נובמבר 30, 2020

Don't Forget to Fav Photos for the November Winner!

Cast your votes and be counted! You can 'fav' any observation that you like to vote for the Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. Located to the right of the photographs and just below the location map is a star symbol. Click on this star and you've fav'ed an observation. At the end of each month, we'll see which photo-observation has the most favs and crown them the monthly winner. Check out awesome observations and click the star for those that shine for you. Vote early and often!

Check out who is in the lead and see a list of all of this month's photo-observations.

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נובמבר 22, 2020

iNaturalist Life List Update

iNaturalist recently updated the Life List feature, making it more visually attractive and user friendly. The old Life List has not been deleted, this is an updated version that exists in addition to the old platform. Your Life List is a list that is automatically generated by iNaturalist, containing all of the observations you have uploaded to iNaturalist. This post talks through the filters and features of the new Life List.

  • Read more on lists here.
  • Read about the new Life List here.
  • Watch a video on List use (including the new Life List update) here.

To get to your Life List:
Hover your mouse over your profile photo (top navigation bar, far right) and select “Lists.”

  • Once you have reached this page, you will see a panel that says “(your username)’s Life List.
  • This is the old platform. Rather than clicking this, look at the top of the page and you will see a box titled “Check out your new and improved Life List!” Click the green button that says “VIEW MY LIFE LIST”

Once you have clicked this button, a page with “(your username)’s Life List at the top. The page is divided in half, with “Life List” and “Tree View” as the primary options on the left side of the page, and “Species,” “Observations,” and “Unobserved Species” as the primary options on the right side.

  • Turn your attention to the left side of the page. Select “Life List.” Toggle the gray dropdown box that says “Sort: ___” and select Taxonomic (the page should automatically load to the “Sort: Taxonomic” page, so you should already be on this page). The page will populate a list, which is divided up into taxonomic groups by Family. Each Family group will have a top line with Kingdom through Order of the Family group at hand listed. Underneath this, you will see Family, Genus, and Species of the group at hand listed. Next to the Family and species listed, you will see a green number. That is the total number of observations for each.
  • Based on your current selection, the left side will only populate with data of observations that you have made.
    If you select Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, or one of the green numbers, the right side of the page will pull up the observations you have made within the selection.

  • Selecting “Most Observed,” Least Observed,” or “Name” in the “Sort:___” dropdown will give you the same information, just ordered by observation numbers or in alphabetical order by Family.
  • You can also use the search bar on the left side to search for a specific taxon, or you can select the icons above the search bar to navigate to a taxonomic group. You will only be able to select taxon groups that you have made observations of.

Select “Tree View” now.

  • You can filter the list you are observing the same way you can filter “List View.”
  • The “Tree View” option gives you a simplified view of the “List View” which was previously discussed.

Now turn your attention to the right side of the page.

  • The right side of the page shows you your observations of different species/ groups of species based on the filters you have applied to the entirety of the page. NOTE: This includes the left side of the page. If you have filtered the left side of the page and still have those filters selected, the right side of the page will reflect those filters.
  • If “Species” is selected on the right side of the page, you will see taxon cards populate. These taxon are all taxon that you have observed. Each has “__ observations” at the bottom, indicating the number of observations you have made of the taxon. You can further filter these taxon observations using the “Filter by Place” search bar, and by using the “Sort: ___” and “Show: __” dropdowns. Using these filters, you can pull up observations of specific taxon that you have observed in specified locations, which can be ordered by observation number and viewed at different taxonomic levels. Clicking these cards will pull up all observations you have made of the group at hand.
  • If you switch from “Species” to “Observations,” all of your observations that fit the criteria you have specified will be pulled up.
  • If you select “Unobserved Species,” all taxon fitting the criteria of the filters you have specified that you have NOT observed on iNaturalist will be populated. This is a great tool for getting an idea of other species in your area that you have not seen yet!

Finally, turn your attention to the blue “Export” button on the top right of your page.

  • If you select this option, you can export a .csv of the taxon that you have specified using all of the aforementioned filters on both sides of the page.

