Spending time with iNat community in Del Rio

I think some of my favorite times are spent outside in nature.

It's great that there is a community that enjoys these times as much as I do -- this is the iNat community. iNaturalist is such an enjoyable tool. My appreciation for nature is amplified by using it.

On April 5 - 8, I joined up with around 20 other iNatters near Del Rio to explore and document stuff. It was fantastic! The original plan was modified a bit (https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/sambiology/13715-del-rio-details-inat-gathering-and-bioblitz-at-amistad-and-devil-s-river), and I've found out how difficult it is to do this when there's very very little cell reception! Here's what I ended up doing:

April 5: explored Lake Amistad National Recreation Park. In the AM, met up with some folks at the visitor's center off of hwy 90 and walked the sunrise tour. After that, we went across the road from the Rock Quarry , south of hwy 90, across from the railroad tracks. In the evening, we set up several blacklights at the San Pedro group site -- which we had all to ourselves!

April 6: explored Seminole Canyon State Park most of the day. It was windy in the AM, but it was mighty hot in the late morning and afternoon! In the evening, we went to the Spur 406 camping site to blacklight. It was crazy successful with the mothing!

April 7: explored the Dan A Hughes unit of the Devil's River State Natural Area. This was fairly rugged terrain, and the roads were a little nerve-racking. This area is normally closed to the public, so it was pretty special that we got to check it out. In the afternoon, we went to a park close to the San Felipe creek, and then the group met up for dinner at a Mexican restaurant.

April 8: explored Kickapoo Caverns State Park with a couple folks and headed back home.

I've been using a lot of the other ID's already created by others: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=405&view=species

And a neat new kind of project:
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/southwest-texas-inat-a-thon

So many of these other iNatters are far more skilled at photography than I am -- I'll likely link out to their photos as I upload my observations.

Overall, it was such a great gathering -- I'm already thinking of locations for the next one in Texas! Maybe the Lower Rio Grande Valley? Some place in the panhandle? Guadalupe Mountains? Lots of places are possible!

Posted by sambiology sambiology, April 13, 2018 01:28

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Sounds like a great time was had by all, as well as some great observations! It's always great to get out of your "normal" outdoor surroundings!

Posted by oddfitz about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Am still upset because I did not join the iNat community on this outing.
Any group photos of the attendees?

Posted by connlindajo about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Don't ever take for granted the ability to travel, hike, and have the stamina to explore nature. Since I can no longer do those activities, I'm grateful to have the opportunity to observe through your photographs. I can almost feel as if I've been there, done that. Thanks to each of you for posting your photographs!

Posted by suz about 2 years ago (Flag)
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@suz I totally agree with you, understand, and love all the observations from the Del Rio gathering!

Posted by connlindajo about 2 years ago (Flag)
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@connlindajo there is one group photo - if you follow the link to the project above.

Posted by alisonnorthup about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Thank you, @alisonnorthup
I am still upset I missed the gathering....

Posted by connlindajo about 2 years ago (Flag)
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Yes, I was looking forward to meeting you!

Posted by alisonnorthup about 2 years ago (Flag)
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I sneakily took a couple shots of people poking around, have been posting them as human observations and linking them to this post (still in progress!): https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/nanofishology/15307-alysa-s-list-of-del-rio-bioblitz-highlights

Next stop: Caddo lake? :D

Posted by nanofishology about 2 years ago (Flag)

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