Amanda Kuhlman

Joined: Apr 28, 2022 Last Active: Feb 29, 2024 iNaturalist

I’m a junior undergrad student at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology studying Biomedical Engineering and minoring in Biology. I have always enjoyed learning about the natural world and grew up hiking and camping with my family. Winter of 2017/2018 was when I first downloaded the Merlin app and really became hooked on birdwatching. Since then, I’ve learned to identify most birds in the Midwestern US visually and by ear.

I discovered iNaturalist around 2 years ago and eventually decided to create an account during the summer of 2022. I then used iNaturalist for Rose-Hulman’s introductory course in evolutionary biology. Since then, I’ve been uploading observations of whatever catches my eye. I’m also working on uploading some of my pre-iNaturalist bird photos.

In addition to my own observations, I provide ID help on Midwestern flora & fauna (especially birds). I’ve also recently started specializing in identifying Ardeidae from around the world. Identifying on iNaturalist allows me to appreciate the beauty of nature when I might not have the time to go for a hike.

If my ID disagrees, I’ll usually try to provide some explanation. If you have any questions about my IDs don’t hesitate to ask for clarification. I’m still learning, so I appreciate corrections.

Here are some of my favorite online sources for Ardeidae ID:

Birds of the World Ardeidae Web Archive (Full Species Accounts Available): http://web.archive.org/web/20230513150745/https://birdsoftheworld.org/bow/species/ardeid1/cur/species

The Herons Handbook:
https://archive.org/details/heronshandbook0000hanc/mode/2up

Heron Conservation Guide:
https://www.heronconservation.org/herons-of-the-world/list-of-herons/

Identifying Western and Eastern Cattle Egrets:
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318600580_Subspecific_identification_and_status_of_Cattle_Egret

Identifying the Intermediate Egret species complex, morphometric ratio analysis:
https://afo.birdlife.org.au/afo/index.php/afo/article/download/2270/2293

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