.

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 08:11 käyttäjältä wormsy wormsy | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Moth Night is back

Moth Night is back
This year as part of the Great Southern Bioblitz Saturday night is Moth Night, set up your fancy gear or just leave the backl ight on and observe and upload to all the moths you find and help the #GSB2021 reveal the amazing #biodiversity of the southern hemisphere. learn more 👇👇👇👇
join the project here
🇪🇸 Moth Night está de vuelta
Este año, como parte del Great Southern Bioblitz, el sábado por la noche es la noche de la polilla, configure su elegante equipo o simplemente deje la luz de fondo encendida y observe y cargue en todas las polillas que encuentre y ayude a la # GSB2021 a revelar la increíble #biodiversidad de el hemisferio sur
🇧🇷 Este ano, como parte do Great Southern Bioblitz, sábado à noite é Moth Night, configure seu equipamento sofisticado ou apenas deixe a luz de fundo acesa e observe e envie para todas as mariposas que você encontrar e ajude o #GSB2021 a revelar a incrível #biodiversidade de o hemisfério sul

@natthaphat @vicfazio3 @dustaway @erikamitchell @tdavenport @felipecampos @dawicho @ignacio-de-la-torre @eerikaschulz @diegoalmendras @wild_wind @ecoman @davidclarance @petersteward @elliotgreiner @rafnuss @oudejans

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 08:10 käyttäjältä stephen169 stephen169 | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Fish Egg Sacs / larva

Is there a way of identifying fish from the egg sac or larva? I have found all sorts of colours & shapes washed up on the beaches around Western Port Bay. I've never noticed these before.

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 05:24 käyttäjältä mskimh mskimh | 2 havaintoa | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Useful Websites to assist with naming marine flora and fauna from WesternPort

Some useful websites for identifying items on the shores of Western Port, Victoria, Australia

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 05:21 käyttäjältä mskimh mskimh | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Moth Night 2021 -A Great Southern Bioblitz Project

As part of the Great Southern Bioblitz, let's make October 23rd moth night around the Southern Hemisphere. Moths are totally underrated animals! On the 23rd of October as part of the Great Southern Bioblitz we are exploring this biodiverse group. Hundreds of different species can be attracted and observed in your backyard. They are masters of camouflage and can look almost exactly like objects in nature such as leaves, bark or even dried sap!
You can also join in in the north, if you like
Observe what you can and upload your pictures onto iNaturalist!
Note you need to be a member to contribute to the project, But all observations in GSB areas will go to the respective projects.

@andrewhodgson @anne875 @bewi1dered @bonniemills @botswanabugs @clairecottage @claudiarose @cobaltducks @dgobbett @dianneclarke @dlync @donna391 @econiko @frogmouth07 @gmgoods @hhodgson @ibairdi @larissabrazsousa @mathourston @matilda_c @maxhr54 @moth101 @navin_sasikumar @owen65 @paradisaea @rogitama @sallott @slang1888 @snippy @twan3253

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 05:17 käyttäjältä stephen169 stephen169 | 5 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Calling all Mycologists!

We have seen an uptick in mushroom observations this year in the Flora of Chugach State Park project! This is most excellent! Are there any mycologists out there who would be willing to provide some identifications of mushroom observations? If so, we need your help!

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 04:25 käyttäjältä aaronfwells aaronfwells | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Resighting of an obscure acoelomorph flatworm in Taputeranga Marine Reserve

On September 24 Jean Roger (@jeanro) photographed a tiny, bright orange flatworm at the Sirens ( I mistook it for the tiny, similarly coloured dorid nudibranch Vayssierea cinnabarea but after a couple of iterations Geoff Read (@readgb) identified it as the poorly known acoel Polychoerus gordoni Achatz, Hooge, Wallberg, Jondelius & Tyler, 2009 ( Jean’s observation prompted Geoff to post his original observation of the species from the Sirens ( He collected the then undescribed species during the 2007 pre-marine reserve Bioblitz. The circularity of these observations is a very good example of the value of citizen science in documenting biodiversity through both the bioblitz concept and the power of iNat to connect naturalists, wildlife photographers, students and other scientists with taxonomists.

More than 480 species have now been recorded from the marine reserve.

