January 02, 2023

In competition with my self and learning in the process

I am clearly seriously hooked.
I started using iNat back in 2019 and only logged 32 species and 45 observations that year.
In 2020 I logged 156 species and 201 observations. Last year in 2021, I thought I did very well with 524 species, and 820 observations. I was quite proud of that achievement and decided to compete with myself to get higher numbers every year.
This year, 2022, I rocked it! I had hoped I would beat my 2021 record, and so I did with flying colours! I logged 1013 species and 1888 observations in 2022!! Yay & Yikes! How on earth am I going to beat this record in 2023? I better roll up my sleeves and get to "work" :)
The most important part, though, is to learn something in the process. I join a few organized outings when I can and always learn a lot when I do. Also, the repetition of seeing the same species and logging them, again and again, is very helpful to the learning process.
I'm excited trying to beat my own 2021 record and seeing how many names, species and families I can remember from previous sightings.
2023, here I come!
My most favourite sighting in 2022 was this one:

Posted on January 02, 2023 10:53 AM by ninastavlund ninastavlund | 1 observation | 0 comments | Leave a comment

May 11, 2022

City Nature Challenge participation

I started using iNat only a few years ago.
In 2021, I discovered not only the year list challenge but also the City Nature Challenge, which I dove into with both my feet.
As for the CNC in 2021, I worked terribly hard all weekend and was pretty proud of myself when I ended up with 86 observations and 55 species. Sadly, I saw that my effort was waaaaay down the list compared to other participants, so I decided to at least try for a hundred observations and species for 2022.
And so it started, I entered into competition with myself.
To my surprise, I did manage to get my goal of a hundred species and observations this year for the CNC 2022. My effort was focused on two main areas, Richmond and Britannia Conservation areas on the Ontario side. The numbers are still being adjusted depending on IDs, however, right now as of May 11, I'm at 270 observations and 165 species. Pretty well done, and I'm giving myself a pat on the back. Nevertheless, it also means I have to do better next year!
The best with this challenge is that I learn what's in my local patch of green space.
Registering, looking up and logging the same species over and over, makes you learn them in the end. And that's not all, slowly I'm starting to also see right away, the differences in shape, colour and texture in various moss for example. This is amazing! I love this!
To share my love for this project, I also conducted a free volunteer CNC walk for the OFNC (Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club) at Shirley's Bay and a walk through my company at Mud Lake where participants would learn how to use iNaturalist.
My favourite observations during the CNC 2022:

Posted on May 11, 2022 12:46 PM by ninastavlund ninastavlund | 6 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment