Back to ID'ing! :) Regional experience with the local organisms.

After the City Nature Challenge at the end of April, I was a little worn out from doing ID's. I did around 7k ID's during the CNC, and took a loooong break from regularly scrolling through observations.

Now, I'm back! :) I focus almost all of my time to my 'region.' This is the DFW metroplex, and a bit larger area, the "Cross Timbers and Blackland Prairies ecoregion."

I try my best to go through all of the observations made in this region... I search both the ones that are already 'research grade' and 'needs ID.'

I then search through each day with a calendar that I cross out.. So far, I've hit just a couple weeks, but it's good to be back. :) Just a few more months of observations to search through!

I wish I could devote more time to a larger 'region' or a taxon, but for the time being, I think it's best that I focus on my general 'region.' It's a good way to become more familiar with the organisms I'd likely find as I go outside locally.

Posted on 12 September, 2019 23:52 by sambiology sambiology


Thanks for all the hard work you do on here and in our community, Sam!

Posted by jessetate over 3 years ago (Flag)

It's so valuable for regional experts to lend their expertise -- thanks Sam!

Posted by sullivanribbit over 3 years ago (Flag)

Thanks, Sam! I've been focusing on making IDs lately too, because it's too hot outside to make observations without falling over from heat stroke.

Posted by cosmiccat over 3 years ago (Flag)

I had missed doing the ID's! :)

Posted by sambiology over 3 years ago (Flag)

Welcome back Sam...& thank you!

Posted by postoak over 3 years ago (Flag)

We all missed you! It's so good to have your expertise.

Posted by suz over 3 years ago (Flag)

Welcome back, Sam though I am not in your area of emphasis. I have been doing more IDs lately because, like @cosmiccat said... It is just so blasted hot outside and the plants are stressed or super crispy with the drought.
I actually enjoy IDing. or rather, just looking at all the TX observations. It is a really great way to learn.

Posted by connlindajo over 3 years ago (Flag)

Glad you’re back! I got lots.

Posted by rozzychan over 3 years ago (Flag)

Been missing you, Sam! Glad you're back!

Posted by troutlily57 over 3 years ago (Flag)

Thanks for all your hard work!

I plow through unknowns in the DFW area and put to high level IDs, like fuzzy spiders :P

Posted by clay_s over 3 years ago (Flag)

You do awesome work. I learn a lot by following your posts

Posted by texslm over 3 years ago (Flag)

Thanks for identifying things, sam! Also, the dfw area is quite diverse so knowing everything about its wildlife is quite an undertaking.

Posted by tgbirdnerd over 3 years ago (Flag)

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