Southeast Arizona... iNaturalist is a community!

I was mighty lucky to attend the Southeast Arizona iNat-athon on 20-26 August.

I was yet again reminded of what iNaturalist is... It's so much more than just a database or an app... It's a community. I met many fellow iNatters for the first time in person, although, truth be told, it seems like I'd already known them for quite a while!

Lots of folks were pretty hardcore observers -- most of the trip, we were documenting EVERYTHING. No creature was safe from our cameras! I tried to document as much as I could, although my photos are not nearly as good as the other folks that attended... I think something was off on my vibration reduction of my camera -- or maybe it was just my overwhelming excitement of seeing so many new things!

The entire trip was really phenomenal – I’ve been reliving the experiences as I go through my pictures of the bugs and plants. I’m going to be using the Southeast Arizona species that have already been documented on iNat to help me with some ID’s, but most of these things are new for me – if I’ve goofed on an ID, please let me know!

Also, here are the other observations from folks during the trip – far better photos than mine and can likely provide more information to aid with an ID:
BJ, Jay, James, Chris, Matt, Katja, Alan, Nathan, Matthew, Ken-ichi, Jason, Scott, Don

I hope I’m not leaving anyone out, and I’m sure that folks are still uploading observations, so the above links will change as people upload stuff.

Next year, Mexico! *fingers crossed!

Posted on 09 September, 2017 02:26 by sambiology sambiology


Thanks again, Sam, for sharing your boundless joy and exuberance about all things wild! Your post made my day!

Posted by connlindajo over 6 years ago

I had an awesome time and it was great meeting you and everyone else. I already want to go back!

Posted by psyllidhipster over 6 years ago

Love all of it, Sam.

Posted by muir over 6 years ago

I am very happy to have met people like you Sam and all your team, I hope to see you again in Mexico.

Posted by valeriacanedo6 over 6 years ago

Sam, the community is what iNat so fantastic. Meeting you and others and having the opportunity to learn from others is something that you can't get from books or school. I'm looking to future bioblitzes and iNat-athons with you and so many of the other great people in this community.

Posted by finatic over 6 years ago

Looks like a great trip, sorry I could not make it.

Posted by gcsnelling over 6 years ago

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