What are your personal iNaturalist goals for 2020?

One way is from Explore, look something up (Lepidoptera in Lithuania), and then click on the “observers” or “identifiers” tab to see who are the top people. You can make the request as specific as you like.

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Find things, ID them to the best of my ability, make mistakes, learn from my mistakes, find things and ID them better. Continue until my knee gives out or winter comes. Help others on the site to do the same, to the best of my ability.


My current goal is to find at least 10 native plant species not recorded on iNat in Illinois. Current targets are Iris brevicaulis, Iris cristata, Silene ovata, Quercus montana, Quercus prinoides, Carya aquatica, Carya texana, Silene nivea, Solidago buckleyi, Dryopteris goldiana, Chamaelirium luteum, Coeloglossum viride, and Smilax pulverulenta, among others.


Lately, I’ve been working on my photography skills particularly in regards to using a Macro lens for arthropod and plant species identification and also in using my limited zoom capabilities to take decent bird pictures to document as many species as possible on the Zoo grounds where I work as a teaching naturalist and the parkland around it that I explore several times a week. I am also trying to take pictures of bird, hornet and squirrel nests exposed after leaf fall to see if the animals set up close by to last year’s nests. The next Maryland Breeding Bird Atlas starts Jan1 and I have a couple of blocks and likely my data will be shared between the BBAtlas, eBird and inaturalist.


I just finished a master’s degree, which I completed while working full time. :sleeping:

I am thrilled at the prospect of free time and am looking forward to 2020 and day trips outside of my immediate area. I live in North Carolina and there’s so much to see - the Smokies are 2 hours from me, the coast is about 4 hours from me, and I’m hoping to hit most of the state and national parks in NC and SC. I’m also planning trips to see family in Georgia and Texas and hope to visit some some parks in those areas as well.


In 2020 , besides continuing to observe what I can where I can and spend time on identifications, I have an iNat project I’m trying to get off the ground and now have to figure out how to spread the word but also how to populate it myself. (shameless plug follows)

The project, Footzoom https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/footzoom , is being initiated, and open to anyone, to encourage people to observe what is around them while using human-powered transport to arrive at that observation. The forms of human-powered transport to be considered, but are not limited to, are walking, running, swimming, skating, skiing, sailing, rowing, paddling, bicycling, skateboarding, and any similar combination you enjoy. The forms of transport not to included are electric and hydrocarbon powered.

Since I live on an island, I have to figure out a creative way of how to get to the mainland without a plane or ferry if I wish to expand my observations for this project beyond what this island can offer.

I also have a feature request to allow for description keywords and tags as filters to populate collection projects. So in my case, the inclusion of Footzoom in the description or as a tag would include that obervation in the Project rather than have it done traditionally as a manual addition. https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/add-tags-fields-threatened-status-description-choice-s-to-populate-collection-projects/8639


If I fished often enough, I would but I don’t really live by any big bodies of water (that are reasonably nearby).

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  • Probably observe at least something each day
  • Create a bird paradise in my backyard
  • Start a personal project logging certain species on my property either involving a species of testudine or bird… (Most likely Terrapene carolina carolina)
  • (Maybe) Try to start a local or 4-H iNat group
  • Continue to improve my indentifying skills
  • Continue at attempting to see all Alabama species (Like every year LOL!)

You need to choose a simpler state than Alabama! :-)


It’s definitely going to take a few years to complete! lol

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I’m having enough trouble getting everything in my county, much less a whole state!


I’m trying to find the 100 most commonly observed species in Ontario that I myself have not seen yet. I’m going to have to get started right away, because several of the birds featured on the list are only really findable in winter. Here’s the list if anyone wants to take a peek


Try doing the same for VA! I don’t think I’ll ever get the wild Bobcat photo…:( (I’m a cat lover).

For me a few of my goals are finding more species. I am close on making 2000 species but there are a few I would like to get on my life list more than others and the big three right now are the Pileated Woodpecker, Luna Moth, and the Dragonhunter Dragonfly. All of these I have been searching for all my life. The only one I got close to finding was the Luna moth but all I saw of it was a dead one. Still pretty cool but it was not live so I couldn’t add it to my life list. Another goal of mine is to expand my exploration range and to get over 10,000 observations. I am at 8333 observations now and I hope to double that. As for other ideas I am not sure what else to cover but these seem to be the big things right now is to add more species and to add more observations and to expand my range.


Welcome to the forum :)

Thank you! :)

I’d also like to try and find over 2020 species in 2020.


My goal is to be more patient. Until now I’ve been running around taking pictures of as many things as I could–this year I’m going to try to slow down, make some harder IDs and take better pictures.


I have some pretty lofty goals for this year.

  • First I’d like to have an observation from every day this year
  • Next I want to try to get to 5-6k species by the end of the year
  • I want to have 40-50k observations
  • I want to thoroughly map out many of the trails in my home county
  • I want to have over 2,000 species in Colorado
  • Become the top observer in Peru (Preferably with 15k observations or more)
  • and lastly I want to try to do a lot more identification

Most of these goals seem pretty reasonable given how much I’ve done in 2019 which I haven’t uploaded yet due to the fact that Peruvian wifi is not my friend. I reckon that in 2019 I’ve brought myself up to 30k observations worth of photos or more, and now it’s just a matter of uploading them all!


My iNat goal for this year was to create a project to feature my local urban arboretum in Greenville, South Carolina. https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/gcgc-arboretum-at-kilgore-lewis-house which I just did. Now I need to figure out how to invite others on iNat to join it.