Fort DuPont Park needs more iNaturalist love

Fort DuPont is the second-largest wooded park in DC (Rock Creek Park is biggest). It has some great habitat, but it’s not on most people’s radar. There weren’t any BioBlitz activities there (it’s part of National Capital Parks East which had activities in both Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens and Piscataway Park), so I thought it could use a little post-BioBlitz iNaturalist love. I’ve only been there once before and didn’t make it very far. There were just a handful of iNaturalist observations from the park (@ahay, @athryn, and @steveramanand), so @reallifeecology (Jonathan Carpenter) and I met up on Friday to help remedy that!

Noteworthy observations:
-3 kinds of slime mold.
-Several kinds of moss with sporophytes.
-Mountain laurel in bloom.
-Recently fallen hemlock. It was the only one we saw and it was unclear why it fell. We suspected a possible lightning strike, but even that seems strange.
-Massive white oak. @reallifeecology got a photo with me in it for scale.
-The tick my husband pulled off later that night.

For anyone interested in adding more to the NPS Servicewide 2016 BioBlitz project (and therefore moving up on the leaderboard), this is NPS land! Come make some observations! You can easily see where we explored (link to map) so I encourage others in the area to check out other parts of the park as well!

Posted on May 31, 2016 05:58 AM by carrieseltzer carrieseltzer

Observations

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Blue-eyed Grasses (Genus Sisyrinchium)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 02:42 PM EDT

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Pinwheels and Parachute Mushrooms (Genus Marasmius)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 29, 2016 12:12 PM CDT

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White Mulberry (Morus alba)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 02:26 PM ADT

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Eastern Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

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carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 02:26 PM ADT

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Observer

carrieseltzer

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May 27, 2016 02:40 PM ADT

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Japanese Barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

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carrieseltzer

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May 27, 2016 02:36 PM ADT

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Haircap Mosses (Genus Polytrichum)

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carrieseltzer

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May 27, 2016 02:50 PM ADT

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Joint-toothed Mosses (Class Bryopsida)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 02:46 PM ADT

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Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 02:53 PM ADT

Description

Blooming

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Mantises (Order Mantodea)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 02:54 PM ADT

Description

ootheca.

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Dog Vomit Slime Mold (Fuligo septica)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 02:58 PM ADT

Description

Earlier stage bright yellow. Saw an older, browner one later: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/3345871

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Forkmosses (Genus Dicranum)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:02 PM ADT

Description

Lots of sporophytes present. Looks like hair!

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Waxcaps (Genus Hygrocybe)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:03 PM ADT

Description

I think @reallifeecology remembers this one.

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Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:04 PM ADT

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Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:06 PM ADT

Description

Came out of the oyster mushrooms.

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Shelf Fungi (Order Polyporales)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:08 PM ADT

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Oriental Bittersweet (Celastrus orbiculatus)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:18 PM ADT

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Japanese Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:19 PM ADT

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:21 PM ADT

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Rushes and Allies (Family Juncaceae)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:26 PM ADT

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Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:30 PM ADT

Description

Empty cocoon with caterpillar exoskeleton inside.

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Oaks (Genus Quercus)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:34 PM ADT

Description

Massive white oak. @reallifeecology got a photo with me next to it for scale.

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Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:36 PM ADT

Description

Second photo is close up with easy macro lens.

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Joint-toothed Mosses (Class Bryopsida)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:39 PM ADT

Description

Teeny tiny sporophytes. Final shot shows the whole patch. Everything else with easy macro.

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Eastern Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:42 PM ADT

Description

Possibly the largest poison ivy vine that I've ever seen (in width)

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Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:43 PM ADT

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Crab Spiders (Family Thomisidae)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:48 PM ADT

Description

In a Kalmia latifolia flower.

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Mountain Laurel (Kalmia latifolia)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:52 PM ADT

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Joint-toothed Mosses (Class Bryopsida)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:52 PM ADT

Description

With tiny sporophytes!

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Woodsy Thyme-Moss (Plagiomnium cuspidatum)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 03:54 PM ADT

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Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:00 PM ADT

Description

With sporophytes.

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Joint-toothed Mosses (Class Bryopsida)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:02 PM ADT

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Pixie Cup and Reindeer Lichens (Genus Cladonia)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:03 PM ADT

Description

Growing amidst mosses.

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Joint-toothed Mosses (Class Bryopsida)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:04 PM ADT

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Wolf's Milk (Lycogala epidendrum)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:05 PM ADT

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Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:06 PM ADT

Description

Empty pupa. Now inhabited by teeny tiny ants.

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Molesta-group Thief Ants (Complex Solenopsis molesta)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:07 PM ADT

Description

Teeny tiny (2 mm?) ants living in an empty pupa. Photographed with Easy Macro lens.

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Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:10 PM ADT

Description

I think?

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Eastern Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron radicans)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:10 PM ADT

Description

The poison ivy grew up a tree stump and created this interesting tree-like form.

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Eastern Hemlock (Tsuga canadensis)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:15 PM ADT

Description

This tree had recently fallen but it wasn't clear why. It broke off fairly high up. Sad since it was the only hemlock in sight.

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Dog Vomit Slime Mold (Fuligo septica)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:21 PM ADT

Description

Huge one!

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Horned Passalus Beetle (Odontotaenius disjunctus)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:22 PM ADT

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Mites and Ticks (Subclass Acari)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 04:23 PM ADT

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Bont Ticks (Genus Amblyomma)

Observer

carrieseltzer

Date

May 27, 2016 09:49 PM EDT

Description

Picked this up at Fort Dupont :-(

Comments

So cool, anxious to get there myself!

Posted by maryeford about 8 years ago

Cool, Carrie! Love filling in gaps in the iNat maps... :-)

Posted by jtuttle about 8 years ago

Glad to see people taking up the cause! :D

Posted by athryn about 8 years ago

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