South Australian iNaturalists's Notícias

13 de janeiro de 2020

City Nature Challenge: Background & First Australian Cities

The City Nature Challenge  has been running since 2016 when it was started as a competition between Los Angeles and San Francisco to record urban biodiversity using the iNaturalist platform. During a 7-day period, over 20,000 observations were made of 2500 species by over 1,000 participants. In 2017 the number of cities involved grew to 16, in 2018 it grew to 68 cities from various countries. In 2019 there were 159 participating cities where over 35,000 people uploaded just shy of 1 million observations over a 4 day period.

Although Australia has the 4th highest number of observations on iNaturalist, it has yet to have a city participate in the Challenge. To become a participating city requires a significant investment of time and effort, with organizers beginning preparations from as early as September the previous year. Thankfully this year several groups have stepped up.

This year, 4 Australian cities are participating in the challenge and have prepared associated iNat projects:
City Nature Challenge 2020: Sydney (NSW)
City Nature Challenge 2020: Geelong (VIC)
City Nature Challenge 2020: Redlands City (QLD)
City Nature Challenge 2020: Greater Adelaide (SA)

The challenge will run for 4 days from Friday April 24th through to Monday April 27th inclusive. Any observation taken during this time that is recorded within the area of a City Nature Challenge project will be included in the challenge results. Following this, from April 28th through to May 3rd is the identification period. This time is provided to allow participants to identify as many species as possible from the 4 day challenge period. The challenge is to see which cities can make the most observations, record the most species and engage the most people.

Of course, for South Australian residents, the City Nature Challenge 2020: Greater Adelaide is the project to join. This has been organised by Philip Roetman (@philip-roetman) and Stephen Fricker (@stephen169). The area included (following local government area boundaries) extends from the Murray River mouth, across Lake Alexandrina, up the river, around Murray Bridge, across toward Mount Torrens, up past Kapunda, across to the north of Thompson Beach and along the coast back to the Murray River mouth.

200108 - CNC Greater Adelaide Map

April has been the challenge month since the City Nature Challenge began as this coincides with the Northern Hemisphere Spring. Unfortunately for us this means the challenge will occur in Autumn and we will miss out of recording the tremendous emergence of life in our Spring. However this shouldn't dissuade us, as in 2019 Cape Town, South Africa recorded both the most observations and most species in the challenge, beating out many cities experiencing Springtime.

As the event date gets closer I'll post a general guide on how contribute to the City Nature Challenge 2020: Greater Adelaide project, with some finer details on the challenge. In the meantime, sign up to the Greater Adelaide project and follow the Facebook page. Also sign up to the associated City Nature Challenge 2020: Australia umbrella project.

Publicado em 13 de janeiro de 2020, 08:49 PM por cobaltducks cobaltducks | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário

06 de janeiro de 2020

New iNat Projects for South Australia

Here are the latest iNat Collection and Umbrella projects created for South Australia. Let me know if I've missed any. The original list has been updated to included these.

Umbrella Projects
Project Title (Linked Projects) (Project Members)
City of Onkaparinga NATUREhoodz   (139) (7) - An additional 31 new collections projects added for natural areas in the City of Onkaparinga, including several along the Coast to Vines Trail.
Ferals in South Australian Reserves   (18) (2) - 6 new collections projects added to record introduced species in South Australian reserves, with a total of 152 species currently recorded.
Birding Hot Spots in South Australia  (12) (3) - A new Umbrella project where users can add their favourite birding hotspots.

Collection Projects - Events
Project Title (Project Members)
City Nature Challenge: Greater Adelaide  (9) - Along with several other Australian cities, this will be the first time Australia has joined the annual iNat City Nature Challenge run in April each year, with over 150 cities around the world participating in 2019.

