'Needs ID' pile, and identifications

Next step African Unknowns

But I am saddened that leaping from My Province to the whole of my continent only equals another 104 pages! We need more iNatters across Africa.

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I’d be happy to come iNat in Africa; I’ve never been there. Maybe in another two or three years, the pandemic will be less deadly?

There’re people with 800k ids, every five isn’t enough, every 50k maybe worth it.

I am following the figures daily. Cautiously optimistic for South Africa.
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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I’m currently agitating/encouraging/nagging my mom to do IDs. I know she would be a great help with plant IDs. She so infrequently uses the site that she forgets how to use it and gets frustrated. She also worries that she will mess up her IDs. I’ve been trying to get her to do it at least every Friday so she will get used to using the site. And I told her that she can leave an ID at genus level if she is not confident about her ID.

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This is a frequent source of irritation for me. I know why the identify page loads this way (from a programming perspective) but it would be nice if it worked more like the home page feed.

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I can’t even get people to make ids, never goes for more than 20, it may sound as it’s good in current iNat situation, but I look at the map, see all white spots and it’s sad, I myself can’t do much with it as we have no car and it’s expesive to ride around on a taxi (and I dislike riding public transport alone), especially if around is a remote part of the region. Today my streak broke as photos on iNat just refuse to load normally no matter what I do, probably my provider is sick of that, I got 9k ids this week, so probably not that bad. It’d be cool if your mom would join the process in a regular manner!

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I was excited to get all of the wild buckwheats (Eriogonum sp.) from 2009-2011 cleared from “Needs ID.” Now there’s only another decade worth (35k+) to do.

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I have no idea how any individual could do that. Very impressive. I’d have to be unemployed with no other obligations to even attempt anything close to that number … and I’d probably be catatonic by the time I was done!

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You described my life.)

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I’m working my way through various Unknowns, and I’ve come upon a perfectly good observation where I cannot even tell if it’s Animals, Plants, Fungi, or something else. I can’t think of anyone to call in to help, either. Aside from just ignoring it or labeling it as Life, what do you all do in such cases? Here’s the observation, in case you’re curious: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/62156655

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Typically I call @lotteryd for anything strange. The observer did state they think it’s a ball of pine needles, so that’s something.

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I think the observer is looking more for who pulled the pine needles together? IDing it as Pinus wouldn’t answer the implied question, I think. But asking @lotteryd is a good idea! I also often ask @ceiseman about weird things; I’ll try both of them.

I did’t get that expression, they think it’s not a pine ball as needles arranged differently from regular ball (all looking out), those balls are created by currents.

Also, the location is an inland location in Maine, so that narrows it down.

Possibly this is an example of a Lake Ball. If so, not an organism, just a unique collection of debris. Perhaps observer should post close UPS of organisms living on the ball. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_ball

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Sigh… Remind me why identifying Needs ID observations is useful? I think I’m getting burnt out on it (plus it’s gray winter here, plus the pandemic, etc., etc.) and I don’t know enough to go sort out, say, stink bugs or pines or amanitas.

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You need to find the group where you will id most of observations you see, otherwise it’d be too frustrating and mostly wasting time, if you feel tired, just take a break and maybe set up how many ids a way you want to do.

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Everybody does IDing differently. Unlike the really dedicated IDers – which includes many of you, who should be applauded for your efforts – I’m not very systematic in IDing records. My process is more like a random walk through records from my area that show up on my home page, IDing some and skipping others until I get bored or frustrated by potted plants and photos of scenery (which is often quickly). So I’m not one to criticize or advise on how anyone should do it. But if you’re feeling burned out, that’s the time to do something else for a while.

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Pterygota, Pinus and Fungi … then let those 3 groups of identifiers carry the torch further.

Even if mine only gets, not Pinus but … it is still getting identified.

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