פורסם ב נובמבר 22, 2020 04:24 לפנה"צ על־ידי jpupko jpupko | 0 comments | הוספת תגובה

נובמבר 13, 2020

Lunchtime Learning Reminder

Hello all,

Join me every Wednesday from noon to 1 for Lunchtime Learning! During these sessions, I review how to utilize various aspects of iNaturalist through the lens of a seasonally-relevant Vermont phenology topic. The presentation varies in length from week to week, but there is plenty of time to ask any questions you may have on iNaturalist use, the topic of the week, or something related to Vermont’s ecology. I do not hold all of the answers, but I am happy to help you find them.

To register for weekly sessions, follow this link: Survey Monkey.
A link to recorded sessions can be found here.

Have a great weekend, and hope to see you all on Wednesday!
-Julia, Community Science Outreach Naturalist

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נובמבר 04, 2020

October 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulation to Pete Kerby-Miller for winning the October 2020 Photo-observation of the Month for the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. Pete's image of a congregation of Woolly Alder Aphids (Prociphilus tessellatus) received the most 'faves' from other iNaturalists. Some of you may recognize Pete as VCE's Mountain Ecology Technician , serving with us as an ECO AmeriCorps Member.

Woolly Alder Aphids are hardy November insects, and the blue, fuzzy specks seen above are in their wingless, immature stage. Often these aphids can be found gathered in a mass on speckled alder, sucking liquids and covered with a waxy white coating resembling cotton or wool. The adult stage retains some of the fuzz and blue coloration and also grows wings, so be on the lookout for these flying "Blue Fuzzy-Butts" this season.

With nearly 9,000 observations submitted by 1,603 observers in October, it was very competitive. Click on the image above to see and explore all of the amazing observations, including an adorable Virginia Opossum and luminescent fungi!

Visit the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist where you can vote for the winner this month by clicking the ‘fave’ star on your favorite photo-observation. Make sure you get outdoors and record the biodiversity around you, then submit your discoveries and you could be a winner!

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אוקטובר 27, 2020

Lunchtime Learning Session Update

Hello everyone!
Here is the link for the recordings from each week's Lunchtime Learning session. For those of you who may have missed the previous post, I will be hosting a zoom meeting each Wednesday from 12 to 1, covering some iNaturalist tips through the lens of a seasonally-relevant Vermont natural history topic. If you want to sign up for future sessions, fill out the Survey Monkey form here. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, either through iNaturalist or by email: jpupko@vtecostudies.org.

-Julia, Community Science Outreach Naturalist


Northern Short-tailed Shrew

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אוקטובר 16, 2020

Lunchtime Learning Sessions

Hi everyone! Starting next week, I will be doing a "Lunchtime Learning" session every Wednesday at noon. For the first 15 to 20 minutes, I will present on how to use a feature in iNaturalist, Vermont eBird, or eButterfly. With my screen shared, you can easily follow along. Some weeks I will give a 15 to 20 minute presentation on a cool Vermont natural history topic. For the rest of the hour, feel free to stick around and ask questions, either focused on how to use one of the aforementioned platforms or on something surrounding Vermont's ecology and natural history. Please pre-register using this Survey Monkey form and I will email you the zoom link on Wednesday morning. There is an option to add any questions you may have in the Survey Monkey form - if I get your questions by Monday each week there is a chance it will be the topic of the mini-presentation! For this week, I will consider questions until Tuesday because I have not given much notice about this. Please feel free to reach out with any questions, either through my iNaturalist page or by email: jpupko@vtecostudies.org. Looking forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks!
-Julia

Polished Lady Beetle (Cycloneda munda)
Image credit: Julia Pupko

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אוקטובר 02, 2020

September 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulation to Tom Norton for winning the September 2020 Photo-observation of the Month for the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. His image of Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus) captured the most votes from other iNaturalists. Some of you may recognize Tom from his help in identifying your observations. Amazingly, he's made 293,706 identifications in iNaturalist helping observations reach 'research grade'. His image of Shaggy Mane (Coprinus comatus) captured the most votes from other iNaturalists.

Shaggy Mane tends to spring up after rainy autumn days and is easily identified by the shaggy appearance. It undergoes a startling transition in late-fall in an effort to distribute its spores. The tall, oblong shape of the Shaggy Mane gives it an advantage over other mushrooms, as it has much more room in its gills to store the spores that will go on to become new fungal bodies. The conundrum this fungi faces is how to distribute its spores when they are all hidden deep within the cap. Deliquescence is the answer. As the fungus matures, the cap slowly deliquesces, or appears to melt away. The cap slowly liquefies from bottom-to-top into an inky sludge, the spores that were hidden deep within the cap are exposed to the wind and free to blow on to their next destination.

