09 de outubro de 2019

Fall Harvest - iNat Challenge

Days are shortening and cooling, squirrels are gathering nuts, raccoon and other animals are fattening up, and bees and wasps are harvesting nectar and pollen from the last blooming asters and goldenrods of the year. Fall has finally arrived! And of course, this means that winter is right around the corner. Join us at Runge this fall as we observe animals preparing for winter during this season's Fall Harvest - Observation Challenge. Observe four different species of fruits or nuts (persimmons, acorns, walnuts, etc.) and/or animals preparing for winter (jays and squirrels collecting acorns, feeding pollinators, etc.) using the iNaturalist app or website, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Afterwards, stop at the front desk of the nature center to receive a free field guide, an Audubon Bird Call, and a "Socialize with a Snake" ticket, which can be redeemed at the front desk for the opportunity to meet and hold one of Runge's education snakes. Get out, explore, and observe this fall!
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Thank you to all who made observations during the summer. July, August, and September were all record breaking months with 32 observers making over 800 observations, while adding another 100 species to the project. Keep up the good work making observation at Runge using iNaturalist. Don't forget to share your favorite observation and explore ours using Instagram - #RungeBiodiversityProject

Publicado em 09 de outubro de 2019, 08:52 PM por amlambert11 amlambert11 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

13 de julho de 2019

BioBlitz Wrap-up and Pollinator Challenge

June has come and gone, and that brings us to July. A lot has happened in the last month. The Runge Biodiversity Project has surpassed 5,000 observation, 1,300 species, and has over 100 observers and members. June was also the biggest month in the short history of the project with 59 observers making 926 observations. And, most importantly, Runge Nature Center held its first ever BioBlitz on June 21st and 22nd, which led to all of these milestones.

During the event, which attracted over 500 people, more than 800 observations were made resulting in over 450 species of plants, animals, and fungi being reported in 24 hours. The event was a huge success, judged not merely by the number of people in attendance or species recorded, but by the quality of the experience. Thirty passionate and enthusiastic experts led 29 excursions, helping connect our participants with Missouri's forest, fish, and wildlife by exploring the life that calls Runge home. In addition, 17 Runge volunteers helped to support the experts and Runge staff, and meet the needs of the public. This program was a success because of these fine folks and all that participated in the event. The species list for this event can be found at : https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-nature-center-bioblitz-2019

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Pollinator Challenge

Explore flowers and pollinating insects during this month's Runge iNaturalist Challenge. Make five pollinator or flowering plant observations using the iNaturalist app, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Once you have made your five observations stop at the front desk, share your observations with our Runge staff, and receive a free Peterson's First Field Guide and a miniature butterfly net

Publicado em 13 de julho de 2019, 09:35 PM por amlambert11 amlambert11 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

01 de junho de 2019

Runge Nature Center BioBlitz June 21 & 22, 2019

All amateur (including children and families) and professional naturalists are invited to attend out first ever Runge BioBlitz on June 21 & 22. Let's see how many different species of plants, animals, and fungi we can find at the Runge Conservation Nature Center in 24 hours. There will be many expert-led, educational, interactive excursion to explore the life that calls Runge home, and help give you deeper connection with Missouri's fish, forest, and wildlife. There will also be prizes, a raffle, a photography competition, and free hot dogs. No registration required. A schedule of events and more information can be found on the Runge Nature Center BioBlitz 2019 - iNaturalist page.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-nature-center-bioblitz-2019

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Pollinator iNat Challenge

Explore flowers and pollinating insects during this months Runge iNaturalist Challenge. Make five pollinator or flowering plant observations using the iNaturalist app, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Once you have made your five observations stop at the front desk, share your observations with our Runge staff, and recieve a free Peterson's First Field Guide and a miniature butterfly net.

Publicado em 01 de junho de 2019, 03:12 PM por amlambert11 amlambert11 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

18 de março de 2019

Awakening Spring and Runge Nature Center BioBlitz June 21-22

Spring is quickly approaching. The natural world is warming and awakening after the long, cold winter. Early flowers are beginning to emerge and bloom, and birds and frogs are singing. Help us document these early signs of our awakening spring. Make three observations of animals or plants that let us know that spring is arriving using the iNaturalist app or website, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Watch for bursting buds, blooming flowers, reptiles, amphibians, and migrating and singing birds. After uploading your observations stop at the front desk in the nature center and receive a free field guide and aquatic-life net. Get out, explore, and observe this spring.

