Wednesday, October 8, 2008

100 Species Challenge

I have decided to join the 100 species challenge issued by scsours over at xanga in this post. In response to a quote that most people couldn't name 100 species in their neighborhood, she issued a blogging challenge, and here are a recap of the rules:

1. Participants should include a copy of these rules and a link to this entry in their initial blog post about the challenge.

2. Participants should keep a list of all plant species they can name, either by common or scientific name, that are living within walking distance of the participant's home. The list should be numbered, and should appear in every blog entry about the challenge, or in a sidebar.

3. Participants are encouraged to give detailed information about the plants they can name in the first post in which that plant appears.

4. Participants are encouraged to make it possible for visitors to their blog to find easily all 100-Species-Challenge blog posts.

5. Participants may post pictures of plants they are unable to identify, or are unable to identify with precision. They should not include these plants in the numbered list until they are able to identify it with relative precision. Each participant shall determine the level of precision that is acceptable to her; however, being able to distinguish between plants that have different common names should be a bare minimum.

6. Different varieties of the same species shall not count as different entries (e.g., Celebrity Tomato and Roma Tomato should not be separate entries); however, different species which share a common name be separate if the participant is able to distinguish between them (e.g., camillia japonica and camillia sassanqua if the participant can distinguish the two--"camillia" if not).

7. Participants may take as long as they like to complete the challenge.

My note - I will not just include native species but any species that are common to our area. Some of these plants have been here for centuries and are now intergrated into the ecosystem and are not any less plants growing in my neck of the wood than plants that were here before Europeans arrived. I will try to mention non-native plants as being such in the associated entries.

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