January 7, 2022 - (photo L2R) - Skaneateles Lake Association Executive Director Frank Moses and son Harrison scoping out birds on Skaneateles Lake and screenshot of Skaneateles Lake Watershed NEWLY established by SLA as an iNaturalist "Place" through the world's leading flora and fauna citizen science observation platform.
What does this mean? It means that observers, nature enthusiasts, and researchers can now filter observations that are specific to our watershed. This is extremely important for setting a baseline of various species, both native and invasive, to get a better sense on the presence and absence of plants and animals that can act as indicators of the health of our environment and quality of our lives.
Moving forward the strength of the mapping application will only be as good as our community participation, so we're hoping this update will help inspire more users.
Additionally, SLA and others will be able to periodically add in significant and useful observations made from other sites like eBird (a popular birding site through the Cornell Lab of Ornithology) and NY iMapInvasives (the official invasive species database for New York State).
Lastly, in coming weeks SLA ED Weekly Reports will showcase upcoming SLA activities for the early part of 2022 including recent developments in helping save our Hemlock Forests by addressing the harmful invasive species known as Hemlock Woolly Adelgid.
Thanks for your support and don't forget to enjoy the great outdoors and share your observations through iNaturalist!
You can find the resource page associated with the presentation below HERE.
The specific Skaneateles Lake Watershed filtered iNaturalist "Place" can be found HERE.
Skaneateles Lake Data for this week is below as well.
SLA Executive Director Frank Moses' presentation on Citizen Science in the Finger Lakes highlighting iNaturalist as part Lake Friendly Living Awareness Week - May 3, 2021
According to the City of Syracuse Water Department, the Skaneateles Lake level as of 1-3-21 was 863.02' with dam discharge at 183.24 million gallons per day (MGD) and the surface temperature by the city intake pipes was listed as 39 degrees F.
Desired City of Syracuse High Water Mark for January is 861.75'. Desired Low Water Mark is 859.25'. Monthly Average for January is 860.51'.