Hot dog, it’s the July Update of the Illinois Botanists Big Year

Verbena hastata (blue vervain) photo by Paul Sweet (CC BY-NC) Stats It’s July 20th, it’s been hot, it’s been humid, and the ILBBY’s racked up: 1,779 observers (+294 since last month’s update) 25,881 research grade observations of plants (+5,314) 1,324 species (+184) 855 identifiers (+128) Now things are getting exciting, with @dziomber (Derek) jumping into …

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Sedgeheaven: June Update of the Illinois Botanists Big Year

Stats It’s June 29th, it’s summer, it’s sedges-are-identifiable season, and the ILBBY 2019’s got: 1,485 observers (+495 since last month’s update) 20,567 research grade observations of plants (+7,191) 1,140 species (+310) 727 identifiers (+209) New to following the ILBBY project are @alefringhouse24, @irenejhf, @jhoekstra, @rozhelfand, and @stocksdale. Welcome! New to observing plants in Illinois on …

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Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society: Upcoming Events

Chicago-proximate friends, the Northeast Chapter of the Illinois Native Plant Society has a few events coming up so far this year after a lil lapse in activity in 2018. Join the Northeast Chapter here (or, other Illinois folk, your local chapter!). Have an idea for a field trip, evening lecture, or other event? Reach out …

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New iNaturalist Tips & Tricks Page

For a long time I’ve had a list of searching tips and other tricks for improving your use of iNaturalist on my profile there. I thought I’d move that info…somewhere else, to slim down that page, so here we go:

A Short Biography of Floyd Swink

Photos by Nadir Hashmi (left) and Bob Peterson (right) The following is a snapshot of the Wikipedia page I created for Dr. Floyd A. Swink (Floyd Swink) as of July 30th, 2018, with helpful additions from Mark Kluge. Please view the latest version of the Wikipedia page for references and the most up-to-date version:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Floyd_Swink …

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The Proper Way to Mulch

Saw this meme floating around social media produced by Texas A&M Forest Service. Thought I’d make my own version… It is in the spirit of Gerould Wilhelm’s essay, “Building a Loving, Healthy Home for a Tree.”