The Thirteen iNaturalist Categories

My iNat buddies know how, as part of my own continuing education program, I attempt to get entries in as many of the thirteen iNaturalist categories as I can, every day I go out. This morning I decided to take a more rigorous approach to the problem, and so I offer my insights as a public service.

The thirteen categories, divided into three levels of difficulty (though the division is dependent on habitat)

Plants - you have to be in the most sterile atmosphere imaginable to not get a plant
Fungi - once you know where lichen hide, you've got no excuses
Insects - Something's gonna bug you if you're in the field all day
Birds - photos AND tapes AND found feathers...c'mon people, you can do this, even if you are not birders

Arachnids - the animal architecture project can always use another interesting web or spider hole
Mollusks - snails, banana slugs, and shells
Reptiles - fairly easy where I live (because, Western Fence Lizard) or Florida, but can be tricky back east
Mammals - I suppose this could be easy, if you don't mind having shitty pictures

Amphibians - when we know where the salamanders are, this gets easier
Other Animals - when at the shore this is easy, because crabs. Isopods usually happen to you in a day
Ray-Finned Fish - To once again quote @vermfly , "Get the fish" is not an easy task!
Protozoans - What can one do in a dry climate without slime molds being in season?
Chromista - Seems you've got to be by the shore...except that Sudden Oak Death is a Chromista

I once got 12 of 13, and missed the 13th simply because I didn't realize how close I was to completing the set (Mollusk was the missing one, and i'd been ON a BEACH!)

Posted by gyrrlfalcon gyrrlfalcon, July 30, 2019 19:13

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@dpom @leslie_flint @catchang @sea-kangaroo @finatic might find this interesting. OR might wonder how they got such a nutty friend.

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 3 years ago (Flag)

Haha. I think of you fondly when I see a posing fly.

Posted by catchang over 3 years ago (Flag)

Get the fish! It is tough.

Posted by vermfly over 3 years ago (Flag)

That reminds me- there are decomposing minnows on our lake rental lawn...

Posted by catchang over 3 years ago (Flag)

you know what they say....."a Diptera a day"....

Posted by leslie_flint over 3 years ago (Flag)

...keeps Dr. Rycenga away, out in the field..."

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 3 years ago (Flag)

Now that you mention it....Yep! Nutty as hell!

Posted by dpom over 3 years ago (Flag)

Great, now I need to figure out my best day in regards to statistic.

Posted by finatic over 3 years ago (Flag)

@finatic - just trying to help stoke your iNat addiction. It's what I do...

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 3 years ago (Flag)

@gyrrlfalcon - I love this list! Can I use this for our SFBBO event? I'd like to encourage people to get as many categories as possible

Posted by merav over 2 years ago (Flag)

Of course @merav - I think it was rather witty writing, if I do say so myself. And I do.

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 2 years ago (Flag)

@sarahangulo @lacigerhart This might be a cool idea for a mini challenge during next year's CNC.

Posted by vermfly over 2 years ago (Flag)

Waaaay harder in Sacramento county than in San Mateo!

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 2 years ago (Flag)

There are those native freshwater mussels around Sacto.

Posted by catchang over 2 years ago (Flag)

Indeed. That's why I'd like to use it! It will make a great challenge for our event, and I love the wording :) thanks!

Posted by merav over 2 years ago (Flag)

I think the chromista category is more challenging than Mollusks for Sacramento

Posted by gyrrlfalcon over 2 years ago (Flag)
Posted by catchang over 2 years ago (Flag)

Mollusks wouldn't be hard at all. Garden snails are common around many landscaped areas and there are many species of freshwater snails.

Posted by vermfly over 2 years ago (Flag)

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