Monday, September 27, 2010

100 Species Challenge

We're in.

I wanted to do this two years ago when I saw a few other bloggers posting about it, but life was a bit too full then. Life is still full, but now I'm blogging about it, so there you go!

(Aside: is it really silly of me that having the blog sometimes motivates me to do things so I can blog about them? No? I knew I could count on you!)

If you're like me, you feel that you really should know more about the world growing all around you. At first I was going to exclude anything that we've planted ourselves, but there are a lot of things added when we landscaped that I just don't know much anything about. I think that learning about what we have deliberately cultivated should count.

Here's some participatory information, and here are the rules (see the original post for more details):

The 100-Species Challenge

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. This can be done either by tagging these posts, by ending every post on the challenge with a link to your previous post on the challenge, or by some other method.

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., camellia japonica and camellia sassanqua if the participant can distinguish the two--"camellia" if not).

7. Participants may take as long as they like to complete the challenge. You can make it as quick or as detailed a project as you like.

(By the way, if you have any idea what those things above are, that's more specific than "berries" or "fern," would you let me know?)

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