2021 iNaturalist Montana Meetups

If you were tagged in this post, it's because I recognized your name on the Montana iNat leaderboard from all of the wonderful hours I've spent looking at observations in the state. It's been a pleasure seeing your posts and interacting about identifications over the past couple years.

But something has been missing. It's missing now, here at the end of 2020, more than ever, and I want to help fill it.

I want to invite you all to the first ever (to my knowledge) iNaturalist Montana meetup(s). We have people across the state who are curious and/or proficient in all sorts of biological disciplines. We have a platform that helps us engage with nature through observations and identifications. I'm used to going out alone with my phone and getting nerdy with nature, as most of you probably are, but let's be a pack!

I don't have times or dates, but please let me know if you are interested. I might get some contact information or start up something on a social media platform just to help facilitate communication and planning. Would you do this for me?

1) If you are interested, message me your email address or email me at tsougst [at] gmail [dot] com and I'll put you on a list. Of course, you can opt out at any time, and I won't sell or abuse your info, blah, blah.

2) If you are interested in FACILITATING or LEADING a group (not as the professional guide, just as a point of contact), please let me know. And if so, let me know a few ideas on where you would like to do it.

3) If there are platforms or tools that are especially useful to get the word out and coordinate people, please tell me. I don't have a lot of experience doing this, but I know its out there. Mailchimp newsletters, FB, Twitter, Instagram, meetup.com, flyers at coffee shops.... I'm not sure what the best practices are these days.

And, of course, if you have any other suggestions for the effort, please just reach out and let me know. And if you are involved with any local nature centers (ahem @allisondejong... @heathererb ...), let me know if this kind of effort could interface with your programs.

@milletman @caremarie @birderkellyk @mpgranch @vulpes @graydonwph @pagophila @hydapse @nickr @euderma @lemna @mtnchikadee @montanaclan @kmccartney @colejwolf @a_meyer @afid @apsmith10 @elinpierce @cbadwebs @hikemontana @katles @mihail @mctoshack @morgancantrell @krosestone @jonesey441 @clairecompton @hjacobson44 @kateeislele @nhflowerboy @hmseiver @thesciencecamel @nickijimenez @megnd @ladynaturalist @adventure_us @bearseiver @cristatus @mhays @brewbooks @heathererb @allisondejong @pfurshong

Posted by taitsougstad taitsougstad, November 19, 2020 20:11

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Definitely interested in joining and to facilitate something for the group. I'd be happy to do a zoom presentation on general ID strategies and resources or something specific on mammals or herps if folks are interested.

Posted by dbachen 4 months ago (Flag)
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I live in SW MN although I was born and raised in W MT. I would be interested. I am a MN Master Naturalist and they do a yearly convention and due to covid they did it via Zoom this past year and it worked alright. It was alot of work. You have an ambitious goal. I would be willing to do a presentation or two - I have one ready on Pelicans and since MT has a rookery as well, perhaps that would be of interest. I also teach the Tallgrass Prairie Biome in MN.
Let me know.

Posted by pfurshong 4 months ago (Flag)
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Tait - that's a great idea, I think it would help us all learn more. Contacted you via email.

Posted by brewbooks 3 months ago (Flag)
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This sounds like a great idea to me! I would be interested in participating and maybe even running an orchid tour (or presentation if we end up doing it online).

Posted by afid 3 months ago (Flag)
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Tait -- I am definitely interested and could (help) coordinate field visit(s) in the northern part of Gallatin County & vicinity including 1) Hyalite Canyon (Palisade Falls trail, History Rock trail and/or Moser Creek loop), 2) Missouri Headwaters State Park to Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park via Milligan Canyon, & 3) various trailheads on the west face of the Bridger Mtns (from Drinking Horse to North Cottonwood, with six trails to chose from). I'm preparing meals several days each week for my elderly parents (83 & 86 years), and so would prefer that we all mask up and avail of one of the vaccines once they are available, so that I can minimize chances of passing something on to my parents that they neither want or need.. In any case, the three groups of sites listed above can be visited from late May through September.

Posted by milletman 3 months ago (Flag)
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Thank you all for your interest! If you contacted me via email, I already added you to the email newsletter, but if you haven't yet, you can use this link to sign up: http://eepurl.com/hjUvmL

I'll provide updates as we get times, dates, and places settled, as well as website and social medias. So far, we have a Billings-area and Bozeman-area meetup in planning. If you are interested in joining or leading one anywhere else, please reach out! iNat is used quite a bit across Western Montana, and I'd love to see something happing in Missoula, Butte, Kalispell or surrounding areas led by one of our active users out there.

Posted by taitsougstad 3 months ago (Flag)

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