Reconfigure Project as Container

This project has been redefined as an umbrella project containing all of the other Great Rivers chapter iNaturalist projects.

Currently there are only three such projects defined, Kirkwood Park Biodiversity, Missouri Master Naturalist - Great Rivers Chapter, and Southampton Naturescaping. However, there is no realistic limit on the number of contained projects and any observations logged to those projects will automatically cascade up to this umbrella project.

So when you wish a focused view of the observations made within the contained projects, switch to that project. When you wish an overall summary across all projects, switch to this view. This view can even be used to compare the projects to each other in the Leaderboard.

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Eliott - woodsorrel's unique adaptation trait

Each leaves of the Woodsorrel are divided in three heart-shaped leaflets which can fold up during the night and open at daytime.

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Sznureczniak, próchniczek... Sękocińskie zręby

Krótki wypad na odnowienia/młodniki i zrąb w Lasach Sękocińskich.

Próchniczek wąskolistny - masowe występowanie, nie przeszkadza mu światło, rośnie na pieńkach, ale nie bardzo świeżych. Trzeba się rozglądać za drewnem, które jest już bardzo ciemne, prawie czarne. Kępy są jasne, zielono-żółte. Po deszcze są intensywne, a rozmnóżki dziarsko sterczą na wszystkie strony.

Sznureczniak pełzający - najłatwiej go znaleźć wypatrując próchniczka i znajdując coś jeszcze mniejszego, jakby drobniutkie kuleczki (kępki mają podobny, zielono-żółty odcień), bez charakterystycznych łodyżek z rozmnóżkami (które ma próchniczek). Jest to
tak drobny mech, że kompakt (Canon G9) z funkcją makro ledwo jest w stanie uchwycić szczegóły lub wyostrzyć, obiektyw trzeba wsadzić dosłownie w roślinę. Dziś po raz pierwszy próbowaliśmy zrobić mu zdjęcia pod binokularem, wyszły tak sobie (charakterystyczne czubki bocznych łodyżek, przypominające okrągłe szczoteczki, jakoś się pozwijały i mimo moczenia w wodzie nie dało się go przywrócić do stanu jak w lesie).

Oprócz tego chyba krzywoszczeć przywłoka - chyba, bo pomimo zdjęć spod binokularu nie jesteśmy pewni. Ekstremalnie długi hialinowy włosek, będący przedłużeniem żeberka - właściwie tylko C. introflexus spośród innych Campylopusów ma taki długi. Miejsce w zasadzie mogłoby pasować - suche piachy koło odnowienia sosnowego, obok sporo chrobotków, płucnica islandzka, widłozęby itd.

Towarzystwo, dostęp do binokularu i burza mózgów @marcinklisz

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Welcome to the KCS Biodiversity Survey!

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for joining our KCS Biodiversity Survey for the 2021-2022 school year!

Thank you for all your amazing contributions so far, let's keep them coming! As a team we have set a goal of reaching 100 bird species observed. So far we have reached 7% of our goal!!

Just a note to consider changing the GPS data to "Obscured" when you post in the Seek app for privacy reasons, and also to protect some rarer species (poachers are particularly fond of stealing turtles from local ponds to sell at pet stores).

Have fun collecting observations, let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to updating everyone on our progress soon!!

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Observation of the Week: common loon

Each week, we're choosing one project observation to feature on social media. This week's feature is a common loon photographed and logged by iNaturalist user Tim Fitzgerald. Check it out on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and follow us on social media to be notified next time we host an iNaturalist project.

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Eliott - common adaptation trait of my observations

All my observations possess green leaves full of chlorophyll pigments, allowing the species to do photosynthesis and produce its energy.

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Machicomoco State Park closest point to WERO

INaturalist will not accept private addresses or names of park component sites, which is the reason the state park is highlighted. When observations are uploaded into the project, their GPS location will set them in the right location. The state park is close enough to compare species to detect any rare, unusual and invasive species.

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Eliott - "touch-me-not" phylogeny placement

A flowering plant from the Balsam family

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Talleres: Gran Biobusqueda del Sur 2021

En septiembre y octubre realizaremos talleres para quienes participen en la Gran Biobúsqueda del Sur 2021, con el fin de obtener las mejores observaciones de naturaleza.