Publicado em 06 de janeiro de 2020, 11:16 PM por cobaltducks cobaltducks | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

Revegetation for Increased Biodiversity

Areas of high biodiversity often have the best soils for agriculture. As such only 13% of the original vegetation remains in the Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges (1), with the bulk of it persisting on shallow or poorer soils unsuitable for agriculture. Less than 1% of the original grasslands and shrublands remain.

With so much land already cleared, what form should any habitat restoration works take? Restoring the original vegetation community assumes we have knowledge of what was originally there, which is not always the case. Additionally, doing so does not necessarily result in maximising conservation efforts for at risk species.

Recent research by Tom Hunt on the Rufous Whistlers in the Monarto Woodlands area considers that a more diverse vegetation community than may have originally existed has the potential to support higher population densities. His findings are discussed in the BIOR December Newsletter.

The Monarto Woodlands area covering 1800 hectares was planted with local, interstate and exotic species in the 1970s in preparation for a satellite city that never eventuated. The area now supports a large range of bird species, including many that are at risk in the Mount Lofty region. Approximately half the species of birds inhabiting the Mount Lofty region are predicted to go regionally extinct based on the size of the remaining habitat. Areas such as the Monarto Woodlands can provide a refuge for some of these species.

As of 2016 much of the area now forms the Monarto Woodlands Conservation Park.

A popular birding spot known as “Browns Road” just outside of Callington is a good spot to see a number of these less common bird species. This area is near Monarto Woodlands CP, but doesn’t seem to be part of the Conservation Park. An iNat collection project has been set up for this location: Birding Hot Spot - Brown's Road, Monarto South Australia. as has an umbrella project to bring together various Birding Hot Spots in South Australia.

To the north of Browns Road is a 550ha area of Crown land known as Frahn’s Farm where BIOR is undertaking restoration works and supporting research projects on clustered plantings, all-year-round flowering Eucalypts and Bird populations/movements. (Or if you prefer, here is a BSSA podcast on the various projects)

(1) Informing Biodiversity Conservation for the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Region South Australia, Table 2.1, Pg 13

Publicado em 06 de janeiro de 2020, 04:20 AM por cobaltducks cobaltducks | 1 comentários | Deixar um comentário

03 de janeiro de 2020

iNat Year in Review & City Nature Challenge 2020

With 2019 over, the iNaturalist Year in Review stats page is now available. The month of April producing almost 2 million observations, many of which were due to the annual iNat City Nature Challenge that included 159 cities in 2019. This year several Australian cities have signed up to the challenge for the first time, including Sydney, Geelong, Redlands City, and Greater Adelaide. You can sign up for the City Nature Challenge: Greater Adelaide HERE which runs from April 24th to 27th.

A 2019 Year in Review page is also available for iNaturalist Australia with over 319,000 observations of 18,500 species.

Personal Year in Review pages can also be created by pasting the following URL into your browser, and adding your username in place of "username". If you have not generated this page before, you will need to click "Generate Stats". If you have created it before, you may need to scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Regenerate Stats" to ensure the page is up to date.

Personal Year in Review Page URL: "". Feel free to share your Year in Review page in the comments section below.

Publicado em 03 de janeiro de 2020, 01:01 AM por cobaltducks cobaltducks | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

02 de janeiro de 2020

SA iNaturalists - December 2019 Update

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Native Orchids: NOSSA Cages and Tags

The Native Orchid Society of South Australia has produced a short article "Caged For A Reason" explaining the function of cages placed around Orchids of threatened species. If you do encounter a cage in the field, avoid disturbing it. If you do find one that appears to have been moved or damaged, consider reporting it to NOSSA.

Publicado em 02 de janeiro de 2020, 11:48 PM por cobaltducks cobaltducks | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

04 de dezembro de 2019

SA iNaturalists - November 2019 Update

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iNaturalist Projects List for South Australia

UPDATE: Project list current as of 7/01/2020

iNaturalist allows for the creation of three project types: Umbrella Projects, Collection Projects and Traditional Projects.

