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Wildflower Flag Mosaic

Well, well, well. Happy Sunday everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing Holiday weekend. Whether you’re relaxing and preparing for the work week or cleaning up from all the festivities, we hope you are all doing well and remembering to stay safe and diligent about your health!

Here at CVNP, we've been so inspired by everyone's amazing contributions to this project. So, we decided to make a Wildflower Flag Mosaic for Independence Day. On Saturday, we posted the photo to our Facebook page:

Here is a link to the post so you can go check it out:
https://www.facebook.com/CuyahogaValleyNationalPark/photos/a.298706516884971/3336807099741549/

In the post, you will find a link that directs you to an NPS Photo Gallery that showcases all the lovely photos that helped make the mosaic. Well. . .not all of them actually!

This Flag Mosaic was a lovely amalgamation of archived photos from our volunteers and photos from you, our iNatters! Here are all of the iNaturalist observation photos that helped make this flag mosaic possible:

Photo credits:

Dale Knox: Dame’s Rocket
Fred Losi: Cardinal flower, Indian paintbrush, Mock strawberry, and Red trillium
Christine Krol: Aliske Clover and Red Columbine
Keith Schilstra: Dropping trillium (x3)
Jeffb987: Sweet William
Mallory Klein: Orange hawkweed

Thanks everyone! We appreciate all the hard work you are all doing to contribute to this project. Keep those observations coming!

Posted on July 05, 2020 21:56 by mklein1216 mklein1216 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Identifying Velvetworms

From ordinary photographs it appears that it is easiest to just use distribution for ID.
We really do need photographic features that are useful.
Summary to Date (June 2020)

Opisthopatus

Opisthopatus cinctipes Common Velvetworm - widespread

Opisthopatus amaxhosa Xhosa Velvetworm
Opisthopatus drakensbergi High Drakensberg Velvetworm
Opisthopatus highveldi Highveld Velvetworm
Opisthopatus kwazululandi Coastal Velvetworm
Opisthopatus roseus Pink Velvetworm
Opisthopatus swatii Swati Velvetworm

Peripatopsis

Peripatopsis balfouri Southern Blue Velvetworm - Widespread (Cape Peninsula to Hott Holl)
Peripatopsis lawrencei Ruens Velvetworm - Widespread (Peninsula to Riviersondernd & Ruens)

Peripatopsis alba Cave Velvetworm - Cape Peninsula
Peripatopsis capensis Peninsula Velvetworm - Cape Peninsula
Peripatopsis leonina Lions Head Velvetworm - Lions Head (extinct)
Peripatopsis stelliporata Table Mountain Velvetworm - Cape Peninsula

Peripatopsis cederbergiensis Cedarberg Velvetworm - Cedarberg

Peripatopsis sp 1 - Groot Winterhoek

Peripatopsis purpureus Hawequas Velvetworm - Hex to Hawekwas to Hott Holl

Peripatopsis bolandi Boland Velvetworm - Hott Holl

Peripatopsis overbergiensis Overberg Velvetworm - Langeberg & Potberg

Peripatopsis clavigera Knysna Velvetworm - Garden Route - George to Plett
Peripatopsis sedgwicki Tsitsikamma Velvetworm - Knysna to PE

Peripatopsis hamerae Kamala Velvetworm - Eastern Cape
Peripatopsis storchi Katberg Velvetworm - Eastern Cape
Peripatopsis janni Amathole Velvetworm - Eastern Cape
Peripatopsis moseleyi Eastern Velvetworm - widespread: Eastern Cape

Peripatopsis birgeri Curry Velvetworm - KZN

Posted on July 05, 2020 20:38 by tonyrebelo tonyrebelo | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Note to Parents, Teachers, and Youth Leaders

We are excited to offer this new project, Tricities Young Naturalists, to inspire the curiosity of local young people about the world of nature outside their doors. The project is based on iNaturalist, a web-based initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.

iNaturalist is a citizen science program which allows members to submit their photos of natural creatures or plants for identification by experts and map locations of sightings. It is an excellent tool for group members of Tricities Young Naturalists to get excited about identifying their nature sightings and sharing them with other like-minded youth.

We would like to eventually host physical group meetings and outings but for now, with coronavirus and social distancing, we will encourage independent nature study with group interaction on-line. We will also try to announce any nature activities that are taking place at local parks and such.

We encourage you as parents, teachers, and youth leaders to spread the word among young people ages 5-18 that we are starting this group and are open to new members. Membership is free. As always, any participation in on-line activities by children should be supervised by an adult.

Larry McDaniel, Administrator
larrycmcd@hotmail.com
(423) 773-9234

Cade Campbell, Manager
crittercade@gmail.com
(423) 358-3611

Posted on July 05, 2020 20:21 by larrymcdaniel larrymcdaniel | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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FAQ

your questions here.

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Faith Alliance for Climate Change blog August 2019

It’s a beautiful day in northern Virginia. I’ve just come in from the yard and in a few hours, I’ll be getting ready to travel to gaze into the eyes of a newborn grandson. New life and new beginnings. What am I doing to help sustain this planet that he will grow up in? As a naturalist, gardener and Creation Care leader, I could go in so many directions. I’ve chosen gardening with native plants and wildlife habitat—to do it, promote it, and most of all to love it. It’s the perfect prescription for our planet, our families and our psyche.

The Global Catholic Climate Covenant has chosen ‘The Web of Life: Biodiversity as God’s blessing’ for the theme of this year’s Season of Creation, September 1-October 4. The theme was chosen to help us meditate on two essential facts about creation: it comes from God, and we play a part in it. Among other goals, we are to learn more about the wildlife and ecology of our communities, teach our communities about God’s web of life, practice nature conservation in our homes, schools, churchyards and community spaces and give voice to the voiceless by advocating for nature in our home communities and beyond.

Biodiversity is indeed one of the topics that Pope Francis addresses in his encyclical, Laudato Si. He says, “We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and the destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behavior…Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence … We have no such right.” A recent National Science Foundation report on loss of pollinator biodiversity stated that, “The average person can help. By filling their gardens with diverse, native plant species and limiting pesticides, anyone can create more pollinator-friendly spaces and help keep their local pollinator community diverse, healthy, and beautiful.
So what are native plants? These are species that have coevolved with the native insects, birds and other wildlife and are uniquely adapted for survival in the local climate and soil. They can generally survive without pesticides, fertilizers or outside watering once established. We can’t afford the lawn monoculture that covers so much of our suburban landscape. It does not support nature’s essential food webs and ecosystems. We must recreate nature around our homes, churches, and other spaces.
Perhaps you or members of your church community have some experience with gardening and are ready to start planting on church property! Bravo! There are many resources to assist you in planning and in some cases, with grants. Consult Earth Sangha, Plant NoVA Natives, Audubon at Home, and the National Wildlife Federation to name just a few. If you want to gain experience before tackling a more public area, start at home with your own family and space, no matter the size. It is a wonderful opportunity to involve your children, who have an innate curiosity about the life around them—this is your opportunity to instill wonder in God’s wild creation, rather than fear.

Your efforts to care for creation through gardening can expand as time and energy permits. Removing invasive plants, reducing lawn, composting, eliminating use of fertilizers and pesticides, managing storm water on site, and harvesting rain in rain barrels are some additional steps that enhance the positive impact of native plant gardening. Applying for and achieving certifications for your home or church property from Audubon, NWF, MonarchWatch and others is personally satisfying, but more importantly, your certificate or yard sign provide a conversation starter with neighbors and church members about what you are doing and why it is important. The Saint Kateri Habitat certification program encourages individuals and parishes to restore their spaces in a way that praises God and fosters a greater connection between people and nature.

Fall is an ideal season to get started. Native plant sales abound; the ground is cooler and more moist. But if you need more time, winter is a great time for reflection, research and planning until spring calls you outside to enjoy and protect God’s Creation. Just don’t wait too long to make a difference.

Kim Young, Creation Care Ministry, Nativity Catholic Church, Burke, VA

Posted on July 05, 2020 19:37 by kim704 kim704 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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St Kateri Habitat

The Saint Kateri Conservation Center is a Catholic land trust and online nature center that promotes Catholic faith, integral ecology, and life. We envision a faithful, loving home on Earth for all people and the whole of God’s creation. We were founded in 2000 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2012
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha is the patron saint of Native Americans and First Nations Peoples, integral ecology, and the environment. Born in 1656, Saint Kateri is an eyewitness to the land before much of it would later be damaged or destroyed.
The Saint Kateri Habitat Program engages Catholics and others to restore yards, gardens, farms, forests, rivers, and wetlands as healthy habitats for people and wildlife. With a focus on God and Catholic faith, the Habitat Program supports sacred spaces for people to directly engage in the care of God’s creation, at home and where we work. Our Parish Pollinators initiative supports parishes in establishing habitats for bees, butterflies, and other life-supporting pollinators (and people!). Saint Kateri Habitats build faith, provide food, reduce climate change, protect land and water, and restore our relationships with God, people, and nature.

