Species to see in a new season!

Let’s share what you would like to see this year!
Pick up to three species that you want to see the most and maybe add one you would adore to see, but don’t expect it to happen in 2023?
I’ll start as an example:
Berber Skink

Staurophora celsia

Eversmannia exornata

And the one with chances close to zero is an Indian Porcupine

  1. any adult Saturniidae
  2. any adult tarantula
  3. any small cuckoo bee like Holcopasites or Neolarra
  4. Cuterebra mirabilis https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/136850154

I would love to see a Nudibranch
I always look for them if I get to tide pool at low tide, but no joy yet.

For years, I’ve been looking around the forests streams for a banana slug (which were pretty common when I was a child). Very gratified to spot a big one yesterday! It was about 8 feet up a tree - I should have been looking up, not down, I guess.

And a mountain lion
I know they are around, even in the suburbs. One was spotted less than a mile up the road last year. Still, near 0 percent, they are pretty stealthy.


Good day all, the species I would be over the moon to collect are the following:

  • A Five Line Skink
  • A Linx
  • A Black Bear

And the one I will have no chance of seeing:

  • A Bobcat

Aww, I’m in love with blue-tailed skinks since being a child, I hope you get it!

They’re on my list too, but in a “not today” section sadly.

That’s one great-looking fly, I’ve never seen a botfly adult and am kinda afraid of them, but not of this one.


I think about this from time-to-time, but it’s nice to layout some goals and try to make them happen.

Rosy Pussytoes - most common plant species (by iNat observation count) in my county that I haven’t observed. Probably just need to keep an eye out on when observations start to get posted.
(Source: https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/233463486)

Common Liverwort - large time window for potential observation, I think I just need to improve my attention to habitat (and willingness to go to popular trails in high tourist season).
(Source: https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/145739608?size=medium)

White Mariposa Lily - will require going a little bit out of my normal geographic bubble in July
(Source: https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/53220121)

Pale Alpine Forget Me Not - requires getting lucky on a high elevation hike
(Source: https://www.inaturalist.org/photos/47712443?size=medium)


Can we be very generic? I’d love to see as many new bird species as possible when I visit Guatemala, but listing the top three most common gets boring.(Great-tailed Grackle, etc.) The unlikely candidate would be a male Resplendent Quetzal, my favorite bird. Unfortunately I don’t expect to be able to see one of those where I’ll be.

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You can then list only those you wanna see the most, even if the top three will likely be seen faster.) But yeah, you ofc can be generic.)

That’s too hard! :sweat_smile: Maybe Northern Emerald-Toucanet, Violet Sabrewing, and Turquoise-browed Motmot? There are lots of candidates for top three! BTW, I likely won’t be able to iNat all the new birds due to lack of photos/recordings, so I may have seen one even if it isn’t posted.

  1. I would love to see one of my areas cooly patterned salamanders that I haven’t seen yet, such as Ambystoma maculatum (spotted salamander) and / or Plethodon glutinosus (Northern slimy salamander)
  2. Hyalophora cecropia (Cecropia moth). This moth is very beautiful and also commonly found in my area. I would love to check this off my life list this year.
  3. Cladonia cristatella (british soldier lichen). I am going to be entirely honest, I just found out about this lichen. But it looks very cool and I think it would be a nice thing to find this year.

Now for my unrealistic species, I would love to see Populus heterophylla (swamp cottonwood). But I think I live a little too north for that.


Berber skinks are awesome! I hope you’re able to find some.

I’m visiting Houston this year, so I have a couple species I’d love to find:

  1. Western mudsnakes, absolutely stunning!

  2. Western diamondback rattlesnake, not present in Houston, but more common around Galveston.

  3. Gulf saltmarsh snake, one of my favorite Nerodia.

  4. Eastern spadefoot toad, I probably won’t find these ever as they are the most endangered and elusive anuran in my state.


I’m pretty sure I’ll be able to see these animals:

Green kingfisher

Barn owl

Greater rhea


Scarlet headed blackbird


I think I’ll aim for the top three most observed species in my state that I’ve never seen anywhere, to my knowledge: European Green Crab, Tan Jumping Spider, and Viscid Violet Cort. That’s a nice assortment.


I have been looking for the skink on my land for 4 years now, I know they are there but out of luck finding them. Thank, maybe your kind wishes will get me luck this year.

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Beautiful pictures

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@Tuktu : theyre not mine. I haven’t been able to see those animals yet. I hope to get to see them this year.

Once you find a spot, they’re incredibly abundant. You can typically find them in rocky areas beneath large stones. I’ve also found them while snorkeling crawling around in shallow-ish water. Careful though, their pinches are pretty painful. We have plenty in RI if you’d like to visit, Bristol is a good place to start.

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The problem with crabs is that they tend to be where there are lots of people, and thus lots of roads and cars and all that Stuff. I live about two hours from the seacoast, but I rarely visit because of all the people in the way. Once in a while in the fall or winter, but rarely otherwise. But I should screw up my courage someday…


I wish you all the luck in the world my friend. The pics are still great even if they are not from you :grinning:

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Thank you :smile: