Journal archives for May 2016

05 May, 2016

Passing of Jim Varnum aka jim-botany

I met Jim Varnum (@jim-botany ) through iNaturalist.. Really. While I knew of his name and received his famous "Jim's This and That" newsletter each month, it was not until I started iNaturalist that I really got to know him. I would post plants and he would identify. He would graciously point out that I needed more views and angles to get primroses, vetch, and other plants down to the species. He also would point out various books to use to help identify. I actually met him in person at the Mansfield Mothing event in Spring of 2015 were we also met fellow inaturalist @sambiology . Jim and I talked much that day about how to teach people how to identify the native flora as people knowing were becoming far and few. Jim knew those special places and times such as where and when all the trout lilies bloomed and where the orchids were hiding and much more. While we were not in the same master nat chapter, he had no issues including me and sharing his knowledge. I'm glad his postings in inaturalist are available to document many of the plants he identified. He was a great person, a knowledgeable naturalist and someone I hope to emulate as the years go by. He freely gave walks to educate others and also offered to go on ID walks at anytime to share his knowledge in the area. There are many things I didn't know about Jim, but I know if he touched me in a special way, he surely had an impact on those that he was following on inaturalist. It may have been because of your friendship or knowledge or something special you had. I wanted to make sure you were aware that he passed away a few weeks ago just in case you did not know and can share with others.

The funeral home has opened a guest book where remembrances of Jim Varnum may be written:

This message is intended for those on inaturalist that he was following, but feel free to share with others. @bob777 @cgritz @donyoung @gcwarbler @gwbrown @itmndeborah @kimberlietx @lauramorganclark @postoak @rehb @squaylei2000 @suz @zooga1961

Update: I figured out how to pull the 70+ people following Jim, so I wanted to pass this information along. I know many of you knew this already, but I wanted to reach out to those that might not have known and thus sending to all.

@abigailmm @acamonda @alusk @amgross @andyk @anewman @apcorboy @atassin @bbelcher @brentano @cari @cjsolberg @coe @crazyhorse @donaldhapp @eglarkspur @e_keith @elizrose @ellen5 @fritzk1 @gloriveenieves @howard @jackiesherbals @jackwlatson @jasmineo1 @jay_33 @jaydubyah @jblinde @karenkroesen @karinsaucedo @kcsemrau @krstldwn @ktcorson @layla @lgbartley @libikavanah @limabenjamin @lkpres @magatr0n @marug @maryejohnson @mc_biology_club @mikegras @mustardlypig @naturalistnickells @ncowey @njohnson @nlrudr @ntc @ntmnobserver1998 @obidaddy @picklepastures @prairiepoint @rclark3141 @rebecca_atx @rolandfarm @sarahedeerman @sbetzen @shutterpug @slbarnes @sonnia @sonniahill @stalinsm @sy25805 @tadamcochran @tonja @trehman

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