Cedric Lee

My current objectives:

1) To conduct terrestrial gastropod surveys, specimen sampling, and species identification via dissection for @jannvendetti and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's SLIME project.
Visit this youtube link for more information about SLIME

2) To strive to be a more well rounded naturalist in terms of species identifications. My current ID strengths are the flora and terrestrial gastropods in Los Angeles County.

✭✭About Me✭✭
I became certified as a California naturalist through the UC California Naturalist Program at Pasadena City College in 2013. Currently, I'm a 4th year undergrad majoring in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution and minoring in Conservation Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles. I am also a Museum Associate in Malacology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. I've been keeping in mind that every data point is important. By making numerous observations of species at different sites, researchers have a larger sample size to work with. Thus, I contribute to citizen science by mapping as much flora and fauna as I possibly can through this website. This is a great way for me to keep track of and to learn more about what I've seen. Although I've been an iNaturalist user since 2013, it wasn't until 2015 that I committed more time towards making observations and exploring nature. I'm surprised at how much I've learned so far and even more so at how much I have yet to learn.

✭✭My Observations✭✭
The majority of my observations are from Southern California and consists mainly of plants and invertebrates. Most of my recent photos have been taken with the Olympus TG-4 digital camera. I occasionally upload SoundCloud files and observations from my siblings. The majority of my unidentified plants are found in the link below. Any help with these will be greatly appreciated.
Unidentified Plants

✭✭My Identifications✭✭
I usually make IDs on flora/fauna that I am familiar with around Los Angeles County. Sometimes, I mark a location as inaccurate. Accurate location is vital since research graded observations are used by the scientific community. By marking a location as inaccurate, any research grade gets removed. If I'm mistaken, just make a comment and I'll fix it. It's also important to limit the accuracy range circle as much as possible if you are manually inputting the observation location.

If you have observations from around Los Angeles County and need help with identifying them (preferably plants, insects, or mollusks), feel free to add "@cedric_lee" in your observation description and I'll take a look.

I want to emphasize that I am by no means an expert in any specific field, thus I apologize in advance if my identifications turn out to be inaccurate. I try to refrain myself from making incorrect identifications. If you believe I have made an error, please make a comment. I will not feel offended if you disagree with my ID. I appreciate all feedback and strive to improve.

✭✭My gratitude✭✭
Throughout my time on iNaturalist, members of the community have been extremely helpful. I feel that the community provides an environment that fosters the growth of naturalists such as myself. It is impossible for one person to be well versed in all of the taxa on this planet, thus when groups of experts and amateurs from around the world are interacting with each other on a social platform, we all essentially have the potential to learn from each other. I am grateful to all the iNat users that have helped me learn more about nature.


✭✭Identification Websites✭✭
This is a compilation of various websites that I have found to be useful in identifying wildlife in California, though some of them are helpful for other regions as well.

Plants of California

Reptiles and Amphibians of California

Insects and Arachnids of North America and Canada

Insects and Diseases of California Oaks

California Oak Galls

Terrestrial Gastropods

Freshwater Gastropods of North America

Intertidal Invertebrates of California

Introduced Aquatic Species in the US

UK Hemiptera


British Myriapods and Isopods


Scale Insects

Zooplankton of North America


Moths of North America

North American Bird Feathers


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