What are your north/south/east/western most observation?

I came up with this idea while looking through my own observations but I think it would be more interesting for the people who have either been all over the world and for people who have observations in a smaller general area.
Basically, what is your 1. Northernmost observation 2. Southernmost observation 3. Easternmost observation and 4. Westernmost observation.
Here is an example:

My northernmost: Double-crested cormorant - Lac la Biche, Alberta
My southernmost: Bush Hyrax - Tanzania
My westernmost: Tidepool sculpin - Bamfield, British Columbia
My easternmost: Thorn tree - Arusha, Tanzania
I find it interesting how I ended up having a bird, a mammal, a fish, and a plant. It’s also weird that both my southern and eastern terminus are in Tanzania.
This is a little bit of a silly topic so I don’t know if anyone will find it interesting, but what are yours?


Going based on the Prime Meridian and International Date Line.

My northern-most non obscured observation: This Gull
Eastern-most: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?nelat=22.246218564789732&nelng=114.24682832501038&place_id=any&subview=map&swlat=22.245930587521286&swlng=114.24640990040406&user_id=tcriley&verifiable=any
Southern-most: This Shearwater
Western-most: This fungi

Had to figure out whether Hawai’i was East or West, but I believe it is to the right of the international date line, making it West.

EDIT: the eastern-most observation lik should work now.


I think this is going to bog down unless some things are defined. Northern and southern are straightforward but how do we parse eastern and western? For example, I live in western Quebec and have observations on both eastern and western coasts of North America, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean Australia and Thailand. Also some in Africa and Europe. Are the ones from Midway Atoll (middle of the Pacific), for example, eastern or western? How about Australia and Thailand. Is the reference point where I reside. Is it 0 degrees longitude? Something more arcane?

What do you think?


North: redpolls in Anchorage, Alaska
South: Alpaca and ducks in Peru (I could check my time in Argentina for nature photos, but it was mostly statues and food)
West: Hawaiian silverswords
East: reef fish in Eilat, Israel


Mine is a Kiawe tree (Neltuma pallida) from South Point Hawai’i, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108783167

A friend told me that the plant furthest south in south point (the southernmost point in the US) is a Boerhavia repens although I never made it to the true point myself.

North: Rocky Mountain Maple in northern Montana
South: Lilac-breasted Roller near Lilongwe, Malawi
East: Red-winged Starling in Nairobi, Kenya
West: Spinner Dolphins off Kauai, Hawaii


I’m going with eastern and western being determined by my current location which is at 76.0 degrees west longitude. That makes my easternmost observation a great hornbill in Khao Yai National Park, Thailand at 101.4 degrees east longitude. My westernmost is a flowery rockcod at 145.66 east longitude. My northernmost is a harp seal in the White Sea, at 65.9 degrees north latitude. My southernmost is African penguins in South Africa at 34.2 south latitude.

If we’re using the prime meridian as the reference, my easternmost is a sulphur-crested cockatoo near Brisbane, Australia at 152.9 east longitude. My westernmost would be a masked booby on Midway Atoll at 177.4 west longitude.


All my observations, except a small number in Quebec just 45 minutes from my home, are from Ontario, Canada. My most southerly and westerly observations are rather close to each other on Pelee Island.

North: Stair-step Moss, Temagami
East: Northern Dog-day Cicada, Ottawa
South: Sharp Hornsnail, Pelee Island, southern tip
West: Shephard’s-Purse, Pelee Island, western side.


My northmost and westmost are the same! This raven in Alaska.
My southmost non-obscured is this Giant Hummingbird in Peru.
My eastmost is this squirrel in Montréal.

I’m kind of surprised they’re all animals, considering how many plants I observe.


Easternmost: Large Billed Crow in Tokyo, Japan: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/20000762

Southernmost: Lady’s Eardrops in Coroico, Bolivia: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/55004337

Westernmost: Creamcups in Arcata, California: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/73474436 (there are a couple of contenders for this one though)

Northernmost: Tansy in Hautajärvi, Finland: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7363217

If I had access to some of my older photos The western and northernmost ones might be further in each of those direction, and might be the same observation.

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Joining the surprising number of Quebecers in the thread:

North - this Northern Clubmoss from Fermont, Quebec

South - this Mule Deer from Colorado Springs, Colorado

West - this Willow Leaf Beetle from Banff, Alberta

East - this Italian Wall Lizard from Pescara, Italy


North: This Gray Treefrog in Jefferson, New Hampshire.
East: This Mallard in Galway, Ireland.
South: This Bare-Eyed Pidgeon (that had an accidental location) that is now correctly placed on Eagle Beach, Aruba.
West (not seen there): This Citrus Peelminer from an orange grown in Delano, California.
West (for real): This Northern Mockingbird in Dallas, Texas.
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North: a sperm whale skeleton in Iceland
South: marble leaf plant in southern New Zealand
East: North Island Fantail in New Zealand
West: Olympic gull in Olympic National Park, Washington

For reference, I live in Colorado


North: a black forest slug in northern Norway
South: The critically endangered black-billed gull in NZ
East: Black tree fern in NZ
West: Brown Pelican in Miami

Used my own location (Sweden) as a reference, which is of course not far off from the prime meridian anyways.


North: a redpoll from near Akureyri, Iceland
South: not uploaded yet, but it’s probably going to be an a shy albatross from Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
West: a pelagic cormorant from Redondo Beach, California
East: something from the Great Barrier reef’s Opal Reef, so let’s say this clownfish


Northernmost: Leafhoppers, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia
Southernmost: Jotus sp., Kingston, Tasmania, Australia
Easternmost: Redeye cicada, Chain of Lagoons, Tasmania, Australia
Westernmost: Poecilometis lineatus, Cape Peron, Western Australia
Relative to my home in Tasmania.


Northernmost: Silene acaulis in Grise Fiord, Nunavut, Canada, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/216762891*

Southernmost: Pleurophyllum hookeri on Macquarie Island (Subantarctic Island), Australia, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/39495725

East and west are squirrelly concepts because they depend on starting point and they skip past each other as you go around the globe. From my home base in North America:

Westernmost: Acacia sp. in Mt Carbine, Queensland, Australia, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/149638094

Easternmost: Acer pseudoplatanus in Turangi, New Zealand, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/38618310

*This topic spurred me to upload my Nunavut photos from 2018…!


I live in New York City. My compass extremes are not very impressive at all:

My southernmost observations are on the island of Mustique in the Grenadines.

My westernmost are in San Diego North County, California.

My most northerly is in Kinderhook, New York State

My most Easterly is on the island of Nevis, in Saint Kitts and Nevis.


From San Francisco Bay Area as a base.

North: A stellar sea lion, Alaska

South: a Yellow Vented Bulbul, Singapore (audio)

West: A golden Pearl Moth in Paro, Bhutan

East: White tailed dear, Rensselaerville, New York


Nothernmost: a Black-billed Magpie in Anchorage, Alaska, USA
Southernmost: a Red Mangrove in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Westernmost: Brown Bears at Katmai National Park, Alaska, USA
Easternmost: a Yellow Perch in Maine, USA

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