iNat Milestones

I hit 1000 species… now to ignore that nice round number and go find more!

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After sitting at 1,790 species for what felt like forever I finally reached 1,800 a month ago – though with quite a few of those being casual records due to photographing cultivated species. (For example, local ferns planted in the National Arboretum of Korea.)

Spent a week on vacation and came back to a few identifications that did push me to 1,800 ‘wild’ species records:

Now to see how long it takes to reach 2,000 species …

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It happens the same to me. I’m stuck in 213 species. It’s really difficult for me to get more new species cause I don’t (or can’t) travel as much as I’d like to.
When I hit 200 species like two months ago it was like something good, but I don’t know why it takes to long to have new species.

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The mark I was also aiming to hit this year… but I think it has to wait until next year possibly

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You don’t necessarily have to travel to see new species. Visiting new places makes it easier, of course, but I’m still regularly finding new species right here in town. Sometimes it is a matter of exploring different habitats or paying attention to organisms I had previously ignored, or even just visiting a familiar location at a different time of year or different time of day. Sites I like include: empty lots full of weeds, unkempt grassy verges, churchyards/cemeteries, parks and botanical gardens, sunny walls, bridges/underpasses.

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Congratulations! :tada: :confetti_ball:

Thanks to pegging away at August for Africa. Mission Impossible. I have one hundred and TWO K IDs.

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+30,000 : very happy

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I just tell myself that at least this is productive on some level. There are plenty of other websites I could be on that are complete timewasters

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I was playing around in the explore tab and realized I had observed over 5% of the 6,000+ species in my city which is pretty neat.

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That is true! We are contributing to citizen science!

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It happened again! This time, with a Midland Painted Turtle. Mine is the leftmost photo.
Screenshot 2023-08-17 12.24.06 PM
https://inaturalist.ca/observations/157944977

As a side note, what determines the photos in ‘observations of relatives’?

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Passed 1000 species and 3000 observations at a work event tonight.

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Screenshot 2023-08-20 1.43.59 AM
The number of verifiable observations I’ve IDed. Grows everyday!

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I recently broke 4000 species including leaf taxa. Finding lifers is getting harder and harder!

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Found a lifer today (actually 2)
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/179814924

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That is neat! I am slowly making my way up to the on the 3000 species mark since quite a while now… 4000 will take me quite some more years

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I plan on getting 5000 species by Feb 2024 after a few vacations to Caribbean, Texas, and Arizona.

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It took a bit longer than I expected above (because ‘life’), but I have now finally added that 6th digit to the ID count (as the android app measures it). I find it quite funny because when I started on iNat back in 2020 I saw that there were people with >100,000 IDs and thought that was crazy…

Now what? Just 30 more species to reach 2000 - took a lot of photos on a day out today, but I don’t think that will get me there. We’ll see

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I am very pleased to say that I am now among the top 200 identifiers of Verifiable observations on iNaturalist. (I’m sure I won’t be for long, but hey, I’ll celebrate while I can.)

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