Archivos de diario de mayo 2023

01 de mayo de 2023

Monday (today) last day of observing! Hope you can get outside some!

Hey all,

Today (Monday) is the last day for the observing! Observations need to be uploaded as soon as you can, with as much of an identification as you can.

If you'd like to watch how the other cities in Texas are doing, here is that leaderboard:

Here is the global leaderboard:

These numbers will fluctuate as folks continue to upload observations, particularly from cameras, and the species numbers will change too.

MAJOR kudos to folks that are already tossing on ID's on observations!!! This is a tremendous act of service -- it welcomes folks to the naturalist community, and it makes the data better and better.
Here is the ID link for DFW:

Again, hope you can get out some today, engage with nature, celebrate the biodiversity that exists here with us in the metroplex!!! :)

Publicado el mayo 1, 2023 01:19 TARDE por sambiology sambiology | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

04 de mayo de 2023

Results announced on Monday, May 8 -- try to get stuff uploaded and ID'ed! :)

What an incredible showing for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex once again!!! Wow!!! Numbers aren't final yet -- I've noticed quite a few folks still uploading stuff, and you have until Sunday to do so. The sooner the better, so things can get ID'ed!

Try your very best to get your observations ID'ed as much as you can -- be sure to either withdraw or agree with ID's that are put on your observations.

Here's the link for ID'ing observations that lack ID's from the DFW project:
There are about 500 pages of stuff that needs ID's... about 16k observations.

Also, one of the things I like to do is put the ID page to 'random' - it switches things up a bit:

Again, GREAT job to all that participated (in observing or ID'ing)! I'll toss out a result post on Monday as well!

Publicado el mayo 4, 2023 02:21 MAÑANA por sambiology sambiology | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

09 de mayo de 2023

Results of City Nature Challenge 2023!

What a great showing from the naturalist community in Dallas/Fort Worth AGAIN this year! Way to go!!! The exact numbers will fluctuate a bit as a few more folks continue to upload observations, but here’s how we did:

From April 28 – May 1, around 1309 observers in Dallas/Fort Worth made around 48,051 observations of around 3056 unique species!

Here are the results of past years:
2022 – 42,148 observations of 3329 species by 1378 observers
2021 – 37,700 observations of 2979 species by 1193 observers
2020 – 32,848 observations of 2718 species by 1345 observers
2019 – 36,539 observations of 2621 species by 1068 observers
2018 – 35,076 observations of 2419 species by 858 observers
2017 – 23,837 observations of 2370 species by 541 observers

How did we do in comparison with the rest of the world? Well, DFW was #3 in number of observations (excluding the ‘global project’), #8 in number of species, and then #8 in number of observers! There were 482 different ‘cities’ that were part of this year’s City Nature Challenge, and for DFW to make the top ten list again this year in all categories is just incredible.

Thanks to the identifiers, over 70% of these observations were verified, and less than 2% of the total observations were captive/cultivated or without evidence. When compared with other cities around the world, we totally dominated in this! Wow!

Dallas/Fort Worth has some tremendous biodiversity, and we have an active community of naturalists that appreciate it. That’s worthy of a lot of celebration!

As always, these are numbers that we can actively use. Not only does this data increase our understanding of what nature exists here in the metroplex, but we also have numerical evidence to show just how active the constituency of naturalists is. As we filter down the data by county or by specific park, we can get even finer details of the biodiversity and community. I encourage you to do this – search by your county or favorite local park, look for some of the things that you’ve not documented before, and engage with some of the other naturalists in your area.

They already have the dates for next year’s City Nature Challenge too – mark the calendars: April 27-30, 2024!

If you can’t wait until next year for another gathering/bioblitz, don’t fret! There will be some upcoming events in DFW. I’ll keep these posted in my journal entries:

Way to go, team DFW!!! Nature wins! :)

Publicado el mayo 9, 2023 02:41 MAÑANA por sambiology sambiology | 6 comentarios | Deja un comentario

22 de mayo de 2023

Events and gatherings in/near DFW in June and July!

So, there are a few more events happening this summer in the DFW metroplex. Here are the ones that I know of. Lots of blacklighting! If you know of others, want to host something, or just want some company on a bioblitz, please comment!

June 17 - Saturday - 8 to late
Blacklighting at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve in Plano

5901 Los Rios Blvd, Plano, TX 75074

June 20 - Tuesday - 8 to late
Blacklighting at Green Acres Memorial Park in Flower Mound - limited parking, message me if you want to attend!

4400 Hide-A-Way Ln, Flower Mound, TX 75022

June 25 - Sunday - 3 to 6 and then 8 to late
BioBlitz and then blacklighting at Ladd Land in Duncanville

1346-1296 Cedar Hill Rd, Duncanville, TX 75137

July 7 - Friday - 8 to late
Blacklighting at Brookhaven College in Farmers Branch (Windmill Gardens area)

3939 Valley View Ln, Farmers Branch, TX 75244

July 22 - Saturday - 8 to late
Blacklighting at Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Garland

1770 Holford Rd, Garland, TX 75044

July 25 - Tuesday - 8 to late
Blacklighting at River Legacy Park in Arlington (Raccoon Run Picnic Area)

Rose-Brown-May Pkwy, Arlington, TX 76006

July 28 - Friday - 8 to late
Blacklighting at John Bunker Sands Wetlands Center in Seagoville

655 Martin Ln, Combine, TX 75159

July 29 - Saturday - 8 to late
Blacklighting at Acton Nature Center

6900 Smokey Hill Ct, Granbury, TX 76049

Another note -- the Texas Parks and Wildlife DFW urban wildlife has an intern this summer (June - August), and we'll be planning some all day bioblitz/surveys in Duncanville at the Ladd Land and in Frisco at Grand Park. These will likely be during the weekday and probably like a 9 AM to 3 PM thing. Stay tuned for details on this.

Publicado el mayo 22, 2023 08:32 TARDE por sambiology sambiology | 39 comentarios | Deja un comentario