Wendy McCrady

Joined: Mar 9, 2017 Last Active: May 27, 2024 iNaturalist

Retired naturalist now living at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon after traveling and volunteering at wildlife refuges, national parks, and state parks across the United States for 7 years. Primary interest was birds but I have stumbled down an insect and arachnid rabbit hole in the past few years.

I prefer to take my photographs in situ and I don't collect. Many of my photographs are taken on National Wildlife Refuges or National Parks/Monuments where collecting (or using callback for birds) is prohibited without obtaining a special permit. As a volunteer, I am occasionally permitted to be in areas that are not open to the general public as well as be present on site before and after visitation hours. I generally note this in my observations for clarity.

Since I am living year-round at the North Rim, I'm excited to see what I can find during the winter months when the road is closed. (Public access only on foot by hiking or snowshoeing in from the Arizona or North Kaibab Trails with a backcountry permit.)

My purpose in submitting observations is to add to the growing pool of scientific data, help provide information on what species occur at locations where I am volunteering, and to increase my knowledge of the natural world around me.

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