Currently the Project Search page lists a few Featured, Recently Active and Recently Created projects, but doesn't provide additional search features, such as searching for projects by region, taxa or users. This means it can be difficult to find projects that may be of interest.

Here, I have attempted to collate all the iNat projects that relate specifically to South Australia. They have been organised by project type and further by taxa or location. I've also attempted to group projects with similar themes. I have excluded from this list only those projects that relate to events that have since past, i.e. Bioblitz projects.

Please let me know if there are any projects I've missed. I'll update this list as more projects are created.

Project Type: Umbrella Projects
Umbrella Projects are used to compare statistics across two or more Collection or Traditional Projects, allowing visual comparisons of data among projects under the umbrella, including project leaderboards and links to each Collection or Traditional Project.
All the projects linked to the Umbrella Projects are listed individually below, with the exception of the Collection Projects in "Protected Parks of South Australia"  and "City of Onkaparinga NATUREhoodz", as this would make the list below unwieldy. Click through to these Umbrella Projects to see the linked Collections Projects.

Umbrella Projects
Project Title (Linked Projects) (Project Members)
Protected Parks of South Australia   (353) (8) - Includes most National, Conservation, Marine and Recreation Parks and Reserves
City of Onkaparinga NATUREhoodz   (139) (7) - Includes all natural areas in the City of Onkaparinga
Shore-entry dive & snorkel sites in South Australia  (29) (2)
Ferals in South Australian Reserves   (18) (2)
Marine Species of South Australia - A Field Guide  (12) (7)
Birding Hot Spots in South Australia  (12) (3)
Onkaparinga Coastal Projects   (9) (1)
Trees For Life, SA   (8) (11)
Parks of the Fleurieu Peninsula   (7) (3)
Yankalilla District Council coastal projects, South Australia   (4) (1)
Force of Nature Project Comparison   (4) (1)
Coastal Councils of Metropolitan Adelaide  (4) (1)
Introduced marine species in South Australia (by region)   (3) (1)
Botanic Gardens of South Australia   (3) (1)

Project Type: Collection Projects
Collection Projects gather and visualize observations of particular taxa, regions, and/or users. Everything meeting the project parameters are automatically included. They include statistics and Leaderboards.

Collection Projects - Events
Project Title (Project Members)
City Nature Challenge: Greater Adelaide  (9)

Collection Projects - By Taxa (Plants)
Project Title (Project Members)
Mosses, Liverworts & Hornworts of South Australia  (6)
Carnivorous Plants of South Australia   (4)
Ferns of South Australia  (2)
Orchids of South Australia   (6)
Weeds of South Australia   (3)
Eucalypts of South Australia  (1)
Acacias of South Australia   (1)

Collection Projects - By Taxa (Terrestrial Animals)
Project Title (Project Members)
Insects of South Australia  (1)
Mammals of South Australia   (2)
Reptiles of South Australia   (6)
Birds of South Australia   (7)
Moths of South Australia, Australia  (11)
Odonata of South Australia, Australia   (2)
Amphibians of South Australia  (1)
Butterflies of South Australia  (1)
Ants of South Australia   (1)
Bees of South Australia  (1)
Flies of South Australia   (1)
Arachnids of South Australia  (1)
Jewel Beetles of South Australia   (10)
Jumping Spiders of South Australia  (1)
Bandicoots of South Australia   (6)

Collection Projects - By Taxa (Marine Animals)
Project Title (Project Members)
Fishes of South Australia   (4)
Iconic Marine Species of South Australia   (1)

Cetaceans of South Australia   (1)
Dolphins & whales of South Australia   (1)
Pinnipeds of South Australia   (1)
Seals and sea lions of South Australia   (1)
Sharks, Rays and Skates of South Australia   (5)