Posted on July 05, 2020 19:32 by kim704 kim704 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Begin

Een goed begin is het halve werk!

Posted on July 05, 2020 18:52 by agroservicios agroservicios | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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500 observations

It is a special day! We completed 500 species at ASR. 500th species was Snowberry Clearwing
(Hemaris diffinis), a wasp/bee mimicking moth. Additionally, we got a Mississippi Kite in the property- a life bird for me. Mississippi kites are a rare sight in Virginia, but their breeding range is expanding north.
In deed, it was a great day of exploration.

Posted on July 05, 2020 18:28 by sujan040 sujan040 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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"Птицы Новгородской области" во "Вконтакте"

Здесь публикуется информация об интересных птицах, встреченных в Новгородской области.
https://vk.com/club163319592

Posted on July 05, 2020 18:06 by nat_zouieva nat_zouieva | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Another video - Photos

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Территориальное исследование

В Самарскую область входят 27 муниципальных районов. На 05.07.2020 в 2 из них нет ни одного наблюдения с исследовательским уровнем. Это Пестравский и Хворостянский районы.

Posted on July 05, 2020 17:22 by vladimirtravkin vladimirtravkin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Проекту 1 год

Проекту 1 год. На данный момент в проекте зафиксировано (увеличение за месяц):
Наблюдений 8887 (1936).
Видов 1194 (136).
Экспертов 797 (93).
Наблюдателей 187 (46).

Самые активные участники (число наблюдений) (увеличение за месяц) :
1. @divitre 3382 (436).
2. @vladimirtravkin 1278 (62).
3. @ludmila-17 548 (214).
4. @svetlana_koveshnikova 380 (8).
5. @ruzovdmitry 235 (0).

Самые активные участники (число видов) (увеличение за месяц):
1. @divitre 572 (31).
2. @vladimirtravkin 363 (13).
3. @ludmila-17 319 (58).
4. @svetlana_koveshnikova 159 (1).
5. @vadimladanov 158 (новый активный участник)

Самые активные эксперты:
1. @convallaria1128 1852
2. @phlomis_2019 1112
3. @julia_shner 821
4. @vadim_prokhorov 621
5. @apseregin 596

Количество наблюдений (видов):
1. Растения 7093 (700).
3. Насекомые 657 (220).
2. Птицы 645 (137).
4. Грибы, в том числе лишайники 352 (75).
9. Рептилии 71 (8).
5. Млекопитающие 41 (14).
6. Паукообразные 23 (15).
7. Лучепёрые рыбы 14 (11).
8. Моллюски 14 (10).
10. Земноводные 6 (4).
11. Другие животные 1 (1).
12. Хромисты 0 (0).
13. Простейшие 0 (0).

Количество видов (наблюдений):
1. Растения 700 (7093).
2. Насекомые 220 (657).
3. Птицы 137 (645).
4. Грибы, в том числе лишайники 75 (352).
5. Паукообразные 15 (23).
6. Млекопитающие 14 (41).
7. Лучепёрые рыбы 11 (14).
8. Моллюски 10 (14).
9. Рептилии 8 (71).
10. Земноводные 4 (6).
11. Другие животные 1 (1).
12. Хромисты 0 (0).
13. Простейшие 0 (0).

Posted on July 05, 2020 17:15 by vladimirtravkin vladimirtravkin | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Clave para las familias y géneros de serpientes en Colombia

[ESPAÑOL]

Esta clave es una adaptación basada en las propuestas de Köhler (2003) y Campbell y Lamar (2004), con modificaciones taxonómicas específicas y usando únicamente caracteres de la morfología externa (véase Referencias). En esta versión se incluyen las 10 familias y los 80 géneros que a la fecha se encuentran listados para Colombia (Uetz y Hošek, 2020).