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Mark your calendar for the first ever Runge Nature Center BioBlitz on June 21-22, 2019. All amateur (including children and families) and professional naturalists are invited to attend. There will be many expert-led, educational, interactive excursions to explore the life that calls Runge home. No registration required. More details will become available as we approach the date of the event.

https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/runge-nature-center-bioblitz-2019

Publicado em 18 de março de 2019, 07:28 PM por amlambert11 amlambert11 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

28 de novembro de 2018

Winter Wildlife - iNat Challenge

According to my calendar, winter does not officially begin until December 21st, but its presence can already be felt. The leaves have fallen from the trees, snow showers appear more frequently, and the natural world seems dormant. Observing warm season animals such as reptiles, amphibians, and insects proves difficult, and identifying dried up plants and leaf-less trees may be nearly impossible. However, there are still signs of life. Animals, such as many mammals and birds, can't help but leave evidence of their presence behind during the winter. We can study their tracks, feathers, scat, and other sign to unfold the creature mysteries around us.

This "creature sign" is what has inspired our winter observation challenge. Make three observations of three different species, or the sign they leave behind, using the iNaturalist app or website, then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Feel free to include things other than wildlife, such as dormant plants. Make sure to show as much evidence as possible by including things such as bark, buds, fruits, fallen leaves, or any other unusual characteristic. After uploading your observations stop at the front desk of the nature center and receive a free field guide and an animal track bandanna. Winter is still full of life, get out, explore, and observe.

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04 de setembro de 2018

Colors of the Fall - iNat Challenge

Fall is quickly approaching, and with it comes change. These changes may be as subtle as a squirrel shifting its behavior from rearing young to caching food, or as obvious as waterfowl migrating for the winter. Of course, the most famous change of all may be the transition of a tree's green, summer foliage to shades of red, yellow, orange, purple, and brown. This transformation is what has inspired our "Colors of the Fall - iNat Challenge." We would like to encourage iNat users to get out and observe the colors of the fall. Make five observations of five different species showing off their fall colors using the iNaturalist app or website, and then add those observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Feel free to include things other than the changing foliage, observe the yellow of an ashy sunflower, the purple of a New England aster, the orange in the wings of a migrating monarch, or the iridescent red gorget of a hummingbird. After uploading your observation stop at the front desk of the nature center and receive a free Petersen First Guide and a miniature plant press (perfect for starting a scientific plant collection). Fall is full of change, get out, explore, and observe.

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08 de agosto de 2018

August Observation Challenge

This month we will be challenging you to look carefully at our favorite eight-legged creatures...spiders! Observe two different spider species and two animals that a spider may eat using the iNaturalist app or website, then add the observations to the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Once you have made your observations stop at the front desk, share your observations with our Runge staff, and receive a free Safariology: World's Best Bug Jar (perfect for examining spiders and insects.)
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Thank you to all who participated in our July Observation Challenge. Unbelievably, we had 22 unique observers during the month of July and added 12 members to our project. The efforts put forth by these observers, many of whom are new to the project, did not go unrewarded. We were able to easily reach our goal of taking the project past 1000 species, with 1012 species observed as of July 31st. Lets keep the ball rolling and see how many observations and species we can add throughout August.

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20 de junho de 2018

On to 1000! and July Observation Challenge

Nine hundred fifty-six!!! At the time this post was written, iNat users, who have participated in the Runge Biodiversity Project, have detected 956 species of plants, animals, and fungi at the Runge Conservation Nature Center. Join us as we explore the living things that call Runge home, and attempt to reach our goal of observing 1000 species.
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Thank you to all who participated in our Monarch Mania Observation Challenge on June 9th. Four iNat users participated, giving us insight into what pollinators and flowering plants were present during the event. Observations included bees, beetles, and butterflies, including monarch, great spangled fritilary, hackberry emperor, and the rare swamp metalmark. We will be continuing with this Observation Challenge throughout the rest of June and July. Make five pollinator or flowering plant observations using the iNaturalist app, then add those observations to the the "Runge Biodiversity Project" before uploading. Once you have made five observations stop at the front desk, share your observations with our Runge staff, and receive a free Peterson's First Guide to Butterflies and Moths and a miniature butterfly net.

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30 de maio de 2018

Monarch Mania 2018 - Observation Challenge

Join us as we explore the world of monarchs and other Missouri pollinators during this year's Monarch Mania. Discover how you can help monarch thrive, enter to win a pollinator planter, talk to experts on butterflies, gardening, and pollinator habitat, play games, join us for guided hikes, and watch presentations by conservation professionals. Monarch Mania will be held on Saturday, June 9th from 9 am - 3 pm at the Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.

You can also help the Missouri Department of Conservation learn more about the pollinators and flowering plants of the Runge Conservation Nature Center during this years Monarch Mania! Make five pollinator or flowering plant observations on iNaturalist using your smart device, add them to the the Runge Biodiversity Project, and add the description "Monarch Mania 2018" to your notes before uploading your observation. Once you have made five observations stop at the front desk and receive a free Peterson's Select Field Guide.

We hope to see you at Runge on June 9th!

Publicado em 30 de maio de 2018, 08:40 PM por amlambert11 amlambert11 | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário