Local dream taxa

I just tracked down a copy of a handwritten flora of my home county from 1877 (Chautauqua County, NY), just 70 years into the area’s settlement. This has a lot of plants on it collected in my hometown that I would consider local dream taxa! Top of the list-

Platanthera hookeri - Hooker’s Orchid
Neottia convallarioides - Broad Lipped Twayblade Orchid
Carex limosa - Mud Sedge
Carex magellanica ssp irrigua - Bog Sedge
Ulmus thomasii - Rock Elm
Astragalus canadensis - Canada Milkvetch

And I’m sure there are more in this list…

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Antarctic ice anemone.

More realistically? Hard to say, there are so many cool things to see over so many taxonomic groups…

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I found it a few months ago for the first time, it is definitely worth looking for!

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Unfortunately the single site it was recorded from back then was a boggy kettle pond that’s been turned into a drainage holding pond… some intact habitat nearby has some of the other species that were only recorded from that spot, though, so here’s hoping! A lot has changed in 150 years…

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I’m pretty new at this so I am usually chasing after some common wildflower that people “nearby” have seen but I haven’t yet. Or things I remember from last year that I am eagerly excited to see bloom (and document!) again this year. Or things I’ve discovered are supposed to bloom beautifully but I have found them before/after they bloom. I spent part of the spring chasing “dutchman’s britches” (Dicentra cucullaria) and about lost my own in excitement when I finally found them hiding in the woods. I mostly chase plants because they sit still long enough to take their picture.

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I have been doing this with an unknown Neottia species for several years now!

Hoping for a rubber boa soon, I can’t seem to get one

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@prakrit I definitely don’t see them around the bay area as much as I used to (which still wasn’t often). I think it’s a bit dry at the moment.

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This just a comment about what happened to @tiwane’s post here…

There was a quote which consisted of the entire text of @prakrit’s post immediately prior, and because it contained the whole text, the discourse system edited it out. I had to go into the edit of the post to see what it was that Tony was referring to, which would have been clear if the system had left his quoting the way he had intended it!

To me, it is frustrating that the system either edits out the “whole quoted text” and/or doesn’t indicate that it is a reply to the immediately prior post even if it was created as a reply.

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Mine are definitely Slender Glass Lizard, Prairie Kingsnake, and Gray Fox.

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Timber rattlesnake

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For sure Peregrine Falcons. I’ve loved them since I was a kid, but have never seen one in the wild! Glasgow is meant to have a solid population, and I’ve seen photos on Facebook, but no matter how often I search the skies I still haven’t seen one… one day!!