Zachary Chapman

Joined: Jul 19, 2015 Last Active: Feb 07, 2023 iNaturalist

I am a Cross Timbers Texas Master Naturalist and have been a member since 2016. I am also a board member for Bee City Arlington which I joined in 2020 during the Pandemic. I graduated Tarrant County College in May of 2022. I am an Arlington Martin High School graduate of the class of 2012. I am currently enrolled at University of Texas Arlington going for photography and cinematics with a focus on wildlife and nature photography and documentary work. I have been involved with a lot of different groups like the Native Prairie Society of Texas, Fort Worth Audubon Society, and even the Native Plant Society of North Texas (NPSOT).

All my life I have been a naturalist. My first love was paleontology, and I began fossil hunting when I was six. From there I gained an interest in pretty much everything. Fossils are still very much one of my main focuses however, I love insects the best. I love birds, snakes, amphibians, mammals, and all manner of life including plants and fungi. I am interested in learning all I can about the planet and all the connections nature has with all the species and humans alike. I am a trailblazer and a field rat for sure. I am not much of an armchair naturalist. I feel my place has always been in the field exploring and sniffing out the good stuff.

Aside from my naturalist life I am a big science fiction, pop-culture, cartoon nerd. I love Star Trek and Jurassic Park the best. I am also a big Animaniacs fan. I am a major movie buff and have quite the geek collection going. I also collect bones and fossils; I use them in kids camps and other nature education events too.

I am just a crazy guy who loves nature and who just loves life. Life is good when you are out in nature, and you have a camera in hand and you feel the wind in your hair. Adventure is a wonderful thing. Live life with your sails raised high, a good song on the radio and dare to roam. Life is too short, and I choose to be a lifelong student of nature. When I am in nature I am in my element.

My main interests are insects and other arthropods, but I do a lot of birding, fossil hunting is a rather big passion. However, Insects and Birds are my stronger areas. I do have an interest in Microscopy and Native Plants too. However, I am fascinated with all that is around me. I love to lose myself in nature for it is where I find my true self. I am nothing without my sense of adventure, childlike sense of wonder, and my sense of learning. I am a lifelong learner and explorer. My life never has dull moments.

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