Gretchen Witt sent this note and picture of how she keeps track of her observations with iNaturalist.

“One of my favorite ways to unwind is to roam the park lands surrounding Doan Brook. My most faithful companion on these wanderings is iNaturalist, a smartphone app, which allows me to keep a record of my observations as well as contribute to citizen science projects like the Lower Lake Erie Region CSI. It’s always a thrill when an observation photo is deemed “Research Grade” like this one of the Eastern American Jack-o’-Lantern. I’ve spotted this dramatic, bright orange mushroom in the past but it’s always exciting to see it reappear. By the way, it’s been reported that the gills of this mushroom exhibit bioluminescence at night! I don’t know about you, but that possibility makes me want to visit the parklands in the dark to see if it’s actually true (and wouldn’t that be a cool photograph to share!). In any case, the Eastern American Jack-o’-Lantern is a good reminder that adventure and wonder are waiting to be discovered right here in our own “ecological backyard.” I’m so grateful for Doan Brook and the Watershed Partnership!”

Eastern American Jack-o'-Lanter mushrooms