The Marine and Estuarine Gastropods of South Australia   (8)
Crustaceans of South Australia  (4)
Bivalves of South Australia   (3)
Cephalopods of South Australia  (3)
Leatherjackets of South Australia   (3)
Sea Spiders of South Australia   (1)
Spider crabs of South Australia   (1)
The Bryozoa (Lace 'Corals', Moss Animals) of South Australia   (1)
The Brittlestars (Ophiuroids) of South Australia   (2)
Flatfishes of South Australia   (2)
Jellyfish, anemones & corals of South Australia   (4)
Nudibranchs & Sea Slugs of South Australia   (8)
Marine Worms of South Australia   (3)
Ascidians of South Australia   (3)
Spoon Worms of Southern Australia   (2)
The Crabs (Brachyura and Anomura) of South Australia   (4)
Gobies of South Australia  (3)
Sponges of South Australia   (1)
Seahorses of South Australia   (1)
Seahorses, sea dragons and pipefish of South Australia   (3)
The Sea Cucumbers (Holothurians) of South Australia   (3)
The Featherstars (Crinoidea) of South Australia   (1)
Echinoderms of South Australia   (6)
The Barnacles (Cirripedia) of South Australia   (2)
The Seastars (Asteroidea) of South Australia   (6)

Collection Projects - By Taxa (Other)
Project Title (Project Members)
Fungi of South Australia   (4)
Algae of South Australia  (4)
Green algae of South Australia   (1)
Slime Molds of South Australia  (1)

Collection Projects - By Place (Terrestrial, Region)
Project Title (Project Members)
South Australian iNaturalists  (37)
Flora and Fauna of South Australia  (13)
Nature Found in South Australia  (11)

Collection Projects - By Place (Marine, Region)
Project Title (Project Members)
Southern Spencer Gulf MP  (1)
Northern Spencer Gulf   (3)
Kangaroo Island, South Australia   (3)
Fleurieu Peninsula's nearshore waters  (1)
Kangaroo Island (North Coast), South Australia  (2)

Collection Projects - By Place (Terrestrial, Locality)
Project Title (Project Members)
Nature of Port Augusta  (1)
Semaphore & Largs Bay Dunes, South Australia   (2)

Collection Projects - By Place (Marine, Locality)
Project Title (Project Members)
Port Adelaide River, Barker Inlet & West Lakes  (11)
Port Adelaide Inner Harbour   (2)
Ardrossan, South Australia   (3)
Christies Beach, South Australia  (4)
Boston Bay, South Australia   (1)
Coffin Bay, South Australia   (1)
Pennington Bay, South Australia   (1)
Pelican Lagoon, South Australia   (1)
Edithburgh, South Australia   (6)
Encounter Bay, South Australia   (3)
Moonta Bay & Port Hughes, South Australia   (2)
Point Souttar, Point Turton & Hardwicke Bay, South Australia   (2)
Port Victoria Jetty, South Australia   (2)
Rapid Bay, South Australia   (3)
Second Valley, South Australia   (3)
Stansbury, Yorke Peninsula   (1)
Lady Bay to Wirrina Cove, South Australia  (3)
Port Broughton, South Australia  (1)
Port Noarlunga, South Australia  (6)
Port Neill, South Australia   (1)
Lipson Cove, Lipson Island & Rogers Beach, South Australia   (2)
Tumby Bay & Tumby Island, South Australia   (2)
West Lakes, South Australia   (2)
Marion Bay, South Australia   (1)
Aldinga Bay, South Australia  (8)
Aldinga Reef, South Australia  (2)

Smith Bay, Kangaroo Island   (2)
Bay of Shoals, Kangaroo Island   (1)
Boxing Bay, Kangaroo Island   (1)
Christmas Cove, Kangaroo Island   (1)
Emu Bay, Kangaroo Island   (1)
Penneshaw & Hog Bay, Kangaroo Island   (1)
Kingscote & Brownlow, Kangaroo Island   (2)

