Illinois Botanists Big Year 2019's Notícias

13 de outubro de 2019

How to help identify ILBBY observations

Short version: Log into iNaturalist and go here! Click one of the photos to view more details and add or confirm an identification.

Long version: No observation makes it into the Illinois Botanists Big Year (ILBBY) or gets passed on to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) without at least two identifications. Making IDs is a great way to learn, see the diversity of species found in an area, contribute to science, and get to know other naturalists out there observing.

The Identify page on the iNaturalist website makes IDing really streamlined, especially once you start using the keyboard shortcuts. You can access the Identify page from the website by clicking the Identify link in the main header. Then click any image to view it in the "pop-up" modal in order to view the photos larger, add an ID, or see other details. There is unfortunately no similar quick and easy way right now to add identifications from the apps, so it's recommended to use a laptop or desktop computer.

Check out this useful video tutorial for using the Identify page on the iNaturalist website:

Here is a URL filtered to identify plants in Illinois observed in 2019: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?iconic_taxa=Plantae%2Cunknown&order_by=random&place_id=35&year=2019 I recommend bookmarking it so that it's easy to access. You can use the filters on the Identify page to show exactly the type of observations you're interested in.

Even a broad identification can be really helpful. So if you know it's in the aster family (Asteraceae), but not which species exactly, you can add an ID at family level. That way people looking to help ID observations in that family can find it easier.

Have questions about making identifications on iNaturalist? This Identification Etiquette post answers a lot of common questions. You can also ask below or start a new topic on the iNaturalist Forum.

Publicado em 13 de outubro de 2019, 11:39 PM por bouteloua bouteloua | 2 comentários | Deixar um comentário

09 de outubro de 2019

ILBBY October 2019 Update & Illinois Native Plant Society Get-together in Chicago

Stats

It's October 9th, flowers are just about winked out, and the Illinois Botanists Big Year's got:


3,247 observers (+1,468 since our last update)
43,981 research grade observations of plants (+18,100)
1,705 species (+381)
1,270 identifiers (+415)

The top 10 leaderboard, botanizers with the most research grade species of plants in Illinois in 2019 are:

  1. @dziomber — 896
  2. @wildlandblogger — 857
  3. @sanguinaria33 — 807
  4. @sedge — 679
  5. @elfaulkner — 651
  6. @johnhboldt — 599
  7. @skrentnyjeff — 571
  8. @kkucera — 478
  9. @bouteloua — 470
  10. @missgreen — 352

The 100 Club: Since our last update, a bunch more botanizers have made research grade observations of over 100 species of plants in Illinois this year: @maureenclare, @redadmiral98, @timfelinski0251, @eriko, @matt167, @jenhugstrees, @eattaway92, @plantdruid, @randyshonkwiler, @rin_nd, @k2018lena, @carolt-80, @joelmc, @ewarden, @ty-sharrow, @mn2010, @brendanrattin, @wildernessbarbie, @vvoelker, @rtriveline, and @rgraveolens! Whoo!

New to following the ILBBY project are @eriko, @esp, @jenhugstrees, @cleaarbogast, @jfaupel, @rlammann, @kennedy9094, @naturalist_zeb, and @taco2000. Welcome!

New to observing plants in Illinois on iNaturalist are @apncvisitor, @ilovestuff, @illinoiswildflowers, @sandijustad, @zach_skuby, @timmiller1, @tonyfleming, @treeguy1234, @alex1231, @ralph54, @samau, @paulfrederiksen, @pavoss64, @jannebrown, @goulet, @ebeobservations, @kerohling, @rarecatsnake, @kassiehenrikson, @biobirdnerd, @iacampoverde, @sivicek, @jessicahertel, @reyfoxx, @hernajos110, @naturelady23, @steinhauer, and @angeldelacruz2ndhour among many others. If you want to get Illinois Botanists Big Year updates, you can join the project here.

