Community Bulletin Board – September 5, 2010

Don’t be shy! If you have contests or promotions, an upcoming blogoversary, want to share a new project you’re involved in or a cause you believe in, have items you wish to sell, want to solicit feedback from the NBN community, or anything else that might be of interest to our members, don’t hesitate to email me!

Submissions can be sent to canadianowlet [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line “NBN Bulletin Board”. Don’t forget to include your blog’s name and URL. The weekly board will be posted every Sunday.

Member participation

It’s that time of year again! Limber up your fingers, dig out the crowbar, charge the batteries in the camera; the famed International Rock Flipping Day is upon us! This year it’s taking place on Sunday, September 12. If you’re new to IRFD – it was started in 2007 by Dave Bonta and Bev Wigney, and is now organized by Susannah of Wanderin’ Weeta. The basic premise is participants go out and flip some rocks, observing and recording what they find underneath, and then send the results to Susannah, who compiles them. The rocks could be in your garden, in the local park, out in your favourite conservation area – wherever you can find them. No rules – flip big, flip small, flip one, flip all – except that you replace your rock exactly as you found it once you’re done. For more information about IRFD and how to participate, visit this post by Susannah.

Member feedback

Have you seen a dragonfly swarm in your area over the last few months? If so, The Dragonfly Woman wants to hear from you! Chris is conducting research on dragonfly swarming behavior in the US and Canada and is collecting reports from people who have seen them. If you have seen a swarm and wish to contribute to her database, please visit her Contact page, read the notice at the bottom of the page for a list of information she is interested in, and submit your report. This has been an amazing year for dragonfly swarming behavior and we may never see this level of activity again. She’s posted a fascinating write-up on some recent research into migratory dragonfly behaviour using radio transmitters, which is worth a read, and there’s more information there about her study, as well.

Contests and Promotions

Amber of Birder’s Lounge is continuing her photo ID challenge for 2010 under the name Challenge for Charity. Try your hand at identifying a series of photos; the person with the most correct receives a $10 donation to the charity of their choice.

One Comment

  1. September 10, 2010 at 8:51 AM | Permalink

    flip big, flip small, flip one, flip all
    I think that must be the black bears’ slogan, too! If only we could get them to replace the rocks…