Arquivos de periódicos de junho 2024

03 de junho de 2024

Early June

We're off to a roaring start, and will now be hitting our peak diversity in the next two weeks.

May now has 7,959 observations, for 102 species - this is well ahead of 2023, which was a new high at the time (4,255 obs, 86 sp).

On the year we're now over 12,000 observations. Every county has 2024 observations, over 500 contributors.

So far we have 38 species with new early flight dates. We also have 49 new county records. 15 of the new county records are in target counties, so yay.

We started the year with 25 counties below 1,000 total observations. That count is now 17, and 3 counties are now very near the mark. So making progress. Thanks to all contributing.

Posted on 03 de junho de 2024, 02:50 PM by jimlem jimlem | 2 comentários | Deixar um comentário

17 de junho de 2024

Mid June

Nearly Summer on the calendar, certainly summer looking at the temperatures.

And we're rolling with Odonata observations. Now over 15,000 for the 2024 season. Over 600 research grade contributors. This highlights a good effort by our naturalist community.

We are at 115 species - not bad. Surprising numbers on some of the Clubtails. Splendid, Handssome, Cobra, Dusky, Plains, and Rusty Snaketails are all having really good seasons.

Early fliers that we have missed so far are Marsh Bluet, Chalk-fronted Corporal, Boreal Bluet, Northern Spreadwing, Frosted Whiteface, American Emerald, and Riffle Snaketail - no surprises here as these are never reported in big numbers, and several seem to be on the decline. We had a few Four-spotted Skimmer that survived the Ohio summer (2023) and winter. We were hoping for more, but nice to have a few.

37 species have new county records in 40 counties, for a running total of 61 new county records. This is a good number, behind the glory years of 2018-2019, but the low-hanging fruit is mostly gone! Leaders are Spatterdock Darner and Variegated Meadowhawk, both with 4 new counties. Lawrence, Medina, Mercer, and Seneca all have 3 new species.

The early season (warm weather) has produced 40+ new early flight dates. I'll have to start looking at late flight dates as we transition to departures.

It's also time to start the "County Complete" reporting. I was surprised to see that Eastern Forktail only needs 2024 observations in Adams, Brown, Trumbull, and Washington to have records in all 88 Ohio Counties. Fragile Forktail and Common Whitetail are next in line. Fragile Forktail is the current leader in number of observations, followed closely by Eastern Forktail, then a gap to Common Whitetail. Blue Dasher and Eastern Pondhawk are gaining as we get into the heart of their flight.

May 31, 2024 is now our top day of observations - ever! 730 research grade observations have been entered to the project for that day, representing 63 species from 60 observers. This edges out July 14, 2023 (727, 56, 62). Pretty amazing, and maybe more to come.

We now have June observations in all counties except Belmont, Huron, Monroe, Noble, and Washington. (note - we now have Huron observations). These are also some of the low counties for the year. Maybe we can fix some of that with the upcoming DSA meeting in Marietta - I hope to see you there!

Posted on 17 de junho de 2024, 02:05 AM by jimlem jimlem | 7 comentários | Deixar um comentário

27 de junho de 2024

End of June

Headed for a big weekend to finish the month. DSA meeting in Marietta.

We now have over 17,000 observations for the year. While June 2024 isn't yet at the high mark set last year (11,487 last year, just over 8,000 this year), we are ahead of 2023 at this point year to year. And we still have a few June days.

120 species have been observed. Glad to get Riffle Snaketail, Common Sanddragon, and Golden-winged Skimmer - those are a few we missed last year. 3 species are now reported in 80 or more counties (Eastern Forktail/85, Common Whitetail/83, and Fragile Forktail/80). We only need Eastern Forktail observations from Adams, Brown and Trumbull counties to be complete.

39 species have new county records in 42 counties, for a running total of 66 new county records. Leaders are Spatterdock Darner, Variegated Meadowhawk, Emerald Spreadwing, and Comet Darner - all with 4 new counties. Lawrence, Medina, Mercer, Seneca, and Van Wert all have 3 new species.

We started the year with 25 counties below 1,000 total observations. That count is now 14, and 5 counties are now very near the mark. So making progress. close ones are Noble/998, Allen/989, Brown/988, Guernsey/988, and Belmont/982. We've also moved 4 counties to 60 species - Fayette, Huron, Mercer, and Putnam. Noble is still on the low end at 51 species.

Posted on 27 de junho de 2024, 12:03 AM by jimlem jimlem | 3 comentários | Deixar um comentário