Plant Pic Picks


Don't forget to favorite observations to highlight good photos or cool finds!
In no particular order, some lovely plant pics by Illinois botanizers:

Lobelia siphilitica by @jwmoonflower in Coles County:

Pinky Monotropa uniflora by @kennedy9094 in Cook County:

This bouquet of Scirpus cyperinus by @wildlandblogger in Johnson County:

Chasmanthium latifolium by @illinoiswildflowers in Champaign County:

Ageratina altissima by @psweet in Lake County:

Elymus hystrix by @ralph54 in Kane County:

Help Identify

As always, please help your fellow botanists, when yr able, to identify/confirm their observations. Try sorting by "new users" or "random" to mix it up!

Species New to Illinois on iNat

Continue to keep an eye on these links below for any new documentations in 2019. I commented on a few new ones that folks like @wildlandblogger, @sedge, @vvoelker, @labaird, @plantdruid, and @lwalther have found since our last update. Great work!

And finally, coming up not this but next Friday:

Wink & Swillhelm at The Garage Bar


Friday, October 18th, 2019
starting at 6:30PM and going to 9:30PMish or whenever
at The Garage Bar & Sandwiches, 6154 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago (Norwood Park)

Come meet and hang with other local botany and ecology enthusiasts at The Garage Bar in northwest Chicago! We'll be in the room upstairs.

Facebook event for people who like that: https://www.facebook.com/events/2403057686577194/

Pretty informal, come whenever and no need to RSVP nor to be a current INPS member.
Though you should join! :) https://ill-inps.org/northeast-chapter/

Hope to see you there!

Publicado em 09 de outubro de 2019, 09:38 PM por bouteloua bouteloua | 4 comentários | Deixar um comentário

21 de julho de 2019

Hot dog, it's the July Update of the Illinois Botanists Big Year

Stats

It's July 20th, it's been hot, it's been humid, and the ILBBY's racked up:


1,779 observers (+294 since last month's update)
25,881 research grade observations of plants (+5,314)
1,324 species (+184)
855 identifiers (+128)

Now things are getting exciting, with @dziomber (Derek) jumping into first place in front of @wildlandblogger (Jared). Derek has 655 species while Jared is at 650.

The top 10 leaderboard, botanizers with the most research grade species of plants in Illinois in 2019 are:

  1. @dziomber — 655
  2. @wildlandblogger — 650
  3. @sanguinaria33 — 537
  4. @kkucera — 445
  5. @johnhboldt — 432
  6. @skrentnyjeff — 422
  7. @bouteloua — 397
  8. @elfaulkner — 388
  9. @sedge — 376
  10. @missgreen — 321

In the map below, everyone's observations are in grey, while dziomber is teal and wildlandblogger is orange. It's a bit rectangular in the Chicago area due to the way obscured geoprivacy works on iNaturalist. More info about that here.

Since last month's update, another seven botanizers have made research grade observations of over 100 species of plants in Illinois this year: @d_coulter @naturalist_glenn @outdoorsie the mysterious @prairiehobbit @psweet @stocksdale and @woodridgejeff Whoo! Just shy of 100 are @matt167 @eriko @wildernessbarbie @carolt-80 and @eattaway92.

New to following the ILBBY project are @illinois_joy, @jingyilu, and @michelle894. Welcome!

New to observing plants in Illinois on iNaturalist are @anthony438 @audreychung @dsbarry @gloriao147 @jenniferannifer @kcramp @marissaannis @maryh74 @nichole47 @profspinifera @samib3108 and @teriknaff, among many others. If you want to stay apprised of Illinois Botanists Big Year updates, you can join the project here.

Plant Pic Picks


Don't forget to favorite observations to highlight good photos or cool finds!

Lovely portrait of a Verbena hastata (blue vervain) by @psweet in Lake County:
Beckmannia syzigachne (American slough grass) by @johnhboldt in Cook County:
Fuzzy Aphyllon ludovicianum (Louisiana bloomgreat) by @elfaulkner in Lee County:
Calopogon tuberosus (grasspink orchids) by @randyshonkwiler in Cook County:
Angelica atropurpurea (great angelica) waving hello by @redadmiral98 in Lee County:
Carex leptalea by @sedge in McHenry County:

Help Identify

As always, please help your fellow botanists, when yr able, to identify/confirm their observations. Try sorting by "new users" or "random" to mix it up!

