I’ve been going out almost every day for a long walk with my camera, watching the wildlife in my neighborhood. Most of it is plants and I’ve been following several from first sighting of a young plant to flowers and fruits. Needless to say, all this checking back on plants has driven up my observation count. But I’m also seeing a new species on many of my walks, even now after 3 months. There are a few lightly-visited little greenbelts and wild areas within a mile of my home, plus plenty of roadsides, so I can observe without much worry.
Here are my coronavirus observations, which contain many “new to me” milkweeds: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?d1=2020-03-08&place_id=any&subview=table&user_id=jbecky&verifiable=any
How about you? Are you studying a new taxon, learning more about your neighborhood biodiversity, or getting tired of observing the critters invading your home and garden? Have you found a place to “observe” that comes with appropriate social distance? Or are you too busy working at your essential job to have time (yea, if you’re keeping things going, and boo, if you’re not getting out into nature)?