Category Archive for 'citizen science'

reminder – International Rock Flipping Day

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Just an almost last minute reminder that International Rock Flipping Day looms before us — Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. I very much encourage you to visit Marcia Bonta’s excellent nature blog to read more about it. Great photos! Also, visit Dave Bonta’s International Rock Flipping Day file.
For those who didn’t participate last [...]

go flip a rock!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Remember this?
Yes, indeed, you do! International Rock Flipping Day is nigh upon us. This year, it takes place on Sept. 7th. On that day, folks from around the world will be sauntering out into their yards and gardens, or visiting some other site to turn a rock or two. They’ll be [...]

Mushroom Observer

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

Group of Pholiota sp. mushrooms in fallen log at Limerick Forest
Here’s something that might be of interest to those who enjoy studying and photographing fungi. The Mushroom Observer is a citizen science type website where participants can post their observation records and photos of fungi. I’ve just had a very brief tour of [...]

International Rock-Flipping Day

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Have you ever had an irresistible urge to carefully pick up a rock to see what’s beneath? Do you ever yearn to unearth a colony of ants? Or perhaps a ground beetle or a spider? Maybe you’d like to find a worm, or perhaps a tiny snake. Or a millipede, or [...]

update on the yellow bear caterpillar

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

As some of you will remember, back on July 9th, I wrote:
Yesterday, I collected the caterpillar below — what is, in all probability, a Virginian Tiger moth (Spilosoma virginica), often referred to as a Yellow Bear caterpillar. It was found on the tall Sweet Clover plant (Melilotus alba), which is often seen growing along [...]

golden days

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

Until this week, most of the wildflowers around the farm have been white. Consequently, most of the Misumena vatia spiders I’ve been seeing have also been white. However, that has begun to change now that the Black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia hirta) are in bloom. This week, I’ve been finding yellow phase spiders – [...]

Circus of the Spineless – Edition #22

Sunday, July 1st, 2007

Welcome to the 22nd edition of Circus of the Spineless!
I considered coming up with a theme for this edition, but in the end, I went with the one unifying quality that I found as I made my way around the web from one blog to the next. I was time and again struck [...]