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January 21, No Program, but come and help plan for 2020, 5:30 pm at Arlington Public Library, Lake Arlington Branch.
February 15, Great Backyard Bird Count, 8am, at SWNP.
February 18, Program: Host and Nectar Native plants for Pollinators, 7pm at Arlington Public Library, Lake Arlington Branch.
Using iNaturalist’s “Year on iNAT 2019” post as inspiration, we’ve taken a look at what happened at SWNP during 2019, as seen through iNaturalist Observations.
Totals: Observations – 2128; Species – 619; Identifiers – 348; Observers – 38
|Rank||iNaturalist ID||Name||# Observations||# Species|
The largest number of observations by far were made in April with 688, many of these recorded during the iNaturalist City Nature Challenge. December has the smallest number at 24.
More counts: Animals- 1042 Fungi- 106 Plants- 980
|Most common bird (Aves)||Great blue heron (Ardea herodias)
|Most common mammal (Mammalia)||Common Raccoon
|Most common animal were insects (Insecta), with 818 Observations.
The top 8 were Dragonflies and Damselflies (order Odonata)
|Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis)
|Most common spider (Arachnida)||Yellow Garden Spider (Argiope aurantia), with 6 observations.|
|Many fungi observations are not identified to the Species level||The most common ID was Peeling Puffball (Lycoperdon marginatum) with 5 observations.|
|Most common plant (Plantae)||Trailing Fuzzy-bean (Strophostyles helvola) led plants with 17 observations.|
Over 90 Species were first Observed at SWNP during 2019. Some of them are rarely seen, but some simply reflect an increased use of iNaturalist. The Observations made during 2019 represent over 30% of the total iNaturalist Observations at SWNP.
For more details and some photos of the observations, click on the link below:
2019 SWNP – iNaturalist review
Welcome Friends of Southwest Nature Preserve!
We think SWNP is a special place and and hope that you will too. Wild places like this are hard to find and public opportunities to enjoy them are even more rare. You’ll find information here about our work to preserve this remnant of eastern cross timbers woodlands and grasslands as well as activities to celebrate and experience it through the seasons.
Please join us!