Tenemos un equipo de lujo de la mano de quienes vamos a poder conocer más sobre los taxones y la mejor forma de poder registrar observaciones.

Agendalos:

Septiembre
MAMÍFEROS: Lunes 20, 18 hs. Con @calimecita.
HELECHOS: Miércoles 22, 19 hs. Con @guguyanez.
PLANTAS CON SEMILLAS: Viernes 24, 18 hs. Con @cesarmassi & @anabela2.
PECES: Martes 28, 19 hs. Con @giramone & @demianlescano.
LÍQUENES: Jueves 30, 18 hs. Con @ahuereca.

Octubre
AVES: Lunes 4, 19 hs. Con @goncrisdi.
INSECTOS: Miércoles 6, 18 hs. Con @victoriaw, @lrubio7, @marinola & @michelledelaloye.
ARAÑAS: Viernes 8, 19 hs. Con @luchoperalta.
REPTILES: Miércoles 13, 19 hs. Con @patoknight.
HONGOS: Viernes 15, 18 hs. Con @emagrassi_hongosar.

Desde ya, les agradecemos por adelantado.

Vas a encontrar el enlace para participar en este link. Por favor, no compartas el enlace en redes sociales.

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iNaturalist Walks in Kespukwitk

During our Kespukwitk Municipal iNaturalist Competition we will be hosting walks in each municipality to get you outside and familiar with Nova Scotia’s spectacular wildlife. We will explore the area in a group as we observe, discuss and share stories about the wildlife we see. These walks are open to all, including families, and do not require any previous knowledge or special vehicle requirements to access. If you would like to join us, you must register here.

During the walk, we will include a brief introduction to the species identification and recording app, iNaturalist. We recommend everyone download the app to their phone and create an account before arriving. (You may also opt to upload photos online at iNaturalist.ca after the walk.)

Click either or both of these links to learn how to use iNaturalist getting started and making an observation.

A few of the organized activities are posted below. Check Facebook for updated info on additional walks.

Saturday Sept. 18: 10:00am Our partners at Clean Annapolis River Project are hosting a guided walk in the sand barrens. (rain date September 25).

Monday, Sept. 20: 10:00 – 11:30 AM interpretive walk at Meteghan Beach (Clare Municipality). Dan Robichaud, our municipal representative, will be joining our staff to share their knowledge and experience of the area’s ecology and wildlife.

Monday, Sept. 20: 5:30 – 7 PM: interpretive walk at Pubnico Coastal Trail (Argyle Municipality). Join our staff on the beach to as they share their knowledge and experience of the area’s ecology and wildlife. Click here to learn more about the Pubnico Coastal Trail.

Tuesday, Sept. 21: 5:30 – 7 PM interpretive walk at Van Tassel Lake Trails (Digby Municipality). Our staff will be joined by Jeff White, our local representative, to share their knowledge and experience of the area’s ecology and wildlife.
Click here to learn more about the Van Tassel Lake Trail.


Don't forget to register for individual walks and be eligible for prizes during the competition! Remember that anyone can contribute to this project by simply posting observations to iNaturalist - you do not have to be part of an organized walk. You can explore your backyard and areas in your neighbourhood. You can also visit the areas blitzed during the group walks before or after these organized events.

Have fun and stay safe.

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Virginia Creeper

The Virginia creeper(parthenocissus quinquefolia) is located under the section of eukaryotes, more specifically under green, land plants. It is further classified under seed and flowering plants and since it is characterized by having two seed leaves when flowering, the Virginia creeper is a eudicots along side 263,110 other species.

All the plants found we discovered for our project were perennials meaning they live for more than two years. These plants have adapted to the snowy and cold climate of Montreal, and are able to grow and bloom again in the summer and spring after dying off in the winter.

The Virginia creeper has adhesive tips on their tendrils that allow the plant to climb. This allows the plant to secure itself to walls without another support system giving it an advantage over other vines that require external support to grow upwards.

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Latest Addition

We've reached the next week for this project so let's give a quick right down on what happened. Eighteen new observations were added which is well under average but we're going to have weeks like that. As long as we break the 1,000 obs mark, that's all that matters.

