You know you're seriously into iNat when

Every walk you go on looks like this on your observation mapobswalk

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…you seriously consider how to get everyone across the globe to team up for some family or genus observing so that you can spell Hi, iNat! in the same color observation pins (different places can do different colors or I guess colours) across the whole map.

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when the last thing you do before going to bed is check the front porch light

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Definitely colours, I’m not sure what a color is… :crazy_face:

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I believe “Colors” are endemic to the U.S., so you may never have encountered one. :grin:

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My personal goal is to see if I can make a line of observations from Spokane, Washington to Boise, Idaho under the smallest tiles (the last scroll before the red tiles change to the red points).

Secondly, I’m trying to cover my entire county full of these red tiles, though I suspect I’ll have to cheat to finish it because of private property so maybe I’ll get lucky and an obscured sighting will be placed just right. :relieved:

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When you’ve made probably 90% of the observations in your neighborhood as well as maybe 70% in the several trails, neighborhood blocks, and parks surrounding it.
And when you are the top (and almost the only) observer at several city parks in your area.

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…you have the most observations, species, and IDs of a large group (springtails).

…you find 100 iNat firsts

…you make over 1000 observations in a day (so far only once)

…you don’t let constant torrential rain stop you from making your daily observations

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I did that accidentally once, when a bright blue mosquito landed on my arm and I thought it was a wasp and started photographing it. Then I saw a little blood in its belly later and freaked out. Flew away before I could do anything. Now finding the photo to upload ( forgot to ). :laughing:

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Yes, don’t let your brave sacrifice have been in vain; it was already in vein. :crazy_face:

Though if you can’t find the photo, you’ll have something for the thread on worst iNat experiences

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The original poster awards you extra points for a puntastic contribution to the thread (disclaimer: that’s not an actual thing)

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But it should be!

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…you take a picture of a small and unidentifiable bug, then dream that you went on iNat to find out what it was. You find the species (the photo being exactly the one you took) and post the observation, then wake up and wish you could remember what it was called.

This actually happened to me, and the bug in question is this one: inaturalist.org/observations/53965441

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Wha… :open_mouth:

Btw, I think my day record is like 128 and that was last week. :laughing:

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Wow, congratulations.

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…the only thing that’s stopping you from taking a photo of every single organism that you encounter is your camera battery.

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…you make it your personal goal to identify every single Unknown observation on iNat. (Yes, I know it’s impossible. But I’m trying!)

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Maybe not as extreme as you guys (so far), but…
…you now always bring a phone and macro lens when going outside,

Earlier today I had to cut off a branch from a tree in front of my house because it was starting to block the driveway, and I ended up examining every branch for spiders and stuff. Got ants all over my arm in the process, but I’ve gained the ability to ignore them.

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Sounds like you’re well on your way though!!! ;)

You enjoy reading your new information cards about insects only about five a day and look at a striped stink bug on the card… and think…
“Oh wow!!! Have never seen that before…”
…just an hour later you have a closer look what to find in your garden, like nearly every day… and often more then one time…and then… there it is!!!
The European striped stinkbug ,fully grown up and beautifuly sitting on a leave of a Bush!!

Just happened to me…
So you know, who is over the moon cause of a stinkbug today… ^^