You know you're seriously into iNat when

I resisted cloud storage for a long time, well, was forced to use DropBox in school, but still avoided it. OneDrive (1 TB or something) came with purchasing Windows…so I’ve been using it for almost a year, and it’s really awesome to never have your phone fill up from pictures/videos, no matter what. :) The only thing I don’t like is that I have to open up the OneDrive app on my phone for it to sync to my laptop (frustrating until I figured it out). I guess that prevents it uploading things you don’t want on the cloud, though.

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You know you’re seriously into iNat when you start taking pictures of dead bugs to see what they’re and also to make them count in Seek ;).

Also, weird looks as well, lol.

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I don’t think I would go for the snakes, maybe butterflies though ;).

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I got in trouble on that one :joy::joy: so I left

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…When google maps says it will take 30 minutes to walk somewhere, you double that to account for the time taken to make observations.

to the point that certain places look like this:
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My doctor told me that - completely ignored her. I might be a little stubborn.

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You realize you’ve developed a time-filling workflow ritual when loading “Gerald

open ob, wait.
open second window of iNat while waiting, check notifications, respond to comments, keep waiting, check on loading progress with Gerald, wait a little more.
open forum in a new window, wait.
have six conversations between forum and other iNat window, use the bathroom, get distracted in the kitchen/outside/anywhere/everywhere, wait.
realize an hour later that you opened Gerald and forgot, face palm, toggle to Gerald. Make bad jokes, feel grateful to be a part of this ever-so-wonderful community, wash, rinse, repeat :)

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… when you get notified about new comments on Geralds fanpage, read them, enjoy them, switch to the forum here, realize a new post has been added to the ‘You know you’re seriously into iNat when’ topic, wonder about whether it might be Gerald-related - and don’t get dissappointed :upside_down_face:

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When you’re bored at work so you look up all the goldenrod species found in your area (42!) and begin creating your own identification key. :nerd_face:

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You find a (thankfully unattached and unfed) tick crawling under your shirt, and after grabbing it in a tissue, your first thought is, “I should put this in a bug jar and photograph it for iNaturalist!”

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…you like to visit cemeteries because you never know what you’ll find in the dark, unkempt corners.

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Old headstones can be great for finding lichens!

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A lot of the plant collection projects I have been involved with are titled “Life in the Gisborne Botanical Gardens” etc… maybe not appropriate for a cemetery :) ?

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Botrychium!

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… you spend more on a camera ($500) than you ever have before because you want to get better photos of birds to add to iNat.

… you seriously consider buying a second camera that takes better macro photos because insects.

All true.

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It’s surprising what I’ve found in cemeteries. Bird nests full of little ones, lichens, bee hives and my favorite spot to find Western Screech and Northern Saw-whet Owls.

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Same with me! How do you hatch them out/cultivate them?

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I keep them in plastic or glass vials with some moisture. And those vials in a box outside in the garden. Check out the phantastic blog by Charley Eiseman for some inspiration :-)
–> https://bugtracks.wordpress.com/rearing/

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Lichens are everywhere in cemeteries, especially on older headstones

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You’re quite happy when flies appear in the restaurant, because you can photo them for iNaturalist!

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