Big month of June -- we aren't alone! :)

June! My big month! With all the rains of May here in Texas, I foresaw that we'd have a nice green June, so I took advantage of this and went out iNaturalisting… a lot. Again, forgive me for spamming up your dashboard with lots of plants and bugs. I saw some cool stuff this month!

I set my personal goal to observe as many different species as I could in this one month. I ended up seeing around 500 species in about 1000 observations. Of this 500, about 300 were plant species, 130 were bugs (47 dragonflies and damselflies!), and about 40 bird species. If you do want to see the fun list, here it is:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/taxa?hrank=species&on=2015-06&user_id=sambiology

So, what did I learn? Well, again, this is a reason that I’m soooo bonkers about iNaturalist… We share this planet with lots of different organisms. We interact with lots of different organisms each day – if just with our eyes. I tried to intentionally notice as many different species as I could. I documented as many as possible (although, I do restrict myself with plants – I try to only observe/document plants that have reproductive structures like flowers or fruits) where ever I went. I tried to find some new spots that I hadn’t been before too! I didn’t travel too too far around TX this month, but I still spotted quite a few critters and plants in a small area.

I documented a lot of super common species and several of these are non-native, invasive species. It's still very important to document all of the common species. We interact with these common ones quite a bit. Even the non-native, invasive species are important to document – they share the planet with us too. :)

I encourage everyone to go out and observe even the common species. Get to know your neighbors! :)

Publicado el julio 1, 2015 04:04 TARDE por sambiology sambiology

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Alpiste Africano (Sorghum halepense)

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sambiology

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Junio 18, 2015 a las 07:38 TARDE CDT

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Madreselva Asiática (Lonicera japonica)

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sambiology

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Junio 19, 2015 a las 05:03 TARDE CDT

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Hongo de Laminillas Rosas de Seda (Volvariella bombycina)

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sambiology

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Junio 19, 2015

Descripción

Quite large!

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Carbonero de Carolina (Poecile carolinensis)

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sambiology

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Junio 19, 2015

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Very common yet still one of my favorite birds. :)

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sambiology

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Junio 20, 2015 a las 10:52 MAÑANA CDT

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sambiology

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Junio 20, 2015 a las 02:08 TARDE CDT

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Rayadora Vigilante de Estanque (Dythemis fugax)

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sambiology

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Junio 20, 2015

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Again, this male was so angry -- his face was red with fury! :)

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Tortuga Lagarto Norteña (Chelydra serpentina)

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sambiology

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Junio 20, 2015

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Just finished crawling across the road. God speed, snapper. :)

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Sinsonte Norteño (Mimus polyglottos)

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sambiology

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Junio 22, 2015

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Enjoying a salad at lunch by doing some iNatting. :)

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Culebra de Agua Vientre Claro (Nerodia erythrogaster)

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sambiology

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Junio 24, 2015

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Observed with some preschoolers... One of them said "where did the water worm go?" :)

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Alheña Hoja de Cera (Ligustrum quihoui)

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sambiology

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Junio 24, 2015 a las 07:04 TARDE CDT

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Sardina Maya (Dorosoma petenense)

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sambiology

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Junio 24, 2015

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I think...

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sambiology

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Junio 25, 2015

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With the summer camp KidZone, we tried to catch as many different bugs as we could today. It was a bit difficult as it was around 93 degrees (feels like 97!)... We caught some, collected them in baggies, and brought them back to the front to group them.

This was the highlight bug we caught... It's one of the eyed click beetles (I think Alaus oculatus... although, it might be A. lusciosus). We watched it "click" and correct itself when it was on its back. Then, we dared each other to let it walk on our faces! After a few did it, then all 21 kids wanted to do it. :) Fear of bugs -- gone! :)

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Onagra (Oenothera speciosa)

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sambiology

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Junio 27, 2015 a las 11:26 MAÑANA CDT

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sambiology

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Junio 27, 2015

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I think...

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sambiology

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Junio 27, 2015

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Mariposa Alas de Ángel Interrogación (Polygonia interrogationis)

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sambiology

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Junio 27, 2015

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I should know this caterpillar -- it's quite unique.

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Alfombrilla de Campo (Glandularia bipinnatifida)

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sambiology

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Junio 28, 2015 a las 04:08 TARDE CDT

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Garañona (Calyptocarpus vialis)

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sambiology

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Junio 29, 2015 a las 09:29 MAÑANA CDT

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Rayadora Azul (Pachydiplax longipennis)

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sambiology

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Junio 29, 2015

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sambiology

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Junio 30, 2015

Descripción

Poecilognathus punctipennis, based on:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/581235/bgpage

Comentarios

Sounds like congrats are in order for what sounded like a good big month. Don't worry about people spamming up my board, this isn't facebook. Because here I know its going to be something that is worth looking at. Even considering how large Texas is I had no idea the state had such wide array of native flora. Will have to consider taking a botanical expedition to Texas someday and hope the heat does not kill this northern boy.

Publicado por wildflowerenthusi... hace más de 8 años

Wow! 500 species. Isn't life grand!

Publicado por mchlfx hace más de 8 años

Yay! Well done Sam!

Publicado por susanhewitt hace más de 8 años

It was indeed a fun month of observing nature! :)

And Matt, let me know when you're coming down to TX! We have some crazy cool plants down here. :)

Publicado por sambiology hace más de 8 años

Unfortunately, at this point any big road trip is more wishful thinking than anything. Hopefully, it will be a someday when I have the time and money trip.

Publicado por wildflowerenthusi... hace más de 8 años

Impressive work, Sam. And some very interesting critters and plants.

Publicado por krancmm hace más de 8 años

I am extraordinarily lucky that I have a job where this sort of stuff is encouraged. :) I get to go out with kiddos and iNat with them too!

Publicado por sambiology hace más de 8 años

An impressive month indeed! Well done!

Publicado por carrieseltzer hace más de 8 años

I've been thinking about trying a challenge like this! But for me, I think I'll shoot for a species a day kind of thing. haha. Of course, the goal would be to learn what I can about the species and at the end of the month feel more depth on 31 species. :)

I've been going through your journal. I love reading it. Thanks for sharing everything you do and the enthusiasm you have. I always feel like I went to college for the wrong thing, and am so grateful for iNaturalist being so accessible so I can learn as I go.

Publicado por becca_nh hace más de 8 años

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