Joined: Jun 12, 2019 Last Active: Mar 31, 2020

Though I am not a professional naturalist, I do enjoy nature and wildlife -- especially birds. But since starting up with iNaturalist, I've become so much more aware of all sorts of organisms. I also enjoy nature photography as a hobby. (I started on here using my phone camera only -- and quite often viewing through my binoculars to be able to zoom in ; soon I expect to have a camera with a decent zoom so I can capture even more observations. I hope to have more bird photos soon!) I am also an artist, and the last few years have been experimenting with oil paints, making landscape or wildlife paintings (my avatar is a close-up on a peahen painting I completed in 2016). A local naturalist got me starting on iNaturalist, and she also informed me of the various Scientific and Natural Areas serving to preserve and re-establish natural prairies in the region. It's been a fun adventure documenting and learning about the organisms that are all around us.

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