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Newt Survey 12/13 - North half

Coverage: North half of Alma Bridge Road, from the parking lot to the stop sign.
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 am
Rainfall: 0.0 so far today - forecast is for more this afternoon. 7.21" MTD, 10.06" YTD via Weather Cat
Vehicles: 4 trucks and 12 cars, including 2 insane speeders (Blue Tesla and Brown Maclaren)
Other: one bicyclist, one jogger
Live Newts: 0
Dead Newts: 278, about 10% fresh
Other species: (1) Sharp-tailed Snake, (2) Western Toads, 1) Tarantula sp., (1) millipede sp., (1) Jerusalem Cricket, (2) mouse sp., 1) mole sp.

Posted on December 13, 2019 21:46 by anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 13 comments | Leave a comment

Townsend’s Warbler

After looking for one over the last couple of months, I finally successfully found and photographed one. I saw two different ones last year, but did not photograph either at the time.

Posted on December 13, 2019 21:08 by chrisleearm chrisleearm | 1 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Россия vs. Великобритания на iNaturalist.org: ничего себе!

Дорогие друзья!

Недавно мы обошли Италию по общему числу наблюдений всех видов живых организмов в iNaturalist (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flora-of-russia/journal/29320-inaturalist-org). И даже отметили это на общем форуме (https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/italy-vs-russia-on-inaturalist-org/8517/10).

Казалось бы, до седьмого места, где сейчас Великобритания, как до луны - больше 100 тысяч наблюдений. Но всё же...

Вчера вечером я записал на листочек цифры - наши и британские. Сегодня сделал то же самое. И вот что получилось:

Великобритания - 529 693
Россия - 419 617

Великобритания - 529 996
Россия - 420 979

В общем, вчера вечером разрыв был 110 тысяч, а сегодня - уже 109 тысяч!

Кажется, нам осталось всего 109 дней до седьмого места? Если, конечно, Шотландия не объявит о независимости раньше этого. Или наши архивы не закончатся окончательно посреди зимы. Время покажет.

Пока же решаем насущные ботанические задачи: вместе с ЮАР пытаемся догнать Мексику (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flora-of-russia/journal/29349-vs-inaturalist-org) в GBIF-зачете. Присоединяйтесь!

Posted on December 13, 2019 19:43 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment

It's December!

So my mothing is obviously slowing down a bit, and I'm still working on going through pictures. I've taken a bit of a pause at the 2015 folder, and am working on moving all of my current research grade sightings over to BAMONA at the request of a friend. So far I've added 17 species to my local regional checklist!
Had a couple of moths at the end of November. I figure that will be the last for the season, but who knows!!!
Hoping to go birding this month a couple of times. Hopefully it won't be TOO freezing cold!
Had a couple of moths at the end of November. I figure that will be the last for the season, but who knows!!!

Posted on December 13, 2019 18:56 by dreadhorn dreadhorn | 2 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Yuba Watershed Institute Fungal Foray 2019

Click here to take you to the 2019 Foray information.

Posted on December 13, 2019 18:50 by annhobbs annhobbs | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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The first observations in central europe

First observation in Switzerland: Tessin 2012 (Westrich).
First observation in Germany: Langenargen/Lake Constance 2015 (Westrich).
First observations in Austria: In West Austria/Hörbrans and Schrunz 2019.
In East Austria/Vienna 2017.
Germany 2019: More than 6 confirmed new observations in Bavaria and Baden Würtemberg.
In the Regions: Allgäu, Upper Danube and Karlsruhe (Westrich).




Posted on December 13, 2019 16:45 by frank007 frank007 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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newt survey 12/08 - northern half

(posted for @joescience1)
December 8, 2019 (Sunday)

Coverage: North half of Alma Bridge Road, from the parking lot to the stop sign @ one way road section.
Time: 3:30 - 5:15 am
Rainfall: 0.0 during walk, had rained earlier in day.
Vehicles: 0 trucks and approximately 8 cars, including 1 insane speeders (Blue Porsche Macan with teen driver)
Other: approx 12 bicyclists, 8 hikers
Live Newts: 0
Dead Newts: 77, about 10% fresh

Posted on December 13, 2019 15:00 by truthseqr truthseqr | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Video: An octopus attacked a bald eagle and almost killed it.

