Ben Armstrong

Joined: Jul 24, 2017 Last Active: Feb 20, 2020

I'm making a bot that retrieves information from iNat and other sites for naturalists, helping us learn & talk about what we're seeing out there. Come join the Unofficial iNat Discord and find out what that's all about: . I'm @SyntheticBee there & can be found on channel #bot-stuff if you want to play the bot or talk to me about it. See also this tutorial for an introduction to its features: .

My Discord PFP is this Leafcutter bee (Megachile) from late September:

Current fave taxa include bees, syrphids, beetles, spiders, arthropods in general, lichens, birds. Not an expert in any of these, but am eager to learn & take on new challenges.

Thanks to my parents for encouraging us as kids to be curious about the natural world! I'm sure that's why, later in life, I started reconnecting more with nature. Then ending up here with iNat was pretty much inevitable.

I serve on the board of the Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization as secretary & tech guy, and am active as a volunteer steward of The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail, our most important work. iNat helps involve our users & to promote research efforts to help carry out this work. See , a project I'm trying to get off the ground.

BugGuide is pretty much *the* place for insects and their relatives. I recently joined but haven't contributed much yet:

Some of my nature and photography stuff ends up here, .

For many years I volunteered as a developer for the excellent Debian GNU/Linux operating system. I haven't kept up with it recently, but would be happy to get reinvolved again down the road if the right opportunity presented itself.

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