You know you're seriously into iNat when

I’ve been known to remark that botanists are one of the few notionally motile lifeforms that could get overtaken by a glacier…everyone’s squatting down admiring the krummholz, and POW.


As an “amateur” botanist with a fast-walking family I can confirm that this is true :). I am also known for lagging behind and then shouting “wait! Come look at this cool plant!” much to the dismay of everyone ahead of me.


Here’s one that happened recently:

  • There’s a bug on the kitchen floor. There are also three other lifeforms: two kittens and one human on all fours (that is you) trying to figure out what it is.

  • you then spent fifteen minutes trying to get the bug outside

  • your pets have actually inadvertently helped you by either reacting to something (allowing you to find something when you intervene), forcing you to lay on the ground to be with them (allowing you to see the tiny bug on the ground), or sleeping on you (forcing you to ID things on iNat to pass the time or be still long enough to hear/see something)


Did none of the cats eat the “bug”? Mine does, and then barfs it back up again.

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My cat often eats the crickets that escape from me when I try to feed my bearded dragon.

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I have to point out that the call used for Bald Eagles in movies actually belongs to a Red-Tailed Hawk every time there’s one on screen.


this has driven me nuts for years! Welcome to the forum, @tgbirdnerd. That and tropical or water-specific species in completely incorrect areas or times of year.

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I think it’s the California Tree Frog (or maybe Northern Pacific Tree Frog?), whose call is used in films all the time for nighttime scenes in jungles and forests, that would appear to have a global distribution and even occurs on other planets.


sounds like a debate around geographic distribution-based subspecies is imminent.

That I just said that, is another way I know I’m seriously into iNat.