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Looking at my World from a Different Place



As I writer, I am constantly about making observations about the world around me. I usually take my camera with me when I go out to “observe.” You never known when that odd looking building or interesting looking person may end up in a bit of writing. The camera provides those necessary field notes.

This past weekend I signed up for a special project at my local natural history museum. They want to use patrons of the museum as amateur naturalists to map out the fauna and flora of the region. To do this, I signed up with iNaturalist, an online tool to facilitate the gathering of natural observations from all over the world. Click the logo to see:


On Sunday morning, I was surprised to find two common raccoons right outside my door. Unfortunately, I was not in a position to photograph them. Nevertheless, I made my observation on iNaturalist. The next day, I did have my camera in hand when I snapped these shots:

Un IDd heron at Redondo Beach PierUn IDd bird at Redondo beach pierThe cool thing about iNaturalist is that you do not need to know the type of animal or bird you observed. Just ask for help and someone will come along to identify the creature for you. This is how I discovered the identity of the Great Blue Heron and the Black Crowned Night Heron above.

I was also graced with seeing a pod of dolphin that morning as well. I did upload this picture but it is not clear enough for anyone to identify the species yet.

dolphin pod at RB Pier 1So as long as I am tramping about taking photos, I might as well contribute to the natural history data of my region.

Neat, huh?

LJG (c) 2013

8 thoughts on “iNaturalist

  1. Wow, that’s amazing Lori, and sounds like a really good resource too. I bet it will lead to many exciting discoveries and good they will help identify each species. Love the Heron!

  2. Love the idea and your pictures. We have the Great Blue Heron here in NW Arkansas, also. Almost seems like a throwback to dinosaur times when one flies overhead.

  3. What a great idea. Love your heron pics, they are wild and rugged, caught as they were passing through.

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