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iNaturalist Workshop Online via The Morton Arboretum (July 9th, 2020)

Next week I’m teaching a 2-hr iNaturalist workshop via The Morton Arboretum: https://www.mortonarb.org/courses/inaturalist-workshop-online This live, online workshop is for anyone new to using iNaturalist such as educators, stewards, professionals, or the general public. We’ll go over how to most effectively use the mobile app and website, talk about geoprivacy (for you and wildlife!), and learn …

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The Sidewalk Botanist

Join Project Urban botanizing in the age of COVID-19 Since most of my botanizing these days is while walking the woofer in a heavily urbanized part of Chicago, I thought I would see how many of these urban, sidewalk-phile plants I could observe in 2020. Want to join along? Join The Sidewalk Botanist Scavenger Hunt …

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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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Walk the Wood

Look for your nearest Illinois Natural Areas Inventory site or Illinois Nature Preserve.[1] Make the call whether or not to trespass if it looks like private property. Plug it in your GPS and hit the road. Near the preserve, your parking spot is preferably near some houses or tucked out of the way so that your …

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Learning, learning

The past year has been exciting for me, botanically speaking, as I pushed myself outside my somewhat monotonous prairie restoration monitoring to explore more remnant areas, learning the more obscure Illinois flora in my free time. With the new Flora of the Chicago Region in hand, I documented over 1000 plant taxa in the state …

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