Bert Harris

Joined: Aug 31, 2015 Last Active: Dec 1, 2023 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since December 2020

iNaturalist has changed my life for the better, and I am so grateful to everyone out there who helps with identifications. Before we can learn anything about ecology or conservation, we have to know what species we're dealing with!

I am a naturalist based in Orlean, Virginia. I am the Executive Director of the Clifton Institute, an environmental organization and research station on 900 acres near Warrenton, VA. I focus on improving land management in the Virginia Piedmont and I'm especially interested in native grasslands. Email me if you'd like to check out our plants and animals and help with our iNat biodiversity inventory project. Thank you for any help you can provide with identifications for this project!

I am an ornithologist by training (conservation of Southeast Asian and Neotropical birds) and I am still involved with tropical conservation as a board member of the Jocotoco Foundation in Ecuador. I am interested in all taxa but I'm focusing on Odonata, butterflies, grassland plants, and lichens at the moment. I also a big fan of hover flies, robber flies, and salamanders.

Please include photos of leaves when uploading plant observations so that we'll have a better chance of identifying them!

And if you have any interest in lichens, I highly recommend getting a UV flashlight like this one. This will show most UV reactions, unlike the really cheap lights.

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