Harsi Parker

Joined: May 23, 2015 Last Active: Aug 06, 2020

Hey there. I'm a naturalist living on Vashon Island in Puget Sound. I have never had the urge to specialize and am chronically curious about everything. At this point in my studies, I consider myself most knowledgeable about PNW birds, arthropods and plants. When making IDs, I rely on my own first-hand observations and photo records, as well as extensive research using established reference documents and online resources. If you have any questions about a comment or ID I've suggested don't hesitate to @ me. And, if you think that I have erred in identifying something, please leave me a comment to let me know. I truly believe that getting something wrong can be a wonderful opportunity to advance one's learning. Though I try to express my thanks one-on-one, I'd like to make a sort of global statement of appreciation to anyone that has taken the time to help me with an identification or just left an interesting comment. And, to the creators, staff, and curators on iNat -- the work you do is awesome and this platform you have created is cherished by many, myself included. Thank you!

I find it personally fulfilling and rewarding to study, photograph and identify wildlife in the field, but I also set aside a portion of my time to pass on what I have learned by educating within my community and contributing to the building of a more comprehensive local nature knowledge base. Some of the ways in which I pursue this goal:

Contributing Editor for BugGuide
https://bugguide.net/user/view/20457
Science Advisory Council for the Vashon Nature Center
http://vashonnaturecenter.org/science-advisory-council/
Bird identification & education for the Vashon-Maury Island Audubon Society
https://vashonaudubon.org/about-us/

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