Observation of the week goes to @philkahler for giving us a new species, a juvenile Broad-winged Hawk in Walla Walla. They are by far the most underreported raptor in the Pacific Northwest because of their close resemblance to Red-shouldered Hawks (adults) and Swainson's Hawk (juvenile). Though thought of as an eastern species, many Canadian breeders migrate through western US and some HawkWatches have seen as many as 115 individuals in one day. With these large numbers, they got to be coming from someone and Phil is our lucky spotter.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/94582546

As we continue through this week, keep your eyes on the skies. The more Broad-wings the better and if you're on a mountain top, you're chances are that much higher. Vultures are starting to flock as well as they start going south. Many things to do so photograph raptors and post!

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Lab 2

One unique adaptation for one of my observations is that Burdocks have hooked tips which are an adaptation for seed dispersal. Animals pass by the plant and the hooked tips grasp onto the animal's fur, eventually the burdocks fall off spreading the seed to new locations.

One adaptation that all the observations have in common is that they have waxy leaf cuticles, which are impermeable to water which then stops evaporation.

The phylogeny placement of the Greater Burdock, is Arctium lappa.

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Humber Arboretum Atlas August Highlights

There were so many great observations this month submitted to the Humber Arboretum Atlas project. Here are some of the highlights.

A Common Shiner was spotted this month by Bella Wu, along with some other animals. Both a Great Blue Heron and another Wild Turkey was spotted this month by Mike Naumoff.

Hand holding a small scaly fish
© Bella Wu, some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC), Common Shiner - Observation 91149828

Insects seemed to be a theme in August, with the Common Tree Cricket observed by vishalb. A Monarch Butterfly was spotted by Treshaun Thomas-Wright, as well as a European Fire Bug spotted by Mike Naumoff.

Red oval shaped bug with black pattern on top of a green leaf
© Mike Naumoff, some rights reserved (BY-CC), European Fire Bug - Observation 90723828

Lots of plants were found this month, including the Staghorn Sumac by Mike Naumoff and the Purple Loosestrife by Simone Pereira. Bella Wu observed the White Vervain.

Strands of green plants
© Bella Wu, some rights reserved (CC-BY-NC), White Vervain - Observation 91152876

Thank you to everyone who submitted their findings this month. September will bring the start of a new season which means new changes in nature that we hope to see documented!

  • Nicole Carbone, Humber Arboretum Student Content Creator

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Tracy Cheng - Leaves

  1. Boxelder Maple Leaf
    By using OneZoom, I was able to identify the location of a boxelder maple leaf. It was found under the eukaryotes section, which then led to plants, and eventually narrowed down to thirty different species of maple leaves. Within those thirty various species, the boxelder maple leaf species was then found in the same grouping as a rocky mountain maple leaf.

  2. All of the identified leaves found in the group project all shared one similarity. All leaves had a dermal tissue system with an outermost waxy layer called the cuticle (which is known as the epidermis). This is an adaptation to the environment because it serves as a protective barrier from its surroundings, especially ones where it may cause the structure of a leaf to be vulnerable, for example heavy rain or winds.
  3. The leaves on a locust tree
    The leaves appear very longitudinal and spine-like, which in my opinion is an ideal shape for a plant, especially in a wet environment. The long and thin shape allows water to run down the structure, rather than the water piling up and collecting on the surface, which may eventually cause the leaf to weigh down.

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7th Period Bioblitz 9/17/21

Path near the pond, between the baseball field and the PE spot
Some species we identified:

  • peeling puffball mushroom
  • Dicots (many species)
  • one person saw a longnose (?) turtle
  • Short horned grasshopper
  • hairy indigo
  • ladybug/beetle
  • dead moth
  • grasses
  • 3 turkey vultures flying way above the lake
  • Peppergrass
  • Dragonfly
  • Oak tree
  • Great egret
  • cardinal
  • purple bilateral flower
  • ants (velvet)

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Journal Entry- Lab 2 (Cecilia Ramirez)

By taking into consideration all of my observations the species that caught most of my attention was the Burdocks. Once I located the Burdock into the phylogenetic tree, I learned that its scientific name is Arctium, which contains 83 species. They are active in Europe and Asia but have been successfully spread worldwide.

