I work for the State of Vermont, where I map natural communities and plants. In some of my spare time I use iNaturalist to map neat things I find during explores. I am originally from southern California. During my time mapping California's vegetation, I got very good at identifying plants from far away, which comes in handy helping identify observations here.

Water-related blog: http://coyot.es/slowwatermovement,
Vegetation mapping Tumblr: http://vegetationmapping.tumblr.com/
Email: naturalist.charlie at gmail dot com.

Sometimes I take samples as part of my job and add photos of them to iNaturalist. Please don't take samples unless you are sure it is legal and is not harming the population of the species.

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charlie's favorite taxa

Montezuma Oropendola - Photo (c) Paulo Philippidis, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Montezuma Oropendola Info
The Montezuma Oropendola (Psarocolius montezuma) is a New World tropical icterid bird. It is a resident breeder in the Caribbean coastal lowlands from southeastern Mexico to central Panama, but is absent from El Salvador and southern Guatemala. It also occurs on the Pacific slope of Nicaragua and Honduras and northwestern Costa Rica. It is among the oropendola species sometimes separated in the genus Gymnostinops. The English and scientific names of this species commemorate the Aztec emperor... (From Wikipedia)
mole salamanders - Photo (c) Paul Moody, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
mole salamanders Info
The mole salamanders (genus Ambystoma) are a group of salamanders endemic to North America, the only genus in the family Ambystomatidae. The group has become famous due to the presence of the axolotl (A. mexicanum), widely used in research, and the tiger salamander (A. tigrinum, A. mavortium) which is the official amphibian of many states, and often sold as a pet. (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)
Ceanothus - Photo (c) Jim Frazee, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Ceanothus Info
Ceanothus L. /ˌsiːəˈnoʊθəs/ is a genus of about 50–60 species of shrubs or small trees in the family Rhamnaceae. The genus is confined to North America, with the center of its distribution in California. Some species (e.g. C. americanus) are found in the eastern United States and southeast Canada, and others (e.g. C. coeruleus) extend as far south as Guatemala. Most are shrubs 0.5–3 m tall, but C. arboreus and C. thyrsiflorus, both from California, can... (From Wikipedia)
Cottonwoods - Photo (c) Matt Lavin, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Cottonwoods Info
Populus is a genus of 25–35 species of deciduous flowering plants in the family Salicaceae, native to most of the Northern Hemisphere. English names variously applied to different species include poplar /ˈpɒp.lər/, aspen, and cottonwood. (From Wikipedia)
Canyon Wren - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), uploaded by James N. Stuart CC
Canyon Wren Info
The Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus) is a small North American songbird of the wren family Troglodytidae. It is resident throughout its range and is generally found in arid, rocky cliffs, outcrops and canyons. It is a small bird that is hard to see on its rocky habitat; however, it can be heard throughout the canyons by its distinctive loud and beautiful song. It is currently in a monotypic taxon and is the only species in the... (From Wikipedia)
Fireflies - Photo (c) Andy Deans, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Fireflies Info
Lampyridae is a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, and commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their conspicuous crepuscular use of bioluminescence to attract mates or prey. Fireflies produce a "cold light", with no infrared or ultraviolet frequencies. This chemically produced light from the lower abdomen may be yellow, green, or pale red, with wavelengths from 510 to 670 nanometers. (From Wikipedia)
Hollyleaf cherry - Photo (c) Joe Decruyenaere, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Hollyleaf cherry Info
Prunus ilicifolia (Common names: "Hollyleaf cherry", "Evergreen cherry"; "Islay" - Salinan Native American) is an evergreen shrub to tree, producing edible cherries, with shiny and spiny toothed leaves similar in appearance to holly. It is native to the chaparral areas of coastal California and northern Baja California, as well as the desert chaparral areas of the Mojave desert. (From Wikipedia)
shagbark hickory - Photo (c) Bob Gutowski, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
shagbark hickory Info
Carya ovata, the shagbark hickory, is a common hickory in the eastern United States and southeast Canada. It is a large, deciduous tree, growing up to 27 metres (89 ft) tall, and will live up to 200 years. Mature shagbarks are easy to recognize because, as their name implies, they have shaggy bark. This characteristic is, however, only found on mature trees; young specimens have smooth bark. (From Wikipedia)
sphagnum moss - Photo (c) David Shand, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND) CC
sphagnum moss Info
Sphagnum is a genus of approximately 120 species of mosses. Sphagnum accumulations can store water, since both living and dead plants can hold large quantities of water inside their cells; plants may hold from 16-26 times as much water as their dry weight depending on the species. The empty cells help retain water in drier conditions. Hence, as sphagnum moss grows, it can slowly spread into drier conditions, forming larger peatlands, both raised bogs and blanket... (From Wikipedia)
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