Joined: Aug 29, 2019 Last Active: Jul 20, 2024 iNaturalist

Humanity is exalted not because we are so far above living creatures, but because knowing them well elevates the very concept of life. --E. O. Wilson, Biophilia, 1984

Like Wilson, I grew up mostly in Alabama, wandering in the woods interacting with all manner of creatures and plants. I have had the good fortune to travel a lot but also to be able to explore deeply and daily a rich local habitat. I am constantly amazed at the variety of living things that I keep surprising me.

I especially try to record incursions of invasive/ destructive species, especially if they are newly arrived (spotted lanternfly) or spreading recently in our area (beech leaf disease, which is advancing with startling speed in northern New Jersey.

I am grateful to all the identifiers and specialists out there who teach me so well through their constant input to iNaturalist. Thanks for your efforts and your patience.

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