When I was walking through the park I unintentionally passed through a plant and all of a sudden several burdocks had grabbed on my pants. This leads me to the conclusion of a common adaptation in burdocks, their prickly heads. Species such as burdocks tend to have these sort of spines to form a globular shell to protect the seeds at the interior of the flower head.

One adaptation that I noticed from most of the plants that were observed is that most of them don’t have defense mechanisms. Meaning that they all grow in numerous quantities, probably because of their extensive roots. Plants have consistent growth and this is why they don’t adapt into a defense mechanism against the herbivores.

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Итоги Bird-Blitz "Майские каникулы 2021" (которые забыли вовремя опубликовать)

С 1 по 10 мая 2021 г. 4 команды по 4 наблюдателя сфотографировали 167 видов птиц (1626 наблюдений с подтвержденным статусом).
Победители в номинациях:
🦉🦉🦉

  1. Командная по количеству видов:
    136 видов - команда Кулики (С.Стрижова, С.Помыткин, С.Фантом, О.Левашова)
    127 видов - команда Пастушки (В.Юсупов, С.Семенов, М.Протасов, А.Пузанков)
    121 вид - команда Жаворонки (П.Шуков, А.Левашкин, А.Суравенков, А.Дюльгер)
    100 видов - команда Гренадёрки (Е.Волкова, А.Коломиец, Ю.Цепилова, М.Ушакова)
    🦉🦉🦉

  2. Командная по количеству наблюдений:
    486 – Кулики
    445 – Пастушки
    381 – Жаворонки
    314 – Гренадерки
    🦉🦉🦉

  3. Индивидуальная по количеству видов:
    117 видов – С.Стрижова
    116 – П.Шуков
    113 – В.Юсупов
    93 – С.Помыткин
    65 – С.Семенов
    63 – Е.Волкова
    62 – А.Коломиец
    57 – А.Пузанков
    40 – Ю.Цепилова
    38 – М.Ушакова
    31 – А.Дюльгер
    27 – С.Фантом
    24 – М.Протасов
    17 – О.Левашова
    15 – А.Левашкин
    11 – А.Суравенков
    🦉🦉🦉

  4. Индивидуальная по количеству наблюдений:
    303 - Павел Шуков
    263 - Сергей Помыткин
    207 - Вячеслав Юсупов
    🦉🦉🦉

  5. По количеству краснокнижных видов:
    26 видов - Павел Шуков
    23 вида - Сергей Помыткин
    21 вид - Вячеслав Юсупов
    🦉🦉🦉

  6. Самый редкий вид:
    Морянка (С.Стрижова)
    Малый подорлик (В.Юсупов)
    Кобчик (С.Стрижова, П.Шуков, С.Семенов)
    Белый аист (С.Помыткин)
    Ходулочник (С.Стрижова)
    Золотистая ржанка (С.Стрижова)
    Просянка (С.Стрижова)
    Щёголь (С.Помыткин, В.Юсупов, С.Стрижова)
    🦉🦉🦉

  7. Отдельно хочется отметить находку колонии серых цапель у села Вад (С.Помыткин).
    🦉🦉🦉
    Самыми неуловимыми оказались гренадерка и орлан-белохвост. Их никто не догнал :)
    🦉🦉🦉
    Всего по 1 разу встречался аист, морянка, скопа, малый подорлик, орел-карлик, куропатка, глухарь, рябчик, камышница, золотистая ржанка, ходулочник, клуша, средний дятел, лесной жаворонок, лесная завирушка, садовая славка, зеленая пересмешка, дроздовидная камышовка, усатая синица, московка, чечетка, луговой конек.
    🦉🦉🦉
    Самые встречаемые:
    коршун (46 наблюдений), зяблик (45), лесной конек (38), белая трясогузка (34), канюк (34), озерная чайка (30), кряква (29), гусь белолобый (27), скворец (27), турухтан (26), овсянка об (25), рябинник (25), варакушка (25), желтоголовая трясогузка (25), ворона (24), чибис (23), широконоска (22).
    🦉🦉🦉
    Призы От Нижегородского отделения Союза охраны птиц России
    получат все 16 участников соревнования.

