Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges! Or do we?

We always appreciate all the hard work spent transcribing records on Notes from Nature, and we want to celebrate your accomplishments. As you gain expertise on Notes from Nature, you earn badges that are added to your “Transcriber’s Life” page (if you have a Zooniverse account — its so easy to get one, and totally worth the 20 seconds it takes to have it).

When we launched Notes from Nature, we had badges for SERNEC and Calbug. Since some you might not know all the badges available, and since, right now, we only show three on each “collection page”, I wanted to walk you through them all, especially because we just added some new ones! In particular, we added one new badge for SERNEC and CalBug, and three new badges for our Macrofungi project.

Here are the original 5 SERNEC Badges (representing seed, sprouts and young tree), earned when you transcribe 1,10,25,75,and 250 records.

Now you can earn a “mature tree badge” for 1000 records transcribed.


Here are the three original Calbug badges (egg, catepillar, and butterfly), earned when you transcribe 1,25, and 100 records.


Now you can also get the “butterfly swarm badge” when you transcribe 500 records.


And introducing the new Macrofungi badges (spore, mycelium, and mushroom) for transcribing 1,25,and 100 records! Sweet!


We hope you want to earn all 13. I guess we do like and need those badges, and we hope you do too.



About Rob

Three "B's" of importance: biodiversity, bikes and bunnies. I get to express these "B's" in neat ways --- I bike to a job at the University of Florida where I am an Associate Curator of Biodiversity Informatics. Along with caretaking collections, I also have a small zoo at home, filled with two disapproving bunnies.

5 responses to “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges! Or do we?”

  1. Mike says :


    I haven’t received my butterfly swarm badge although i’ve done many more than 500 transcriptions. I’m concerned that my transcriptions are not being recorded but are going into a black hole.

    I’m wondering if Calbugs is still active – when I’m transcribing, I seem to be the only person online. Also, there’s no information about how far it’s progressed. If not already defunct, I fear it’s dying.

    I’ve posted similar on discussion boards but received no reply.

    Is there anybody out there?


    • Jack says :

      Calbug is still active. Over the last two weeks, scientists involved with the project have appeared in a few of my discussion threads. But it’s true, the website doesn’t always work properly.

      • Rob says :

        Hi Mike and Jack. Notes from Nature is primarily a volunteer effort. The Zooniverse helped us get launched and tries really hard to squash bug as time permits, but they have to deal with a lot of projects and demands on time. The science team for Notes from Nature has some plans to help in the future, but for the moment, we hope you stick with the project, bugs and all (of many varieties) until we can have some more concerted efforts to improve some things. With badges, I will check on this and hope to have an answer about the issue with not getting this one, ASAP. Again thanks for the patience and for all your efforts. We really do appreciate it.

    • The Zooniverse says :


      Could you send a message to with your username? We’ll be happy to take a look at your account and see what might be causing the issue.

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