Ben Keen

Joined: Aug 18, 2018 Last Active: Oct 22, 2020 Monthly Supporter since May 2020

Hello from Bowen Island, BC!

For many years I was exclusively a birder, but I began to feel more and more myopic focusing solely on the birds and passing over all the other extraordinary forms of life around me. Life is just too short to be a 1% naturalist.

At the moment I'm actively observing as much as I can to get a better general understanding of our natural world, but in time I expect to start to focus on areas that interest me the most - I already find myself gravitating towards lepidoptera (moths in particular) and caddisfly.

I'm a software developer by trade, so try to combine this with my interest in nature. Many years before eBird improved their website, I created https://birdsearch.org to create a simpler way to view the totality of birds being spotted currently in a region. I still find it very useful today - especially when traveling. More recently I threw together a simple script to generate checklists from raw spreadsheet data for Biodiversity Galiano: https://imerss.github.io/checklist-generator/

Once I'm done with some other projects I'm going to look into contributing code back to iNaturalist itself.

eBird: https://ebird.org/profile/MzM5NjE2/world
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vancouverben/

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