Coast and Marine: Port Stanvac to O'Sullivan Beach  (4)
Coast and Marine: Barker Rocks and Bluff Beach, Yorke Peninsula   (1)
Coast and Marine: Brighton to Seacliff   (1)
Coast and Marine: Goolwa and Sir Richard Peninsula   (1)
Coast and Marine: Point Gilbert area, southern Yorke Peninsula   (1)
Coast and Marine: Port Julia   (1)
Coast and Marine: Port Vincent, South Australia   (1)
Coast and Marine: Toe of Fleurieu (Morgan Beach, Cape Jervis, Fishery Beach, Deep Creek)   (1)
Coast and Marine: Wallaroo to Point Riley   (1)
Coast & Marine: Myponga Beach and Coweelunga Bay   (2)
Coast & Marine: Kingston Park to Hallett Cove, South Australia  (3)

City of Charles Sturt Coastal Waters, South Australia   (1)
City of Holdfast Bay Coastal Waters   (1)
City of West Torrens Coastal Waters, South Australia  (1)
City of Marion Coastal Waters, South Australia  (2)

Collection Projects - By Place (Areas)
Project Title (Project Members)
Gallery Yampu, Port Adelaide   (2)

Thorndon Park, South Australia   (1)
Hazelwood Park Nature Map   (1)

Frank Smith Park Wetland, South Australia   (1)
Laratinga Wetland, South Australia   (2)
Glade Crescent Wetland, South Australia   (1)
Gillman Wetlands, South Australia   (2)
Greenfields Wetlands, South Australia   (1)
Oaklands Wetland and Reserve, South Australia   (1)

The Biodiversity of Chapel Hill Gold Diggings, South Australia   (1)
The Biodiversity of Grasby Memorial Park, Balhannah, South Australia   (1)

Collection Projects - By Place & Taxa
Project Title (Project Members)
Introduced Marine species in Boston Bay, South Australia   (1)
Introduced Marine species in Northern Spencer Gulf   (1)

Sea slugs of the Port Adelaide River & West Lakes   (3)

Project Title (Project Members)
Mozzie Monitors  (24) - Australia wide, based in SA
Activating Australians for Citizen Science   (33) - Australia wide, based in SA

Project Type: Traditional Projects
Traditional Projects are an earlier type of Project on iNaturalist. They include additional features such as the ability to use Observations Fields and access obscured coordinates. They also require that observations are added manually, which means additional work for project admins.

Traditional Projects
Project Title (Project Members)
Temperate Marine Cleaners of South Australia c/-MLSSA Inc.   (3)
DragonSearch South Australia   (8)
Marine Life Society of South Australia  (5)
Hills Face Zone - Adelaide, South Australia  (8)

Publicado em 04 de dezembro de 2019, 07:07 AM por cobaltducks cobaltducks | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

03 de dezembro de 2019

Project Scope Update

At present this project is set up to only include the observations uploaded by the project members, provided they are residing in South Australia (or ex-resident). This means the observations included in the project represent approximately 55% (~34,000) of all observations recorded in South Australia. The remaining 45% (~28,000) are either observations from local residents who are not project members, or from visitors to SA.

I am planning to alter this so that ALL observations from SA are included. The project focus will remain the same, with a membership of only those residing in South Australia with knowledge of local places and species. The effects of this change will be:

The observations and species totals on the project page will change to the SA totals, and the ‘stats’ tab will reflect this.
The project “Users” list will change from individual members names to “any”.
The “Most Observations”, “Most Species” and “Most Observed Species” leader boards will include all observers who uploaded any observations in SA, even if they are not project members. (For example, this will put the “questagame’ account on the leader boards as it currently has the 3rd highest number of observations in the state).

Please let me know in the comments section if you prefer the current format or have any concerns with the change. I think including all observations for the state will better show the effect of all our contributions.

Publicado em 03 de dezembro de 2019, 12:07 AM por cobaltducks cobaltducks | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário

05 de novembro de 2019

SA iNaturalists - October 2019 Update

Publicado em 05 de novembro de 2019, 08:38 AM por cobaltducks cobaltducks | 0 comentários | Deixar um comentário