Great Southern Bioblitz 2023 southern Africa umbrella's Journal

December 21, 2023

GSB 2023: international infographic

*as per the post on social media https://www.facebook.com/GSBioblitz/

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GSB 2023 contributing to Invasive Species

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GSB 2023 contributing to Threatened Species

While we understand that a proportion of observations are not of good photo quality to ascertain identification to species level, with time those keen on surveys can only improve their photography skills. We encourage our identifiers to share tips and tricks for their respective taxon groups as well as produce videos and crib notes that we share via our YouTube channel.

Our participation in GSB annually brings much fun being in nature, while feeding foundational biodiversity data to our national datasets, especially that of endemic, threatened, and protected species.
More importantly, GSB data is being analyzed by local government agencies responsible for managing and reporting on biodiversity at the municipal scale.

The South African Red List Plants and Animals Project produced 518 Threatened species
442 Plant species
32 Bird species
16 Mammal species
6 Reptile species
5 Amphibian species
6 Ray finned fish species

Arachnid species are much more difficult to ID to species level from photographs thus will take some time for the experts to provide a list of genera observed.

Note that these are records as per the South African Red List Plants and Animals Project which does not have all taxonomic groups listed.

Posted on December 21, 2023 10:12 AM by suvarna suvarna | 1 comment | Leave a comment

December 19, 2023

GSB 2023: Top Contributors - Identifications

Huge appreciation to all 1,591 identifiers who contributed a whopping 166,349 identifications.
Southern Africa has made progress in identifying the observations made during the GSB with 48% of observations identified over the 2-week ID period.

Please continue to assist with ids - 48,454 observations are still in need of ID.

A special note of thanks to those identifiers who made over 1000 identifications:

  1. @peakaytea 9,624
  2. @traianbertau 8,119
  3. @alanhorstmann 5,534
  4. @lotteryd 5,223
  5. @tonyrebelo 4,098
  6. @suncana 2,394
  7. @galpinmd 1,886
  8. @moxcalvitiumtorgos 1,525
  9. @barry_lang 1,525
  10. @carasylvia 1,438
  11. @sedgesrock 1,437
  12. @kyle_campbell1 1,399
  13. @graham_g 1,344
  14. @dianastuder 1,253
  15. @cmerry 1,225
  16. @lwnrngr 1,118
  17. @adele84 1,082
  18. @troos 1,012
  19. @linkie 1,010
Posted on December 19, 2023 07:36 AM by suvarna suvarna | 0 comments | Leave a comment

GSB 2023: Top Contributors - Species observed

iNaturalist tallies the number of observations made as well as the number of species contributed by each observer. Unless further duplicate observations are made, the number of observations will remain static, and the number of species will continue to increase as more observations are identified.
Though the number of species is dependent on the identifiers, some individuals take on the challenge of observing a wide variety of species, instead of making observations of every organism seen (which will have duplicate observations of species).

A total of 10,011 species were recorded during the GSB 2023. Well done to these participants who made the Top 20 list of the number of species contributed during the event:

  1. @linkie 600
  2. @craigpeter 537
  3. @adele84 509
  4. @magrietb 480
  5. @tonyrebelo 449
  6. @janmomsen 423
  7. @suzette35 398
  8. @sharndrecoutriers 379
  9. @odettecurtis 361
  10. @kyle_campbell1 350
  11. @cmerry 345
  12. @dewald2 342
  13. @lindalakeside 340
  14. @muhammad_a 338
  15. @suncana 336
  16. @hafeez_sonday 335
  17. @grantforbes 335
  18. @moira_fitzpatrick 322
  19. @graham_g 318
  20. @izithunzi 316
Posted on December 19, 2023 07:34 AM by suvarna suvarna | 0 comments | Leave a comment

GSB 2023: Top Contributors - Observations

While we appreciate every observer who contributed to the 102,069 observations made, we would like to give special thanks to those individuals who contributed over 500 observations during this year's GSB.

  1. @tonyrebelo 2,889
  2. @craigpeter 2,782
  3. @odzala-rm 1,557
  4. @magrietb 1,361
  5. @adele84 1,251
  6. @janmomsen 1,241
  7. @moira_fitzpatrick 1,230
  8. @suzette35 1,184
  9. @linkie 1,165
  10. @luyanda78 1,116
  11. @kyle_campbell1 929
  12. @suncana 869
  13. @sharndrecoutriers 827
  14. @hafeez_sonday 777
  15. @botswanabugs 759
  16. @odettecurtis 751
  17. @ssmith2107 723
  18. @muhammad_a 683
  19. @sepia25 664 244
  20. @wildkidsacademy 656
  21. @dewald2 646
  22. @lindelani_gama 595
  23. @henrydelange 591
  24. @vic_brink 588
  25. @suvarna 587
  26. @grantforbes 585
  27. @hhodgson 582
  28. @izithunzi 580
  29. @cecileroux 568
  30. @nicky 524
  31. @richardandwin 506
Posted on December 19, 2023 07:15 AM by suvarna suvarna | 4 comments | Leave a comment

December 18, 2023

GSB 2023: southern Africa

A hearty congratulations to all who have participated:

  • the 1609 observers,
  • the 1591 identifiers,
  • the coordinators and the organizers in each of the 38 places (towns, municipalities, districts, provinces countries),
  • the intrepid adventurers who went to exciting places, especially for the 1st time,
  • the dedicated identifiers who stayed at home spending hours identifying observations as they came in and throughout the 2-week ID period.

We appreciate everyone who contributed to a successful GSB 2023 - from those who organized bioblitzes, outings, events, diving, climbing, walking, and crawling to those who helped with IDs.

Well done to those who participated for the 1st time - Congo, Zambezi Region (Nambia), Greater Nyae Nyae Conservancy (Namibia), Nkangala (South Africa), Makana & Ndlambe (South Africa).

We hope that everybody enjoyed the event.


Pondoland team observing Protea simplex @mondempinge | eThekwini's kwaCele community participating in GSB Day 4 @suvarna

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GSB2023 Final Results

Note that the figures and positions on the GSB project are ongoing and reflect the current status and not the situation at the end of the challenge. These will continue to change with time.

The collective results as of 14 December are:
Observations: 231,040
Species: 26,062+, including more than 1317 rare/endangered/threatened species
Observers: 66,394
Most-observed species: Western Honey Bee (Apis mellifera)
Favourite species: King Protea (Protea cynaroides) observed by @susan828 in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Congratulations to our “Top” cities:

Observations:

  1. Overstrand. South Africa: 14,808
  2. Cape Town, South Africa: 13,112
  3. eThekwini, South Africa: 12,0691
  4. Pondoland region, South Africa: 8,498
  5. Coffs Harbour Region, Australia: 8,259

Species:

  1. Cape Town, South Africa: 2,080
  2. Overstrand. South Africa: 1,973
  3. Coffs Harbour Region, Australia: 1,965
  4. eThekwini, South Africa: 1,916
  5. Overberg, South Africa: 1,552

Observers:

  1. Greater Sydney, Australia: 379
  2. Cape Town, South Africa: 330
  3. Tasmania, Australia: 225
  4. Brisbane, Australia: 214
  5. Greater Adelaide, Australia:199

Posted on December 18, 2023 10:24 AM by suvarna suvarna | 0 comments | Leave a comment

December 12, 2023

Species Tallies Not Agreeing.

You might have noticed that your species counts are not agreeing on different views. For instance:

I will take @magrietb [she asked!, and has only worked in Overstrand] for the GSB2023 as an example as at 13h00 on 12 Dec.

  • On the observer Tab of the Umbrella: 472 spp (here)
  • On the observer Tab of the Overstrand Project: 472 spp (here)
  • On the observer summary of the Overstrand Project: 472 spp (here)
  • if you click on the number 472 of this page: 472 spp (here)

So these are all the same. But if you look at the species seen by Magriet over the 4 days: you will see that she has seen 516 species (here). So where did these extras come from? (or :: what happened to her other species that they are not being totalled?)

This is because "species" means lots of different things in iNaturalist, even on similar pages.

  • Species can literally mean 'species' - only those observations at species rank will count
  • Species can also mean leaves: the finest ID made - so that if a beetle is only identified to Tribe, and there are no other observations in that tribe, then it counts as one "leaf" and is added to the "species" total

You can see these here:
basically this is the explore filter for @magriet for the competition but with some differences:
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?project_id=173747&place_id=any&verifiable=any&user_id=660508&view=species
If we add

  • &rank=any - then we get 516 species (=leaves at species level or above)
  • &rank=species - then we get 472 species (=leaves at species only)

Note that we cannot tally below species: any subspecies and varieties cannot be reported on: for instance
subspecies :: 19 species
varieties :: 8 species
But note that these are the species summaries: we dont know if she observed only one of each species, or two (or even several) subspecies: only the species tally is shown.

So the difference between 516 and 472 can be found from filtering:

Two things to note: (1) some of these (36 observations) have finer identifications in the taxon, so these wont count as they are not leaves; & (2) the IDs displayed in the summaries are Classes to Subsections (of Genera) - no Species are displayed.

This view gives us the clue to remembering and figuring out what iNaturalist is using when tallying the numbers:

  • if our list only contains species - then it is a species list
  • if your list contains species and higher taxa - then it is a leaf list.
  • and iNat will never display varieties and subspecies: the finest iNat displays is the species. which is a right royal pain when so many of our subspecies are of crucial conservation status!!
Posted on December 12, 2023 12:03 PM by tonyrebelo tonyrebelo | 4 comments | Leave a comment

December 08, 2023

LEADERBOARD regarding identifications

Cities from those with the most IDs to the least.
Please visit the city on the Overview page to help out with IDs
To help with IDs of taxonomic groups, please see: https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/87357-progress-with-taxonomic-groups

75 % Botswana South

65 % Nkangala
64 % Makana & Ndlambe, the Albany CoE
60 % Garden Route
60 % KZN South Coast

58 % Lowveld
55 % Cape Town
55 % Greater nyae nyae conservancy
54 % Joburg
50 % Overstrand

48 % Stellenbosch
48 % Nelson Mandela Bay
48 % Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment
46 % Overberg
46 % KZN Midlands
41 % impopo
40 % Zambia
40 % Eswatini
40 % Northern Botswana

39 % eThekwini
35 % Weskus
34 % Buffalo City
32 % Zimbabwe
32 % Tshwane

23 % Zambezi Region
22 % Bloemfontein
21 % Rwanda

18 % Mauritius
17 % : Odzala-Kokoua NP
16 % Botswana Central
16 % Gaborone & SE
15 % Kenya
12 % Nairobi
11 % Umzimvubu
11 % Malawi
10 % Pondoland region

7 % Potchefstroom

Posted on December 08, 2023 10:43 AM by tonyrebelo tonyrebelo | 4 comments | Leave a comment

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