2023 New Years Resolutions

I have a number of resolutions, but I just now made:

I FIRMLY resolve to delete all (most) of my lame, blurry, too far photos from my Photos digital storage.


My resolution for 2022 was to learn more botanical terms. That didn’t happen, so I’ll move it over to 2023


Mine is to make at least one observation per day. I haven’t been very consistent in 2022 but I hope to change that. Hopefully, I’ll find more species as well! :crossed_fingers:


I learned more botanical terms in 2022 and my goal is still to learn more botanical terms in 2023, especially grasses, sedges, and rushes which have basically their own subset. Hard to use the keys or learn to ID them without knowing the anatomical terms! I have glossary of botanical terms which is as thick as a dictionary, so this could probably remain on the list indefinitely…


Heh, I should probably have removed “more” from my post as I barely know any…


What’s brown and sticky?

|| A stick ||

All the entomological vocabulary trips me up. Hypostomal, metasomal, rugostriate, mesopleuron :disguised_face:


I haven’t come up with any of my own yet, but this one I may borrow for myself. It feels like a good one.

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I aim every year to have more observations/ more species/ more IDs then the year/s before… worked out this year, lets see about the next


It’s a recent resolution of mine to ID a page or more of unknowns every day, but I just started that a few months ago.

  1. To get more observations than this year
  2. To try to get to top 20 observers at the end of the year
  3. To visit two major new places and as much as possible smaller ones, force husband more that there’s a need to travel by train
  4. To get to 6k species, while clearing out “to see” lists I prepared
  5. To get back to iding more (125k last year vs 70k this one)
  6. When meeting a person knowing a different language, try to talk them into translating iNat and adding common names, helping the language to stay in use, add more common names from endangered languages myself.

I want to try to observe more insects, especially smaller (In physical size) groups, such as ants and beetles. I also want to get better at identifying smaller mammals such as squirrels and chipmunks.


I want to visit more special places in our region, like bogs, historic forests and heathlands…


2023 resolutions:

  • Continue my Radula complanata project (finding individuals of Radula complanata in my local forest park, giving each one an unique identifier, counting them, and observing them and their growth)
  • read more books about bryology, in particular hepaticology, find more floras and field guides for identifying them. There’s a rare book about Porellales (Porellinae in older terminology) which I can’t find online, but it is in a library in city close to mine. I am thinking of visiting it (+might make some obs of what I find in the city, too)
  • Pay more attention to small things and groups I know little about. For example, I know near to nothing about lichens… and I have not found a globular springtail yet.
  • Improve my general biological knowledge, learn new terms. I have several notebooks where I write detailed notes about science (different areas of biology and chemistry, mostly, sometimes ecology, paleontology geology - stufff like that) and make illustrations. It’s the best way for me to learn and remember topics, and I’d call it a hobby even. I want to fill in these notebooks with text!
  • probably applies to the upper goal, but I want to learn about how systematics works. I am still not sure what is a crown group is, for example. But it seems to be important to know these terms to understand modern systematics.
  • Make more than 2000 identifications!
  • upload older photos from archive and make observations out of them, and also make over 1000 observations in 2023

Hopefully I can do at least some of these :)


Like the years before: find 100* new for me animal species and make a photobook out of the observations. (*: identified to species and with up to three reasonably good photos)
Make the photobook of 100 beasts of 2022
continue my streak (preferably with animals) which started 30.12.2020


Brava! I have a copypasta ready for that for my African IDs.
'Please add your local name …

Still hoping to clear my Rest of Africa Unknowns
so I can start 2023 with clearing my chosen slices of iNat on a daily basis. But the target keeps moving - old expedition photos at one end and yesterday’s group hike at the other end!


I always try to set goals for photographing pollinator taxa missing from my archives, to build a complete collection for me to use in presentations and outreach. For 2023, it’s stem-nesting bees at the nest, bees on willow, and as always more specialist Andrena. Plus pictures of crops. I always find myself needing examples of insect-pollinated produce and realizing I never take pictures of tomatoes, berries, apples, etc…


I am newly involved in pollinator outreach through the Xerces society. Unfortunately, we don’t share a lot of flora or fauna between New York and New Mexico.


Not particularly consequential to iNat, but this year I resolve to add some vegetable plants to my third of an acre lot comprised of mostly native flowering plants, sedges and grasses, trees, shrubs and rocks from around the world.


There is a project for that! If you search for observations of crops within that project with Creative Commons licences, those are photos you can use for non-commercial purposes (e.g., CC-BY photos).


I thought iNaturalist was primarily for wild beings, but I’m always learning something new here. Would the crop observations be noted as captive/cultivated, except for those which had escaped the field and self-sown? See the suggested “not wild” comments from the iNat Frequently Used Responses: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/responses#notwild I use these a lot for for garden plants or house plants.