Kristie Nelson

Joined: Mar 21, 2018 Last Active: Apr 13, 2024 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since July 2021

I work with Missouri State Parks as the park Naturalist at Montauk State Park. My lead interests involve birds and insects (especially butterflies & tiger beetles).
I fell in love with birds as a little kid and birds, birding and ornithology have been a major part of my life and passions ever since. I served on the California Bird Records Committee for 15 years and I also served on the American Birding Association Checklist Committee.
For over 20 years I lived near Mono Lake, CA where the Great Basin and Sierra Nevada come together. It was a great place to be a naturalist with remarkable elevational and bio-diversity. At Mono Lake I worked with Point Blue Conservation Science managing California Gull research (and worked on other ornithology projects) for over 15 years. I also developed keen interests in butterflies, tiger beetles, and other insects.
In late 2020 my husband and I moved to southcentral Missouri and have been enjoying the natural and human communities of the Ozarks.
My iNat account is heavy on the bugs, as I feel they need the most help in having baseline distribution data documented. I really appreciate the help of the iNat community in identifying the trickier and obscure insects.

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