General discussion on GSB and citizen science.
Serious ID going on fir the #GSB2023 in Pondoland South Africa… Note Ntate Sinegugu’s wonderful book in use.
Please remember to share any significant records you fine or GSB stories via the form below.
Hi all I have the latest from the GSB Spreadsheet
Africa Botswana 4
Republic of the Congo 1
South Africa 21
Africa Total 37
Oceania Australia 61
New Caledonia 1
New Zealand 15
Oceania Total 79
South America Argentina 3
South America Total 67
Grand Total 183
South America 9
Grand Total 26
The #GSB2023 continues to grow this year with 159 registered areas across the southern hemisphere. The event will be held from the 24-27thNovember on the Citizen science platform iNaturalist.org
Save the date!
Republic of the Congo 1
South Africa 19
Africa Total 33
New Caledonia 1
New Zealand 15
Oceania Total 73
South America Total 53
Grand Total 159
Learn more https://lnkd.in/gMWnUaBz
#biodiversity #citizenscience #nature
Hola a todos los hispanohablantes,
tenemos un cartel genérico en español gracias al fabuloso Antonio de Perú, y aquí está. El póster está en Canva para que puedas hacer una copia y personalizarlo para tu región.
Another walk another new species for me this afternoon a Azure Kingfisher 'Ceyx azureus' from Palmerston, NT https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/188367528
Have you seen anything new of late
We have a new banner for the Moth nights project for GSB 2023, you need to join this project to contribute. https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/moth-night-2023-a-great-southern-bioblitz-project
Here are some underwater housings that Rachelle Brown from Reef Ecologic has suggested that people can use with their smart phones that hopefully will help break down the equipment barrier to underwater observations. here are her comments. 'We have used the SeaLife housings with great success which we’ve found can be used with any but the very largest of smartphones (my Galaxy S21 Ultra is too big but every other phone has worked, you just need to download the free SportDiver app to connect with the housing). This one is fully vacuum sealed so allows for use in diving or snorkelling. We have about 3 so we can lend out to people on excursions and hopefully increase participant numbers. There are some cheaper ones that people seem to have success with snorkelling that Sea Link sells, but I don’t have experience with them so can’t recommend one way or the other – they are certainly more affordable and SeaLink usually sells out when they stock them. Just some ideas to help get more people making underwater observations!'
Have you made any interesting records latley, here is mine, two Pacific Reef-Heron 'Egretta sacra' My first record of this species and saw both a black and white colour morph out at Lee Point #darwin
This species has an unusual, non-sexual dimorphism, having both a 'light' & 'dark' morph, that is some members having entirely white plumage ('light' morph) and others (the larger portion) being charcoal-grey ('dark' morph).
check them out here
©Gustavo Fernando Durán AKA 'trekman' from #argentina celebrates 40,000 records on @inaturalist with this Braconid Wasp!
check this and many more records out
We have some awesome news! Vanuatu has been added the #GSB2023 welcome @ConserveVanuatu
This is the first time they have participated!
what will be found?
Save the date & spread the word 24-27 Nov 2023
Did you participate in the Great Southern BioBlitz?
If you answered yes, you are invited to participate research which aims to investigate the outcomes of the Great Southern BioBlitz for participants.
To be eligible to participate, you must be over 18 years of age, be a competent English speaker and have participated in the Great Southern BioBlitz in 2022.
To participate, complete the 10-15 minute online survey. Access the survey here or via the QR code on the graphic.
Wasps are wonderful!
Check out this amazing Stilbula sp. from scottwgavins in Talegalla Weir QLD (link here), #Australia part of our #GSBiogroup project on @inaturalist discovering and documenting the diversity of our natural world!
What do you think?
Did you know that Stilbula is a genus of parasitoid wasps that are known for their beautiful metallic colors and intricate patterns? They're an important part of our ecosystem, playing a crucial role in controlling pest populations.
The GSB23 will be from 24-27th November.
The #GSB2022 is approaching 210, 000 Records!
We have around 1500 records before we reach this milestone. I
We have a few participants that have been in very remote areas and may keep adding records as internet becomes available. However have you added all you records?
Have you helped with the ID's?
have a look at the umbrella and see if you can ID 5 or 10 thinks in your region!
¡El #GSB2022 se acerca a los 210 000 registros!
