Luke

Unido: 28.jun.2021 Última actividad: 22.feb.2024 iNaturalist

Hey! My name is Luke and I am a 16 year old Inatter!

“I know a little about a lot and a lot about a little” as the folks around here say.

Interested in everything from bacteria to mammals. My goal is to find as many species as possible. Birds is my main goal but I love discovering any species that I have yet to see. I spend most of my time exploring the great outdoors. I have been a nature lover for as long I can remember.

"If one truly loves nature, one finds beauty everywhere." -Vincent van Gogh

Along with the natural world I am obsessed with history and geography. I am also an amateur pianist, and obsessed metal detectorist. So I am interested in basically close to everything.

"I always think of nature as a great spectacle, something like the opera."-Bernard de Fontenelle

I strongly recommend subscribing to Mikie Green's YouTube channel. https://m.youtube.com/@CoolCrittersYT/featured Its got some informative and entertaining content, especially if you live in Florida.

Feel free to tag me in any observation anywhere. I typically identify wildlife(of any kind) in the Eastern US and Canada, but I am good with birds and reptiles of North America. If you found a mistake that I have made just message me and I will fix it.

Even though my account was created in 2017, I did not start observing until the fall of 2021.
In August of 2022 I started identifying daily in the state of South Carolina and have amassed 30,000+ ids. I want to thank everyone who has identified my observations I appreciate it.

For moth light, I use a bug zapper covered with plastic wrap. It works good enough but it certainly has safety concerns.
I also brush beat. Brush-beating is where I use a sheet and tap above branches(typically with just a stick). Works rather well for spiders.

If you live in South Carolina please join the South Carolina Committed Naturalist Society. An Inaturalist project.
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/south-carolina-committed-naturalists-society
You can also view our website here https://free-4333254.webador.com/

2023 year in review: https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2023/wildlife13
2022 year in review: https://www.inaturalist.org/stats/2022/wildlife13

Some interactive personal maps:
They were quite easy to make. If you have any questions, feel free to DM me.
Amphibian species observed by state: https://datawrapper.dwcdn.net/ubMnt/1/

Helpful links:
-Your ids heat map: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/map?ident_user_id=wildlife13#2/7.38/-14.439
-Identifier stats: https://jumear.github.io/stirfry/iNat_identifier_stats.html
-Observations heat map: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/map?user_id=wildlife13#2/1.119/-29.335
-Longest observation streaks: https://mapsandapps.github.io/inat-streak/
-Wild Achievements: https://wild-achievements.mywild.co.za/
Taxon tree on Inat: https://jwidness.github.io/iNat_expandable_taxa.html

Id links:
-Hover Flies: https://www.zoology.ubc.ca/~biodiv/entomology/main/Diptera/Syrphidae/id-index-d.php
-Herps of South Carolina and Georgia: http://srelherp.uga.edu/herps.htm
-Some interesting articles that may be of some help: https://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/
-Hairy vs Downy Woodpeckers: https://www.audubon.org/news/how-tell-hairy-woodpecker-downy-woodpecker
-Cooper's vs Sharp shunned hawkshttps://feederwatch.org/learn/tricky-bird-ids/coopers-hawk-and-sharp-shinned-hawk/
-Frogfruit ids: https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/lisa281/20234-turkey-tangle-frogfruit
-Sumac Ids: https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/37313-how-to-id-sumacs-rhus-dichotomous-key-video
-Acanthocephalus: https://www.mapress.com/zootaxa/2011/f/zt02835p040.pdf
-Zelus ids: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1D5J7yHZxF1yTIiqbBd8_Pyl3GA24x4dAYYvBtJ-Ihq4/mobilepresent?slide=id.p
-Very helpful gall ids: https://gallformers.org/
-Dark Swallowtails: http://louisiananaturalist.blogspot.com/2009/06/four-dark-swallowtails.html
-Turkey tail and similar fungi: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/identifying-turkey-tail-and-all-of-its-lookalikes/9929
-Triodanis: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1G1pro3tLp9Lp_9dFrjo9pBGTf0xhte_2/view?usp=sharing

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