  8. Фотоопределитель водоплавающих птиц Нижегородской области.
  9. Монография «Орнитофауна центра Европейской России: динамика, антропогенная трансформация, пути сохранения», получившая Макарьевскую премию в 2020 г.
    🦉🦉🦉
    Всем большое спасибо за участие!

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Lab 2 Journal Entry: Investigating the Adaptations of Plants in Mount Royal Park

During our nature hike in Mount Royal Park, Montreal, QC, I came across an intriguing species of wildflower. I later identified this plant to be Symphyotrichum cordifolium, which is better known as the Common Blue Wood Aster. Using OneZoom, I examined its phylogenetic placement and found that it belongs to the Asteraceae family (the daisy family). The branches extending from this category on OneZoom are multitudinous, one of which is the genus Symphyotrichum. This particular species of aster is most closely related to the Smooth White Aster (Symphyotrichum porteri), with which it shares a common ancestor.

Fig.1 The Common Blue Wood Aster plant I observed.

Due to the large of variety of plants I observed in Mount Royal Park (including shrubs, wildflowers, and trees), it is difficult to come to the conclusion that they all possess a single common adaptation. However, I noticed that all of the plants either had numerous leaves that were relatively small with respect to the overall size of the plant, or had a few leaves that were excessively large comparatively. Both of these arrangements of leaves would maximize the surface area of the plant to optimize photosynthesis (a greater surface would mean a greater amount of energy obtained from exposure to sunlight, more stoma for gas exchange, etc).

Fig.2 A tree with lots of small leaves.

Fig. 3 A plant with few leaves, but have a very large surface area.

The Clearweed plant I observed (genus Pilea, exact species unidentified) had particularly waxy leaves. This adaptation would allow the plant to retain more water (preventing water loss with a hydrophobic coating), which usually is most important for plants in desert environments. I found this particular plant growing out from under the staircase leading up to the main trails in Mount Royal Park, where the surrounding environment seemed rather dry and received little sunlight. I think the plant’s waxy leaves makes it uniquely positioned as a species to survive in parts of its terrestrial environment that would otherwise be uninhabitable.

Fig.4 The Clearweed plant at the base of the staircase.

-Sophia Cottrill

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Species Spotlight: Common Ink Cap Mushroom

Why did everyone want to go to the party with the mushroom? Because he was a fun-guy!

I'm sorry.

Back to Species Spotlight after a break amid a hectic last week. Today we will look at Species Spotlight's first fungi, the common ink cap mushroom, which, fittingly, was the first observation posted to the page, courtesy of looghna_dainty_mac_bay from Hendersonville, Tennessee.

If any group of organisms can claim the status of "Unsung Heroes" it is definitely fungi. The world would be a very, very different place without them, and probably not one that we would want to live in, if us humans were even here in the first place! Fungi's role in nutrient cycling and as decomposers underpins every single ecosystem on Earth, and the ecosystems themselves largely exist thanks to fungi, with their mineral-mining capabilities leading the formation of soil and, consequently, large, leafy plants, almost all of which are supported by fungi in many other ways too! And that's without even touching on their role in baking and brewing! Ultimately, fungi have paved the way for life on land as we know it, including aiding the spread of mammals after the fall of the dinosaurs, an evolutionary pathway that includes humanity along its route! Furthermore, the role of fungi in aquatic ecosystems is very poorly studied, but it's almost certainly a lot more significant than we currently realise.

That is an extremely non-exhaustive and unelaborated list of fungal achievements, but if I leave you with only one thing from Species Spotlight it is that fungi are ridiculously important. I would need an entire book to really give fungi their fair dos, so I'll stop myself there, but if you are interested I highly recommend Merlin Sheldrake's Entangled Life.

Despite their significance, fungi are probably one of the most mysterious and least well-understood groups of organisms. There is generally a lot of confusion among the general public as to whether fungi are plants or not (they're not), so don't worry if you're confused! Another common misconception is that they're "halfway between a plant and animal" - again, this is not true... I don't even know what this means. No, fungi are their own Kingdom, as are animals and as are plants. They're all part of the Domain Eukaryota, which basically means they're composed of more advanced cells than bacteria. So fungi are their own special group, separate from both plants and animals.

