Journal entry 1

The overall experience for the seeking activity we did on Friday works great. I think that by observing species such as plants and animals, we can learn more about them and raise awareness to protect them. I wonder that how the Seek app/platform will help researchers and scientists contribute to their research. One species I observed is the grass plants around the park. I think that we don’t put a lot of focus on these usually, but we do when we identify and learn more about it.
I think that this project connects to the “Life on Land” sustainable development goal, because in this project, we are learning about different plants and animals around us that we don’t notice. It also relates to good health and well-being because plants and trees are essential to a clean and healthy environment. Without them, we will have too much carbon dioxide and less oxygen in the air.

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BioBlitz Journal

I had a wonderful day at Century Park. I got to observe a lot of different species of plants and animals. I observed different species of plants that each had unique features. One specie i liked was the willow tree. It was very interesting look at since it had long dangling branches that stretched all the way down so we could touch it. It provided a big shade where we could rested it. I learned that willow trees can grow to be 70 feet tall. Moreover, I discovered a lot of insects on the willow leaves.

"Look Deep Into Nature, And Then You Will Understand Everything Better" - Albert Einstein

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Science 0928

The purpose of this project is for the people be hide iNaturalist to research and get specie data easier and free since the project don't pay people to take pictures and post them.
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iNaturalist Journal Post #1

The direct value of biodiversity is manifested in the production and consumption use value of food and leather, while its indirect use value is generally manifested in the conservation of water sources, purification of water quality, consolidation of embankments, prevention of soil erosion, reduction of flood peaks, improvement of local climate, and absorption of pollution. The role of carbon dioxide in the regulation of global climate change, and so on. Today, no one is sure that those species that have not been used will not be of value in the future. It is difficult to determine how much genetic material useful to the development of agroforestry can be provided by wild relatives of plants discovered and cultivated.
In addition, the existence of a variety of species and their systems in nature is conducive to the maintenance of the functions of the Earth's life support system and the stability of its structure. The value of a species’ existence and the loss of its disappearance are still difficult to assess accurately, just as the value of human existence cannot be evaluated.
This reminds me of the famous ancient Chinese philosophical thought "Tian ren he yi (Heaven and Man)", in which the sky refers to the sky, also refers to the way of heaven, and also refers to nature. The unity of man and nature refers to the state where man and Tao are united and "heaven and earth live side by side with me, and everything is one with me", and also refers to the unity of man and nature.
In conclusion, biodiversity is a gift from nature to mankind, which is completely profitable and harmless.

Tony Qiu

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My first journal entry

Share your thoughts about a species you observed and researched. Include any wonderings you have?
Scarlet Sage
Scarlet Sages are native types of plants that grow from 1.4 to 8cm in height. The leaves are even and elliptical. The scarlet sage flowers are a good part of summer and autumn. The variety of colors goes from white to dark purple. Some wonderings could be concluded as, how would nature impact the flower's growth and living? And how does the color variety happen from one and the other?
Please share what you think it means to be a global citizen and how this project relates. Being a global citizen, matter a lot in our life these days. Taking care of our nature and defining a solution to make our world a better place; is our ultimate goal. Throughout this project, I contributed the ideas of being an ethical global citizen incorporating nature together. Since the c02 we breathe out transfers to reusable air, we need to take care of nature.

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My First Journal Entry

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not.” – Dr. Suess
Describe the significance of this quote in today’s world and how this project relates.

Simply put, without community engagement in global issues that peg the world with impending condemnation such as ocean acidification, pollution, deforestation, reductions in biodiversity, etc., these crises will remain unsolved. Our trip to Century Park was one where we used Seek to seek for flora and fauna, understanding more about our environment and, what we are actively or unthinkingly doing to spoil the said environment. By surveying the life at Century Park I found that there was in fact, less biodiversity than I had originally hypothesized. Of course, there were many plants and animals, but it was the small details that shook me: the monotony in the colors, the lack of vibrancy, the murkiness in the waters. Perhaps one main thing that I took away from this trip BioBlitz was merely the increased awareness and empathy.

Share your thinking on the value of Biodiversity. Please include one idea or fact from your research.