A team of salmon farmers are feeling pretty proud after they were able to rescue a bald eagle from an octopus off the northwest tip of Canada’s Vancouver Island.

The group was returning to their float house when they heard screeching and splashing sounds last Monday, according to salmon farmer John Ilett.


Posted on December 13, 2019 13:45 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

List of naturalised plants of Nelson Region compiled and available on request

I have compiled a List of the naturalised plants of Nelson Region which is available on request. It currently includes 666 species but is being regularly added to.
I have yet to work out how to make it generally available.
I have found it difficult to sort the natives from the naturalised plants automatically and have ended up doing that by hand.

Posted on December 13, 2019 05:19 by chrise chrise | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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South/Aldercroft side - 12/12/2019

Today I walked the South side, from the stop sign to Aldercroft, 12:37pm - 2:28pm. Relatively dry conditions, temperature around 70F, low clouds rolling over the hills nearby, partly cloudy on the road.

63 dead newts. No other dead species seen. No live newts or other critters seen. 10 Santa Clara County Roads trucks working clearing brush, 15 other vehicles, 9 bikes.

Weather from http://www.weathercat.net/wxraindetail.php: 0.07 inches rainfall the previous day, 0.11 inches total today.

Posted on December 13, 2019 04:52 by newtpatrol newtpatrol | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Первый месяц Сибирской зимы

Ровно месяц со старта проекта "Сибирская зима 2019-2020" - 1.667 наблюдений уже загружено! Сделаем подарок для iNat к НГ, увеличив до 2.500?

Posted on December 13, 2019 03:43 by alexeiebel alexeiebel | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Coastal Commission approves 8 toad pools and habitat restoration at Crystal Cove State Park.

When it came time Thursday to approve development of eight pools to provide seasonal homes for toads, the California Coastal Commission hopped to it.


Posted on December 13, 2019 01:26 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Lawsuit Launched to Protect Endangered California Foxes, Other Wildlife From Super-Toxic Rat Poisons.

OAKLAND, Calif.— The Center for Biological Diversity submitted a formal notice of intent today to sue California pesticide regulators for failing to protect endangered San Joaquin kit foxes, California condors and 11 other endangered species from “super-toxic” rat poisons.


Posted on December 13, 2019 01:18 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Mountain Lion Captured In Simi Valley.

Authorities captured a mountain lion Thursday in Simi Valley, where residents and pet owners have been on edge from multiple sightings over the past two weeks.


Posted on December 13, 2019 01:13 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Seven Things to Know About California Bear Activity Right Now

Original source: https://www.google.com/amp/s/cdfgnews.wordpress.com/2019/06/07/seven-things-to-know-about-california-bear-activity-right-now/amp/

Reports of wayward black bears are keeping the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (CDFW) biologists, wildlife officers and other public safety personnel busy across the state this month. Numerous bears have recently been spotted in urban areas, occasionally requiring human intervention to return them back to wild habitat.

Below are some of the most common questions CDFW has received from the public and members of the media regarding these incidents.

(1) Has there been an increase in the number of bears entering residential areas?

There is a definite uptick in bear activity, which occurs every year around this time, all across the state. In most instances, we’re witnessing the dispersal of young male black bears. Young bears typically spend about two years with their mother, after which the mother chases off her young male offspring in the spring to fend for themselves. The behavior itself is not unusual for the time of year.

Nature provides these youngsters with the best chance of survival as they are turned out on their own at a time of year when food and water resources on the landscape are the most available and plentiful.

