Although I have always loved nature, I only started to enjoy classifying things in the past few years. It began when I started visiting tide pools in Malibu, CA and Rancho Palos Verdes, CA frequently and then extended to birds, wildflowers, fungi, insects, reptiles . . . (you get the point!). Also, I'm a Librarian so that might have something to do with it! Originally from Michigan, I have lived in Southern California since 2005.
At the beginning I wasn't including any species I found during my day-to-day life. I was only making observations when doing some kind of outdoor adventure. But I started to wonder what those birds and plants were around me in LA so I've worked on getting to know my "backyard" a bit as well.
Visit my blog, Western Wilds, if you're interested in following my wildlife adventures: http://westernwilds.blogspot.com/