Thursday, April 19, 2012

Kennedy Gets A Visitor

Joanie Ball is visiting from UC Berkeley for the next few days, and is going through our collection and recording the specimens from California. It turns out that C.H. Kennedy's California collections from 1914-16 are pretty darn good records, and of course, the UMMZ has them all, including his field notes from then. I love seeing our collection used, and it's always nice to hear about how good it is from others. You can get an idea of what Joanie is working on here: nature.berkeley.edu/reshlab/jball.htm

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

2011 Data and looking forward to this season

Thank you to all of you that have provided specimens and data over the past year, and many years before that. I have finally assembled all of the recent additions, fixed errors, and double-checked everything (I hope). I have uploaded all of the new data to the MOS database, so the 2011 new county records will be included in there. In addition, I have updated the excel spreadsheet with the counties and species.

As many of you know, Julie Craves and I are writing the Michigan Odonata Atlas. This year, we hope to accomplish quite a bit of the framework. However, there are still some gaps in the distributional data that would be nice to have filled. You can see where we have a dearth of records in certain counties by examining the excel spreadsheet available on the MOA Downloads page. I hope to have a bunch of files available soon that list species records for each county.

Last year, Doug McWhirter added a lot of records for Eaton co., and Jeff Sommer has really added a lot of new species for Saginaw County over the past two seasons. I’d like to especially note that Rhyne Rutherford collected a UP record for Libellula incesta in Dickinson Co. He and Bob Marr have both contributed some nice western UP additions. With this year’s early warming and mild winter, it will be interesting to see what kind of phenology patterns we get. Our first Anax junius was recorded in MI on March 18. That is almost a month earlier than typical. Of course, we have cooled off since then, but degree-days are cumulative, so pond species ought to be emerging earlier than normal very soon.

Here are the links for the resources: MOS database online (now up to 27,600 records): http://insectsdataserver.ummz.lsa.umich.edu/mos/home.php
Michigan Odonata Atlas home page: http://mos-atlas.blogspot.com/
Downloads for MOS/MOA participants : https://sites.google.com/site/moaupdate/home/downloads

Let me know if you need glassine envelopes for the 2012 season. I have a bunch in, and will gladly mail them to you. I know some of you keep field notes, and here is a good source for field notebooks. Julie and I look forward to your continued assistance, and let’s hope that 2012 is a banner year. Best wishes, Mark