Diario del proyecto AppState BioBlitz 2022

Archivos de diario de octubre 2022

10 de octubre de 2022

Welcome to the 2022 AppState BioBlitz!

Hello everyone!

Thank you for joining the Appalachian State University Team for a friendly BioBlitz-off with UNC Greensboro this October! I have a feeling this is going to be a lot of fun!

As we gear up for the event, I wanted to share a few resources:

  • Check out our AppState BioBlitz Homepage for more info and updates!
  • We now have a poster about what to look for at the AppState Nature Preserve in the Rankin South lobby.
  • If you are new to iNaturalist, be sure to check out the Getting Started section and Video Tutorials on their Help pages.
  • You will be able to find a leaderboard once the challenge is happening at the Campus Nature Challenge Umbrella Project.

Feel free to leave a comment or ask questions below! Only two more weeks until the challenge! Who is going to find the most species on their campus? Any bets yet?

(annkatrinrose on iNat)

Publicado el octubre 10, 2022 03:56 TARDE por annkatrinrose annkatrinrose | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

19 de octubre de 2022

BioBlitz instructions

Hi all, it's great to see so many people joining our AppState BioBlitz Project! Go Team! We have a couple more resources and upcoming events to share with you.

BioBlitz overview video:
New to iNaturalist? Not sure where to go and what to do? The video below introduces what iNaturalist is all about, which app to get, which places to visit, and what to watch out for. Over the next few days, we'll be posting more updates on the best places on our map to visit and how to get there.

Training session Oct. 20:
We will have an iNaturalist training session tomorrow (Thu., Oct. 20th) at 4 PM in Rankin Science South 119. You can attend either in person or via zoom (you can find the zoom link at the bottom of the BioBlitz page).

Species checklist:
Will has pulled together an awesome species checklist for our county based on previous iNaturalist observations during October. Thank you! This should be very informative for what organisms to target for observations during the BioBlitz.

If you have any questions or other resources to share, please feel free to post them below!

Annkatrin and Marta

Publicado el octubre 19, 2022 04:40 TARDE por annkatrinrose annkatrinrose | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

20 de octubre de 2022

Only 4 Days to Go!!

BioBlitz kick off is only a few days away. Tell your friends to join the project and download the app!

Planning an outing to one of the AppState properties off campus? If you need a ride or are able to offer one, please add the info in this document: https://tinyurl.com/appstatebioblitzshuttles


Publicado el octubre 20, 2022 11:49 MAÑANA por mtoran mtoran | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

AppState campus areas to visit

Hi all,

many of the questions I have received so far revolve around where to go and park for the BioBlitz, so the video below is the first in a series introducing our locations. This video covers the main campus areas, including the Nature Preserve. More info will follow on our more remote locations.

I also had some folks ask about planted vs. wild trees and included some info about the AppState Tree Inventory, which helps you to tell which trees on campus are the planted ones. You can post observations of planted trees on iNaturalist. However, they should be marked cultivated so they do not count as Research Grade observations. The reasoning behind this is that iNaturalist is meant primarily to track the occurrence of wild organisms, and cultivated plants or captive animals create problems for researchers who try to use iNaturalist data e.g. for species range maps. Cultivated plants will not count in our BioBlitz stats.

Visitor parking is available in the Rivers Street Parking Deck for a fee, or free on campus surface lots after 5 PM on weekdays and all day on Sunday. Note that there will be a football game on Saturday, Oct. 29th, so unless you have a ticket/parking permit for the game I would advise to plan on visiting off-campus places for the BioBlitz on Saturday. You can find more details about parking on the Visitor Parking page - also note their forgiveness policy at the bottom of that page.