Black bears typically prefer remote, mountainous areas far away from people. Still, these young, dispersing male bears are learning to survive on their own for the first time and are out seeking new territory to call their own. They sometimes take a wrong turn or end up somewhere they are not supposed to be – in a residential neighborhood or in the middle of town, for instance – at which point CDFW and emergency responders will help return these animals to wild habitat if they can’t make it out on their own.

(2) The bear removed from a tree in downtown Napa last week was an adult weighing more than 200 pounds. What was that bear doing?

California’s black bears of all ages are waking up hungry from their winter downtime and are out actively searching for food. Adult bears may also be out searching for mates. There is more bear activity across the state this time of year and sometimes the adults end up in the wrong place, too.

The Napa bear stuck up a tree in the middle of the city was there because it was where it felt safest after being scared by its surroundings. The bear might have waited out the day and left undetected at night on its own except that it had been spotted and a large crowd had gathered under the tree. Fortunately, CDFW with help from the local fire department was able to tranquilize the bear, safely remove it from the tree, provide a quick health check, and release it to wild habitat once the tranquilizer drugs had worn off.

Even when bears are spotted in populated and residential communities, the bears will typically and happily find their way back to wild habitat on their own without any kind of assistance. Only when a bear becomes stuck in a situation where it can’t escape or is in danger of harming itself or others will CDFW typically intervene to remove the bear and safely return it to wild habitat.

(3) I saw on the news reports about bears in Vacaville and Rohnert Park. Are there really bears in the San Francisco Bay Area?

There are hundreds of thousands of acres of wild habitat in nearby Lake, Solano, Colusa, Sonoma and Napa counties where bears are present. The Knoxville Wildlife Area in Napa County, the lands around Lake Berryessa and the Cache Creek area provide wild habitat for bears and other wildlife. These rugged areas, however, are not that far from population centers in the greater Bay Area where dispersing and foraging bears could accidentally end up.

In some unfortunate cases throughout the state, black bears are being struck and hit by vehicles on the roadways. Drivers need to be particularly alert this time of year as wildlife of all kinds – bears, bobcats, deer, coyotes, foxes, among them – are on the move, out and about, and more active and visible than usual.

(4) Are these bears a public safety threat or a threat to my pets?

Black bears very rarely pose any kind of public safety threat and are not often a threat to domestic dogs and cats. For the most part, they do their very best to stay as far away from people as possible.

(5) What kind of bears are these?

California is home only to one species of bear – the black bear. Black bears, however, come in a variety of colors, including black, brown, blond and cinnamon.

(6) How can I help the bears?

Bears have a highly specialized sense of smell. The public can help bears stay out of human settlements and stick to their natural diet by properly disposing of leftover food and garbage and securing other attractants such as pet food so these dispersing bears don’t become acclimated to urban environments. CDFW’s Keep Me Wild: Black Bear webpage offers a number of other useful tips to keep the bears wild and safe.

(7) Who should I call to report a bear?

A black bear spotted while out hiking, camping or recreating in wild habitat is not necessarily a cause for alarm. Bears spotted in residential, suburban or urban areas should be reported to the nearest CDFW regional office during normal business hours. After-hours or weekend sightings should be reported first to local police or sheriff officers, who often can respond and secure a scene quickly and then contact CDFW as needed. In any kind of emergency situation, please call 911.

Posted on December 12, 2019 22:40 by jessicawest jessicawest | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Report your penguin or tracks sighting anytime!

We're keen to know where evidence of blue penguins exists within the West Coast region. Please use iNaturalist and this project to record a location and note whether you've seen a live (or dead) penguin, or tracks. This information helps us improve our conservation work - so a big thank you!

Posted on December 12, 2019 20:13 by ingerp ingerp | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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iNaturalist Turkish translation complete!

iNat staff tell us that the website and mobile apps are now entirely translated into Turkish. Please tell all your friends!

Web sitesi ve iNaturalist uygulaması artık Türkçe olarak mevcut.
Lütfen tüm arkadaşlarına söyle!