The significance of biodiversity is rather evident: it supports human and societal needs by supporting the ecosystem with oxygen, by providing nutrients and resources, and by promoting soil formation and protection. An increase in biodiversity almost directly links to an increase in health and wellbeing as access to a sufficiency of a nutritious variety of food is a fundamental determinant of health. According to the World Health Organization, “Nutrition and biodiversity are linked at many levels: the ecosystem, with food production as an ecosystem service; the species in the ecosystem and the genetic diversity within species. Nutritional composition between foods and among varieties/cultivars/breeds of the same food can differ dramatically, affecting micronutrient availability in the diet.” Additionally, traditional medicine has an important connection to biodiversity—many medicines such as antibiotics and painkillers are cultivated from plant and animal sources. “Wild and domestic animals and their by-products (e.g., hooves, skins, bones, feathers, tusks) form important ingredients in the preparation of curative, protective and preventive medicine. Additionally, a significant portion of the currently available non-synthetic and/or semi-synthetic pharmaceuticals in clinical use is comprised of drugs derived from higher plants, followed by microbial, animal and mineral products, in that order” (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health). Furthermore, biodiversity boosts productivity in ecosystems. Although it is easy to neglect the role that small flora and fauna have in ecosystems, they still play vital roles that would hold detrimental to the remaining ecosystem if nullified. Illustrated simply, biodiversity is the fundamental key that unlocks health in ecosystems and humans. More biodiversity could also be the solution to a problem that has been weighing on most global leaders’ shoulders: climate change. “Healthy ecosystems will be more resilient to climate change and so more able to maintain the supply of ecosystem services on which our prosperity and wellbeing depend” (European Commission). Biodiversity is utterly essential to the exorbitance of our ecosystems, so much so that it should be considered a primary form of measuring a country's success as opposed to simply money. In conclusion, biodiversity clearly demonstrates its vitality in the prosperity of our planet through its role in improving health and potentially reversing climate change.

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Day One

First, we want to thank everyone for joining the BioBlitz!

We have had a lot of awesome observations so far! iNaturalist is a great tool to use to identify species and can be really useful for people who want to learn more about what lives among us.

One of the main objectives of this project is to promote citizen science, as well as exploration and discovery. A secondary objective is to increase the amount and frequency of species' observations in the dataset, which will assist future users of this tool.

If you are uncertain about what you're identifying, don't fret! Use the suggestions to make your best guess, and a seasoned identifier will help you get to the correct ID..

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me at

Take lots of pictures and don't forget to have fun!

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Week 2

I visited San Joaquin River Parkway Conservancy Wildwood Native Park off of Highway 41 in Fresno last week. There were only few people there. It was quiet, peaceful and the sound of the river where I saw small fishes swimming was quite nice. But it was hard to take pictures of fishes, they were tiny although the water was clear. I wasn't aware of Wildwood Native Park until I searched it. It's isolated, it's protected land and nice escape. The conservation area has access to river and trails for walking, running, biking. Coke Hallowell Center for River Studies is also located in the park. The place is scenic and has acres of protected wildlife habitat. The Conservancy replanted native species of trees, shrubs and grasses which is good for healthy environment. Friant Dam and Millerton Lake is nearby. This area is also available for picnicking, fishing, canoeing, swimming, some areas have horseback riding. I was hoping to take pictures of some insects and animals that live around the river but it's either hiding behind or under the rocks, or too fast. I'm hoping to come back here and spend more time, hoping to catch pictures of birds, fishes, insects and other native plants I might have missed.

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My journal

All these plants at the base of Mount Royal share the particularity of having leaves whose purpose is to produce food for the plant and are the primary source of photosynthesis, which is the process of turning light energy into sugars. However it is interesting to notice there are multiple sizes, shapes and colors for these leaves and the effect it has on the plant itself can vary significantly.

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Mammal latrines at Baylands

A few days ago I noticed several latrines (collections of scat) along a Baylands Trail. Today I went back to document them. I saw 8 latrines in all along Moffett Channel. I think they might be from one or more raccoons. Whatever deposited these samples was feasting on crabs. You can see parts of the claws and shells in the scat.

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Brenna Bordeniuk ~ Journal Entry 1

1) Using the phylogenetic tree from OneZoom, I chose to identify the placement of my observed walnut tree. The phylogenetic placement for my observation went as follows: eukaryote, viridiplantae, streptophyta, magnoliopsida, Fagales, Juglandaceae, Juglans.
2) One, very broad, adaptation that all our organisms exhibit is their ability to withstand relatively cold temperatures. The way each organism achieves this is unique to it and varies between physiological (photosynthesis), behavioural (burrowing/den building) and physical (root systems) means.
3) One of my observations was a small cluster of Riverbank Grapes. This particular plant has a unique ability to resist mildew and black rot on its foliage. Ultimately, this adaptation allows this organism to survive (by maintaining photosynthetic processes) during varying weather conditions in its habitat.

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Cool bug on that flower!

iNat observations record one taxon at one place and time. Therefore, if you have a photo showing more than one kind of organism, you can make separate observations for each kind of organism.

For example, if a bee "photobombed" your snapshot of a flower, don't fret. First, use that photo for one observation which records the plant. Then, use that same photo for a second observation which records the insect.

