Emmanuel College Naturalists's Journal

May 15, 2024

Congratulations Class of 2024!

Congratulations to the class of 2024! Looking forward to seeing all of the biodiversity you discover as you leave the geese, rabbits, and squirrels of campus. Take care, and be sure to check in on ECNaturalists!

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June 24, 2022

One thousand species!

Dear Naturalists,

Yesterday Emmanuel College Naturalists passed 1,000 unique species observations!! This includes 467 different plants, 199 insects, 106 fungi, 78 birds, 46 arachnids, and 18 mammals. And, of course 1 Canada Goose (26 different posts).

We currently have 979 observations of 535 unique species that are "Research Grade" (verified by several naturalists) https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=emmanuel-college-naturalists&quality_grade=research&verifiable=any . Let's see if we can hit 1000 research grade observations by the end of the summer!

Take care,

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May 23, 2022

Happy Summer!

Dear Emmanuel College Naturalists,

I am so excited to see the biodiversity you discover and share this summer! Already we have Finches from the Galápagos (going right into SP2023 1106 slides), roses in Italy, and flora and fauna stretching across the USA from Washington State to Florida! The most observed species is still the unofficial Emmanuel College Mascot (Canada Goose), and Dr. Atkinson and Dr. Otero still have the most observations and unique species observed, respectively, but several students are moving up the leaderboards quickly...

Together, we currently have 850 unique verified species observations https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&project_id=64129&view=species ... can we break 1,000 this summer?

  • Dr. Cannataro
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March 10, 2021


Dear Emmanuel College Naturalists,

We currently have 999 observations! Who will post sighting number 1,000??

Spring is around the corner—I'm looking forward to getting outside more often and seeing all of your Springtime ECNat observations!

Take care,

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April 25, 2020

City challenges are now live!

Greetings Emmanuel College Naturalists!

The "City Nature Challenge" is active! This challenge is a fun competition with cities across the world to document and identify the most species. Apparently, Boston is doing pretty well, so if you are in and around the Boston 'burbs (including as far down as Nantucket and East as the Cape), I hope you are able to get out and about this weekend and (while maintaining all safe social-distancing protocols) appreciate and document some New England biodiversity!!

Boston: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2020-boston-area

If you are outside of the challenge limits, check around iNaturalist because you may be able to contribute to a challenge near you.

Best wishes,

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