Publicado el octubre 20, 2022 07:56 TARDE por annkatrinrose annkatrinrose | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

21 de octubre de 2022

Off campus areas to visit in town

Hi all,

wow, we've had a jump in folks joining the project. Welcome to everyone new here, and especially everyone new to iNaturalist! I hope you find it as fun as I do and stick around not just for the BioBlitz next week! Be sure to check out some of the older journal posts for info and links to resources that will help you get started. You can also find updates on our BioBlitz Homepage. We will be available for questions at the info table in the Rankin South lobby just outside the Geology museum today (Friday, Oct. 21st) from 1-2:30 PM. Feel free to stop by! We'd love to meet you!

Today's update is a short video introducing some of our off-campus areas in town that will count for the BioBlitz. We plan to have a group of people at the Greenway on Monday from 4-6 PM to kick it off and a shuttle from Rankin for those who need a ride.

For more info about main campus locations, see this video. Stay tuned for more to come about our out-of-town areas!

Publicado el octubre 21, 2022 03:54 TARDE por annkatrinrose annkatrinrose | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

23 de octubre de 2022

Out-of-town areas to visit

I hope y'all are enjoying another gorgeous fall weekend and are just as excited to start the BioBlitz tomorrow as I am! This is another where-to-go update introducing our out-of-town locations that are included in the AppState boundaries map. Some of these are off-limits or difficult to navigate but we do have permission to explore the following locations:

  • Payne Branch Park - just a couple of minutes south of Boone off of 321
  • Camp Broadstone in Valle Crucis - please stay on the Lower Field (directions)
  • ASU SD Farm in Fleetwood - please email the farm director to schedule your visit (directions)
  • ASU Dark Sky Observatory off the Parkway - please don't block the gate

Check out the following video for more info, directions and times when there will be groups to join at some of these places! Currently, we have a farm visit planned for Fri., Oct. 28, at 10:15 AM, and we will have the gate open at the Dark Sky Observatory on Sat., Oct. 29, from 1-4 PM.

Publicado el octubre 23, 2022 05:09 TARDE por annkatrinrose annkatrinrose | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

24 de octubre de 2022

BioBlitz is Open for Observations!

Good morning everyone, the BioBlitz has officially began, start adding your observations!!

Publicado el octubre 24, 2022 10:52 MAÑANA por mtoran mtoran | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

BioBlitz is now in progress!

Good morning AppState BioBlitzers! The game's on! Our BioBlitz project is now in progress. No observations yet (it's still dark out there) but I'm sure there will be plenty coming in today. I wonder who will be the first to post an observation, and what will it be?

Remember we will have a group outing to the Greenway this afternoon from 4-6 PM. There are still some slots available if you need a shuttle ride from Rankin. For other places to visit, also check out the videos that were posted in previous journal entries.

For those who didn't make it to any of our training sessions last week, here's a list of questions that were asked that might be of interest:

What is the best way to tell whether a species is Cultivated or not?
The definition of captive/cultivated on iNaturalist is that the organism "exists in the time and place it was observed because humans intended it to be then and there." So anything that was planted by humans is cultivated. However, if a plant came up on its own, e.g. a garden plant self-seeding outside of its original area, it is considered wild. The iNaturalist Help pages have some examples what is considered wild vs. captive/cultivated. For trees on campus, you can check out the ASU Tree Inventory to get an idea which trees are planted/managed by the university.

Do invasive/ non-native species count?
Yes, definitely! It's actually quite important to track these on iNaturalist for people who study how invasives are spreading. We will probably find a few at the Greenway this afternoon.

Does iNaturalist alert you when you are outside the boundaries, if not, how can you tell?
No, unfortunately it doesn't alert you. You can check whether your observation was within the boundaries by checking its location info on iNaturalist. It should come up as "Appalachian State University" and if you open up the Details underneath the map on the web interface, it should list "Appalachian State University, Boone, NC, US (Point of interest)" under Community Curated.

Can you take a photo with a big camera with a zoom and upload it onto iNaturalist?
Yes, absolutely! I take most of my pictures with a camera and upload through the web interface. The disadvantage is that I have no GPS coordinates and have to put the location in manually by placing a pin on the map. When we talked about this at the session, we decided it would be smart to create the observation using the phone app to get the time/location automatically and add the zoomed camera images later. There is a brief tutorial video on the iNaturalist help pages demonstrating how to do this via the web interface.