With neary 21,000 photo-observations submitted by 1,790 observers in September, it was extremely competitive. Click on the image to see and explore all of the amazing photo-observations, including the first record ever recorded of Common Blue butterfly, a species introduced to Quebec from Europe that has now arrived in Vermont.[/caption]

Visit the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist where you can vote for the winner this month by clicking the ‘fav’ star on your favorite photo-observation. Make sure you get outdoors and record the biodiversity around you, then submit your discoveries and you could be a winner!

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ספטמבר 30, 2020

Pruinose Squash Bee Mission Update

Earlier this year, we called on our community scientists to keep an INaturalist eye out for the Pruinose Squash Bee (Peponapis pruinosa), also known as the Eastern Cucurbit Bee. This small insect is just under 1.5 cm at maximum (smaller than the diameter of a dime), yet is an important pollinator for all of the plants in the cucurbit family (squash, cucumber, watermelon, pumpkins, and others).The Pruinose Squash Bees entire life cycle revolves around squash flowers--collecting pollen in the morning when the flowers are open, then building underground nests nearby (females) or resting within the flowers (males) once the flowers close in the afternoon.

According to our Vermont Wild Bee Survey, there were surprisingly few records of this bee reported from across Vermont. We wanted to know how wide-spread these amazing native pollinators are in the state, so we called on our community scientists (that is all of you!) to help us find out.

Over the course of the summer, there were nine observations of the Pruinose Squash Bee across Vermont. Most of these observations spanned the upper third of Vermont (Montpelier area north), with no observations between Royalton and Montpelier, and only three observations south of Royalton (see map provided). Prior to 2020, there were only 18 observations of the Pruinose Squash Bee, most of which were in the greater Burlington area or along the southeastern border between Vermont and New Hampshire (see map provided). As you can see, 2020 surveys expanded the known range of the Pruinose Squash Bee in Vermont. However, the Northeast Kingdom and the western portions of central and southern Vermont are all lacking observations - is this because the bee does not exist in these locations or do we just not have enough surveys? Let’s find out together next year when they are once again buzzing around our gardens.

The map on the left is of Pruinose Squash Bee observations from 2020, and the map on the right is of Pruinose Squash Bee observations in all years prior to 2020. Click the map to view the live map on INaturalist.

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ספטמבר 28, 2020

Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas Pilot Year

The Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas Pilot Year is not over yet!! A big thank you to you all for making our pilot year a great one! If you have any data sheets, please scan and email them to jpupko@vtecostudies.org or mail in your paper copies to Vermont Center for Ecostudies PO Box 420 Norwich, VT 05055 as soon as you can. Once we have all of the data in, we will be able to share a summary of the year’s findings. Stay tuned for our end-of-the-year report coming at the end of next month!

Thus far, there have been 19 species of lady beetle recorded as Research Grade Observations in Vermont, 14 of which are native. One species found is the elusive Four-Spotted Spurleg Lady Beetle (Brachiacantha quadripunctata), which was not seen since 1976 prior to surveys done for this project. While fall has certainly arrived, it is not too late to get out there and conduct some more surveys—the beetles will be out until it we get our first deep frosts!! Additionally, certain lady beetles occur in the highest frequencies in September, as they prepare to overwinter in leaf litter or under rocks. Send some more surveys our way!

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ספטמבר 25, 2020

Meet Our New ECO AmeriCorps Community Science Outreach Naturalist!

VCE welcomes Julia Pupko , our new ECO AmeriCorps Community Science Outreach Naturalist. Julia took the reigns following the end of Emily Anderson’s service last month and will be building on Emily’s outreach and education work for VCE’s community science projects. After the Vermont Lady Beetle Atlas pilot year in 2020, she will coordinate the launching of the first full year of the atlas in 2021. We hope to get as many volunteers as possible involved in helping us find some of our missing native species! Julia is also available to help you with iNaturalist, eBird, eButterfly or any other questions you may have pertaining to community science projects at VCE. She can help you via email (jpupko@vtecostudies.org) or even set up a Zoom meeting to demonstrate to you while sharing her screen. Julia looks forward to engaging with all of those interested in helping us to discover, share, and conserve Vermont’s biodiversity over the course of her service!

Julia Pupko surveying Lady Beetles for the Atlas.

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