Species New to Illinois on iNat

And keep an eye on these links below for any new documentations in 2019. I commented on a few new ones that folks like @andrewhipp @dziomber @johnhboldt @skrentnyjeff and @woodridgejeff have found since our last update. Great work!

Publicado em 21 de julho de 2019, 03:25 AM por bouteloua bouteloua | 10 comentários | Deixar um comentário

29 de junho de 2019

Sedgeheaven: June Update of the Illinois Botanists Big Year

Stats

It's June 29th, it's summer, it's sedges-are-identifiable season, and the ILBBY 2019's got:


1,485 observers (+495 since last month's update)
20,567 research grade observations of plants (+7,191)
1,140 species (+310)
727 identifiers (+209)

New to following the ILBBY project are @alefringhouse24, @irenejhf, @jhoekstra, @rozhelfand, and @stocksdale. Welcome!

New to observing plants in Illinois on iNaturalist are @alex1093 @anafae @awesomeeagle @brett02 @carrie206 @charitycat @chase1789_xd @chazmw @christianelliott1 @christianpuka @cole65 @dka723 @g10078 @gracecomerford @jayeeinin @jindra @johnlseale @katmuth @kilbourngreenhouse @magnetgrrl @maritzav1 @mcvozenilek @michelle894 @neonicarus @nicole646 @nlee @nrthwoods @redadmiral98 @reedgarnett @scotthorlock @sdelisi @spiderwort91 @yet2019 and @zebulen27, among many others! If you want to stay apprised of Illinois Botanists Big Year updates, you can join the project here.

Since last month's update, seven more botanizers have observed over 100 species of plants in Illinois this year: @andrewstpaul @elfaulkner @grantfessler @jackassgardener @kennedy9094 @ssinn and @whimbrelbirder. Whoo! Just shy of 100 are @d_coulter @psweet @prairiehobbit and @stocksdale. Next time y'all'll all be over the 100 mark I'm sure! :)

On the leaderboard for most research grade species of plants in Illinois in 2019 are:

  1. @wildlandblogger — 564
  2. @dziomber — 457
  3. @sanguinaria33 — 354
  4. @sedge — 349
  5. @johnhboldt — 341
  6. @kkucera — 327
  7. @skrentnyjeff — 316
  8. @bouteloua — 296
  9. @elfaulkner — 223
  10. @missgreen — 221

The most observose species in June 2019 so far have been common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca), Ohio spiderwort (Tradescantia ohiensis / seriously who calls this bluejacket??), yarrow (Achillea millefolium), red clover (Trifolium pratense), foxglove beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), crown vetch (Securigera varia), and white wild indigo (Baptisia alba).

On Our Hitlist


As a community we still have somehow not observed these plants yet in 2019. Anyone up for a focused scavenger hunt?

  • fringed heartwort (Ricciocarpos natans)
  • gingko (Gingko biloba) — which occasionally escapes cultivation
  • Canada yew (Taxus canadensis) — some say these are here on iNat but just need to be confirmed
  • juniper haircap moss (Polytrichum juniperinum)
  • grasspink orchids (Calopogon tuberosus) - @sanguinaria33 catch up!
  • colicroot (Aletris farinosa)
  • American sweetflag (Acorus americanus)
  • yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila)
  • barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crus-galli)
  • yellow nutsedge (Cyperus esculentus)
  • rice cutgrass (Leersia oryzoides)
  • quackgrass (Elymus repens)
  • sneezeweed (Helenium autumnale) — easy vegetative ID!
  • tall boneset (Eupatorium altissimum)
  • grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)
  • early, elm, bluestem goldenrods (Solidago juncea, S. ulmifolia, S. caesia)
  • smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve)
  • partridge pea (Chamaecrista fasciculata)
  • velvetleaf (Abutilon theophrasti) — this is definitely in someone's garden
  • common St. Johnswort (Hypericum perforatum)
  • American lotus (Nelumbo lutea)
  • spotted spurge (Euphorbia maculata)

Plant Pic Picks


Don't forget to favorite observations to highlight good photos or cool finds!

Violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea) pretty in purple; its starburst-flavored leaves hidden below by @sanguinaria33 in DuPage County:

Glowy budding quinine (Parthenium integrifolium) by @tararat in McLean County:

Dewy white wild indigo (Baptisia alba) by @skrentnyjeff in Cook County:

Small white lady's slippers (Cypripedium candidum) by @andrewhipp in DuPage County:

Help Identify

As always, please help your fellow botanists, when yr able, to identify/confirm their observations. There are almost 24,000 observations in 2019 that qualify for the project, but haven't been IDed or confirmed yet. Try sorting by "new users" or "random" to mix it up!

New to Illinois on iNat

And keep an eye on these links below for any new documentations in 2019. I commented on a few new ones that folks like @andrewhipp @dziomber @elfaulkner @illinois_joy @johnhboldt @johnlseale @kkucera @lucydugan @owenkathriner @prairiehobbit @sanguinaria33 @sedge @ty-sharrow and @wildlandblogger have found since our last update. Great work!

Publicado em 29 de junho de 2019, 05:00 PM por bouteloua bouteloua | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário

08 de junho de 2019

New mascot for the ILBBY

We've got a new mascot for the Illinois Botanists Big Year.

Thanks to Kathleen Marie Garness (@kathleen88) for the use of her illustration of Carex buxbaumii, and to Vanessa Voelker (@vvoelker) for the reference photo from which it was drawn!

Why Carex buxbaumii? IDK, I like it. It's usually found in really nice areas. And its one of the prettiest and most easily identifiable sedges. :)

Publicado em 08 de junho de 2019, 04:56 AM por bouteloua bouteloua | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário

21 de maio de 2019

May Showers, May Flowers — Illinois Botanists Big Year Update

Stats

It's May 21st and the ILBBY 2019's got:


990 observers (+635)
13376 research grade observations of plants (+9289)
830 species (+282)
518 identifiers (+282)

We had a big ol' bump in activity from the City Nature Challenge 2019, a long weekend in the Chicago region during which 346 users made 8024 observations of 1048 species of plants, animals, fungi, and other creatures. Despite it SNOWING one of the days I think this was a pretty good showing. :) More stats on the global City Nature Challenge and St. Louis Metro challenge.

New to following the ILBBY project are @juliebags and @observer26. Welcome! New to observing plants in Illinois are @timfelinski0251, @benb @owenkathriner, @rrm4649, @marinegardener, @whvoss, @jbllak, @goldfink, @kimberly236, @bengreenfield1, @kimberlycurtis, and @hannasowden, among others! If you want to stay apprised of Illinois Botanists Big Year updates, you can join the project here.

Since last month's update, four more botanizers have observed over 100 species of plants in Illinois this year. Great efforts by @sedge, @taco2000, @andrewhipp, and @jakeskee! Jared Gorrell (@wildlandblogger) is still in the lead of this friendly competition with 420 species.

The top-observed species swapped from spring beauty (Claytonia virginica) to prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum) as the former has faded from bloom and the latter's deep red flowers speckle woodland understories. My favorite little umbrellas-of-the-woods, Podophyllum peltatum are second-most observed, and hard-to-not-photograph bluebells (Mertensia virginica) joined the leaderboard in May too.

Plant Pic Picks


Don't forget to favorite observations to highlight good photos or cool finds!

A very nice white trout lily (Erythronium albidum) by @jingyilu in Chicago.

Bright copper iris (Iris fulva) by @grantfessler in Union County

Poster child for urban nature and the City Nature Challenge, this boxelder (Acer negundo) by @dbild in Chicago.

Golden marsh marigolds (Caltha palustris) by @mccrea in DeKalb County.

Wee false mermaidweed (Floerkea proserpinacoides) by @kkucera in northern Cook County.

Help Identify

As always, please help your fellow botanists, when yr able, to identify/confirm their observations. There are over 10,000 observations in 2019 alone that qualify for the project, but haven't been IDed or confirmed yet. Try sorting by random to mix it up!

New to Illinois on iNat

And keep an eye on these links for any new documentations in 2019. I commented on a few that folks like @lucydugan, @maryjoyce, @sedge, and @wildlandblogger have found!

