2017 Alley Pond Park BioBlitz Data

UPDATED NOVEMBER 22

Here is the current species and observation list for the 2017 Macaulay Honors College Alley Pond Park BioBltiz: 2017 Alley Pond BioBlitz Data November2017 The first sheet is a summary page with our species count (currently at 500 species!!) which is likely to increase as some of the insect teams send back their final reports. You will find a unique species list, a list of all observations (includes multiple observations of the same species), and then individual observation lists for each BioBlitz team.

You can check out the iNaturalist observations here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2017-macaulay-honors-college-alley-pond-park-bioblitz As the community IDs more of these, it is possible we will get additional species from this list. Research Grade iNaturalist observations have been added to the Excel file above.

Here is an Excel file of the project observations from iNaturalist (as downloaded on October 13):  2017 MHC APP BioBlitz iNaturalist Observations 10_13_17 and a file that explains the columns: iNaturalist Observation File Help 2017. These observations can be mapped using this kml file: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/project/2017-macaulay-honors-college-alley-pond-park-bioblitz.kml You can always download an updated list from iNaturalist by going to the project link and clicking on “Export observations” to the right of the map.

Here is a map of the locations we explored at the BioBlitz:

 

 

 

 

There has been no previous BioBlitz at Alley Pond Park and the iNaturalist records from before the BioBlitz are not extensive. Here is the observation list for all of Queens County from iNaturalist: Queens Co iNat observed species

MORE DATA:

Pull down the Data menu above to find the results of our previous BioBlitzes. You may also be interested in the results from last year’s City Nature Challenge (a 5-day self-guided city BioBlitz): https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/city-nature-challenge-2017-new-york-city

There also have been some non-Macaulay-affiliated BioBlitzes in the city. Including:

The 2007, 2009, and 2010 Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge BioBlitzes: http://nbii-nin.ciesin.columbia.edu/jamaicabay/bioblitz/2007BioBlitz/2007BioBlitz.jsp

The 2016 Gateway National Park BioBlitz: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2016-national-parks-bioblitz-gateway-jamaica-bay-bioblitz

The 2015 Van Cortlandt Park BioBlitz: http://www.nyc.gov/html/bxcb8/downloads/pdf/news/vcp_bioblitz_2015.pdf

The previous (2003) BioBlitzes in Central Park: https://macaulay.cuny.edu/eportfolios/bioblitz/data/2003-central-park-bioblitz-summary-data/

Useful Databases:

2016 Brooklyn Bridge Park BioBlitz Data

Update: These data are now current as of November 2017.

We are still waiting for lab identification of a number of arthropod species. Microbial diversity analysis information can be found here: http://arem.cuny.edu/sites/projects/. These files will be updated as those data come in. Links below will take you to another page where you can download the file by clicking on the link in that new page. As community IDs from iNaturalist come in, this file will be updated.

2016 BBP BioBlitz Data November2017 – This file has the 2016 BioBlitz observations divided by taxon team (individual worksheets). The first sheet is a summary of team totals, the second is the species list that just has unique species (not number of times observed or location), and the third is a compiled list of ALL observations. The areas we used in the park are shown on this map – 

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BBP_iNaturalist_observations_Jan2017 – This file has all exported data from the BioBlitz observations that were logged on the iNaturalist database. These will change as the community agrees on species identifications. There is also a help file (inaturalist-observation-file-help-2016) that describes the columns in this spreadsheet. If you would like to visit the project as it exists on iNaturalist, go here: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/2016-macaulay-honors-college-brooklyn-bridge-park-bioblitz

The link here (http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/project/2016-macaulay-honors-college-brooklyn-bridge-park-bioblitz.kml) will download a kml file featuring all of the iNaturalist observations so you can map the observations.

Here are some previously collected data sets from the park (birds, fish, and bees): 2015-bbp-blitzes-all-data-from-park

Useful Databases:

2015 Freshkills Park Macaulay Honors College BioBlitz Results!

These data are current as of 3/21/16.

We are still waiting for lab identification of a number of arthropod species as well as the acoustical analysis of bat calls. Microbial diversity analysis is also pending. These files will be updated as those data come in. Links below will take you to another page where you can download the file by clicking on the link in that new page.

2015 Freshkills BioBlitz Data March212016– This file has the 2015 BioBlitz observations divided by taxon team (individual worksheets). The first sheet is a summary of team totals, the second is the species list that just has unique species (not number of times observed or location), and the third is a compiled list of ALL observations. The zones we used in the park are shown on this map –

Freshkills North Park Team Leader Map

iNaturalist observation records 2015 – This file has all exported data from the BioBlitz observations that were logged on the iNaturalist database. There is also a help file (iNaturalist Observation File Help 2015) that describes the columns in this spreadsheet.

Below are links to the .kml files for location data that can be used in mapping programs. There are three files because of a 200 observation limit in iNaturalist and a search that can only include one day at a time (Aug 30 has over 200 observations). Note that these files have all the iNaturalist observations. You can make your own filtered lists and maps though iNaturalist directly. If you go to the observation search page you can type in your parameters (day and taxon of interest) and search. At the bottom of the results page will be a link to the .kml file. Because of iNat’s quirks, you will need to add the “&limit=200&page=1″ (without the quotation marks) to the end of the search results url to get all of the data in one place if there are more than 200 observations in your search results.

