After reviewing thousands of my archival images and uploading 2,000+ wild (flora, fauna, fungi) observations to my account I am currently turning my focus to my personal property.
In 2015 my re-designed our property - honestly, for privacy. At first we simply relocated a lot of the plants, trees & shrubs. We added a number of non-native species relocated from our parents’ backyards and/or purchased from local nurseries.
In 2016 we completely revised our focus and began purchasing and planting U.S. or PA native species (nursery-propagated by two local land conservancies).
I have documented the improvements to our property and I’m currently adding these Casual observations to my account, but must admit it is not nearly as gratifying as adding wild organisms (due to the lack of ID collaboration/confirmation, the process feels a bit more independent and scrapbook-y).
Many of our purchased and planted flora have self-sowed, spread and naturalized. At what point may I consider these wild? Our swamp roses (for example) have spread extensively through our hedgerow. If I photograph one of the plants that I did not plant is it wild (as I am still responsible for its arrival here)?
Just in case you’re wondering…My purpose in adding these cultivated species to my iNat is personal; I am able to search and filter images to view specific plants, see how they’ve grown/spread/contributed to the property’s wildlife value and relate wild organisms’ presence or absence to the changes we’ve made to the land. (For example…we can clearly see an increase in the wild bird diversity since we re-designed the property).