I'm a humbled naturalist, living in DC via Davis CA via Botswana via Bolivia via Kenai AK.

Random quotes that make me think of iNaturalist:

"The objective is to teach the student to see the land, to understand what he sees, and enjoy what he understands. I say land rather than wildlife, because wildlife cannot be understood without understanding the landscape as a whole." Aldo Leopold in his essay, The Role of Wildlife in a Liberal Education (1942)

"...human knowledge of nature comes to us already socially constructed in powerful and productive ways...Ecology is a discourse, not the living world itself." David Demeritt (p. 177)

"The search for truth is in one way hard and in another way easy, for it is evident that no one can master it fully or miss it wholly. But each adds a little to our knowledge of nature, and from all the facts assembled there arises a certain grandeur." Aristotle (borrowed shamelessly from brewbrook's profile)

"...we are human in good part because of the particular way we affiliate with other organisms. They are the matrix in which the human mind originated and is permanently rooted, and they offer the challenge and freedom innately sought. To the extent that each person can feel like a naturalist, the old excitement of the untrammeled world will be regained. I offer this as a formula of reenchantment to invigorate poetry and myth: mysterious and little known organisms live within walking distance of where you sit. Splendor awaits in minute proportions." E.O. Wilson, Biophilia.

"The first step in wisdom is to know the things themselves" Carolus Linnaeus, Systema Naturae (1735).

"There's also a fluidity to how we feel about nature--the way our baselines subjectively reset and will keep reset far into the future, while, in the background, the empirical damage piles up." Jon Mooallem, p. 292 in Wild Ones

“When an elder dies a whole library is buried with him.” BBC African Proverb of the Day, Sent by Rev Tut Nguoth, Malakal, South Sudan.

"In the end, wilderness is a state of mind. The natural world can only persist now as a deliberate act of human will." David Biello, Is There a Future for Wilderness?

You're welcome to contact me at my gmail address: muirmatthewj

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muir's favorite taxa

Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl - Photo (c) djpmapleferryman, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Ducks, Geese, and Waterfowl Info
The Anatidae are the biological family of birds that includes ducks, geese and swans. The family has a cosmopolitan distribution, occurring on all the world's continents except Antarctica and on most of the world's islands and island groups. These are birds that are adapted through evolution for swimming, floating on the water surface, and in some cases diving in at least shallow water. (The Magpie Goose is no longer considered to be part of the Anatidae,... (From Wikipedia)
Dragonflies and Damselflies - Photo (c) Lip Kee Yap, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Dragonflies and Damselflies Info
Odonata is an order of carnivorous insects, encompassing dragonflies (Anisoptera/Epiprocta) and damselflies (Zygoptera). The word dragonfly is also sometimes used to refer to all Odonata, but odonate is a more correct English name for the group as a whole. Odonata enthusiasts avoid ambiguity by using the term true dragonfly, or simply Anisopteran, when referring to just the Anisoptera. The term Warriorfly has also been proposed. Some 5,900 species have been described in this order. (From Wikipedia)
Crows, Jays, and Magpies - Photo (c) smorsi, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Crows, Jays, and Magpies Info
Corvidae is a cosmopolitan family of oscine passerine birds that contains the crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs and nutcrackers. The common English names used are corvids (more technically) or the crow family (more informally), and there are over 120 species. The genus Corvus, including the jackdaws, crows and ravens, makes up over a third of the entire family. (From Wikipedia)
Salamanders - Photo (c) Laurence Livermore, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Salamanders Info
Salamanders are any of approximately 550 extant species of amphibians within the order Caudata. They are typically characterized by a superficially lizard-like appearance, with slender bodies, short noses, and long tails. All known fossil salamanders and all extinct species fall under the order Caudata, while sometimes the extant species are grouped together as the Urodela. Salamanders have never more than four toes on their front legs and five on their rear legs, but some species have... (From Wikipedia)
Mustelids - Photo (c) Keven Law, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Mustelids Info
The Mustelidae (from Latin mustela, weasel) are a family of carnivorous mammals, including the otters, badgers, weasels, martens and wolverines. Mustelids are diverse and the largest family in the order Carnivora. The internal classification still seems to be rather unsettled, with rival proposals containing between two and eight subfamilies. One study published in 2008 questions the long-accepted Mustelinae subfamily, and suggests that Mustelidae consist of four major clades and three much smaller lineages. (From Wikipedia)
Dogs, Wolves, Foxes, & Jackals - Photo (c) christina robinson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Dogs, Wolves, Foxes, & Jackals Info
The Canidae /ˈkænɨdiː/ are the biological family of carnivorous and omnivorous mammals that includes domestic dogs, wolves, foxes, jackals, coyotes, and many other lesser known extant and extinct dog-like mammals. A member of this family is called a canid (/ˈkænɨd/, /ˈkeɪnɨd/). The Canidae family is divided into two tribes: Canini (related to wolves) and Vulpini (related to foxes). The two species of the basal Caninae are more primitive and do not fit into either tribe. (From Wikipedia)
Kingfishers and Allies - Photo (c) Chung Kiu, Ryan Cheng, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Kingfishers and Allies Info
The Coraciiformes are a group of usually colorful near passerine birds including the kingfishers, the Hoopoe, the bee-eaters, the rollers, and the hornbills. They generally have syndactyly, with three forward-pointing toes (and toes 3 & 4 fused at their base), though in many kingfishers one of these is missing. (From Wikipedia)
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