August 29 observations kml file

August 30 observations 1 kml file

August 30 observations 2 kml file

Older Freshkills species diversity information can be found at the link below. This is a chapter from the Final Generic Environmental Impact Statement of Freshkills Park completed in March 2009. Within this chapter, you will find tables for different groups of species found in the park as well as useful background information about the nature of the Park. http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_your_park/fresh_kills_park/pdf/FGEIS/Vol1/10_Natural_Resources.pdf

Useful Databases:

2014 NYBG BioBlitz Data

These data are current as of 8/01/2015.

We are still waiting for lab identification of a number of arthropod species. These files will be updated as those data come in. Links below will take you to another page where you can download the file by clicking on the link in that new page.

2014 NYBG BioBlitz Species List and Observations Dec 28 – This file has the 2014 BioBlitz observations divided by taxon team. There is also a summary of team totals, and the species list that just has unique species (not number of times observed or location). The zones we used in the park are shown on this map – NYBG BioBlitz Zone Map

2014 iNaturalist NYBG Observations – This file has all exported data from the BioBlitz observations that were logged on the iNaturalist database. There is also a help file (iNaturalist Observation File Help 2014) that defines the columns in the spreadsheet.

Below are links to the .kml files for location data that can be used in mapping programs. There are three files because of a 200 observation limit in iNaturalist and a search that can only include one day at a time (Sept 7 has over 200 observations). Note that these files have all the iNaturalist observations. You can make your own filtered lists and maps though iNaturalist directly. If you go to the observation search page you can type in your parameters (day and taxon of interest) and search. At the bottom of the results page will be a link to the .kml file. Because of iNat’s quirks, you will need to add the “&limit=200&page=1″ (without the quotation marks) to the end of the search results url to get all of the data in one place if there are more than 200 observations.

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations.kml?day=6&month=9&place_id=66109&year=2014&limit=200&page=1

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations.kml?day=7&month=9&place_id=66109&year=2014&limit=200&page=1

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations.kml?day=7&month=9&place_id=66109&year=2014&limit=200&page=2

Acoustical Bat Data – MHC_NYBG_Bioblitz1 – Instructions for reading the data are on sheet one. You’ll probably also want the map of the garden (linked above).

Microbial Analysis Results – http://arem.cuny.edu/projects/macauley_bioblitz/

Older Bronx Data:

Bronx River Bioblitz_final_2005 – This file is a total species list for the 2005 BioBlitz of the Bronx River Corridor if you want to compare old and new diversity data. Here is the Forest Natural History Project’s List of species: http://www.nybg.org/gardens/thain-family-forest/natural-history.php

NY Botanical Gardens Bee records_AMNH_862014 and Natural History_Animals_2014beforebioblitz – These are files from the records of the American Museum of Natural History.

Useful Databases:

  • iNaturalist
  • Encyclopedia of Life – http://eol.org – A curated encyclopedia of every multicellular species on earth.
  • Arctos – http://arctosdb.org  – This is an access point to a number of online museum collections.
  • eBird – http://ebird.org/ebird/eBirdReports?cmd=Start – This database features data reported from citizen bird sightings.
  • USDA – http://plants.usda.gov/java/ – This is a database kept by the USDA that reports many useful characteristics about plant species, including their status as native or exotic/invasive.

BioBlitz 2013 Data (Central Park)

Our students and scientists conducted a very successful species inventory of Central Park, finding a total of 571different species. We achieved our two main goals for the BioBlitz: educating students about the science of ecology in the city and cataloguing as many species as we could in 24 hours. Students got a rich experience with scientific data collection in a complex ecosystem and also had a great time.

These data are current as of 2/1/2014.

The data files are viewable at the bottom of the page, or can be downloaded by clicking the links below (and then the link again on the next page).

2013 Central Park BioBlitz Results Highlights – This document discusses noteworthy findings from the Central Park BioBlitz.

2013 Central Park BioBlitz Observations and List Feb 1– This file has the 2013 BioBlitz observations divided by taxon team. There is also a species list that just has unique species (not number of times observed or location). The zones we used in the park are shown on this map – CPC_BioBlitz_Map_v13

2003 Central Park BioBlitz Summary Data – This file is a total species list for the 2003 BioBlitz.

iNaturalist BioBlitz Data – This file has all exported data from the BioBlitz observations that were logged on the iNaturalist database. There is also a help file (iNaturalist BioBlitz Data File Help) that defines the most useful columns in the spreadsheet.

Below are links to the .kml files for location data that can be used in mapping programs. There are four files because of a 200 observation limit in iNaturalist and a search that can only include one day at a time. Note that these files have all the iNaturalist observations. You can make your own filtered lists and maps though iNaturalist directly. If you go to the observation search page you can type in your parameters (day and taxon of interest) and search. At the bottom of the results page will be a link to the .kml file. Because of iNat’s quirks, you will need to add the “&limit=200&page=1″ (without the quotation marks) to the end of the search results url to get all of the data in one place.

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations.kml?day=27&month=8&place_id=49955&year=2013&limit=200&page=1

 

 

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