One month left and almost 200,000 observations

It's December 1st, which means there's just one month left to make and submit observations for the 2019 Big Year. Now is the time to challenge yourself to identify bryophytes and winter flora - even a dessicated stem of prairie grass counts towards the Big Year, as long as it's verifiable.

What's more exciting is that we are just 17 observations shy of 200,000! While we are still a month away from the final tally, this means that over 200,000 unique observations of plants will be made in Ontario in 2019. Can we possibly hit a quarter of a million? This is a fantastic contribution to our knowledge of Ontario's wild flora.

For those feeling competitive, I see four users who have already observed more than 1,000 species this year. That's more than anyone observed in 2018. I will stick to my word and give all users who observe more than 1,000 species a special plant-related prize.

Keep on botanizing, folks. You'll be hearing from me again in the new year.

-Will V

Posted by wdvanhem wdvanhem, December 02, 2019 00:52



Spectacular stuff! Really enjoying all of the Canadian flora observations. :)

Posted by sambiology 7 months ago (Flag)

I got out and added 10x the observations i normally would and even got a friend to sign up with iNaturalist because of this challenge. Hopefully i can get out over Christmas break and get a few more species in. Cant wait to see the totals.

Posted by nottawasaga 7 months ago (Flag)

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