Joe MDO Curator

Joined: Oct 12, 2016 Last Active: Aug 05, 2021 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since December 2020

iNaturalist is a great way to learn about the nature you can find in your neighborhood or really anywhere in the world. I've been using it for a few years now and I'm hooked on it! Even though I've spent countless hours exploring Miami-Dade County, from urban areas to the Everglades and Biscayne Bay, I am still amazed by how often I see something I had no idea existed-- whether I find it myself or somebody else uploads it to iNaturalist. Seeing biodiversity first-hand is a lot of fun but it's just as fun to see what other people find :-)

I am currently working on adding disagreeing identifications to all Lumbricus terrestris observations on iNaturalist. I know that sounds bad but there is a method to the madness! Check out this video for an explanation: https://youtu.be/qf-K7Xs0oMU

Please help make iNaturalist a better tool by checking out this link with tips from an iNaturalist expert:
http://www.cassisaari.com/inaturalist-tips-tricks/

You can also see a powerpoint presentation I recently gave for the Dade Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society here:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/16fWrL3Ggw0CA7OkuIE_RFQemLNYZITXV/view

About me: Born & raised in Miami, Fl. I teach Portuguese & Italian at a high school and commute to work and most places by bicycle. Over the years I've learned to appreciate nature in all of its forms. I started off by paying attention to birds but would always notice an interesting insect or flower while birding. iNaturalist gave me a way to get help IDing what I was finding and learn more.

Instagram: @joemdo_miami

Trailcam account: https://www.inaturalist.org/people/joemdotrailcam

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