May 012011

Wildlife Species

The most popular species observed this month:

Wildlife Places

The 10 most popular places for wildlife spotting this month:

Wildlife Encounters

The 10 most viewed encounters.

Wildlife Observers

The 10 most prolific observers.

Apr 032011


The most popular species observed this month:

Top Places

The top 10 places reporting observations.

Mar 042011

Top Species

Top Places

Feb 012011

As the WildObs database continues to grow we can start to do some fun queries. Let us know if you have more information you’d like to see. Here are the top reported species for November. Do you have these on your life-list?

The top 10 places reporting encounters:

Jan 072011

In creating the WildObs wildlife network I’ve been incredibly fortunate to meet some amazing wildlife photographers, birders and nature enthusiasts (here are but a few wonderful wildlife blogs that I follow.)

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Creative Commons 'No Entry Sign' from Wikicommons

I’ve noticed a great diversity of solutions for hosting and presenting their work, and sharing it with the networked wildlife community via a website. Social sharing is placing increasing importance on the website and how it integrates into social networks. Some website solutions are better than others, and some seriously limit the ability for naturalist to engage with their audience.

Selecting a website platform to invest in is incredibly hard (especially when ‘technical knowledge’ means cameras or critters not computers) but is also a long term investment, typically committing many years to come. Some of the best naturalists (and I think of all nature lovers who share as naturalists and educators) live in remote locations with limited Internet connectivity and access to website service providers. Making the wrong choice can significantly impact their business.

I’ve been asked to help identify better alternatives, and I want to help gather information that should be considered in making this decision, and provide some pointers on how to solve this problem.

Please help other naturalists by contributing your knowledge in the comments below, or to me directly at or @wildobs, and if you can, please complete this short survey:

Please help Wildlife Photographers
select a Website platform (short survey)

I commit to collecting all responses and posting the community’s information here. Anybody who participates will be notified of the results.

For Twitter users: Remember how frustrating it was when the fail whale interrupted the conversation? That is what we need to avoid for network naturalist websites.

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Dec 092010

As the WildObs database continues to grow we can start to do some fun queries. Let us know if you have more information you’d like to see. Here are the top reported species for November. Do you have these on your life-list?

The top 10 places reporting species…

Feb 152010
Peregrine Falcon

Peregrine Falcon photo courtesy Boulder OSMP

This year I applied to be a Raptor Nest Watch volunteer with Boulder Mountain Parks & Open Space. I found out about the opportunity on the Boulder county nature-net mailing list (from the Boulder County Nature Association) and found myself thrilled at the opportunity to monitor nests of eagles, osprey, falcons (and other species.) Bird of prey are so spectacular, and yet other than the few standouts like the eagles/osprey so hard to identify in the field (for the non-native birder, like me.) As such, ever since I applied I’ve been excited about what I’d learn.

I was lucky enough to be accepted into the program, and assigned a nest site not too far from my home, and in a beautiful location (not that they all aren’t around here.) I was assigned peregrine falcon, a bird I hadn’t even realized was around here. I saw my first Peregrine Falcon (at least first since perhaps in childhood) when in Cornwall, UK last year. I was hiking along the clifftops and a parent/offspring duo flew past me granting me a wonderful close-up. Having them here in Colorado, near my home, wow … awesome!

I’ve never been much of a joiner, and I like my nature empty (except for wild critters, my iPhone to record my wildlife, and my dog at camp) so this application was a first for me. Amusingly perhaps I’ve joined the volunteer program that suits this preference best, since observers perform their observation duties by themselves and exchange reports via e-mail. Still, I’ve met others in the team (for this site) at the orientation meeting and on a field trip, and both times enjoyed their company. It is nice to know who they are, to understand the pleasure we all share from the outdoors, and to get and share reports on the site. Working behind the computer of a day it is wonderful to be vicariously taken outside, to connect with this wildlife location.

My first solo trip for the weekly two hour observation duty met with decent weather, and clear skies. Falcons (other than Kestrels, which are partial migrants here) are only just returning to Colorado so there is not much falcon activity, however the Golden Eagle put in an appearance high above. A pair of these massive & majestic birds rode the thermals along the ridge-line (rising, tucking wings and diving to rise again as if having a roller-coaster of fun) before resting on the rocks above. Townsend’s Solitaire were the ‘dawn’ chorus, with American Robins soon taking over as the noise makers.

All in all a very pleasant time of putting the busy world aside for a while and sitting watching the natural world while contributing to natural science. I am so grateful of this opportunity, and am looking forward to the nesting season ahead.


Note to those concerned: I’ve checked with OSMP on what I should (and should not) post on this topic, and now and during the nesting season will limit my comments to those that do not convey more information than can be found on the OSMP website.

Dec 082009

WildObs Mobile 1.1 for Android now supports Android 1.5 to Android 2.0 and beyond.

Here is a brief overview of WildObs Mobile including how to use WildObs Mobile for Android to:

  • Browse community wildlife encounters (featured, most popular and recent.)
  • Perform a species look-up by name or partial name, viewing photographs and other encounters.

Find out more about WildObs Mobile for Android or (if you are on an Android device) go to the market:

Available on the Android Market