Diario del proyecto San Mateo County Bio-Blitz

16 de mayo de 2020

Banana Slug (Ariolimax) clarification for San Mateo county

Check out the remarkable work done by @thomaseverest on Banana Slugs up and down the California Coast - https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/32164-a-note-on-banana-slugs#activity_comment_4612924 - keep this page handy!

Thanks Thomas!

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03 de mayo de 2020

Helping Common Mergansers

Dear Peninsula Naturalists - I am sure most of you are aware of the excellent work done by International Bird Rescue in our area. This request came to me today from Ioana Seritan, concerning care for Common Merganser chicks.

****MESSAGE FROM International Bird Rescue****

Hi, I am a wildlife rehabilitator with International Bird Rescue, and we need your help. We rehabilitators provide an essential service and are still accepting injured and orphaned animals for rehabilitation, but we are having to make do without many of the resources that we usually need for baby season.

In the summer, the bulk of our patients are orphaned chicks. Merganser chicks in particular are a huge investment of resources. They eat expensive, live fish and require special enclosures & special training to raise. These birds will be incredibly difficult to raise during COVID-19. And guess what? Our friends at Monterey SPCA have 8 Common Merganser chicks in their care.

So how can you help as a birder? Instead of trying to raise these mergansers ourselves, one option is to try to foster out the merganser chicks to a Common Merganser family in the wild. Mergansers are usually very accepting of more chicks. They are much better at raising these babies than we humans are! So we need your help locating a Common Merganser family somewhere in the vicinity of Monterey, Santa Cruz, the San Francisco Bay Area, or the Central Valley. Have you seen a Common Merganser family with chicks? Please notify us at ioana.seritan@bird-rescue.org and isabel.luevano@bird-rescue.org.

****End of forwarded message****

Let’s do what we can for hands-on citizen science during this difficult time of COVID19 - this is a targeted, specific request that draws on our highly localized knowledge!

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ODOMETER shift!

Just now, just today (and I have photo-documentation with screen shots) this project reached 10,000 OBSERVERS! That's wonderful - and a real testament to citizen-science. Onwards!! Stay safe and healthy

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27 de abril de 2020

Needed Bird Species for the City Nature Challenge: Get 'Em TODAY!

Dear San Mateo County Birders -

Today (Monday) is the last day of the City Nature Challenge. There are a number of missing bird species which, if we were not under the Shelter-in-Place order, would be fairly easy for one or two people to find. But now we are thrown onto our individual five-mile radius limitations (it is as if we've leveled up in a game!), so it is trickier.

Here are the missing birds (in a semi-taxonomic order; I've not yet memorized the latest AOU order):

Northern Pintail
Snow Goose
Cackling Goose
Wood Duck
Pacific Loon
Red-throated Loon
Red-necked Grebe
Brandt’s Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Surfbird
Wandering Tattler
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonaparte’s Gull
Elegant Tern
Pigeon Guillemot
Cassin’s Auklet
Swainson’s Hawk
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Hairy Woodpecker
Rock Wren
American Pipit
Swainson’s Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Black-throated Gray Warbler

A few birds not likely in San Mateo county, but possible in Santa Clara - (Black-chinned Hummingbird; Phainopepla; Bell’s Sparrow; Blue Grosbeak)

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17 de abril de 2020

300,000 - don't stop now!

So yesterday this project passed 300,000 observations in San Mateo County! This is amazing data coverage - and with the current shelter-in-place order keeping people at and close to home, we are filling in gaps in neighborhoods, pocket parks, and industrial zones. Nature is everywhere, and all organisms are worthy of being recorded. Keep at it, Naturalists!

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06 de abril de 2020

Exciting Event while under the SIP order!! Thursday April 9 online meeting with DAMON TIGHE!

Dear Naturalist Community -

While we are observing social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, that doesn’t mean we can’t be a community still! The Board of Sequoia Audubon Society has decided to experiment with an online meeting this month, at our usual time of Thursday. We will start ‘gathering’ online at 6:30, with the regular announcements to begin at 7:00 pm.

This is an exciting innovation, and so it is appropriate that our guest speaker is @damontighe , one of the founders and core members of the California Center for Natural History, a collective of naturalists in the Bay Area who organize events to create communities of culturally and experientially diverse naturalists in our area. Check out their work here: https://calnature.org/ .