Publicado em 21 de maio de 2019, 03:50 PM por bouteloua bouteloua | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

18 de abril de 2019

April 2019 Update of the ILBBY

This weenie Androsace occidentalis taken by @vvoelker in Peoria County was chosen as iNat's Observation of the Day last week:

Stats

It's April 18th and the ILBBY 2019's got:


355 observers (+281)
4087 research grade observations of plants (+3130)
548 species (+225)
236 identifiers (+138)

There are eight naturalists who have observed over 100 species: @wildlandblogger @johnhboldt @missgreen @dziomber @sanguinaria33 @kkucera @bouteloua and @skrentnyjeff. @wildlandblogger is on a mission, with over 1000 research grade plant observations in Illinois (315 species) in less than 4 months.

Cute Plant Pics

Our most-observed species have swapped from easy/common winter trees to easy/common spring wildflowers: spring beauty (Claytonia virginica), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), prairie trillium (Trillium recurvatum), and Dutchman's breeches (Dicentra cucullaria).

Just some lovely spring beauties by @janeogilvie in Lake County:

A pretty bloodroot with friend by @mjadams in Woodford County:

Check out these crazy super-leaved trilliums observed by @raspberrybee in Kane County:

City Nature Challenge 2019

Folks in northeast Illinois, get ready for the City Nature Challenge next weekend (April 26th through 29th).
Ways to participate: join the project, find an event near you, go iNatting, and/or help identify the flood of observations that come in.

Help Identify

As always, please help your fellow botanists, when yr able, to identify/confirm their observations.

New to Illinois on iNat

And keep an eye on these links for any new documentations in 2019.
I commented on a few that folks like @psweet @wildlandblogger @paulroots and others may have found!

Publicado em 18 de abril de 2019, 02:14 PM por bouteloua bouteloua | 4 comentários | Deixar um comentário

02 de março de 2019

Spring's been harbinged

Three observations of harbinger-of-spring (Erigenia bulbosa) on the same day in late February in southern Illinois:


Photo by @karen2001

* https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/20784683 by @karen2001
* https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/20792813 by @kup
* https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/20784976 by @wildlandblogger

It's March 2nd and the ILBBY 2019's got:


74 observers
957 research grade observations of plants
323 species
98 identifiers

@wildlandblogger is still in the lead with 143 species, but I heard at Wild Things that he may have some additional strong competition coming up once northern Illinois starts thawing out more...

As always, please help your fellow botanists, when yr able, to identify/confirm their observations.

And keep an eye on these links for any new documentations in 2019:

Publicado em 02 de março de 2019, 02:10 PM por bouteloua bouteloua | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário

13 de fevereiro de 2019

More interesting identifying: sort by random

I know I can get a bit discouraged sometimes when the first batch of observations I see in Identify are all "picked over", either because they're species that are difficult to identify, or the photos aren't enough for showing diagnostic characters, or something else. So, try sorting by random to mix it up:

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?iconic_taxa=Plantae&order_by=random&place_id=35&year=2019 (2019 only)

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/identify?iconic_taxa=Plantae&order_by=random&place_id=35 (all time)

Any other tips you have for making identifying more fun?

I started a more general thread about this here too:
https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/making-identifying-more-fun-interesting/242

Publicado em 13 de fevereiro de 2019, 04:10 PM por bouteloua bouteloua | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário

01 de fevereiro de 2019

Welcome to the Illinois Botanists Big Year 2019

It's February 1st and five plant nerds have already documented over 30 different species, for a collective:


45 observers
461 research grade observations of plants
214 species
62 identifiers

If you missed seeing the 2018 results, check them out here!

Can we break 1500 species in 2019?
50,000 observations?
3,000 observers?
1,500 identifiers?

As for now, it is tree season, and hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) and black cherry (Prunus serotina) are in the lead for most observations. @missgreen wins the unannounced contest, "First to Observe Skunk Cabbage", with a date of January 4th. And the spathe is even open!


Skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus by @missgreen (observation)

And @wildlandblogger is off to the races in southern Illinois, racking up 117 observations of 82 species.


Baldcypress, Taxodium distichum by @wildlandblogger (observation)

A few links:

And keep an eye on these links for any new documentations in 2019:

Publicado em 01 de fevereiro de 2019, 06:47 PM por bouteloua bouteloua | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário