I’ve been trying to learn my local species so that I can identify more.
I did the “How to Become A Better Identifier” practice (https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/lets_id_some_arthropods), and wondered if anyone had recommendations of other “ubiquitous critters” to learn.
My approach thus far has been picking:
- A visually distinctive species
- Without close relatives in my area (so I can be pretty confident)
- Noting key features, if applicable
- Filtering to my county
- Training on research grade observations, then confirming IDs.
Any criteria I should add? Any recommendations?
I’m currently working on training my eye for the wetland plants of San Diego. Many of them don’t have close relatives in the area, so I can get pretty confident armed with a key or guide.
…even if I have to make that guide myself, dagnabbit