WeDigBio 2018 Day 3 summary

WeDigBio 2018 day 3 was another big one at Notes from Nature. Notes from Nature received 2,727 transcriptions which is way above our daily average. So far we are over 14,000 transcriptions for the entire event!

We saw four expeditions with over 200 transcriptions during day 3. At the top were the Fantastic Ferns! Celebrate Field Museum’s 125th Anniversary by Unlocking Tropical Diversity from the Caribbean, Africa and Australasia with 343 and Geography: US State Spotter — Lost Legumes (II) with 466.

Remember to check #WeDigBio and @WeDigBio on Twitter through out the event for more exciting developments!

— The Notes from Nature Team

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WeDigBio 2018 Day 2 summary

WeDigBio 2018 day 2 was another huge success! NfN received 6,640 transcriptions. That is our second most productive day ever. We are anxious to see what happens in day 3.

We also want to give a special mention to the expedition with the most transcriptions during day 2. Plants of Arkansas: The Delta and Crowley’s Ridge Flora (Part IV) received over 1,460 transcriptions!

Remember to check #WeDigBio and @WeDigBio on Twitter through out the event for more exciting developments!

— The Notes from Nature Team

Fall Showoff: The Seaside Goldenrod

We have a special new WeDigBio phenology expedition called Fall Showoff: The Seaside Goldenrod. This is created for an event at the Florida Museum of Natural History taking place tomorrow.

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Image Credit: Sam Fraser-Smith

Give it a try and let us know what you think in the Labs section of Talk. You can also learn more by reading this post by Molly Phillips, iDigBio Education, Outreach & Diversity Coordinator at the Florida Museum of Natural History.

— The Notes from Nature Team

 

 

WeDigBio 2018 Day 1 summary

WeDigFLPlants_MagnoliasWeDigBio 2018 got off to a great start! NfN received 4,663 transcriptions on day 1. That is our third most productive day ever. We are thrilled and can’t wait to see what happens with day 2.

We also want to give a special mention to the expedition with the most transcriptions during day 1. WeDigFLPlants’ Magnolias, Pawpaws, and Relatives of Florida received over 1,000 transcriptions (1104 to be exact)!

Remember to check #WeDigBio and @WeDigBio on Twitter through out the event for more exciting developments!

— The Notes from Nature Team

Notes from Nature in the news

We are very excited about some news coverage that the Field Museum got about their WeDigBio event. Check out the video and story linked below. The event currently has over 300 people registered!

https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/field-museum-volunteers-plant-specimens-catalog-497861591.html

Botany with an edge: all about sedges

Rhynchospora colorata (white-topped sedge)

Many of us have heard the phrase “Sedges have edges; rushes are round; grasses are hollow right up from the ground” in field biology classes or native plant walks. The saying helps us to distinguish the three graminoid families: the rushes (Juncaceae), grasses (Poaceae), and sedges (Cyperaceae). The sedges are a common sight in Virginia but their diversity often goes unappreciated. Like grasses, many of their distinguishing characteristics are minute.

 

This expedition will help the Virginia Tech Massey Herbarium’s specimen digitization project. We’ve been fortunate to collect a lot of sedges across Virginia over the years. This bounty leaves us a lot of transcribing though! Your contributions will add the full collection information to these specimens so that they are fully accessible online. Hopefully the transcriptions will help you become familiar with sedge diversity along the way!

Photo credits: Thanks to Tom Potterfield for allowing us to use his sedge photographs to illustrate the expedition (http://bit.ly/2Py1GPI).

— Jordan Metzgar,Curator of the Massey Herbarium (VPI)

[Editors note: This expedition is being launched as part of WeDigBio to support an event at Virginia Tech Massey Herbarium]

WeDigBio t-minus 24 hours – and a recap

 

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In 2015, we launched our first WeDigBio event back when Notes from Nature was still on version 1.  Back then it was a real challenge launching new expeditions, but we managed the awesome “Crab Shack” expedition from Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History.  After we transitioned to Notes from Nature 2.0, we had an amazing turn out for WeDigBio in 2016.  On our best day, we had 3,279 transcriptions and, over the four-day event , over 11,000 total transcriptions and – at the time – a record 23 active expeditions. 

If 2016 was awesome, 2017 blew us totally away.  Instead of falling back to Earth, we had 8395 transcription IN ONE DAY – still a record!  NfN had over 20 expeditions active during the event with over 19,000 transcriptions completed over the four-day event!

Here we are in 2018, just one day before launch.  How will we do this year?  How much can we support the global effort to digitize our irreplaceable biodiversity legacy?  Please consider even pitching in one transcription.   Each note you take helps make an impact.

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