The results of International Rock Flipping Day 2014 are in! From across the land, we ventured out, flipping rocks and snapping photos. We found diverse creatures under and among our rocks: creatures small and smaller, creatures with wings or with legs or with neither…
- From Pennsylvania, Kate of Outside My Window participates in IRFD… without flipping a rock! I guess we’ll allow that, especially since she found some nifty spider webs and a small mammal.
- Here in British Columbia, I did flip rocks, and after many tries turned up a couple of worms and a pill-bug (or something like one, anyway).
- Elsewhere in the province, Susannah (a.k.a. Wanderin’ Weeta) faces similar challenges with dry rocks, but still manages to find a few things, including (unfortunately) some non-organic debris.
- And to the south in Washington state, Dave Wenning of Wild Fidalgo flips rocks on the beach (and in his garden) and finds several Purple Shore Crabs. And a few other things. Even if he didn’t look very dignified doing it.
- Bill finds several critters under his rocks, including a beautiful millipede. (A beautiful millipede? Well, I think it is.)
- The WNY meet-up page includes a number of rock flipping discoveries, such as a lovely speckled salamander and a pair of slugs from Barbara Newman H., and a pretty black beetle and another salamander from Mark. I’m jealous – I wish I could have found a salamander!
Over in the International Rock Flipping Day Flickr group, many more interesting things have been discovered:
- Sara Rall flipped paving stones and came up with a good variety of small critters, including a rove beetle and a ground cricket.
- Rob Cruikshank found ants and pupas, and a cute white springtail.
- Paul Fehringer, of Wild Spirit Education, found a red-legged beetle, and a strange (to me) centipede.
- And John Beetham found a spider with the intriguing name of Amaurobius ferox. Among other beasties.
(Visit the group’s main page to see more photos from this year and previous years.)
And on Twitter:
- Michael @akmrbaldwin: Happy Int’l Rock Flipping Day from Alaska – a carabid beetle! #rockflip #IAmANaturalist pic.twitter.com/C7IrrL6n0D
- Lobo Guará @juandoso: Hidden treasures! pic.twitter.com/UcvzHVJqGs
- Rebecca Zarazan Dunn @rebeccazdunn: Happy International Rock Flipping Day pic.twitter.com/8vGF2abNuF
- Janet K C @jkricketc: Just the usual dinosaur AKA Western fence lizard. pic.twitter.com/oQRg4kmJEZ
- Jesse Calhoun Bethea @jesscalhoun: Adventuring in Glen Echo Ravine for #rockflip day. pic.twitter.com/0UhD9xSbAL
- Melissa found a fossil. pic.twitter.com/r5GEIpqYFx
- Earthworm pic.twitter.com/h2BQHK4xTH
- Catherine Scott @Cataranea: Happy international rock flipping day! Perhaps you might find a beautiful spider! [photo by @Ibycter]pic.twitter.com/U3XHWoph7j
- Laura @lkwagonlander : September 14, 2014 http://pic-collage.com/_r4br8K49 pic.twitter.com/l2YpKZ6CIO
You can also check out the International Rock Flipping Day Facebook page.
Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s International Rock Flipping Day, and thanks as well to Susannah Anderson for letting me host IRFD this year and helping me to compile some of the links for this post.
If you haven’t had a chance to submit your links yet, don’t worry, I’ll add in any late entries as they arrive. And if you missed this year, there’s always next year. Good luck in your future rock flipping adventures!