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Next Level Naturalizing with Chloe Van Loon, City Nature Challenge 2021

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Ne Level Naturalizing
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Rundown:
1. Personal Journey to and with iNaturalist
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Next Level Naturalizing with Chloe Van Loon, City Nature Challenge 2021

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I created a talk on how to "up" your iNaturalist game for the 2021 City Nature Challenge. These slides were my contribution to a webinar on the topic which was put on by Grassroots Ecology.

I created a talk on how to "up" your iNaturalist game for the 2021 City Nature Challenge. These slides were my contribution to a webinar on the topic which was put on by Grassroots Ecology.

Next Level Naturalizing with Chloe Van Loon, City Nature Challenge 2021

  1. 1. Ne Level Naturalizing with Chloe Van Loon Rundown: 1. Personal Journey to and with iNaturalist 2. How to Get MORE out of a hike 3. “Next Level Naturalizing” Activities a. Photo Tips b. Resources 4. Awesome Opportunities from using iNat & why YOU should too!
  2. 2. Pre-iNaturalist
  3. 3. Pre-iNaturalist
  4. 4. Pre-iNaturalist
  5. 5. iNaturalist Journey Yucatan Wren March 2017
  6. 6. iNaturalist Journey Yucatan Wren March 2017 Blueblossom Inflated Beetle Spring 2019
  7. 7. iNaturalist Journey Yucatan Wren March 2017 Blueblossom Diamondback Tritonia Inflated Beetle Cortinarius Seidliae Spring 2019
  8. 8. iNatting Obsession iNaturalist Username: chloe_and_trevor
  9. 9. iNatting Obsession iNaturalist Username: chloe_and_trevor
  10. 10. iNatting Obsession iNaturalist Username: chloe_and_trevor https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2020/chloe_and_trevor
  11. 11. iNatting Obsession iNaturalist Username: chloe_and_trevor https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2020/chloe_and_trevor YEAR YOUR USERNAME
  12. 12. Let’s go iNatting! But before we head out. . .
  13. 13. Before heading out. . . Explore Function for Marin County:
  14. 14. Ne Level, Before heading out. . . https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=231 9&subview=map&view=species Explore Function for Marin County:
  15. 15. Ne Level, Before heading out. . . https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=231 9&subview=map&view=species Explore Function for Marin County: Add to end of url: &unobserved_by_user_id=insert your iNat username
  16. 16. Ne Level, Before heading out. . . https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=231 9&subview=map&view=species Explore Function for Marin County: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=2319&subvie w=map&view=species&unobserved_by_user_id=chloe_and_trevor Add to end of url: &unobserved_by_user_id=insert your iNat username
  17. 17. Now send that link to your phone Android: Apple:
  18. 18. iNaturalist’s Buddy App: Seek Works offline!
  19. 19. What’s in my Backpack? Trader Joe’s Tabouli Container Headlamp Ikea KUGGIS Lid Macro Clip On Lens $1.97 Pocket Ruler from Home Depot
  20. 20. How to get MORE out of hiking GALLS! Leafminers!
  21. 21. How to get MORE out of hiking Tips: ➔ Different Habitats: Oak Woodlands, Chaparral, Redwoods, Riparian ➔ Look UP and look DOWN ➔ Don’t be afraid to look a little bit “funny” ➔ Take a note or photo of the host plant for galls, leafminers, rusts, etc! ◆ As well as front and back of host (i.e. top and bottom of leaf) GALLS! Leafminers!
