June 24, 2022

Happy Birthday to the Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome Project

Hi everyone,

It may be a day late, but the Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome Project has been on iNaturalist for a full year!! The project has come a long way from its initial days, reaching 118 members and 245 observations. I would like to thank each and everyone of our members for your contribution to the project over the years, your observations have been proving invaluable. I would like to invite our members to leave us a comment about anything regarding your contribution to the project over the year - a funny lorikeet story, something you have learned by being a part of the project, discovering new places and/or people by being out and about looking for Rainbow Lorikeets etc.

I would also like to apologise for the silence the last couple of weeks via our journal posts, we are currently working on a report looking at the projects year in review, which we hope to be able to share with you in the coming weeks. This will enable are hard working citizen scientists to read up on what has been occurring with the project over this last year, an some exciting works/results ahead.

Keep safe and Happy Rainbow Lorikeet spotting!

Lauren, David, Maya

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May 19, 2022

Appreciation week

Hi everyone,

This week we want to give you guys a shout out for all the amazing work you are doing for the project! In particular we want to put the spotlight on our amazing citizen scientists who have identified the most species: @cooroy (3 species), @laura_free19 (4 species), @janice220 (9 species), @gmess (11 species), and @suwoods with an amazing achievement of 20 species! It is because of you guys that we are coming to understand the range of plant species that Rainbow Lorikeets feed on.

We would also like to put the spotlight on our amazing citizen scientists who have contributed the most observations to the project: @veronque (8 observations), @gmess (11 observations), @m_v (20 observations), @janice220 (24 observations), and again, the amazing @suwoods providing a whooping 62 observations to the project! It is because of you guys that we are beginning to understand what species of plants are being fed on by Rainbow Lorikeets all over our study area.

We are incredibly grateful to all of our citizen scientists for the time and effort you put into the project. We wouldn't be closer to solving this syndrome without your great work.

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

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May 13, 2022

How to make sure your observations are making it onto our project page

Hi everyone,

We hope everyone is safe and well!

This week, we wanted to provide you with some tips and tricks to making sure your observations are making it onto our project page and contributing to our project! iNaturalist can seem challenging at first, so here is the best way to check that observations you are making in iNaturalist are being received in the Lorikeet Paralysis syndrome project:

  1. Once you are signed into iNaturalist, click the person in the top right hand corner of your screen.
  2. You are now in your profile, where you can select 'Observations'
  3. This will show you all the observations you have made on iNaturalist! Next, click on an observation you would like to check has made it onto our project page.
  4. Scroll down the observation until you see a heading that says 'Project' on the right hand side.
  5. If under 'Project', it says the 'Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome Project', congratulations! This means the observation has been successfully added to the project.
  6. If the 'Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome Project' is not under the 'Project' heading, it means it has not been added to the project. Fear not! To add it to the project page, simply type in 'Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome Project' where it says 'Add to a project'. It will then pop up with some questions, which you can answer if you know the plant species the lorikeet was seen feeding on. Then click the 'Add to project' option in green.

We hope this is helpful to anyone unsure if there observations are making it to the right place, or for anyone who wants to go back and check their previous observations. Please leave a comment if anyone has any questions or needs further assistance.

Keep safe and happy Rainbow Lorikeet spotting!

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

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April 28, 2022

Exciting opportunity for our Citizen Scientists

Hi Everyone,

This week we have been in contact with Ayla who is looking at writing an article about the Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome project and wants to hear from you, our citizen scientists!

"Hi everyone! My name is Ayla and I’m a writer working on a long-form feature article about the rainbow lorikeet paralysis project, and why it is a great example of citizen science in action. Aside from interviewing the wonderful researchers working on this, I’m hoping to speak to a couple of participants in the iNaturalist project. I’ll ask questions about why you wanted to participate in this project, any other iNaturalist projects you’re involved in, and how the experience has been so far. I’d also love to hear your stories about rainbow lorikeets in general!

