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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Winecup Mallow Callirhoe involucrata

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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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Lady Bird's Centaury Zeltnera texensis

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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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Clasping Coneflower Rudbeckia amplexicaulis

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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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False Dandelion 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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