  22. 22. How to get MORE out of hiking Tips: ➔ Different Habitats: Oak Woodlands, Chaparral, Redwoods, Riparian ➔ Look UP and look DOWN ➔ Don’t be afraid to look a little bit “funny” ➔ Take a note or photo of the host plant for galls, leafminers, rusts, etc! ◆ As well as front and back of host (i.e. top and bottom of leaf) GALLS! Resources ● Leafminers: ○ Leafminers of N. America iNat Project (iNat user: ceisman) ● Galls: ○ Bioblitz.club, Resources Tab for Spring and Fall Galls ○ Joyce Gross CA Galls https://joycegross.com/galls_ca_oak.php Leafminers!
  23. 23. How to get MORE out of hiking Tips: ➔ Different Habitats: Oak Woodlands, Chaparral, Redwoods, Riparian ➔ Look UP and look DOWN ➔ Don’t be afraid to look a little bit “funny” ➔ Take a note or photo of the host plant for galls, leafminers, rusts, etc! ◆ As well as front and back of host (i.e. top and bottom of leaf) GALLS! Resources ● Leafminers: ○ Leafminers of N. America iNat Project (iNat user: ceisman) ● Galls: ○ Bioblitz.club, Resources Tab for Spring and Fall Galls ○ Joyce Gross CA Galls https://joycegross.com/galls_ca_oak.php Leafminers! GO SLOW
  24. 24. Bushtapping 2 3 1
  25. 25. Bushtapping Creatures Callimoxys fuscipennis, Coast Silk Tassel Timemans, Genus Timema, Toyon/Manzanita/Silk Tassel CA Chaparral Katydid, Ceanothus Potato Psyllid, Groundcherry Pagaronia triunata (Leafhopper), Iris
  26. 26. Insect Ph o Tips Resources ● BugGuide.net ● BioBlitz/club ● MacroInvertebrates.org ● Chloevanloon.com Post: ○ Beetles of Bark, Beaches, and Brooks Dermestes maculatus Copestylum apiciferum (Drone Fly) Lubbery Band-winged Grasshopper
  27. 27. Good/Bad Plant Observation iNat Plant Observation
  28. 28. Good/Bad Plant Observation iNat Plant Observation
  29. 29. Flower “Underneath” the flower Overall Leaves iNat Plant Observation
  30. 30. Fungi Springtime Amanita Insect-egg Slime Purple Jellydisc
  31. 31. Fungi Mushrooms: All Angles! Springtime Amanita Insect-egg Slime Purple Jellydisc Cap Gills O v e r a l l
  32. 32. Fungi Mushrooms: All Angles! Springtime Amanita Insect-egg Slime Purple Jellydisc Cap Gills O v e r a l l Tips: ➔ Look in wetter, darker spots in Spring ➔ Identifications are tough! ➔ Use something for scale/take measurements Slime Molds: May need to return to view different stages
  33. 33. Birding + Bugging Tips: ➔ Possible pretty much anywhere! ◆ Flowering plants and water sources are good places ➔ If the bugs in the sun, keep it in the sun ➔ Watch for insects returning to a particular spot, like Black Pheobes and other Flycatchers do!
  34. 34. Birding + Bugging Creatures Red-tailed Aphideater, Syriphid Variable Checkerspot California Dancer Western Screech Owl Genus Lestomyia (Robber Fly) Yellow-faced Bumble Bee
  35. 35. Birding + Bugging Resources Guide: ● Diptera Field & ID Guide by Even Dankowic ○ https://sites.google.com/view/flyguide ○ All of the US!
  36. 36. Let’s get of the trail and to the docks, beach, and into the night. . .
  37. 37. Dock Fouling
  38. 38. Locations: ● Below Scott’s Seafood Bar & Grill, Oakland ● Lake Merritt Sail Boat House, Oakland ● Santa Cruz Harbor, Santa Cruz ● Old Fisherman’s Warf, Monterey Dock Fouling Tips: ➔ Calm water conditions are best ➔ Don’t need low tide conditions
  39. 39. Dock Fouling Creatures Lake Merritt Cuthona Amblyosyllis nigrolineata Red Beard Sponge Strawberry Anemone Cabezon Hancock’s Nudibranch