If you’d be happy to speak, I’d love to hear from you. Please contact me and we can set up a phone or zoom call. My email is: anorris.smith@gmail.com.

Thank you!
Ayla"

Please feel free to get in touch with Ayla, it would be invaluable to hear from you!

Have a lovely week and happy Rainbow lorikeet spotting!

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

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April 21, 2022

Achievements for April

Hi Everyone,

This week I would like to congratulate everyone on all of their efforts and dedication to the project. In the last 2 weeks we have cracked 150 observations, made by 51 observers, and are well on our way to 200! It couldn't be done without you, our team of citizen scientists being our eyes and ears, so a big thank you to all of you.

I would also like to welcome some new members, @cknleal , @layka11 , @sproutling . Thank-you for your interest in the project and we look forward to seeing your observations! This puts us at 115 members! What an achievement!

We hope you have another lovely long weekend, keeping your eyes peeled for Rainbow Lorikeets.

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

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April 14, 2022

Happy Easter!

Hi everyone!

This week, we want to wish everyone a safe and happy Easter long weekend! Thank-you for all of your contributions to the project thus far, we appreciate all of your hard work!

Make sure to look out for Rainbow Lorikeets as well as the Easter bunny this weekend.

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

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April 04, 2022

We want to hear from you!

Hi everyone,

Since our last post we have had 6 new members join our project. We would like to welcome @scot22 , @aylansmith , @cherishnature13 , @vanessagrace , @ethan241 , @dfoote to our team of citizen scientists. We look forward to seeing your observations!

From our last post, member @suwoods made us aware of an interesting observation she made:

"...What has been interesting is the Flamboyants. There are lots in Indooroopilly and nearby suburbs like Kenmore. These trees are not in flower but the lorikeets are spending hours in them. They seem to be running their beaks down the leaf fronds so I wonder if there is some kind of insect or parasite that they are eating..."

This week we would like to hear from the rest of our citizen scientists, the floor is open to you to:

  • Let us know about other interesting observations like suwoods and the flamboyants
  • Let us know about what you would like to see and hear about, from us
  • Ask questions about the project

Let us know by leaving a comment on this post, we look forward to hearing from you!

Stay safe and Happy Rainbow Lorikeet spotting!

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

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March 17, 2022

Lorikeets feeding on Mushrooms?

Hi Everyone,

We hope everyone is safe and enjoying some well deserved sunshine.

We have been notified this week of rainbow lorikeets feeding on mushrooms that have sprouted up after all this wet weather. This is an unusual food source for the lorikeets so we wanted to ask you, our citizen scientists, whether you have seen any lorikeets feeding on mushrooms?

If you do observe this unusual feeding in the coming weeks, be sure to take a photo and add it to our citizen science project.

If you remember seeing this occur in the past, leave us a comment in this post and tell us what you saw.

Keep safe and Happy Rainbow Lorikeet spotting!

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

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March 03, 2022

Thoughts are with those in northern NSW and QLD

Hi everyone,

Just a short post this week to say our thoughts are with everyone in northern NSW and QLD who are being affected by the flood. We hope you and your family and friends are staying safe.

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

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February 24, 2022

Geo-spatial analysis: We need your observations to make it happen!

Hi everyone,

Some more exciting news this week. Recently we have partnered up with Simon, an experienced ecologist, to do some geospatial analysis of our collated data, comparing sick bird locations with tree locations. We are thrilled to have Simon on board, bringing with him experience and expertise in conservation, geographical information systems and environmental data management. It is hoped this analysis will allow us to narrow down our toxic culprit.

Your observations of tree/plant locations will be used in this analysis! It is hoped Simon will begin working on this in the coming weeks, and with every observation counting to the dataset, our aim this week is to increase our observations to assist in the geospatial analysis.

Let us know what you see lorikeets feeding on in the coming weeks to give Simon the best chance with the geospatial analysis.

Keep safe, and Happy Rainbow Lorikeet spotting!

Kind regards,
Lauren, David, Maya

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