What does it mean that sound recordings are also allowed in addition to photos?
It means just that: You can use a sound file (e.g. bird/frog/katydid calls) in place of a photo as evidence for the organism. They have to be in wav, mp3, or m4a format. You can record using the phone app, or extract a sound file from video taken with a camera.

Are we allowed to bait/collect?
Yes, birds at feeders, moths attracted to light, or fish you're catching are all valid observations for iNaturalist. Collections done for class (e.g. water or leaf litter samples for microscopy, plants for the herbarium, mushrooms for spore prints, insects for entomology collections) are also fine. Just be mindful of not harming any wildlife in order to get observations and refrain from collecting vertebrates without a permit. The date and location should reflect when and where you collected, not where the microscope or storage space for the collection is located. The easiest way to do this is probably to create the observation of what you are sampling while out in the field, and add the microscopy images to it later.

Publicado el octubre 24, 2022 11:02 MAÑANA por annkatrinrose annkatrinrose | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

25 de octubre de 2022

Y'all are awesome!

Good morning everyone and welcome to our second day of the AppState BioBlitz! When we started this, we were debating what our goalposts should be - 150 species, or 200, or should we be bold and say we're shooting for 300? Where do we stand right now? We are already at an amazing 346 species! And that's just day 1. Go AppState! (Note: The "species" count on the project page is even higher at 404, but that is because it is also counting observations not yet narrowed down to species and currently identified at genus or family level, for example).

It looks like a lot of you were really having fun with this yesterday - I saw a lot of students and even entire classes walking around campus with cell phone in hand taking pictures. Well over 1,000 observations were uploaded! It was a gorgeous evening to be out on the Greenway as well. Our top observed species after day 1 are a tie between white-tailed deer and the invasive oriental bittersweet with its brightly-colored fruits.

The first observation uploaded yesterday was common chickweed observed by mtoran. If you are the competitive type, based on the leaderboards on the project page the folks to beat currently are leighalobelia with over 100 observations already and currently the most species at 86, closely followed by dendro-julia and rivermont.

I received a couple of questions about iNaturalist and the most common one that came up is:

Q: How do I combine several pictures into one observation?

A: You should be able to do this in the upload window and there are video tutorials available both for the mobile app and the website interface. If you already have uploaded the pictures and they came through as separate observations, check out this help forum thread for suggestions what to do.

Why would you want to do this? Because it makes it much easier to identify your observations! For example, let's say you took a picture of a tree from a distance and a close-up of its bark and another of a fallen leaf. If you combine all three into one observation, it will be much easier to tell which species of tree it is compared to trying to ID each individual picture on its own.

Need help with iNaturalist?
I will be on zoom this evening (Tue., Oct. 25) from 5-6 PM for questions and to demo a few neat things you can do on the website.

I hope you have some more fun with this today!

Publicado el octubre 25, 2022 11:06 MAÑANA por annkatrinrose annkatrinrose | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

26 de octubre de 2022

We're Cruising!

We're gearing up for Day 3 of the BioBlitz. Great work everyone so far! We have had over one hundred different people adding their observations to our project, it's been wonderful to see the involvement through out campus. There are still lots of things to be found such as a variety of birds and small elusive mammals! For ideas on what to look for, check the board in the Rankin Science atrium. Be sure to check out some of the great photographs other people are taking too!

Remember it's useful for Identifiers to have several different photos of the same thing from different angles. So if you're observing a plant, you can do close ups of different features as well as a wider angle shot of the whole plant, and upload all the photos to the same observation entry.

What a great excuse to enjoy the awesome weather outside this week :)

Publicado el octubre 26, 2022 04:24 MAÑANA por mtoran mtoran | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario