Joined: Dec 28, 2017 Last Active: Jul 20, 2024 iNaturalist

My name is Kelby Ouchley. I retired from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service after 30 years as a wildlife biologist and manager of national wildlife refuges. I have written several natural history-related books and am somewhat of a general naturalist in terms of my interests. In spite of having been in this arena for a long time I still make my share of mistakes, so don't hesitate to question/correct my IDs. For the present, I will use iNaturalist most often to document the biodiversity on the 72 acre Heartwood Natural Area (a component of the La. natural areas program) where I live in Union Parish, Louisiana. I have a Facebook blog titled "Bayou-Diversity" at
You can find my books including "Natural Words - A Dictionary for Naturalists" on Amazon at: and "Bayou D'Arbonne Swamp - A Naturalist's Memoir of Place," which recently won the 2023 John Burroughs Medal for excellence in natural history writing.

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