Thank you, iNaturalist

Today (September 16, 2022) is my one year anniversary of making observations for iNaturalist - and what a (literally) wonderful year it has been! This past year I've made 813 observations of 290 species in California and Nevada!

Some of the most memorable observations I've made this past year have been the Button's Bananna Slug, the pair of Great Horned Owls, the napping Coyote, the Brown Pelicans and the American White Pelicans and all the Great Blue Herons.

Thanks to iNaturalist, my daily walks have become ones of mindful wonder - always looking up and around...and perhaps all those years of geocaching have helped me develop an eye for the well-camouflaged lives we share this planet with.

For my second year of iNaturalist observations (because I'm just getting started here!) I have two goals:
1) Make an iNaturalist observation every day - I'd love to see a filled in calendar grid at the end of 2023!
2) Make some iNaturalist observations in other regions/states beyond my own.

And so another year of walking in wonder begins...with many thanks to all who thoughtfully spend their time verifying identifications and explaining the trickier identifications (Mule Deer and Columbian Black Tailed Deer are probably forever going to be my struggle) - you all make this community of observing a very welcoming and educational place to be.

Posted by sarahcoty sarahcoty, 17 September, 2022 07:01

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus)

Observer

sarahcoty

Date

May 18, 2022 07:48 PM PDT

Description

If you look closely there is a second owl on the branch closest to the tree trunk - there were some photographers with serious camera equipment on tripods photographing them and I overheard them mention these are juveniles. Wish I had a better camera, but stoked to have been able to see these and add them here regardless of image quality!

Photos / Sounds

What

Button's Banana Slug (Ariolimax buttoni)

Observer

sarahcoty

Date

June 9, 2022 11:31 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

What

Coyote (Canis latrans)

Observer

sarahcoty

Date

August 18, 2022 07:52 AM PDT

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