See also:

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1st journal entry

I studied the Eastern Gray Squirrel on OneZoom. This species's phylogeny is bilaterally symmetrical animals, deuterostomes, jawed vertebrates, tetrapods, amniotes, and rodents. Its scientific name is Sciurus carolinensis and this is an invasive species, its conservation status is of least concern.
As for the adaptation that my 10 species have in common, there is none because I did not only observe one category of species and each large group of organisms has different ways to adapt to its changing environment. However, the butternut hickory observed adapted to the surrounding trees by only having high branches, exposing all the leaves to sunlight to go through photosynthesis.

פורסם ב ספטמבר 27, 2021 09:57 אחה"צ על־ידי william-paty william-paty | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה

BioQuest thank you!

Thank you, observers! You made BioQuest happen.

Kudos to Questors of Note:

  • iNaturalist pauliescrawlies, whose observations covered the most ground
  • iNaturalist mariainapark described the changing leaf color of ash trees
  • iNaturalist cathy242 captured a cool insect in their coneflower photo

פורסם ב ספטמבר 27, 2021 09:30 אחה"צ על־ידי abbie_a abbie_a | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה

September 27, 2021

Temperature: 48 degrees

Cloud cover: sunny

Humidity: 17%

Wind Speed: 9 mph

Coordinates : 43.1254 -115.7032

Observation: A small bird with a light brown belly and black fur surrounding it's eyes and white where their eyebrows should be. the rest of the bird appears to be a strange pattern of white, browns, light browns and black.

Elevation: 953m

Time of Day: 7:51 am

Time spent there: 6 minutes

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Collaring the confusing ancestry of a (usually) nondescript bear

Everyone knows that the brown bear can be one of the plainest-coloured of large mammals - being, well, brown.

However, who knows that there is a geographically variable pale collar in some individuals, usually restricted to juveniles? And who understands the implication of this: that what we call a species is not, strictly speaking, a species?

In order to understand this aberrant collar, a good start is to acknowledge that Homo sapiens is not a pure species, but in part an interspecific hybrid (,more%20about%20these%20early%20humans).

Could it be that the brown bear, too, is an interspecific hybrid ( and, with the occasional trace of a collar indicating the mixed ancestry?

This may sound strange to anyone with a conventional concept of 'descent with modification', but calling our species Homo sapiens, or calling the brown bear Ursus arctos, is as much convention as fact. The word 'hybrid', itself, is hard to define objectively. This is because many - perhaps most - species have been produced by 'lateral evolution' as well as 'vertical evolution'.

In the case of humans, we hardly know what our Neanderthal or Denisovan inheritance looks like. What I mean by this is that we are unsure which phenotypic features of e.g. modern Europeans reflect a partially Neanderthal ancestry, and which phenotypic features of e.g. Melanesians indicate a partly Denisovan ancestry.

However, in the case of the brown bear the origin of the pale collar is easier to guess: the Asian black bear (Ursus thibetanus, and

The Asian black bear has a whitish collar, albeit an inconsistent one ( And because it has had contact with the brown bear all the way from Iran to Manchuria (, there has been opportunity for introgressive hybridisation over a long period - and over an area eventually spreading so far afield that this ancestor is not even a memory.

The form of the brown bear in which the pale collar is clearest and most consistent, and in which it persists in adults, is that of western China.

Ursus arctos pruinosus

However, the pale collar tends to be noticeable also in eastern Siberia ( and

And some individuals retain traces of the pale collar in adulthood even in Scandinavia, thousands of kilometres from the range of the Asian black bear ( and

In North America - a continent removed - the pale collar is restricted to some juveniles, and perhaps only in the northwestern parts of the continent. But its presence at all is remarkable.

This raises the question of the adaptive value of a pale collar - which is remarkably variable individually, and even asymmetrical in some cases - in the Asian black bear in the first place ( and and and and and and and and and and and and and and and and and and

And the lack of hypotheses so far, for such a striking and photogenic pattern, reminds us that the biology of animal colouration is still in its infancy.

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Week 2 entry

I woke up pretty early, at 6:30 AM, to go to the Moss Beach tide pools. I checked online, and it said that low tide was to be expected at 7:38 AM. However, when I got there I saw a sign saying the park opens at 8 AM, so I wasn’t able to go to the pools at the recommended time. When it came time to actually approach the pools, the tide had risen a significant amount. I was able to tell this because I’d been to the pools before during low tide and was able to see lots of creatures. This time, the rocks on the shore were all but completely covered in water. I was able to get a picture of a hermit crab, which has now qualified as research-grade, and also some snails and seagulls, but no other animal organisms.

