Illinois Botanists Big Year 2018 Results!

In 2018, we had:

35,864 research grade observations of plants
1,468 species
2,167 observers
973 identifiers

Most species goes to @elfaulkner, Erin Faulkner, with an impressive 857 wild plant species observed in Illinois in 2018. And that's just research grade! She has an additional ~80 species that still need confirmation. Can you help identify?

The geographic coverage of the state was pretty impressive. Last year was a huge year. iNaturalist globally continues to double each year and that was reflected in Illinois as well. Also gosh there are still over 22,000 "needs ID" plant observations in 2018 alone.

All stats as of 29 January 2019. These are research grade observations only:

Most Species

1. @elfaulkner — 857

  1. @bouteloua — 772
  2. @sanguinaria33 — 729
  3. @sedge — 593
  4. @skrentnyjeff — 530
  5. @missgreen — 451
  6. @observer26 — 428
  7. @johnhboldt — 416
  8. @jackassgardener — 325
  9. @psweet — 270

Most Observations

1. @observer26 — 2,792

  1. @bouteloua — 2,470
  2. @sanguinaria33 — 1,470
  3. @elfaulkner — 1,301
  4. @annechw — 1,226
  5. @skrentnyjeff — 1,044
  6. @sedge — 966
  7. @johnhboldt — 963
  8. @taco2000 — 851
  9. @missgreen — 629

The Sedgehead (most species of Carex): @sanguinaria33 with 41
The Grassmaster (most species in Poaceae): @elfaulkner with 62
The Sporophyte (most nonflowering plants): tie between @elfaulkner and @bouteloua with 28
The 100% Naturalist (at least 500 observations, lowest standard deviation between number of observations in each of iNaturalist’s iconic taxon groups: plants, fungi, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, arachnids, insects, mammals, molluscs, chromista, and protozoa): @paulroots !

The most-observed species was common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca). The most-observed non-native species was chicory (Cichorium intybus).

Huge thank yous to top identifiers @evan8 @bouteloua @mcaple @elfaulkner @eattaway92 @sedge @sanguinaria33 @bugman1388 @coreyjlange and @missgreen. Especially @sedge for those recent sedge IDs!

Our most speciose botanist @elfaulkner / Erin Faulkner says:

This summer I used iNat to document my quest to knock a bunch of IL nature preserves off my list. I visited nearly 20 new nature preserves, parks, and natural areas ranging from the Ohio River to the slag piles of southeast Chicago to the sand prairies along the north Mississippi. Some of my favorites were Brown Barrens shale glade in Union County, where I had to scramble up a steep bluff in the pouring rain to find a weird assemblage of species perched at the top (prairie tea [Croton monanthogynus], downy milkpea [Galactia regularis], creeping lespedeza [Lespedeza repens], and redring milkweed [Asclepias variegata]...Little Grand Canyon in Jackson County, where I had to turn back halfway because I was alone with no cell reception and the bare rock trail was slick with rain, but not before seeing odd things clinging to the rock outcrops like sparkleberry [Vaccinium arboreum], pencilflower [Stylosanthes biflora], hairy goldenrod [Solidago hispida], and cranefly orchid [Tipularia discolor]...and Thomson Fulton Sand Prairie in Whiteside County, which was a bizarre alien landscape so covered in prickly pear cacti it was difficult to find a place to step.

Actaea racemosa (observation) and Passiflora incarnata (observation) by Erin Faulkner

Our most observose naturalist @observer26 says:

I really enjoyed the ease of use of iNat to upload. I like the excuse to take extra pictures to share. I have to admit that I used iNat as an excuse to go places that I normally would not have had the opportunity.

I definitely feel the same.

Most-favorited photos (tie):

Gentianopsis crinita by @carolt-80 (observation)

Quercus rubra by cassi saari (observation)

Panicum virgatum by cassi saari (observation)

And tons of new documentations in Illinois on iNaturalist in 2018. Way too many for me to list here. Check the 2018 column in the following links:

Non-flowering plants
Monocots excluding Poales
Poales (grasses, sedges, rushes, & friends)
Plants in Asterales (sunflower family and friends)
Plants in Fabales (pea family and friends)
Plants in Lamiales (mint family and friends)
Plants in Rosales (rose family and friends)
Plants in Brassicales (mustard family and friends)
Plants in Ranunculales (buttercup family and friends)
Plants in Caryophyllales (pink family and friends)
All other (eu)dicots except the groups above

Well, now time to:

Join the Illinois Botanists Big Year 2019

See you out there. :)

由使用者 bouteloua bouteloua2019年01月29日 15:30 所貼文


An incredible summary of a great year! Lots of stuff to celebrate, but I'm especially blown away by @sanguinaria33 and the 41 species of Carex.... It just hurts my head to think of the dichotomous key for Carex... Well done! :)

發佈由 sambiology 約 5 年 前

ALSO I forgot to mention, Mark again made at least one observation every day of 2018. Y'all're similar ;)

發佈由 bouteloua 約 5 年 前

I just gotta come up to IL to iNat with you folks! :-D

發佈由 sambiology 約 5 年 前

Well, it seems @bouteloua had 42 species of sedges in IL in 2017! I do still have some unconfirmed Carex from Wisconsin though...

發佈由 sanguinaria33 約 5 年 前

Wonderful! Love those rationalized treks to fun new places in the name of IBBY! And big thanks, @bouteloua , for all your admin efforts to keep our project going!!

發佈由 missgreen 約 5 年 前


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