A pesar de ser una clave «Frankenstein» construida con retazos de la literatura, ha sido validada para algunos de los grupos más comunes utilizando especímenes de museo. Sin embargo, como cualquier clave taxonómica, no recoge el 100% de la variación de los grupos en cuestión o variaciones individuales. Por lo anterior, es posible que en casos particulares no se alcance el menor nivel de resolución taxonómica usando los caracteres propuestos, o se llegue a puntos ciegos.

También es importante tener presente que, la interpretación de algunos caracteres puede resultar ambigua para quienes no tengan un contexto taxonómico profundo de las serpientes, o verse influenciada por el estado de los animales (vivos o muertos).

Este documento es el resultado de un proyecto personal, por lo tanto, no ha sido sometido a un proceso peer-review más allá de los comentarios de quienes la han puesto a prueba.

[ENGLISH]

This key is an adaptation of those of Köhler (2003) and Campbell and Lamar (2004), with specific taxonomic modifications and using just characters of the external morphology. In this version are included 10 families and 80 genera currently listed to Colombia (Uetz y Hošek, 2020).

Although this is a “Frankenstein” key using scraps of literature, it has been validated for some of the most common genera using museum specimens. Nonetheless, as any taxonomic key, it does not gather the 100% of variation of each group or individual variations. For this reason, it is possible that in some particular cases the lower taxonomic level of resolution won’t be reached, or you reach a dead end.

It is also important to aware that, the interpretation of some characters may be ambiguous for someone without a deep taxonomic context of snakes, or being influenced by the physical status of the animals (alive or dead).

This document is the result of a personal project, therefore, it has not been subjected to a peer-review process beyond the comments of those who have tested it.

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LINK DE DESCARGA/DOWNLOAD LINK:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342672299_Clave_para_las_familias_y_generos_de_serpientes_en_Colombia

Posted on July 05, 2020 16:39 by juanda037 juanda037 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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⚡️1 000 ВИДОВ и 100 наблюдателей⚡️

🌿Сразу две круглые и значимые отметки пересек проект "Гербарий 2.0" на этой неделе

1️⃣ 0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ видов растений!
Сейчас в проекте 1 066 видов растений.
Число видов найденных участниками проекта "Гербарий 2.0" составляет 15% от видов, отмеченных про проекте "Флора России" на iNaturalist и 8% процентов от всех видов сосудистых растений на территории нашей страны!
И это очень здорово!

1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ наблюдателей!
Мы искренне рады, что всё больше и больше народу начинают активно фотографировать и загружать свои наблюдения 🤩
Сейчас в проекте уже 111 наблюдателей и мы ими очень гордимся!
Если вы давно присоединились к проекту, но не сделали ни одного наблюдения, не переживайте, еще не поздно начать!

🍃Новых интересных находок и увлекательных прогулок!

Posted on July 05, 2020 15:25 by valentinaborodulina valentinaborodulina | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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🌟ЮБИЛЕЙНЫЕ НАБЛЮДЕНИЯ🌟

В проекте уже более 15 000 наблюдений! Делимся с вами наблюдениями, которые стали юбилейными 🤩

1️⃣3️⃣ 0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ым стало наблюдение Первоцвета весеннего от @evelina_ismuxametova https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51382448
Часто в быту первоцветами называют все ранневесенние растения, но это не совсем верно. На самом деле первоцвет это конкретный род растений из семейства первоцветные. Латинское название этого рода - Primula, перекочевало в русский язык. Латинское название вы можете услышать применительно к декоративным сортам и видам этого рода. Весной примулы высаживают на клумбах, к 8 марта продают в цветочных магазинах в горшках 🌸

1️⃣4️⃣ 0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ое наблюдение @ naturalist25051 - Подъельник обыкновенный https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51510326
Подъельник обыкновенный - это удивительно микогетеротрофное бесхлорофильное растение из семейства Вересковые. Бесхлорофильные растения не имеют своего зеленого пигмента - хлорофилла, из-за чего у них нет зеленой окраски. Без хлорофилла растения не способны фотосинтезировать и создавать органические вещества из воды и углекислого газа под действием солнца. Таким растениям приходится находить хитрые способы добычи органического вещества. Микогетеротрофия - один из таких способов, при котором растения получает органику не через фотосинтез, а паразитирую на грибах! 😱

1️⃣5️⃣ 0️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ое наблюдние - красочная Чина клубненостная от @yaroslavmagazov https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/51869119

Posted on July 05, 2020 15:24 by valentinaborodulina valentinaborodulina | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Event update: 600 species, 1,000 observations

It seems it was only a few hours ago that we reached 300 species, and we've since doubled our tally! At present 613 species have been recorded among 1,034 observations. Our 600th species? This Gatekeeper (Pyronia tithonus) submitted by @amzamz near Saarbrücken, Germany.

Also, welcome Mexico, United States, Trinidad and Tobago, France, Switzerland, and New Zealand!

Posted on July 05, 2020 15:22 by slamonde slamonde | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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pimpla artica

Today i saw a Pimpla Artica carrying a paralysed spider back to its den! Pretty sad i didn't open the camera in time, she dissapeared before i could take a photo.

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Fotoherkenning Paddenstoelen: een vloek of een zegen? Coolia 2020(3)

Coolia 2020(3)

In recent years there has been an explosion in the availability of apps for smartphones that can be
used to help with mushroom identification in the field. There are a number of approaches available, ranging from those apps that identify mushroom automatically based on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and automated Image Recognition, through those that require the user to use traditional dichotomous keys or multi-access keys, to those that may only have a range of images without a clear system for identification of any species of interest

BACHELORARBEIT MAGIC MUSHROOM APP -Mit Deep Learning essbare Pilze erkennen met Python!!!
https://www.ntb.ch/fileadmin/NTB_Institute/ICE/projekte/MagicMushroom/JUNG_R._WAGNER_D._MagicMushroom_App-Pilzklassifikation_mit_CNNs.pdf

Deep Shrooms: classifying mushroom images
https://tuomonieminen.github.io/deep-shrooms/
https://github.com/TuomoNieminen/deep-shrooms (Python)
https://teekoivi.users.cs.helsinki.fi/
https://ujjwalkarn.me/2016/08/11/intuitive-explanation-convnets/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6Bf3gl4hWY

Shroomnet: Kunstliches neuronales Netz f ¨ ur die Bestimmung von Pilzarten
https://www.obermeier.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ShroomNET_small.pdf !!

Artificial Intelligence for plant identification on smartphones and tablets
https://bsbi.org/wp-content/uploads/dlm_uploads/BSBI-News-144-pp34-40-plant-id-apps-final.pdf

https://web.plant.id/

TUOMAS NIEMINEN DEEP LEARNING IN QUANTIFYING VASCULAR BURDEN FROM BRAIN IMAGES
https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/TUOMAS-NIEMINEN-DEEP-LEARNING-IN-QUANTIFYING-BURDEN-Eskola/aea24dc5822ac9f5af4801f9aaf9ab864cf23aea

Obsidentify
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.observation.obsidentify

Deens svampeatlas
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noque.svampeatlas

Duits
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nastylion.pilz

iNaturalist Seek
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.inaturalist.seek

Google Lens
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.ar.lens

Posted on July 05, 2020 15:02 by optilete optilete | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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BioBlitz Lab

I sat outside my housing area today and observed. There was a camel spider that ran out from under my CHU (centralized housing unit.) It was very fast so I was unable to take a picture of it. It appeared to be about the size of my hand and it scared me! While sitting outside a small desert fox walked by sniffing the ground. People often leave food scraps out and the fox will come by and take them. There are many cats that wander around our living area as well. I would estimate I saw about five during my time watching. There was one small tan lizard, which was difficult to see. The only reason I noticed it was because it was moving. Otherwise, it blended in very well with the sand. Upon researching I think the lizard was likely a Blanford's Short-nosed Desert Lizard. This was on another user's iNaturalist page. I'm not 100% sure this is the same lizard because their image looks bigger than the one I saw but they are similar. There is not plant life in my area so I unfortunately was unable to report any. Lastly, I saw little tan or brown birds. These seem to be a persian wheatear.

Posted on July 05, 2020 13:41 by lauby12 lauby12 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Milestone!

DE:
100 Mitglieder und über 20.000 Beobachtungen haben wir seit der Eröffnung dieses Projekts (Jänner 2018) erffeicht. Nie hätte ich so ein Erfolg erhofft!
Inzwischen wurden mindestens vier wissenschaftliche Pubblikationen veröffentlicht (unten angehängt) und die Anzahl der Beobachtungen steigt rasant, in Mai wurden bereits so viele Beobachtungen wie das ganze 2019 gemacht.

IT:
Abbiamo raggionto 100 membri e oltre 20.000 osservazioni dall'aperture di questo proggetto (gennaio 2018). Non avrei mai immaginato questo grande successo!
Nel frattempo sono stati pubblicati almeno quattro articoli scientifici (aggiunti sotto) e il numero di osservazioni cresce velocemente, gia in maggio erano state fatte tante osservazioni come in tutto il 2019.

DOI:
https://zenodo.org/record/3565295#.XwHDW_ZuKug
https://zenodo.org/record/3565365#.XwHDWPZuKug
https://zenodo.org/record/3565382#.XwHDWPZuKug
http://fragmentaentomol.org/index.php/fragmenta/article/view/370

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Certified Dark Sky Park

Dark Sky Over Stephen C. Foster
Source: https://gastateparks.org/StephenCFoster
Stephen C. Foster State Park is a certified dark sky park by the International Dark Sky Association. Located in the middle of the Okefenokee Swamp, with minimal light pollution, guests can experience some of the darkest skies in the southeast. Stand beneath a sky full of stars and see the Milky Way stretched out above you while watching for the occasional meteor streaking across the night sky.
Waxing Crescent Moon Phase
© Photographer: William Wise | Agency: Dreamstime.com
It is worth considering a few things while planning your trip if your goal is to see a dark night sky. Environmental factors and seasons can affect what you see and how well you see. Ensure when you are planning your trip that you consider them.

One of the most important factors to consider is the position and phase of the moon. If the moon is up and the phase is anything greater than a thin crescent, the moonlight will drown out many of the dimmer objects in our night sky. If a full moon has risen, you will not see anything but the brightest stars and planets. Try to plan your trip around a new moon or when the moon will not rise overnight for the best night sky viewing. Clouds will also degrade your viewing experience so consider weather conditions as well.

Seasons will determine what objects will be visible. The summer night sky and winter night sky appear quite different so make sure if you want to see a specific object that it will be up when you plan to observe. One of the most popular night sky objects people come to see is the Milky Way. The Milky Way in the Northern Hemisphere is best observed in the summer months. This is when our view of the densest, brightest portion of the Milky Way galaxy, our home galaxy, is at its best. Best viewing times vary throughout the season.

Dress appropriately for the weather conditions during your planned observation time and be respectful of those around you who may also be trying to observe. Ensure all white lights are turned off. This will help your eyes, and those of your fellow observers, adjust to the darkness. Any interruption of white light causes this process to start over. Full adjustment can take as much as 40 minutes.

Enjoy viewing one of the darkest skies in the southeast. The Okefenokee’s isolation gives you a great opportunity to see a truly dark night sky, something that has become increasingly hard to find. Come prepared, respect those around you and don’t be afraid to ask questions. The park offers night programs throughout the year. Check the online schedule to view upcoming programs.

Posted on July 05, 2020 11:08 by williamwisephoto williamwisephoto | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Event update: Nearing 300 species, 8 countries

Observers from Germany, South Korea, South Africa, Australia, Fiji, Canada, Austria, and Croatia have submitted 284 species so far. Which country will we see observations from next? Over 50% of observations submitted so far are insects, including this neat-looking caterpillar of a moth in the genus Limenitis found by @onidiras.

Posted on July 05, 2020 10:53 by slamonde slamonde | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions.
Any questions or queries? Please ask.

Posted on July 05, 2020 10:45 by tonyrebelo tonyrebelo | 2 comments | Leave a comment
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Merger

We are merging @kaipatiki_naturewatch's project Seeds of Plants found in New Zealand into this one.

Posted on July 05, 2020 10:31 by tony_wills tony_wills | 9 comments | Leave a comment
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Campsite and rubbish tip found in forest

About 20m North of our Rimu Ridge site, hidden in the forest below the petrol station, we found this after spotting something large and blue among the trees, (while checking for flowering among a group of trees which, if wild, are the first recorded observation of the species wild in NZ - but that is another story).

Posted on July 05, 2020 09:40 by kaipatiki_naturewatch kaipatiki_naturewatch | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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¿SABÍAS QUE EN SAUCE VIEJO SE ESTÁ PROPONIENDO LO QUE SERÍA SU PRIMERA RESERVA PRIVADA DE USO MÚLTIPLE?

El “Puesto El Mesías” se halla en la zona rural de la localidad de Sauce Viejo (Santa Fe, Argentina). Su propietaria conoce el valor de la tierra mucho más allá del económico, por ello posee deseos de protección de la superficie del terreno y la diversidad biológica y ambiental allí representada bajo la figura de Reserva Privada de Uso Múltiple (Ley Provincial N°12.175). Afortunadamente ya se ha presentado la documentación en el Ministerio de Ambiente y Cambio Climático de Santa Fe y un expediente se encuentra en marcha.

¿CUÁL ES LA IMPORTANCIA DE CONSERVAR LOS AMBIENTES EN ESTA REGIÓN?
Las aproximadamente 306 hectáreas del predio incluyen ambientes típicos de la ecorregión del Espinal y particularmente de las Cañadas de Malaquías, una extensa región en que dominan ambientes bajos y pantanosos. En trabajos de campo recientes hemos alcanzado a identificar 8 grandes unidades ambientales (bosques, sabanas, pastizales y otros ambientes) y más de 120 vegetales, 12 especies de anfibios, 9 de reptiles, unas 150 de aves y 16 de mamíferos, entre ellas al Aguará Guazú. Esta alta biodiversidad detectada con poco esfuerzo de trabajo en campo indicaría que el “Puesto El Mesías” aún conserva gran parte de su Naturaleza originaria; y sumado a ello, una vez creada ésta sería la única área protegida provincial que incluya las Cañadas de Malaquías y la 3ra que integre ambientes del Espinal, una de las ecorregiones más amenazadas y menos representadas en áreas protegidas.
Sin dudas, la creación de esta reserva podría ser un incentivo para la realización de distintas acciones a escala regional, la cual posee un gran potencial para la educación e investigación científica por su alto valor histórico, cultural y biológico, pero también ligadas al turismo ecológico y rural, actividades actualmente poco explotadas en florecientes localidades turísticas como lo son Sauce Viejo y Santo Tomé.

¿QUIERES CONOCER MÁS SOBRE EL “PUESTO EL MESÍAS”?
Puedes descargarte el primer informe preliminar desde este link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Cxv_LIo6J5NlgBj83C_h_yGr1XZQxtM4/view?usp=sharing
Y en este https://www.argentinat.org/projects/puesto-el-mesias podrás ver una recopilación de datos documentales de su rica biodiversidad.

¡IMPORTANTE!
El “Puesto El Mesías” es un predio privado. Actualmente no están dadas las condiciones para la visita de público, pero estamos trabajando en ello. Ojala pronto podamos concretarlo!!! A estar atentos!!!

https://www.facebook.com/yaguarondi.herpailurus/posts/1676864899129094

Posted on July 05, 2020 09:33 by leoleiva leoleiva | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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香港螢火蟲網站 Hong Kong Fireflies Website

香港螢火蟲網站已於2020世界螢火蟲日公佈。

Hong Kong Fireflies website announced on World Firefly Day 2020.

http://fireflies.hk

Posted on July 05, 2020 02:37 by wkcheng71 wkcheng71 | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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It has begun!

Socially Distant Bioblitz #5 is underway, as observations come in from @amzamz in Germany and @onidiras in South Korea! Looking forward to a great day with everyone :)

Posted on July 05, 2020 00:38 by slamonde slamonde | 0 comments | Leave a comment
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Not so public mothing events in DFW/North Central TX...

Soooo, we had a few mothing events in DFW on the books, and as expected, most are cancelled. There's one left that I know of. It's at Acton Nature Park on Saturday, July 25. It's not really a public event - instead, it's going to just focus more on collecting some data to compare it with the other year's events... If you're coming, we'll maintain social distance and wear masks when necessary.

Also, to celebrate @wildcarrot 's return to TX, I'd like to plan one at LBJ grasslands in August or so. :)

Anyone else know of others?

Also, let me know if you're planning/wanting to come to the Acton Nature Park. :)

Posted on July 04, 2020 23:17 by sambiology sambiology | 10 comments | Leave a comment
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