Zev Doll-Schmitz

Joined: Jun 27, 2022 Last Active: Feb 04, 2023 iNaturalist

they/them or he/him

Recently I've started sifting through the "Unknown" observations on the site. I try to play it safe and ID only to taxa of which I am CERTAIN, so if you are wondering why I have only identified your observation to kingdom, please read item 5 at the following link: https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/help#coarse-ids

For Reviewers: In addition to organisms that are auto-obscured by iNat, I obscure most observations made on private property. However, if additional information is required for identification, I am generally happy to supply what I can, depending on the specificity of the request. If you are a researcher who needs accurate locations, please reach out to me privately.
Sometimes one user’s ID and some additional research on my part is enough confirmation for me to agree with their ID. Other times, I am not familiar enough with something to confidently confirm someone's ID, so the observation remains at "Needs ID". It helps if people provide their reasoning for an ID, so I know what to look for myself (though I in no way expect this; I know identifying is time-consuming enough as it is).

I'm a PNW-based artist and nature enthusiast. I started keeping an avian life list on eBird last year, and folks in the birding community have said this is the place to go to log observations of other organisms, so here I am! I'm most familiar with birds of the Pacific Northwest and Coastal Southeast United States, but I'm interested in all living things (I'm just not as good at ID-ing many of them).

A selection of my bird sightings are on iNat, but my eBird is far more comprehensive: https://ebird.org/profile/Mjc3ODI1OQ/world

My background is in illustration and comics, and I am particularly interested in making educational non-fiction comics for teen and adult readers. If you are a biologist who is interested in collaborating on a project along those lines, shoot me a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I am able.

I use a variety of online resources to ID organisms (someday I'll compile a spreadsheet and share it here), but sometimes I find it easier to use printed resources. None are completely up-to-date, but I make corrections and notes in the margins when I find errors:
-Arthropods: Peterson, M.A. 2018. Pacific Northwest Insects. Seattle Audubon Society.
-Plants & Lichens: Pojar, J. and A. MacKinnon, Ed. 1994. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington, Oregon, British Columbia & Alaska. Lone Pine Publishing.
-Mammal Tracks & Scat: None, open to recommendations (PNW/Western NA region top priority).
-Feathers: None, open to recommendations (US & Can. birds)
-Lepidoptera: None, open to recommendations ESPECIALLY if they include photos of larval stage (PNW/Western NA region top priority, but also interested in US & Can. Lepidopterans in general).
-Fungi: None, open to recommendations (PNW/Western NA region top priority).

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