San Mateo County Bio-Blitz's Boletim

25 de novembro de 2021


The San Mateo County Bio-Blitz project factotum is grateful for all of you who contribute, and thankful that we live in a county of such natural abundance. Let's protect it and love it so that it will be here for generations to come!

Have a happy day of Thanksgiving.

Publicado em 25 de novembro de 2021, 06:06 PM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

04 de novembro de 2021

Half a Million Strong!

Dear San Mateo iNat-ters - We just passed the 500,000 observation mark! Wow! Good work everyone! Note also that over 60% of our entries are at Research Grade. Incredible! Keep up the explorations!

Publicado em 04 de novembro de 2021, 06:27 AM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 4 comentários | Deixar um comentário

29 de maio de 2021

450,000 - 90% of the way to Half-a-Million!

Today we passed the 450,000 observation mark. Let's get to Half-a-Million in 2021!

Publicado em 29 de maio de 2021, 01:53 AM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 1 comentário | Deixar um comentário

18 de maio de 2021

Take the ID plunge!

Dear San Mateo County Naturalists -

I've been doing some intensive ID work lately, inspired by doing more ID work during the City Nature Challenge. However, I have severe limitations. Take for instance, "Plants." I only know a few for which I feel confident making an ID. Or "Fish" or tidal creatures.


First, the good news - we are ahead of most projects, with over 60% of our sightings taken to research grade. Only 33% remain in need of more specific IDs. That's rather exceptional for a project this vast.

Second, more good news - it is easy to search through the project for either all entries in need of identification, or by specific species. Here's how.

  1. On the home page for the project ( ), click on "observations"
  2. Once you've done that, just below the number of observations you will find five little boxes. One of them says "Identify" - that's your ticket - click it!
    3, This takes you to an "Identify" page that automatically brings up all the observations in this project in need of identification (other than your own). However, you can narrow this using the two empty rectangles at the top - "Species" and "Place". I will daily put "Birds" in the species box, for instance - that will bring all Bird observations in need of IDing to me. If you are an expert in the plants at Edgewood, put in "Plants" and "Edgewood County Park". You can get even more detailed using the Filters link - I can look for @leslie_flint observations of insects at Edgewood Park over the last three years, to check on her gall sightings! Amazing stuff that the intertubes bring to us!

  3. While it does not take an entry to research grade, anything that helps to gain more specificity is great. So if someone described their entry as "Plants" but you known it is a "DIcot" - that's helpful. If the observer said "Fungi" but you know it would fit under "Common Lichens" (Lecanoromycetes) do that. Any refinement helps guide entries to better specialists (I check Lecanoromycetes, but I don't check all of Fungi, for example).

Third, the less good news -
At the bottom of the general identification page, you can see how many pages remain of observations to be identified for the project. Every page contains 30 entries. We currently have over 4000 pages of observations in need of identification!

Fourth, the bright side - If we make a push now, in 2021, to clean this up, we will put the project on a strong footing moving forward, especially as more of us become familiar with how to do these identifications. All of us, at some point in life, even post-COVID, will have times when boredom, or physical illness, mobility limitation, etc., will keep us indoors or laid up. What better to do than continue contributing to the scientific record!

Thanks for listening - remember, it's not your ego that concerns me - it is your ID!

Publicado em 18 de maio de 2021, 05:49 PM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 3 comentários | Deixar um comentário

12 de maio de 2021

30,000 observations

Excuse me for a moment while I toot my own horn - I just became the first person to reach 30,000 observations in this project. COVID definitely helped with this achievement, as my naturalizing was artificially limited geographically. But I saw this as an opportunity to better learn the local habitats.

I don't want to be here all by myself, though - hope to see many more friends at this plateau in the years to come!

Keep on keeping on in our wonderful county!

Publicado em 12 de maio de 2021, 03:34 AM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 7 comentários | Deixar um comentário

04 de maio de 2021

Looks Like We Made It!

When I set the goal of over 7,000 entries for the county over the City Nature Challenge weekend, I thought it might prove unrealistic. But thanks to all of you, we did make it, and contributed mightily to the Bay Area's total. In fact, by my seat-of-the-pants calculation, our little slice of the planet accounted for 28% of the current total! That's astounding - a sign of both our ecological richness, and the commitment of so many local residents to community science.

Check out the Bay Area totals here -
and the overall City Nature Challenge here -

Keep on entering and, when confident, identifying

Publicado em 04 de maio de 2021, 04:45 AM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

28 de abril de 2021

City Nature Challenge THIS WEEKEND - April 30, May 1, 2, 3 - LET'S DO IT!

The SIXTH annual iNaturalist-based CITY NATURE CHALLENGE (CNC) is this weekend,. Hundreds of cities and metro areas are now participating, which marks astonishing growth over a short period of time (thanks to Alison Young @kestrel and Rebecca Johnson @rebeccafay our leaders, assisted by many others). San Mateo county is part of the San Francisco Bay Area (2018 overall winners by sweeping all three categories, and winner of the 2019 "Participants" trophy - no mere "participation" trophy!)

While the continuation of COVID means that we cannot hold large organized events, let me STRONGLY ENCOURAGE you to GET OUT AND DOCUMENT LIVING ENTITIES! Let's see if we can get San Mateo county from its current position of 432,251 observations, to 440,000 by the end of the weekend. That's a tough climb, but doable!

To paraphrase something I heard once:
We Shall iNat on the Beaches, We Shall iNat on the Landing Grounds, We Shall iNat in the Fields and in the Streets (safely, now), We Shall iNat in the Hills!

For more on the CNC, see

Publicado em 28 de abril de 2021, 03:19 PM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

08 de fevereiro de 2021


We reached 400,000 observations in this project. To all who are participants


Publicado em 08 de fevereiro de 2021, 12:57 AM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 2 comentários | Deixar um comentário

11 de janeiro de 2021

iNaturalist Meta-Analysis

I point the finger at all of you - YOU MADE THIS HAPPEN!


Publicado em 11 de janeiro de 2021, 10:38 PM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

08 de janeiro de 2021

This Extraordinary Project we've built Together

New Year's Greetings for 2021. Perhaps because we all stayed home in 2020, or perhaps more people took the time to learn iNaturalist, the project grew. As you can see, we are on the verge of 400,000 observations and 8,000 total species. We just passed the 300,000 mark in April 2020, so this is very fast growth; the increase in observers over 2020 is almost 25%. Just incredible - and with that comes more and more granular specificity about the natural life of our dear home.

Watch this space for events coming up - socially-distanced and distributed events - for the Great Backyard Bird Count February 12-15

Your wrangler and data-gathering maniac - Jennifer @gyrrlfalcon

Publicado em 08 de janeiro de 2021, 07:59 PM por gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário