10,000 observations

On March 1st of 2014 I gave in to peer pressure from my new friend Sam and posted my first observation to iNaturalist. Just a single image of a Question Mark butterfly. Fitting since it was a question on whether I would ever post anything again. At the time I was really only interested in birds and used ebird for that. So why would I want to post to a second site? Especially where I could only post what I had gotten pictures of.
Thankfully Sam kept on me about trying it again and I did. Slowly I began to get interested in other things because I could post them and get help knowing what it was. And then well, if I was going to post something I might as well post some other things too.
Gradually the interest in other things led to calling myself just a generalist and ultimately primarily an iNatter. It has gotten to where every time I go somewhere I am looking for things to observe. And then of course more things to go with that for the day. I plan trips to add observations. And iNatting has morphed into an obsession, addiction, passion, love, way of life
So that now, as of yesterday just shy of five years later I posted my 10,000th observation. And I am so very thankful for Sam pushing me to make those first observations. I have made many new friends, some of whom I spend a lot of time with. And have explored areas of Texas I probably never would have gone. And seen things I know I never would have seen.
So, here’s to iNat, all the creators and designers and pushers. Look forward to the next 10,000 and beyond.

Posted on 28 January, 2019 22:05 by brentano brentano


Congratulations, Brent! Sam Kieschnick - iNat evangelist.

Posted by tadamcochran almost 5 years ago

Congrats on 10k, Brent!!! :)

Posted by wildcarrot almost 5 years ago

Congrats !

Posted by rehb almost 5 years ago

Congratulations! That puts you in an elite category!

Posted by apcorboy almost 5 years ago

Congrats Brent! Glad I was able to meet you through iNat, and thanks for all of your contributions.

Posted by tiwane almost 5 years ago

Way to go, Brent! Hurray for you! And hurray for Sam and his legendary efforts to get folks addicted to iNat!

Posted by connlindajo almost 5 years ago

Woohoo! 10,000! Amazing! iNat definitely changes the way you see the world and I love seeing your posts. Here's to "nature nerds" everywhere...

Posted by alflinn329 almost 5 years ago


Posted by fratto almost 5 years ago

Sam? Sam who? Do I know this guy? Well, whoever he is, I'm glad he's so pushy! Congrats on 10K!! As long as you are looking up and I'm looking down, we got it covered! On to 15K!

Posted by kimberlietx almost 5 years ago

Hahaha! I go door to door with little pamphlets now.

"Do you have an iNaturalist-sized hole in your heart?"

Here's to 10k more, Brentano!

Posted by sambiology almost 5 years ago

Congratulations on a significant milestone!

Posted by jwn almost 5 years ago

Congrats Brent. I've enjoyed following your journey.

Posted by eangler almost 5 years ago

Congratulations! Always enjoy running into you and learning from you! :)

Posted by amynature almost 5 years ago

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