Here’s how to JOIN US ON THURSDAY FOR THE ONLINE GATHERING!
Topic: Sequoia Audubon Society Monthly Meeting
Time: Apr 9, 2020 6:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://zoom.us/j/280977420?pwd=T25tVkhUWTFEY2JYa3liTVFvb1JjQT09

Meeting ID: 280 977 420
Password: 038338

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Find global number: https://zoom.us/u/abG05s5zrc

This information is also available on the Sequoia Audubon website - http://www.sequoia-audubon.org/meetings.html

It is advised to download the Zoom app prior to the meeting. Signing in early (at 6:30) will enable us to trouble-shoot technical difficulties with you. Not as much fun as our usual snacks, but we are all living and learning as we go along!

LOOKING FORWARD TO OUR TIME TOGETHER! Please spread the news widely - we are not limited in seating as we are in a physical meeting!

Jennifer

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14 de febrero de 2020

Statistical Update

Dear San Mateo County iNaturalist Users -

Well, there are now two of us crazy enough to have accumulated over 20,000 observations in San Mateo county - @dpom and me (@gyrrlfalcon ). Four people have over 1500 species observed in the county, and five species have over 1,000 total observations. We are doing precisely what a project like this can do - mapping out the county's biodiversity, at a level of specificity that was not attainable prior to citizen-science tools like iNaturalist,

Remember - no area of the county is too modest, no species too quotidian, no repetition too duplicative: Just Keep Documenting!

Onward! - Jennifer

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10 de febrero de 2020

Intensive BioBlitz at Sam McDonald on Saturday February 15

As part of Sequoia Audubon's Great Backyard Bird Count festivities this weekend, there will be a special new sort of BioBlitz at Sam McDonald. This one will not be as structured as ones we've held in the past, instead allowing users already familiar with iNaturalist to fill in the holes in the coverage of this park, most extensively in its elevated southern sections.

For regular readers of this page - YOU are the people we WANT and NEED for this blitz! It is an all-day, come-when-you-can---leave-when-you-must sort of deal.

Here are the requisite links

February 15 (Saturday, all day; Sunday if weathered out on Saturday) - Sam McDonald upper reaches south of Pescadero Creek Road - we are going to fill in the spaces that we were unable to do last year - you have to respond to participate, as this is a more strenuous and more protracted BioBlitz than most - check out the project map here and join!
Project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2020-sam-mcdonald-park-bioblitz
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sam-mcdonald-county-park-2020-all-day-bioblitz-tickets-89437300373

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15 de enero de 2020

New Year BioBlitzes and Activities

San Mateo County continues to be an iNaturalist leader, thanks to YOU! A quarter of a million observations, of 6,700 species by 8,800 observers! That's amazing - and we intend to keep extending this "ad astra"!

There are two scheduled BioBlitzes approaching, both of which have their projects set up here on iNaturalist. Please join these projects and register for them on Eventbrite

February 15 (Saturday, all day; Sunday if weathered out on Saturday) - Sam McDonald upper reaches south of Pescadero Creek Road - we are going to fill in the spaces that we were unable to do last year - you have to respond to participate, as this is a more strenuous and more protracted BioBlitz than most - check out the project map here and join!
Project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2020-sam-mcdonald-park-bioblitz
Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sam-mcdonald-county-park-2020-all-day-bioblitz-tickets-89437300373

April 25 (Saturday, hours tba) - Devil's Slide Trail Park Bioblitz - part of the City Nature Challenge. This is a short trail, but with a number of unique plants, and, from a birding perspective, Rock Wren (rare in San Mateo county) and nesting seabirds on Egg Rock.
Project: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/devil-s-slide-bioblitz-april-2020
Eventbrite: coming soon!

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01 de diciembre de 2019

Christmas Bird Counts and BioBlitzes

A few upcoming county events

December 14 (Saturday, all day) - Crystal Springs Christmas Bird Count - takes in the bulk of the center of the county, Contact @leslie_flint for more information

December 16 (Monday, all day) - Palo Alto Christmas Bird Count - takes in most of the south-eastern sections of San Mateo county. You can respond to this message for contact info on this one.

December 27 (Friday, all day) - San Francisco Christmas Bird Count - includes much of the northern part of San Mateo county, including San Bruno Mountain. Respond to this message if you want contact information for this one.

January 4 (Saturday, all day) - Año Nuevo Christmas Bird County - includes much of the south-western sections of San Mateo county. @leslie_flint is the contact for this.

February 15 (Saturday, all day; Sunday if weathered out on Saturday) - Sam McDonald upper reaches south of Pescadero Creek Road - we are going to fill in the spaces that we were unable to do last year - you have to respond to participate, as this is a more strenuous and more protracted BioBlitz than most - check out the project map here and join! https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2020-sam-mcdonald-park-bioblitz

April 25 (Saturday, hours tba) - Devil's Slide Trail Park Bioblitz - part of the City Nature Challenge

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