May 03, 2022

1 Year on iNaturalist

Yesterday, 1 May 2022, marked my first year on iNaturalist, and I've enjoyed everything I've done and learned so far. I first joined iNaturalist on 1 May 2021 for the City Nature Challenge, after I saw a post by the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, WA about the City Nature Challenge, and I thought it would be an interesting thing to try and that I might enjoy it (which I did). In the past year, I've learned so much more than I would've ever though I would have when I first joined. I also didn't think that I'd end up starting to identify other people's observation as well.

Current Statistics

As of the time of writing, on my profile it shows that I've

  • made 467 observations
  • observed 177 species
  • made 1,037 identifications for other people

First Observation

The first observation I uploaded was a Pacific Banana Slug (naturally) from Wildwood Park in Puyallup, WA that I took pictures of on 24 June 2021. The first observation where I took new pictures specifically to upload (rather than uploading older pictures of mine) was a Bigleaf Maple I observed at 11:35 on 1 May 2021, the day I joined, and uploaded 4 minutes later.

Observation Milestones (Pacific time):

  • 1st Observation: 1 May 2021 at 10:53 || Pacific Banana Slug from Wildwood Park in Puyallup, WA - Observed 24 Jun 2020 at 10:10
  • 10th Observation: 1 May 2021 at 16:48 || Pacific Banana Slug from Wildwood Park in Puyallup, WA - Observed 1 May 2021 at 14:44
  • 25th Observation: 9 May 2021 at 16:59 || European Holly from Fox Island Sand Spit in Fox Island, WA - Observed 9 May 2021 at 15:59
  • 50th Observation: 16 May 2021 at 19:42 || (Needs ID) Family Balanidae from Dash Point State Park - Observed 16 May 2021 at 17:17
  • 100th Observation: 6 Jun 2021 at 14:28 || (Casual) Flowering Plants from Pierce County, WA, US - Observed 6 Jun 2021 at 11:49
  • 200th Observation: 9 Jul 2021 at 16:59 || (Needs ID) Draparnaud's Glass Snail from Puyallup, WA - Observed 9 Jul 2021 at 16:52
  • 300th Observation: 30 Sep 2021 at 18:37 || Ater-group Arion Slugs from Puyallup, WA - Observed 28 Sep 2021 at 15:26
  • 400th Observation: 24 Apr 2022 at 09:03 || Catchweed Bedstraw from Silver Creek Open Space Site in Puyallup, WA - Observed 23 Apr 2022 at 11:28

Observation Statistics

  • Total Observations: 476
Top 5 Species Observed
  1. White clover (Trifolium repens): 12 observations
  2. Common daisy (Bellis perennis): 11 observations
  3. Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis): 9 observations
  4. Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis): 9 observations
  5. American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos): 8 observations
Top 5 Families Observed
  1. Sunflowers, Daisies, Asters, and Allies (Asteraceae): 42 observations
  2. Legumes (Fabaceae): 23 observations
  3. Rose Family (Rosaceae): 20 observations
  4. New World Sparrows (Passerellidae): 11 observations
  5. Geranium Family (Geraniaceae): 11 observations


As for identifications, just yesterday I just hit the milestone of 1,000 identifications for others. My focus for identifying has mainly been plants in western Washington & Oregon. Of course, I've made more than my share of mistakes and errors in the past, but I try to take the opportunity to learn from them.

In this years City Nature Challenge for the Seattle-Tacoma Metro Area, I'm currently sitting at 4th place for the top identifiers, and I want to try to stay in the top 5 by the time the end of the identifying/uploading period.


By end of day 1 May 2023, I want to try to get to:

  • 1,000 observations
  • 2,500 identifications
  • 275 species

I also want to learn more about and identify a wider variety of plants, especially those present in the Pacific Northwest. I also want to get better at getting more precise identifications on a lot of my own observations as I upload, because currently at lot just get left at plants or dicots when I upload them.

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