April 22, 2020

The City Nature Challenge, Modified, Returns.

It is not the time for a global outdoor gathering of thousands of people to see who can find the most wildlife. But spring goes on (in the Northern Hemisphere), and the wildlife abides, so the fifth annual City Nature Challenge, originally envisioned as a worldwide live community science event, will go on this week too, with all those tens of thousands of amateur nature observers looking for nature closer to home and looking for a nature community online.


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April 14, 2020

Socially Distant Bioblitz (5/3/2020)

On May 3rd, join us for the second Socially Distant Bioblitz in our new tri-weekly series of self-paced natural exploration that adhere to the World Health Organization's guidelines for social distancing. (https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public) Participants can contribute observations from home, or wherever you find yourself on May 3rd! This recurring event, every 3 weeks starting May 3rd, is sponsored by Antioch University New England and Distant Hill Gardens and Nature Trail.

The first Socially Distant Bioblitz on Sunday, April 5, was a huge success! We had an amazing turnout; nearly 350 participants submitting over 12,500 observations of over 3,000 species, representing 6 continents and 27 countries across the world.

What is a "bioblitz"? A bioblitz is a way of documenting the biodiversity of a property, town, or region by recording all of the species of plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms within a designated time period and location. It could be a meal moth in your pantry, the amphibians calling from afar, the spiders in your house, the plants in the pavement, the doves flying by your apartment porch...any living organism you see or hear! Feel free to submit observations of plants inside your house or in your garden - just make sure to mark anything that was planted as "Cultivated" in your observation.

To participate, simply click the "JOIN" button in the top-right of the project page (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/socially-distant-bioblitz-5-3-2020). On the day of the bioblitz, your observations will be automatically added to the project.

We are looking forward to bio-blitzing with you!


Your SDB Organizers

Steven Lamode (@slamonde; Antioch University New England)
Sara Lobdell (@slob973; Antioch University New England)
Michael Nerrie (@mnerrie; Distant Hill Gardens)


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March 18, 2020

Sea Otters, Opossums and the Surprising Ways Pathogens Move From Land to Sea.

A parasite known only to be hosted in North America by the Virginia opossum is infecting sea otters along the West Coast. A study from the University of California, Davis, elucidates the sometimes surprising and complex pathways infectious pathogens can move from land to sea to sea otter.


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March 09, 2020

City Nature Challenge 2020

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March 06, 2020

Hearst San Simeon State Park recruiting new elephant seal volunteers.

Hearst San Simeon State Park is now seeking new volunteers to educate visitors about the northern elephant seal. These volunteers must be wildlife enthusiasts who enjoy sharing fascinating stories about these one-of-a-kind marine mammals and their unique life cycle.


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February 29, 2020

Festival of Whales swims into Dana Point.

Dozens of events will be held Mar. 7, 8, 14 and 15 for the 49th iteration of the event, including several boating-themed festivities. The event will, of course, feature whale watching, both from land or sea. Several different whale watching boat trips will be offered throughout each day of the festival. Festival goers can also walk to the cliffs at Dana Point Headlands near the harbor for a good land-based whale watching location.


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February 19, 2020

Nature up close: Marine biology at Monterey Bay.

The upwelling from the canyon, along with the mixing of cold ocean currents from the north and warmer currents from the south, provides nutrients for a vast variety of more than 525 fish species, 36 species of marine mammals (such as whales, dolphins, seals and sea otters), kelp and another 450+ species of algae, and thousands of invertebrates varieties.


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'Buy Shirt To Save Seals': Marine Mammal Care Center Fundraiser.

The Marine Mammal Care Center is the only 24/7 hospital for marine mammals in LA County. They are in desperate need of funds to stay open.


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February 18, 2020

Underwater video of Northern right whale dolphins, lunge feeding Humpbacks in Monterey Bay.

"Monterey Bay Whale Watch just captured some rare underwater video of a little known and very unusual kind of dolphin that is shaped like a torpedo, has no dorsal fin, with a delicate small tail stock and fluke, and is strikingly colored black and white."


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February 15, 2020

Observation of the Month: Fox squirrel.

For a long time, the only squirrels found at Mission Trails Regional Park were California ground squirrels (Otospermophilus beecheyi). But in 2016, an iNaturalist user photographed a fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) on a trail west of Kumeyaay Lake. No one reported another fox squirrel in the park on iNat until April 2019 and since then, seven more observations have been posted, including one by skylukr (bit.ly/2uhjARI). This new population of non-native critters seems to be confined to an urban border of the park, just east of Kwaay Paay Peak Trail (off of Father Junipero Serra Trail).


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