Jeff Skrentny

Joined: Jun 11, 2016 Last Active: Jul 10, 2024 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since December 2020

I began birding on January 1, 2006, after reading the "The Big Year" by Mark Obmascik. My first species seen as a birder was a Bald Eagle. I have been a birder and lister ever since. My mild birding proficiency turned into opportunities to join my kids' 3rd - 5th grade Mighty Acorn program field trips at LaBagh Woods, my local FPCC birding patch here in Chicago. Next thing I know, I am working to be a self taught naturalist, and have spent the last six plus years as the lead restoration volunteer at LaBagh Woods, a 160 acre oak / hardwood savanna and floodplain forest along the North Branch of the Chicago River on Chicago's near NW side, which I did until May of 2022. As you may have guessed by my iNat observations total, I try to make at least one iNat observation every day, and have every day since December 28, 2018. Thanks to iNat, I now list more than just birds, with new found interests in galls, lichens and the plants of Cook County and Illinois. I have a long term goal of trying to observe 10,000 species here on iNat. A big goal, at least for me.

It is my intention that all my observations on iNaturalist remain here into perpetuity after my death, as a modest contribution and legacy to our amazing natural world.

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