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04 de noviembre de 2020

October 2020 Photo-observation of the Month

Congratulation to Pete Kerby-Miller for winning the October 2020 Photo-observation of the Month for the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist. Pete's image of a congregation of Woolly Alder Aphids (Prociphilus tessellatus) received the most 'faves' from other iNaturalists. Some of you may recognize Pete as VCE's Mountain Ecology Technician , serving with us as an ECO AmeriCorps Member.

Woolly Alder Aphids are hardy November insects, and the blue, fuzzy specks seen above are in their wingless, immature stage. Often these aphids can be found gathered in a mass on speckled alder, sucking liquids and covered with a waxy white coating resembling cotton or wool. The adult stage retains some of the fuzz and blue coloration and also grows wings, so be on the lookout for these flying "Blue Fuzzy-Butts" this season.

With nearly 9,000 observations submitted by 1,603 observers in October, it was very competitive. Click on the image above to see and explore all of the amazing observations, including an adorable Virginia Opossum and luminescent fungi!

Visit the Vermont Atlas of Life on iNaturalist where you can vote for the winner this month by clicking the ‘fave’ star on your favorite photo-observation. Make sure you get outdoors and record the biodiversity around you, then submit your discoveries and you could be a winner!

Ingresado el 04 de noviembre de 2020 por nsharp nsharp | 1 comentario | Deja un comentario

13 de noviembre de 2020

Lunchtime Learning Reminder

Hello all,

Join me every Wednesday from noon to 1 for Lunchtime Learning! During these sessions, I review how to utilize various aspects of iNaturalist through the lens of a seasonally-relevant Vermont phenology topic. The presentation varies in length from week to week, but there is plenty of time to ask any questions you may have on iNaturalist use, the topic of the week, or something related to Vermont’s ecology. I do not hold all of the answers, but I am happy to help you find them.

To register for weekly sessions, follow this link: Survey Monkey.
A link to recorded sessions can be found here.

Have a great weekend, and hope to see you all on Wednesday!
-Julia, Community Science Outreach Naturalist

Ingresado el 13 de noviembre de 2020 por jpupko jpupko | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

22 de noviembre de 2020

iNaturalist Life List Update

iNaturalist recently updated the Life List feature, making it more visually attractive and user friendly. The old Life List has not been deleted, this is an updated version that exists in addition to the old platform. Your Life List is a list that is automatically generated by iNaturalist, containing all of the observations you have uploaded to iNaturalist. This post talks through the filters and features of the new Life List.

  • Read more on lists here.
  • Read about the new Life List here.
  • Watch a video on List use (including the new Life List update) here.

To get to your Life List:
Hover your mouse over your profile photo (top navigation bar, far right) and select “Lists.”

  • Once you have reached this page, you will see a panel that says “(your username)’s Life List.
  • This is the old platform. Rather than clicking this, look at the top of the page and you will see a box titled “Check out your new and improved Life List!” Click the green button that says “VIEW MY LIFE LIST”

Once you have clicked this button, a page with “(your username)’s Life List at the top. The page is divided in half, with “Life List” and “Tree View” as the primary options on the left side of the page, and “Species,” “Observations,” and “Unobserved Species” as the primary options on the right side.

  • Turn your attention to the left side of the page. Select “Life List.” Toggle the gray dropdown box that says “Sort: ___” and select Taxonomic (the page should automatically load to the “Sort: Taxonomic” page, so you should already be on this page). The page will populate a list, which is divided up into taxonomic groups by Family. Each Family group will have a top line with Kingdom through Order of the Family group at hand listed. Underneath this, you will see Family, Genus, and Species of the group at hand listed. Next to the Family and species listed, you will see a green number. That is the total number of observations for each.
  • Based on your current selection, the left side will only populate with data of observations that you have made.
    If you select Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, or one of the green numbers, the right side of the page will pull up the observations you have made within the selection.

  • Selecting “Most Observed,” Least Observed,” or “Name” in the “Sort:___” dropdown will give you the same information, just ordered by observation numbers or in alphabetical order by Family.
  • You can also use the search bar on the left side to search for a specific taxon, or you can select the icons above the search bar to navigate to a taxonomic group. You will only be able to select taxon groups that you have made observations of.

Select “Tree View” now.

  • You can filter the list you are observing the same way you can filter “List View.”
  • The “Tree View” option gives you a simplified view of the “List View” which was previously discussed.

Now turn your attention to the right side of the page.

  • The right side of the page shows you your observations of different species/ groups of species based on the filters you have applied to the entirety of the page. NOTE: This includes the left side of the page. If you have filtered the left side of the page and still have those filters selected, the right side of the page will reflect those filters.
  • If “Species” is selected on the right side of the page, you will see taxon cards populate. These taxon are all taxon that you have observed. Each has “__ observations” at the bottom, indicating the number of observations you have made of the taxon. You can further filter these taxon observations using the “Filter by Place” search bar, and by using the “Sort: ___” and “Show: __” dropdowns. Using these filters, you can pull up observations of specific taxon that you have observed in specified locations, which can be ordered by observation number and viewed at different taxonomic levels. Clicking these cards will pull up all observations you have made of the group at hand.
  • If you switch from “Species” to “Observations,” all of your observations that fit the criteria you have specified will be pulled up.
  • If you select “Unobserved Species,” all taxon fitting the criteria of the filters you have specified that you have NOT observed on iNaturalist will be populated. This is a great tool for getting an idea of other species in your area that you have not seen yet!

Finally, turn your attention to the blue “Export” button on the top right of your page.

  • If you select this option, you can export a .csv of the taxon that you have specified using all of the aforementioned filters on both sides of the page.

Ingresado el 22 de noviembre de 2020 por jpupko jpupko | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario

30 de noviembre de 2020

Don't Forget to Fav Photos for the November Winner!

Cast your votes and be counted! You can 'fav' any observation that you like to vote for the Vermont Atlas of Life iNaturalist photo-observation of the month. Located to the right of the photographs and just below the location map is a star symbol. Click on this star and you've fav'ed an observation. At the end of each month, we'll see which photo-observation has the most favs and crown them the monthly winner. Check out awesome observations and click the star for those that shine for you. Vote early and often!

Check out who is in the lead and see a list of all of this month's photo-observations.

Ingresado el 30 de noviembre de 2020 por kpmcfarland kpmcfarland | 0 comentarios | Deja un comentario