  40. 40. Locations: ● Pillar Point ● Pigeon Point ● Duxebury Reef ● Asilomar State Beach ● Coleman Beach Tips: ➔ Find low tides with Willy Weather look for -1-ish tides ➔ Use body to block sun for reduced reflection Tidepooling
  41. 41. Locations: ● Pillar Point ● Pigeon Point ● Duxebury Reef ● Coleman Beach Night Tidepooling Tips: ➔ Check Swell Conditions ➔ Bring a buddy ➔ Backup Lightsource ➔ Check Parking Rules *Only if comfortable tidepooling in the day*
  42. 42. Red Rock Crab Tidepooling Creatures Laguna Beach Aeolid East Pacific Red Octopus Sea Lemon Nudibranch Striped Polyclad Worm Bat Star Dark Doto ~4mm /~1/8th inches
  43. 43. Tidepooling Ph o Tips & Resources
  44. 44. Tidepooling Ph o Tips & Resources
  45. 45. Sea Lemon Monterey Doris Tidepooling Ph o Tips & Resources Guide: ● California Sea Slugs by Robin Gwen Agarwal (iNat: anudibranchmom) ○ inaturalist.org/guides/40
  46. 46. Sea Lemon Monterey Doris Tidepooling Ph o Tips & Resources Guide: ● California Sea Slugs by Robin Gwen Agarwal (iNat: anudibranchmom) ○ inaturalist.org/guides/40 Photo Tips: ➔ For nudibranchs, coloration and rhinopores
  47. 47. Guide: ● California Sea Slugs by Robin Gwen Agarwal (iNat: anudibranchmom) ○ inaturalist.org/guides/40 Photo Tips: ➔ For nudibranchs, coloration and rhinopores ➔ For snails, photograph the aperture (opening) Sea Lemon Monterey Doris Puppet Margarite Tidepooling Ph o Tips & Resources
  48. 48. M hing Tips: ➔ New moons are best! ➔ Check at different times of night ➔ Face riparian and forested areas if possible
  49. 49. M hing Gear Small Portable UV Light: ● UV Led Black Light by HouLight ● USB connection, connect to portable battery pack ● 10W Large UV Light: ● KUKUPPO 100W Black Light ● Three prong outlet ● 100W Sheet/Cloth/Wall ● Tighter weave the better ● Use whatever you have!
  50. 50. M hing Creatures San Francisco Lacewing (Critically Imperiled) Cicada Ceanothus Silk Moth Halesochila taylori, Caddisfly Zig-Zag Furcula Moth
  51. 51. Night Walk/Drive Tips: ➔ Try Bushtapping at night! ➔ Scan with a flashlight and look for eyeshine Kangaroo Rat, Borrego Springs Burrowing Owl, Coyote Valley
  52. 52. CNC Outing Ideas South Bay: ● Morning Birding: Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge/Alviso Marina County Park ● Mid-day/Afternoon Native Plants: Alum Rock Park/Santa Teresa County Park/Almaden Quicksilver ● Evening: Night Drive for Owls in Coyote Valley ○ Bailey Ave/Santa Teresa Blvd Area Peninsula: ● Morning Birding/Beach Combing/Tidepooling: Pescadero State Beach Area ● Mid-day/Afternoon Native Plants: Portola Redwoods State Park ● Evening Mothing at home or Mothing on Skyline Rd (with a portable set-up) North Bay: ● Morning Birding and Beach Combing/Tidepooling: Duxbury Reef State Marine Conservation Area, Bolinas ● Mid-day/Afternoon Native Plants: Mount Tamalpais or Point Reyes ● Evening Mothing and Neighborhood Night Walk East Bay: ● Morning Dock Fouling: Scott’s Seafood Bar, Oakland ● Mid-day/Afternoon Native Plants: Mt. Diablo ● Evening Wildlife Night Drive on Mines Road, Livermore Everywhere! ● Daylight: ~6:15 AM-8:00 PM ● Low tides are around 8:30-10:00 am ● Use iNat “Explore” Function to find locations near you
  53. 53. iNaturalist Community Contributing Photos Documenting Range Expansions/Firsts New Species? Willow Ptarmigan, BC Assisting Scientists Oak Fern Ironwood Curculio, CA Syriphid
  54. 54. Let’s Connect! iNaturalist Username: chloe_and_trevor Nature Based Blog: chloevanloon.com BC Backcountry Coachella Valley

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