Tenemos alrededor de 1500 registros antes de alcanzar este hito. yo
Tenemos algunos participantes que han estado en áreas muy remotas y pueden seguir agregando registros a medida que Internet esté disponible. Sin embargo, ¿ha agregado todos sus registros?
¿Has ayudado con las identificaciones?
¡eche un vistazo al paraguas y vea si puede identificar 5 o 10 pensamientos en su región!
O #GSB2022 está se aproximando de 210.000 recordes!
Temos cerca de 1500 registros antes de atingirmos esse marco. EU
Temos alguns participantes que estiveram em áreas muito remotas e podem continuar adicionando registros à medida que a Internet estiver disponível. No entanto, você adicionou todos os seus registros?
Você ajudou com as identidades?
dê uma olhada no guarda-chuva e veja se você consegue ID 5 ou 10 pensa em sua região!
Le #GSB2022 approche les 210 000 Records !
Nous avons environ 1500 enregistrements avant d'atteindre ce jalon. je
208 580 OBSERVATIONS
23 063 ESPÈCES
3 388 IDENTIFIANTS
6 057 OBSERVATEURS
Nous avons quelques participants qui ont été dans des régions très éloignées et qui peuvent continuer à ajouter des enregistrements à mesure qu'Internet devient disponible. Cependant, avez-vous ajouté tous vos enregistrements ?
Avez-vous aidé avec les pièces d'identité ?
jetez un coup d'œil au parapluie et voyez si vous pouvez identifier 5 ou 10 pensées dans votre région !
PLEASE - check on your observations every day or two!
The goal is to get every observation to Research Grade. This status is achieved when a 'Verifiable Observation' has been reviewed and the community is in agreement on the ID. The observation will now be shared with the ALA and other iNat partners. For the observation to be Research Grade, there must be a 2/3 consensus on the identification of the species.
I find this easiest on my phone (but it is also very easy on your computer).
On your phone click the 3 grey lines top left.
Click on ACTIVITY (it will show you in green any new activities).
My Content will show - with new activities in green. Click on each one. If someone has given the same ID as you - yay! Research Grade! If someone has suggested an alternative ID you can choose (a) ignore it if you think they're wrong ... wait for more people to add their suggestions or (b) click agree. Once 2/3 of the given IDs are the same, your observation will reach Research Grade.
If you are knowledgeable about any of the flora or fauna, please go to our project and check if you can add your IDs to help this process.
Nearly there ... 14th is the last day for uploading and IDing.
NOTICIAS DEL PERÚ ¿CÓMO VAMOS? Las observaciones siguen aumentando y ya hemos superado el número de observaciones para 2021. Hasta el momento tenemos 2653 observaciones. En número de especies para Perú estamos en 704, pero este número debería seguir aumentando a medida que continúan las identificaciones. La gran sorpresa es que apareció un nuevo líder en observaciones individuales, Brandon, que tiene 343 observaciones hasta el momento. En número de especies, BioEdest sigue liderando con 101. Todavía esperamos más colaboraciones de algunos que regresan de sus áreas de campo.
FROM @Antonio W. Salas
Vox Pop from Kenya day 2 #GSB2022
GSB 2022 update
we currently have and amazing count
watch the project grow over the next two weeks as observations from the weekend are uploaded
GREAT SOUTHERN BIOBLITZ
Our Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve experience
Sunday 24th October 2021
On a cool and rainy day, I arrived around 9am and was greeted by a friendly gentleman at the gate and Doug, KSNR chairman was there welcoming us.
Our group was me, Helga and Riaz.
Whilst walking through the reserve taking photos of the flora and fauna, zebra and different species of buck grazing, rabbits hopping about, birds twittering in the trees, one could not believe that just 20mins from the bustling city of Durban there was this beautiful nature reserve.
The Stainbank family castle still stands, and my imagination overtook me as to how splendid it must have been back in the 1800’s.
Doug was very informative on the history of the Stainbank family and the building of the castle.
I will most certainly be back to trail walk and just enjoy the peace, tranquillity, and beauty of the reserve.
Kenneth Stainbank Reserve has an amazing array of fauna and flora. My phone was just clicking away taking pictures of all the beautiful flowers, trees, and animals. A tranquil lake had a lot of weavers building nests and impressing the females.
We are blessed at still having a nature paradise so close to a bustling city.
There was a lot of excitement with everybody trying to outdo each other with their pictures but there was also a lot of sharing and team work as well.
I hope that our info has helped the observers see what there is and that it will stay preserved for generations to come.
Helga de Villiers