Ryan Andrews

Unido: 26.oct.2015 Última actividad: 17.jun.2024 iNaturalist

I joined iNaturalist in late 2015, when I was primarily a birder who had always had an interest in anything living. I was instantly hooked on iNat, and began actively pursuing non-avian species immediately. I now consider myself a well-rounded naturalist, but birds remain my primary interest. I am originally from San Diego, but currently reside in the Midwest (hope to return to the west coast soon!). I graduated in May of 2023 from the University of Kansas, majoring in Ecology, Evolutionary and Organismal Biology. I plan on pursuing a career in ornithology/ecology. I have worked on projects surveying birds and plants in Northern Maine, surveying birds and performing nest monitoring in the Ozarks, and surveying birds in the Cordillera de Talamanca in Costa Rica. At the University of Kansas, I am an Ornithology collection assistant currently working on a phylogeography project on the genus Dicaeum in the Solomon Island's, as well as prepping specimens and other tasks around the collection.

On iNaturalist, I tend to spend the spring and summer months submitting observations, and in fall and winter I do a lot of identifications. I identify bird observations worldwide, but I focus on reviewing birds from Central America. I also review specific families and genera such as Trochilidae, Calidris, Empidonax, Contopus, Momotus, and Dendrocolaptinae. When I do identifications, I am typically doing hundreds a day, and don’t comment on most. If you have any questions about an identification I provide, please tag me and I will try to respond. If I miss a comment, PM me – I’m usually good at responding to tags, but I’ll never miss a direct message.

Areas of expertise:
-Birds of North America
-Birds of Central America
-Birds of South America

Areas with a strong working knowledge:
-Birds of the world
-Flora and fauna of San Diego county
-Flora and fauna of the central Midwest (Kansas/Missouri)
-Flora and fauna of the Moosehead Lake region of Maine

Areas with general knowledge:
-Butterflies of North America
-Dragonflies and Damselflies of North America
-Intertidal species of San Diego county

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