Posted on December 12, 2019 17:06 by lera lera | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Спасибо пользователям, поставившим своим наблюдениям свободные лицензии!

На 12.12.2019 потери данных при экспорте в GBIF из-за несвободных лицензий составляют 20,7%. Две недели назад было 21,2% (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flora-of-russia/journal/29335-vs-inaturalist-org).

Всего в проекте "Флора России" 218 403 наблюдений от 3793 человек. Под несвободными лицензиями остаётся 45 227 наблюдений 2243 пользователей.

О том, почему это важно и зачем это нужно, написано тут: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/flora-of-russia/journal/29349-vs-inaturalist-org

Posted on December 12, 2019 12:23 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Vítáme kolegy

Do projektu se připojili kolegové (a kolegyně) z letošního kurzu Komplexní péče. Těšíme se na vaše příspěvky. Optimálně by měly zahrnovat fotografie:
- stromů (listy, borka, plody ... cokolo podle čeho je potřebujete identifikovat)
- hmyzu
- hub
- lišejníků
... a čehokoli dalšího živého, co najdete na stromech, v nich a v jejich okolí.
Nezapomeňte úspěšně identifikované organismy důležité pro sledování z pohledu plánu péče konkrétních stromů následně sdílet na oborovém portále www.stromypodkontrolou.cz.

Stromům zdar :)

Posted on December 12, 2019 05:24 by jarekarborist jarekarborist | 1 comments | Leave a comment
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Ringtail v. Raccoon

One of the animals not yet documented in Sugarloaf Ridge St Pk is a ringtail. Since most of the posting on iNat of ringtalils are either scat or flatterned individuals, would you have any comments on how to differentiate ringtail from racoon scat , esp since they are related and have similar food preferences/.

Posted on December 12, 2019 03:15 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 3 comments | Leave a comment
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What's Behind the Decline of the West Coast's Herring?

Scientists believe global warming may explain why populations have collapsed. That suggests looming troubles for marine species that rely on the tiny fish.


Posted on December 11, 2019 22:55 by biohexx1 biohexx1 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Today, American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) Webinar

Hi mosquito catchers,

We have garnered national attention at conferences and as a result, I was invited to give an online webinar featuring the Mosquitoes in Hawai`i project.

I covered the project focusing in on how mosquito vector professionals can use iNaturalist to collaborate with their communities and scale expertise with the social and machine learning aspects of the platform.

So let's welcome any new participants collecting mosquito observations anywhere as they make new records and to help with IDs!

Thanks to your hard work!

All the best,


Posted on December 11, 2019 22:51 by cydno cydno | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Обновлён рисунок обложки

Автор: Roman Poulvas (лицензия CC BY-SA 4.0). Источник: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50991207

Posted on December 11, 2019 19:57 by apseregin apseregin | 6 comments | Leave a comment
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Обновлена фотография обложки

Автор фото С. М. Прокудин-Горский ("Вид на Суздаль по р. Каменке"), 1912 г. Источник: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/prokc.21441/?co=prok

Posted on December 11, 2019 19:21 by apseregin apseregin | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Caprimulgiformes Osteology Reference Master List

Posted on December 11, 2019 18:04 by lizardking lizardking | 0 comments | Leave a comment

Perching Birds Osteology Reference Master List

All have prominent manubrial spine on sternum
Jamaican Crow: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/366a4bbb1-ded7-481a-a08b-dbb9ee913e4f
Sternum: http://www.veterinarypaper.com/pdf/2019/vol4issue2/PartA/4-2-13-708.pdf
Corvus corax:

White wagtail

American Robin:

Wren, Robin, Accentor, Redstart:

Helmeted manakin:
Buff-winged cinclodes:
African broadbill:

Lark, Pipit, Wagtails:

Purple Martin, Amerian Crow, Brown Thrasher, American Robin, Western Meadowlark, Cardinal:

Posted on December 11, 2019 17:40 by lizardking lizardking | 1 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment