First 'City Nature Challenge' for Houston Area

Inspired by my naturalist friends and edcucators, I participated in the Houston area's City Nature Challenge as a Texas Master Naturalist of the Coastal Prairie Chapter.

https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/wildlife_diversity/texas_nature_trackers/naturechallenge/

Being at home with my family all weekend, most observations were made from my yard and neighborhood. Stats for me:

  • Total species: 160 (top # was 350+)
    -Total observations: 189 (top # was 600)

  • Favorites: Swainson's Thrush, Cerulean Warbler, Phaon Crescent
  • Wished to have seen / expected to see, but didn't: Swainson's Hawk, Coral Snake
  • Wished to have shot: Swallow-tailed Kite
  • Best viewed: Mississippi Kites in the act of copulation (camera was down!!)

I noticed that several participants were shooting domestic/captive species as well as wild. I stuck with wild species only, and stayed away from my own pocket prairie that was intentionally planted, though with Coastal Prairie native varieties. Had I known ...

For the away-from-home, I choose a rarely used, generally ignored 'pocket prairie' patch that I'd been dying to walk for weeks in the Telfair area. I put on my boots on the last day of the challenge and logged these species listed below. Bonus find: V. xutha in an over-grown field.

Posted by dirtnkids dirtnkids, April 29, 2020 16:04

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Lemon Beebalm (Monarda citriodora)

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April 27, 2020 09:43 AM HST

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Clasping Coneflower (Rudbeckia amplexicaulis)

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April 27, 2020 09:44 AM HST

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Tall Poppymallow (Callirhoe leiocarpa)

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April 27, 2020 09:44 AM HST

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Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis)

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April 27, 2020 09:46 AM HST

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Browne's Savory (Clinopodium brownei)

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April 27, 2020 09:48 AM HST

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Bullwort (Ammi majus)

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April 27, 2020 09:49 AM HST

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Pinkladies (Oenothera speciosa)

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April 27, 2020 09:51 AM HST

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Indian Blanket (Gaillardia pulchella)

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April 27, 2020 09:52 AM HST

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April 27, 2020 09:53 AM HST

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Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

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April 27, 2020 09:55 AM HST

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White Sweetclover (Melilotus albus)

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April 27, 2020 09:56 AM HST

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

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April 27, 2020 09:58 AM HST

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Coypu (Myocastor coypus)

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April 27, 2020 09:58 AM HST

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April 27, 2020 09:59 AM HST

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Flaxes (Genus Linum)

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April 27, 2020 10:00 AM HST

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Engelmann Daisy (Engelmannia peristenia)

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April 27, 2020 10:01 AM HST

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Upright Prairie Coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

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April 27, 2020 10:02 AM HST

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Lemon Beebalm (Monarda citriodora)

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April 27, 2020 10:02 AM HST

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Texas Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa)

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April 27, 2020 10:08 AM HST

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Rambur's Forktail (Ischnura ramburii)

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April 27, 2020 10:12 AM HST

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Lanceleaf Arrowhead (Sagittaria lancifolia)

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April 27, 2020 10:14 AM HST

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Manyflower Marshpennywort (Hydrocotyle umbellata)

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April 27, 2020 10:15 AM HST

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Annual Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium rosulatum)

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April 27, 2020 10:19 AM HST

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Buttonweed (Diodia virginiana)

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April 27, 2020 10:19 AM HST

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Frogfruits (Genus Phyla)

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April 27, 2020 10:20 AM HST

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Smallflower Desert-Chicory (Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus)

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April 27, 2020 10:20 AM HST

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Common Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

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April 27, 2020 10:21 AM HST

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Purple Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

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April 27, 2020 10:38 AM HST

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Gulf Vervain (Verbena xutha)

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April 27, 2020 10:38 AM HST

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Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

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April 27, 2020 10:45 AM HST

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Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus)

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April 27, 2020 10:00 AM HST

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