Fungi are extremely diverse in both form and function. If I ask you to picture a fungi right now.... go ahead, give it a go... I bet your thoughts range from mildew on your wall to toadstools sprouting out the ground. That's a pretty good spread, but the reality is even more extreme than that: many fungal species are hidden from view, either by virtue of dwelling in the soil, or by being microscopic, or both; on the other end of the spectrum we have the fungus Armillaria ostoyae, the organism that covers a larger geographical area than any other, with an individual colony of this species in Oregon, USA laying claim to be the LARGEST ORGANISM IN THE WORLD, spreading over an area of over 2,200 acres (~3.4 square miles)!

Our common ink cap, Coprinopsis atramentaria, (apologies for taking so long to get to the species in today's Spotlight) fits neatly in the middle of this size spectrum, ranging between 3 and 10 cm. It is fairly common throughout North America and Europe, often being found in urban habitats or other frequently-disturbed areas from spring through to autumn. Its mycelium (sort of like the fungal equivalent of plant roots) are generally found originating from dead wood.

You will often spot it with a bell-shaped head, but this does flatten out before the end of its life. Its smooth skin helps distinguish it from other ink cap mushrooms, such as the shaggy or magpie. As far as edibleness goes - DO NOT eat it without consulting a mycologist (fungi expert) or foraging specialist. Apparently it can be safe, but is harmful (potentially even deadly) when mixed with alcohol, leading to its nickname as the Tippler's Bane.

Finally, the name "ink cap" (which it shares with several other species) comes from the fact that the mushrooms let out a stream of black liquid when picked, which was actually used as ink once upon a time.

So there we have it - the fungal kingdom and the common ink cap mushroom in a nutshell. As I said, I could spend weeks writing about fungi, but I hope this brief post has given you a small insight into hugely important role and incredible diversity of fungal heroes!

Before I go - starting tomorrow is Great Big Green Week in the UK. I will be working with fellow Wild Watch participant and Climate Cymru ambassador, rachall1, to do a local nature walk, highlighting to participants the significant role wildlife recording plays in helping our natural world. So I want to take this opportunity once again to thank you and remind you that you are making positive contributions towards the conservation of our natural world by taking part in this project.

Diolch yn fair iawn
Kieran

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Phylogenic Placement, Common Adaptation, and Unique adaptation of Mount Royal's species

The Norway maple was introduced to North America in the mid- 1700s from Eurasia as an ornamental tree. It falls under the category of acer plataniodes. They are composed of simple, green, opposite leaves, and are usually broader than they are high. Their leaf stems release a milky sap when broken. The Norway maple reproduction is by seeds that are later on produced in abundance and germinate quickly.

The phylogenic placement of the species I chose is in the family Asteraceae, native to eastern and central North America. There is an older binomial name for this species known as “Eupatorium rugosum”.

A common adaptation that I found during my analysis within my group's observation was that all the species used dew for moisture and getting water through their leaves and stems. Dew is known to be a natural form of water, formed as water vapor condenses. It can be said it's the result of changing from a vapor to a liquid.

One unique adaptation I found interesting about the white snakeroot situated at Mount Royal was its toxicity. The white snakeroot is a poisonous perennial herb, in the family Asteraceae. They contain the toxin tremetol. When the plants are consumed by cattle, the meat and milk become contaminated with the toxin. When humans consume meat or milk containing the toxin, the poison is passed on to humans.

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Parks for Pollinators 2021

Fun idea. Haven't visited a lot of local parks recently so this was a great excuse to do some park hopping. Went to South Z Boaz Park yesterday. (The small area of the park alongside Mary's Creek Dr. Lots of road construction along Mary's Creek Dr. so there was no parking but I found a spot in the neighborhood across the street. They've added a playground and a small track with exercise equipment to this small extension of the park. It's really nice! Couldn't find many insects but did find several different plants. Today I'm planning to stop by White Settlement Park. They have a great duck pond. I don't guess ducks count as pollinators. haha nah.....didn't think so.

Cam

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Gall Week 2021

A worldwide project for recording galls will take place in early October (2nd to 10th): 2021 Gall Week .

Observations need to be added to the project, but it may be interesting & fun to participate.

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Phylogeny and Adaptions - Insects

The European Earwig, also known as Forticula auricularia in the scientific community, is a part of the modern wing-folding insects, and is classified in the Forticulidae family in the order of Dermaptera. The Earwig is a shared ancestor of over five thousand species across the world, making the Forticula auricularia just one of many!

One adaptation seen in all observed species of this group project is a pair of antennae. The antennae is what links insects' senses to their surroundings, allowing them to process the chemical and physical components to their environment.

An adaptation of the Western Bumble Bee (Bombus occidentalis) is synchronizing its pollination cycles with the blossoming of nearby flowers. Since Western Bumble Bees are common organisms having spread across large regions, their communities have adapted their work cycles to match the species of flowers found in their environment.

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One Zoom

The silver maple can be found within the genus Acer. It’s most recent ancestor is also the most recent ancestor to the red maple; this indicates that the silver and red maple are very closely related. The Silver maple falls within the family of Sapindaceae which has 2312 species in total. More broadly it falls within the clade of Mesangiospermae, a clade that consists of flowering plants, all of which have developed from a single common ancestor.

One adaptation that all of the observed species have in common is that they all possess green leaves. This is because plants possess a pigment called chlorophyll which transmits green light while absorbing red and blue light; the ideal wavelengths for photosynthesis fall within the red and blue ranges, making chlorophyll an effective pigment for photosynthesis. So, through natural selection, the majority of plants have adapted to possess chlorophyll and in turn the colour green.

One unique adaptation from my observations was the leaf size of the colt’s foot. Compared to the other observed plants, the leaf size of the colt’s foot was significantly large. This is a beneficial adaptation as it increases the efficiency of photosynthesis; bigger leaves have more stomata which increases the rate of gas exchange with the environment and thus increases the rate of photosynthesis.

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Unique adaptation

The sunflower has adapted tone a hyperaccumulator meaning, that they are. able to absorb high concentrations of toxic materials.

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Adaptation

One adaptation that all of my observations have in common is their way to spread seeds. They have adapted their seeds to be extremely light in nature so as to make them more transportable. The seeds are so lights that can be carried by the wind and carried by moving organisms.

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Common Sunflower

The common sunflowers's phylogeny is as follows:

Plantea - Tracheophyta - Spermatophyta - Magnoliophyta - Magnoliopsida - Asteridae - Asterales - Asteraceae - Helianthus L. - Halianthus annuus

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Красная книга Москвы

Дорогие друзья!

Небольшая напоминалка: существует отдельный проект по "Красной книге Москвы" (https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/krasnaya-kniga-moskvy-red-list-of-moscow-city). Подписывайтесь и обращайте внимание на краснокнижные растения, грибы и животных.

Проект активно курируется: почти 97% наблюдений краснокнижного проекта после верификации получают "исследовательский статус".

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Golden Rods of Mount Royal Park

This past week I observed a plant presenting with long green leaves pointed in a directly outward manner from the stems and yellow flowers lining the middle part of the stem between the leaves. After further investigation I identified this plant to be Golden Rods or Acacia longifolia ssp. longifolia. This species is phylogenically located in domain Eukaryota, kingdom Plantae, phylum Spermatophyta, subphylum Angiospermae, and class Dicotyledonae. Speaking in regard to adaptive features, I would like to focus on the color of the flowers. The yellow and bright nature of its flowers signals to pollinators that the plant needs their assistance. Bees and other pollinators will be favorably attracted to this plant because of these colors thus improving their survivability and chance of reproducing. Switching topics to a general adaptation, every plant observed during this field study presented with green leaves that have a "waxy coating" to them. This adaptive trait limits the amount of water loss a leaf/plant experiences. The waxy coating ensures that water stays within the leaves and plant's systems. Transpiration is thus reduced due to this adaptive trait.

Ingresado el 17 de septiembre de 2021 por lyndon_walsh lyndon_walsh | 1 observación
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