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 03:30 käyttäjältä clinton clinton | 1 kommentti | Jätä kommentti


I found this rabbit during my 45 minute walk around campus. It is a rabbit.

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 02:33 käyttäjältä jackkramer723 jackkramer723 | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

LPS webinar link, timing and date.

Dear Lorikeet Spotters,

Thank you to everyone who made an observation this week and to our new members.

There will be a webinar on 7 October to 6:30-7:30pm Sydney time and 5:30-6:30pm Queensland time to brief you on the importance of this study and to provide you with an update on our findings so far. This will also provide you with a chance to ask questions about the study or the process. All are welcome.

The link to the webinar is :

We look forward to seeing you there.

David, Lauren, and Maya

Lähetetty 25. syyskuuta 2021 00:57 käyttäjältä david4262 david4262 | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

A Sight of Megabats

September 24, 2021.
I was at Parramatta Park with my family when I noticed an unusual but pretty sight. A very large abundance of megabats hanging off multiple trees, I first saw them as we drove through the one-way road across the park. I've seen the same species many times, typically at night when bats are active, but never in such great abundance and in the daylight.

While my parents prepared the barbeque, I took some time to simply just look at the bats in absolute awe. Although some might be intimidated or frightened in close proximity to such large animals, I didn't feel such, though that might be because of my prior knowledge of flying fox bats being herbivores. To me, these bats are both cool to look at and also really adorable.

Really awesome, but another awesome sight when night came in the evening. Looking up at the dark sky, I saw this brilliant sight of bats. Bats and more bats flying overhead, leaving the trees and going out to their regular nightly activities. Unfortunately due to the nature of smartphone cameras, I was unable to photograph or video the sight of the flying-foxes leaving the park. It was really beautiful.

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 23:13 käyttäjältä johncroissant johncroissant | 2 havaintoa | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Myathropa of the World

So a tangent to a conversation on this observation inspired me to do the following! Why not?

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 23:09 käyttäjältä matthewvosper matthewvosper | 4 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Study of Common Fleabanes in Austin Metropolitan Area: Genus Erigeron

[1] Daisy Fleabane (E strigosis) vs [2] Philadelphia Fleabane (E philadelphicus) vs [3] Plains Fleabane (E modestus)

-Section Quercifolium
-E. strigosis
-Section Phalacroloma
-E. philadelphicus

-E. modestus

Lady Bird Wildflower Center Info:

Bloom time:

  1. April-May
  2. March-June
  3. February-October


  1. N/A
  2. Rich thickets, fields, and open woods
  3. Dry, open, calcareous uplands, Rocky uplands in West, Central and North Central Texas west to New Mexico and Arizona. Well-drained gravel, limestone.

Flora of North America Info:

1: 30-70cm
2: 4-80cm
3: 8-40cm


  1. Erect or ascending
  2. Erect
  3. Ascending to spreading (often multiple from bases; of previous year often persistent)

Leaves, basal:

  1. a. Spatulate (tapered at base, wider at the end) to broadly or narrowly oblanceolate (lance-shaped, but the point at the base) to linear, 30-150mm
    b. Persistent through flowering (usually)

  2. a. Oblanceolate to obovate (Oval, wider at the end), 30–110mm
    b. Persistent or withering by flowering

  3. a. Spatulate to oblanceolate, 20–50mm
    b. Withering by late flowering

Leaves, cauline:

  1. a. Gradually reduced distally ( thinner further out from attachment area, like the leaf)
    b. Margins entire or shallowly to deeply serrate or crenate

  2. a. Oblong-oblanceolate to lanceolate, Gradually reduced distally. (bases clasping to auriculate-clasping (earlike clasping?))
    b. Margins shallowly crenate to coarsely serrate or pinnately lobed

  3. a. Same as basal, Spatulate to oblanceolate
    b. Margins entire or with 1–2(–3) pairs of teeth

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 21:41 käyttäjältä arnanthescout arnanthescout | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

September 24, 2021

One of our group members found the Branta canadensis (Canada Goose) on Wednesday September 22, 2021. We found it in Mountain Home ID, around 4 PM while it was slightly cloudy. The elevation was 3, 147' and many other Branta canadensis were present.

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 20:47 käyttäjältä eyesonthesky eyesonthesky | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Scavenger Hunt Prize Packages

Most Species Observed
• FIP t-shirt
• Stickers
• Green Swamp Tour
• Rite-in-the-rain notebooks
• Metal straw
• Dry bag
• Rain gauge
Most Total Observations
• FIP t-shirt
• Stickers
• Holly Shelter Tour
• Rite-in-the-rain notebooks
• Metal straw
• Drybag
• Rain gauge
Participation prize raffle (Must complete four scavenger hunt categories to be entered)
• FIP t-shirt
• Stickers
• Rite in the rain notebooks
• Metal straw
• Dry bag
• Rain gauge

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 20:39 käyttäjältä cape_fear cape_fear | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Grueling backcountry trail crew job open at the LPFA

I used to be on the trail crew, but now I have an in town job. I loved the trail job because I got to get out to the Los Padres National Forest all week Monday through Friday. The job is great for physically fit backpackers who can carry food and gear for 4 nights, 5 days, and also 2 hand tools plus extra stuff. In Wilderness we brush with hand tools, but in non-wilderness gas powered hedgers, and chain saws are used. As always, the McCloud is used to work the tread. So if living in the forest with no cell reception, with your trail crew family, maybe getting poison oak, ticks, etc., and hiking and working hard all day sounds fun, contact the Los Padres Forest Association. Throw your name into the hard hat -

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 20:28 käyttäjältä leafybye leafybye | 1 kommentti | Jätä kommentti


Lilyturf are also known as big blue lilyturf, lilyturf, border grass, and monkey grass. They are generally used as a ground cover. It looks a little dry right now, but it stays green all year round. I took a picture of it because I thought its purple flowers looked pretty.

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 20:27 käyttäjältä clarisse_ebeh clarisse_ebeh | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Daily Observations 9/24/2021

Temperature: 73 degrees

Cloud Cover: Sunny

Humidity: 27%

Wind Speed: 7 mph

Coordinates: 43. 1253 -115.7030

Elevation: 953m

Observation: Unfortunely, we didn't see an single bird in the sky.

Time of Day: 2:24 pm

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 20:24 käyttäjältä avesphotography avesphotography | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

National Mushroom Month - September 2021

Fungi break down dead material, facilitate nutrient uptake & help trees communicate via vast mycorrhizal networks. Alaska Forest Health tracks fungal plant pathogens & their impacts. Learn more at:

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 20:02 käyttäjältä awenninger awenninger | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Acer Saccharium

The species of my observation I’m choosing to do my journal entry on is Acer Saccharium. Its kingdom is Plantae, the phylum is Tracheophyta, class is Magnoliopsida, the order is Sapindales, family is Aceraceae, the genus is Acer and its species is Acer Saccharium. All 132 species of maples except for one area in the northern hemisphere and they all except for one have the distinct palmate leaf structure. Acer Saccharium (sugar maples) is the main source of maple syrup!

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 19:36 käyttäjältä jeremynaimer jeremynaimer | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

New species added to Portugal's checklist

Less than a week after the last addition, here's another new entry: the elusive Corambe testudinaria.

Although I had been previously recorded in Spain, in Galicia and in Western Andalusia, and was expected to occur in Portugal there were still no published records to confirm its presence. The small size and remarkable camouflage make it particularly difficult to spot so it's likely to have been missed up until now.

Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 19:29 käyttäjältä jpsilva jpsilva | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti

Remember to Add Life Stage Annotations!

I'm so excited to see the insects that you're finding! If you have made an observation, but it is not being pulled into our class project page, here are some reasons why this might be happening:

1) You did not add life stage annotations: only those insects that have a life stage annotation (i.e. adult, nymph, larvae, egg) will be pulled into our class project page.

2) You observed a non-insect: only insects will be automatically pulled into our class project page.

3) You are uploading an observation that occurred before the fall term started: only observations that occur within the fall term will be pulled into our class project page.

Hope this helps resolve any issues you might be having. Please reach out to me if I can be of any help!


Lähetetty 24. syyskuuta 2021 19:22 käyttäjältä gail61 gail61 | 0 kommenttia | Jätä kommentti