My name is Zack Abbey, hence Zabbey. I earned a degree in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management from CSU Channel Islands. At the moment I work as a field biologist for a consulting firm. Previous money making ventures have included stints as backpacking guide in the Los Padres Nat'l Forest, a contract field biologist around the west coast, and a vector biologist for the County of Ventura Environmental Health Department. As a result I have been lucky enough to explore, study, and enjoy some of California's remote and diverse ecosystems and species.

In my free time I hike and backpack the local wilderness haunts of the Los Padres Nat'l Forest and bodyboard and surf the local beaches, always being attentive to the critters and flora I come across.

I enjoy using iNat as it is a great way for me to keep sharp and expand on my ID skills, as well as adding to my life list. Any help I can provide I'm glad to give and even more so I'm always glad to receive help from those more knowledgeable!

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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)
Snow Leopard - Photo (c) Sibylle Stofer, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Snow Leopard Info
The snow leopard (Panthera uncia or Uncia uncia) is a moderately large cat native to the mountain ranges of Central Asia. The classification of this species has been subject to change, and as of 2000, it is still classified as Uncia uncia by MSW3. and CITES Appendix I. However, with more recent genetic studies, the snow leopard is now generally considered as Panthera uncia and classified as such by IUCN. Classically, two subspecies have been attributed,... (From Wikipedia)
Wolverine - Photo (c) Bethany Weeks, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Wolverine Info
The wolverine /ˈwʊlvəriːn/, Gulo gulo (Gulo is Latin for "glutton"), also referred to as glutton, carcajou, skunk bear, or quickhatch, is the largest land-dwelling species of the family Mustelidae (weasels). It is a stocky and muscular carnivore, more closely resembling a small bear than other mustelids. The wolverine has a reputation for ferocity and strength out of proportion to its size, with the documented ability to kill prey many times larger than itself. (From Wikipedia)
Mariposa Lilies - Photo (c) Claire Woods, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Mariposa Lilies Info
Calochortus /ˌkælɵˈkɔrtəs/ is a genus of plants that includes herbaceous, perennial and bulbous species. The genus includes approximately 70 species distributed in North America from south west British Columbia to northern Guatemala and east to Nebraska and the Dakotas. Calochortus is the most widely dispersed genus of Liliaceae on the North American Pacific coast. Of these, 28 species are endemic to California. The genus Calochortus includes Mariposas (or Mariposa lilies) with open wedge-shaped petals, Globe lilies... (From Wikipedia)
Larkspurs - Photo (c) Meekrok, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Larkspurs Info
Delphinium is a genus of about 300 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Ranunculaceae, native throughout the Northern Hemisphere and also on the high mountains of tropical Africa. (From Wikipedia)
California Condor - Photo (c) Scott Page, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
California Condor Info
The California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) is a New World vulture, the largest North American land bird. This condor became extinct in the wild in 1987 (all remaining wild individuals were captured) but has been reintroduced to northern Arizona and southern Utah (including the Grand Canyon area and Zion National Park), coastal mountains of central and southern California, and northern Baja California. Although other fossil members are known, it is the only surviving member of the genus... (From Wikipedia)
Plummer's Mariposa Lily - Photo (c) Jason Hollinger, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Plummer's Mariposa Lily Info
Calochortus plummerae is a species of mariposa lily known by the common name Plummer's mariposa lily. (From Wikipedia)
Abert's Squirrel - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Abert's Squirrel Info
Abert's squirrel (or tassel-eared squirrel) (Sciurus aberti) is a tree squirrel in the genus Sciurus endemic to the Rocky Mountains from United States to Mexico, with concentrations found in Arizona, The Grand Canyon, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado. (From Wikipedia)
Liveforever - Photo (c) James Gaither, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Liveforever Info
Dudleya is a genus of succulent perennials, consisting of about 45 species in southwest North America. (From Wikipedia)
Indian Paintbrushes - Photo (c) Patrick Alexander, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Indian Paintbrushes Info
Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or prairie-fire, is a genus of about 200 species of annual and perennial herbaceous plants native to the west of the Americas from Alaska south to the Andes, northern Asia, and one species as far west as the Kola Peninsula in Siberia. These plants are classified in the broomrape family, Orobanchaceae (following major rearrangements of the order Lamiales starting around 2001; sources which do not follow these reclassifications may place... (From Wikipedia)
Woolly Bluecurls - Photo (c) Miguel Vieira, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Woolly Bluecurls Info
Trichostema lanatum (woolly bluecurls) is a small evergreen shrub or sub-shrub native to arid coastal chaparral regions of California and the northern parts of Baja California. (From Wikipedia)
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