Journal archives for April 2022

April 05, 2022

iNaturalist should have achievements, and maybe even minigames.

I think it would be fun if iNat had achievements you could earn, and different levels and medals/badges that would appear on your profile.
For example:
If you correctly ID 100 different things you earn a "level 1 Identifier" achievement, then you get "Level 2 Identifier" after you correctly ID 200 different things ETC.
You get an achievement for observing a certain amount of a species category such as insects, mammals, fish ETC.
Profile badges could be earned based off of how many achievements you complete, as well as receiving badges based off of how many years old your iNat account is.
I think adding achievements and badges to iNat would make the app more fun to use and encourage people to go out and observe. I already think of iNat as a game like Pokémon Go where instead of catching Pokémon you collect observations so this would make sense IMO.

Maybe iNat could even add minigames where you are shown a picture of a plant/animal/fungi and have to guess what it is from 3 different options based off of a picture. Or a minigame where you name what plant/animal/fungi you see from 3 different answers. I would enjoy playing a game like "Whats that Lep? Saturniidae, Sphingidae, or Erebidae?".

Posted on April 05, 2022 09:02 PM by wolfram06 wolfram06 | 6 comments | Leave a comment

April 09, 2022

Flutterbees or Butterflies?

Why do we call them butterflies? Supposedly the name comes from the yellow coloration of the wings of many butterflies, or their butter like poop, or even the myth that they're actually witches that steal butter.
Regardless, why dont we call them flutterbees? I like to refer to them as flutterbees, it just makes more sense. They flutter when they fly, and they're well known pollinators like bees. Calling them flutterbees makes just as much if not more sense than calling them butterflies, yet I see no one doing this. Why didnt we just call them papilionoids or papillons before the dog breed was invented?? I wish more people called them flutterbees.

Posted on April 09, 2022 05:29 AM by wolfram06 wolfram06 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 18, 2022

Today has definitely been my best day for finding Leps

Plus I saw some beautiful butterflies :)

Posted on April 18, 2022 06:52 AM by wolfram06 wolfram06 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 25, 2022

That feeling when
That feeling when you spend 30 minutes outside and film one Xanthorhoe Defensaria, two Garlic snails,
2 European Earwigs, one Brown Lacewing fly and one Clay colored weevil. Then your phone dies and you loose the video.
I went to bed at 2AM, woke up at 8AM, I vacuumed the car, walked several dogs, pulled rotting pine needles out of my gutter, put moss killer on my roof, and hand cleaned 4 floor mats, and didnt eat dinner until 10PM and this is the ending to my day I get?

Posted on April 25, 2022 07:47 AM by wolfram06 wolfram06 | 0 comments | Leave a comment

April 28, 2022

Ive had two moths fly away on me in a row before I could get them on camera, I feel like such an idiot. I just want to enjoy my day and now I'm mad.

Posted on April 28, 2022 07:24 PM by wolfram06 wolfram06 | 1 comment | Leave a comment

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