2017 Naturalist Goals

I was inspired by a journal posted by @marknenadov earlier this week. I've set goals for my birding but I've never set any broader goals as a naturalist. Lots of them are still bird related.

  1. Create a full slate of birding field trips for the Central Valley Bird Club.
  2. Complete an eBird checklist per day.
  3. Complete the eBirder of the Month challenges.
  4. Get my bird lists to 100 in every California county.
  5. Get all my California county checklists into eBird as historical lists.
  6. Get my state bird life list over 475 species.
  7. Visit my last two California counties.
  8. Enter 365 observations on iNaturalist in the year.
  9. See a black bear and enter it in iNaturalist.
  10. Enter 10 new species of mammals for me into iNaturalist.
  11. Organize a mini iNaturalist BioBlitz for the Koobs Nature Center project site.
  12. Get a fishing license and try microfishing.

I think those are solid goals for now. I have been keeping up with the daily eBird checklists so far for the year but I have fallen behind on iNaturalist observations. I imagine that will be more of a situation where I don't do it all the time but then I catch up by doing 20 in a day. To anyone reading this what are some of your goals for 2017?

Posted by vermfly vermfly, January 10, 2017 00:23


Great just list.. Good luck in 2017!

Posted by marknenadov almost 5 years ago (Flag)

So, how have you done with your goals? It is a big list!

Posted by lulubelle over 4 years ago (Flag)

I am struggling a little with some of them. I kind of screwed up number two by missing some days but I will enter at least 365 lists for the year. So kind of a trade-off.

I'm working on planning the trip to my last two counties now. I'm going to spend the time up there adding new birds and doing iNaturalist.

Posted by vermfly over 4 years ago (Flag)

I am inpressed with the list in general. I couldn't make half of it happen & I have no small kids, work less days (more hours though) and have no spouse!

Posted by lulubelle over 4 years ago (Flag)

I have some pictures of a muskrat to add to make progress on #10.

Posted by vermfly over 4 years ago (Flag)

BTW, what the heck is microfishing?!

Posted by lulubelle over 4 years ago (Flag)

It is basically an outgrowth of species fishing. IE people having a fishing life list. In order to boost that list you have to catch all the species of small fish. Minnows, chubs, sculpins, darters, and shiners are all caught on tiny hooks. NPR did a story about it a while back. http://www.npr.org/2016/10/27/498406364/little-fish-tales-micro-fishers-focus-on-the-species-not-size

Posted by vermfly over 4 years ago (Flag)

Wouldn't itbe easier to net them?!

Posted by lulubelle over 4 years ago (Flag)

It would be for certain species but even mosquitofish can be caught on a rod. It is pretty cool.

Posted by vermfly over 4 years ago (Flag)
Posted by vermfly over 4 years ago (Flag)

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