Joined: Apr 27, 2018 Last Active: Jan 25, 2021 Monthly Supporter since December 2019

I joined iNat in 2018 to participate in the City Nature Challenge. That was my "gateway drug" to iNat.

For the purposes of iNaturalist, I'm most interested in insects and birds.

I have formal training in plant science, with a degree in Plant Biology and a master's degree in Applied Plant Science. I've only taken one class in plant taxonomy, so that Master's degree doesn't give give me much credibility on iNat. Even though plants are my favorite, I spend more time entering other types of wildlife observations (mainly insects). When Winter comes, I try to spend more time identifying what other people have posted. I hope to get my plant ID skills back to where they were circa 2004 (when I took that class in plant taxonomy) and improve from there.

A couple years of photography and iNat usage helped me get my birding indentification skills to the point that, by 2020, I now mainly use eBird for birds. The time and labor of photos and photo editing gets to be too much when there is a simpler way to count birds. I highly recommend eBird to anyone reasonably skilled at bird ID by sight and/or sound. I still have fun entering some birds on iNat, especially during events like City Nature Challenge, if I visit a new place, categories like confusing fall warblers..etc..

I don't post many plants on iNaturalist because I've heard of plant poachers using sites like this. If I do post a rare or uncommon plant, I obscure the coordinates!!!

During 2019 City Nature Challenge, I noticed phenology data can be entered for plants. Since then, I've entered more plants. There are many potential uses of phenology data.

I follow people:

  • I know
  • who are very active users
  • who are great photographers
  • with common interests
  • who observe in my general area.

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