This weekend, I might look into a different tide pool location where I’ll actually be able to observe while the tide is low. There is a wide variety of organisms in these little ecosystems, and it would really go a long way to completing the requirements for our iNaturalist project.

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Rearing Limacodidae caterpillars that you find on the ground

Just a note to those that find limacodid caterpillars on the ground and may be concerned about finding the right plants to feed them.

Finding a caterpillar like this often means that it is a fully grown instar looking for a place to make a cocoon (pupation takes place later inside the cocoon). In other words - easier to raise it to adult!!!!

This observation is a classic example of what we are seeing a lot of lately on iNaturalist.

If you see one like this put it in a container with some dry leaves and gravel. I also recommend a few fresh leaves as well if there is a tree in the near vicinity that looks like the caterpillar make have been blown off. The tree should have smooth (not hairy) and tough leaves.

This hedges our bets because it can possibly provide food if it is a lost caterpillar looking for plants, or you can provide a site for it to build a cocoon in the bottom of the container.

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I found a timber under a brush hog this past weekend

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Waterfowl Park - Sackville, NB - September 21, 2021

The weather when we were at the park is as follows:
-clear sky
-warm (probably low 20 degrees celcius)
-very windy
-no precipitation

The habitat description is as follows:
-water (ponds, marsh, swamp, stream)
-the ground looked dry but upon further inspection there was moisture and plants were not struggling (I don't think)
-there were a lot of lily pads/debris(leaves, etc.) in the water

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Log your finds!

Make sure to log your finds from this past weekend. They are slowly coming in. I'd love to see what everyone saw!

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The Blitz begins soon!

While camping at Bay Springs this weekend, use your phone to take pictures of ANY wildlife you come across and identify it (ask for help!). This can be insects, birds, fish, critters or really anything that is alive and kicking! The more you can document the better! Have fun while camping but remember, leave no trace!

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First time in Acadian Nature Park

Golden silk spiders in webs high above the ground
Spiny- backed orbweaver in both yellow and white both on webs closer to ground level maybe eye level with me most of the time and I’m 5’2 for reference
Orchard Orbweaver or similar varying in size, beautiful green color with orange markings

Butterflies and Moths
I saw quite a few that eluded a photograph.
An Eastern Giant Swallowtail
Red spotted Admiral
Fall Webworm moth in larval stage
Carolina Satyr

Other insects
Common blue mud dauber wasp
Blue Dasher
Eastern black carpenter ant
Blue-tipped Dancer
Short-winged Green Grasshopper
Paper wasp
Unidentified stink bug

I also spotted some reptiles such as
Common five lined skink
Green anole
Common Slider

Field notes: squirrels have a diverse diet here, in my two hour visit I saw a squirrel eat a sweet gum nut,a mouthful of beauty berries, and one had even caught a dragon fly and was loudly munching on it. Lots of mosquitos. Perfect area for snakes and other small wildlife

פורסם ב ספטמבר 27, 2021 06:45 אחה"צ על־ידי rosebones rosebones | 8 תצפיות

Soaked Through.

The creek freaks of Los Angeles seek out the city’s secret water—and fight to set it free.

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Local grasses

Site reconnoiter for potential as tour site of native and non-native grasses; focus is on perennials but there are a couple of native annuals tossed in.

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1 Blitz left! Over 350 species so far

Hello Naturalists!

We have only 1 more BioBlitz for 2021! It will be in mid-October. We are now well over 1,280 observations from more than 365 species. Check out our website for updates:

Thanks and cheers!

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Journal entry 1

All of the species identified do not have many common adaptations, since the group’s project was the “Flora and Fauna of Mount Royal” which is a broad topic. However, the species have all adapted to thrive in a wide temperature range, including both the heat of Montreal summers to the cold winters.

The plant that was identified using a phylogenetic tree was a thicket creeper, Parthenocissus inserta. Its phylogeny placement goes, eukaryotes, viridiplantae, eudicots, Pentapetalae, Vitaceae, Parthenocisseae. One unique adaptation of the thicket creeper is that it has club-shaped ends in order to fit inside of a crevice. This allows it to easily grow through shrubbery and trees (as opposed to its close relative, the Virginia creeper which climbs walls).

פורסם ב ספטמבר 27, 2021 04:32 אחה"צ על־ידי miadsouza miadsouza | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה

Leaf Morphology

During our discussion of plant identification, I mentioned there was a good graphic for leaf morphology.

Here it is:

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26/09/2021 Fiume Astico

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Spaziergang am 27.09.2021

Areal: Rindbach über die die Hintere Rindbachstraße zum Strandbad und retour. Ca. 420m bis ca. 460m üNN.
Wetter: bewölkt mit Sonnenfenstern, windstill, regenfeucht, ~18°C.

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