Claire O'Neill

Joined: Aug 9, 2016 Last Active: Apr 17, 2024 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since November 2021

I am a field naturalist and wildlife conservationist. I run Earthwise Aware Inc., a nature conservation nonprofit ( My work is dedicated to bringing biodiversity knowledge, ecological ethics, and environmental leadership to the heart of communities - in the daily life of people. An important part of our outreach is through co-creative participatory science. In my area, we run species surveys, phenology studies, arthropod occurrence, abundance, and life story surveys, vernal pool documentation, plant community assessments, bird monitoring, and habitat fragmentation documentation. Check our a Biodiversity and Climate Participatory Science program, and join our iNaturalist projects >!

Additionally, I have been co-organizing the City Nature Challenge for the Boston area since 2020 (BA CNC: 2020 | 2021 | 2022 | 2023).

I am also a co-chair of the Citizen Science Association Ethics Working Group, for which part of my mission is to raise awareness and develop resources about biodiversity ethics. If you wish to join the group, you're welcome to do so.

I strongly believe that individually and all together, we can be ethically & ecologically engaged –whoever we are, whatever we do, and wherever we are. Ethical Nature conservation is not circumstantial; it is a mindset you acquire. Once on that path, a great many rewards for us become obvious. And the satisfaction of practicing good ethics and protecting Nature is almost addictive. Once on that path... there is no going back.

Mantras: “Nature Conservation as A Way of Life," "Science for All," "Giving Science back to the People."

My bird lists: Bubo | eBird

Some of my observations that still need IDs:

■ 🌳🌾🌻 Plants
■ 🍄🍄🍄 Fungi
■ 🦍🐋🦇 Mammals
■ 🦤🦜🦉 Birds
■ 🕷️🦋🦀 Arthropods
■ 🐍🐸🐢 Herps
■ 🐡🦈🐠 Fishes
■ 🐌🦑🦪 More, etc.

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