Neil Gilham

Joined: Jul 20, 2013 Last Active: Jul 14, 2020

I am fascinated by the natural world and how all the pieces fit together and interact with one another; rock, soil, water, microbes, plant, animal, and air; all connected. I’ve always been interested in nature from a very young age. Finding iNaturalist has opened a new world of discovery and learning for me. I love the community and the feedback.

I’m based in western Washington, so most of my observations come from my local area. I travel some with my job (environmental scientist/geologist) and take vacations near and far. I love the opportunity to view nature in new places and make new discoveries. I’m still making new discoveries even in my own backyard.

When it comes to making observations, I’m a generalist. It’s whatever catches my eye at that time. Plants rank high on my list with a focus on weeds and invasive plants. I’m a casual birder. I like arthropods, especially insects and spiders. I’m challenged by mushrooms, lichens, and mosses.

For taking photos, I use my smartphone, currently a Samsung Galaxy S8, and a DSLR - Nikon D3200 fitted with a Tamron 16-300mm lens. The Tamron lens is versatile, both macro and telephoto. I recently purchased binocular microscope (20x – 40x) and can photograph through the ocular with my smartphone. I’ve lately been experimenting with a UV light at my back porch to see what shows up.

I work on identifying observations of others, mainly for Washington observations, sometimes Oregon and California. I focus my IDs on organisms I know well. It cannot be emphasized enough the importance of identification and interaction within the iNaturalist community. I appreciate the identifications I get and especially if an explanation is included.

Some field guides I have on my shelf:

Field Guides for the Pacific Northwest

Feel free to reach out to me if you’re in the neighborhood.

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