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glumshoe:

poor-boy-orpheus:

Out of curiosity, reblog this and say in the tags what post/event got you the most followers

I found some rocks in the woods and people seemed to like that.

I don’t know if it was moths or bees, but one (or both) of those.

Dressing Appropriately for Networking Events

Or

My Time Has Come

Uh oh. Is this a costume contest? Is there… prize??? I must have… all the prize.

I have alerted them. They know to prepare themselves. But for what, they have no idea.

Behold, my wardrobe for a networking event next week. Taking inspiration from one of nature’s most elegant *cough* creatures

Photo credit: Melvin Jaison on ebird [link]

I bring to you:

The flamingo: is a hat. The body sits atop my head. It was a clearance Halloween item I purchased for $2 because… I mean, $2!

Anyways. Hopefully the flamingo hat will work magic because… uh yeah my unemployment benefits run out in a couple weeks, things are looking scary my friends 😞

August 22, 2019

finishing up edits to Audubon Article #2, this time about my yard (and also bugs + birbs) and want to actually come up with a headline for it myself this time and 

sigh

I’m trying to get intrusive thoughts of “my weeds bring all the birds to the yard” out of my head so I can actually think of a headline they might actually put on their website [link] and it’s not happening.

August 19, 2019, 12:45 am because of course my deadline was August 18

draconym:

flouryhedgehog:

draconym:

What if: a giraffe, but it‘s a bird

hey op do you take constructive criticism

Yes but only in the form of interpretive dance.

Where can I buy a print of this, I need it for my bird wall.

August 17, 2019

I’m a finalist in a photography contest (???) with these two babes, winners will be in a calendar, and it’s making me think maybe I should make a caterpillar calendar of my own anyway.

Top: Vine Sphinx
Bottom: Tiger moth (unknown species)

August 15, 2019

Could I join your tumblr iNat group? I'm super new to it so I get the basic gist but I'm still pretty inexperienced, my user is exactly the same as it is here

YES, I just added you. WELCOME!

For those not in the know, iNaturalist is awesome, and is how I taught myself everything I know about insects. I’m not joking, I’m not exaggerating. I’m serious.

I have been super bad about keeping up with it (because life, and mental health, and then losing my job and being unemployed forever, etc), but I DID start a group on iNaturalist for us tumblr peeps to support each other and learn to use the site. 

iNatters of tumblr [link to iNat Project page]

There are some silly little logistical issues with the project. I have the project set up so that once you are in, every observation you have ever posted, even if you already have an iNaturalist account! will be part of the group! And obviously, every observation you make in the future will be included as well, automatically

But, I have to manually add everybody who wants to join. You can send me a DM or an ask here (comments on posts may or may get lost in the madness of tumblr, so contacting me directly is better). OR, you can send me a message on iNat. If you are a new user, you need to create observations because you have the ability to send messages now (they just rolled out that feature to deal with spammers).

If you want to have your observations linked directly to the group page, and want to be notified when I finally start posting to the group again (lol), then you’ll want to “join” the group. But! Your observations will still be included in the group as long as you are in the list! Let me show you:

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This is the banner of the group. In the top right corner, there is a join button. Click it! That means you have followed the group, and if I have added you as a member of the group, your observations will link to the group page.

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Here is an observation page that is linked to the group! This user is both a member of the group and has “joined” the group, which allows the project to be linked to the page (I know it sounds confusing, SORRY).

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If you scroll down past the fun photos towards the bottom of the group page, you will see the project requirements. I am the group admin, so I set the project requirements. And I’ve set the requirements to be, any observations made by any people on the list, at any time, at any place, of any thing. But, the only way to get on the list, i for me to manually add you! Joining the group by clicking the button at the top of the page will not actually make your observations become part of the project.

If you are not on the list above and thought you were (sorry!), just let me know and I’ll add you! Want to join? Tell me your iNat user name and I’ll add you! There are no requirements to join! The whole point is to have fun, help out each other with IDs, have a network of people to ask questions to (you can send messages to people in iNat! INCLUDING ME! You can @ people in iNat and ask for ID help, INCLUDING ME!)

The group page has a post going over how to upload observations with the app in the news section. I haven’t done one for the web version of the site, but it’s a lot more straightforward, which is why I haven’t prioritized it. If anybody EVER has any questions about how to use iNat, feel free to ask me questions over there, or over here!

July 11, 2019

Book Plans (?!) and a Networking Pep Talk

I have been brainstorming and keeping notes for a book/book series idea I have had for a few years now. Other things have taken priority so I haven’t focused on it too much, plus there’s also the logistics of how do I actually get this thing I wrote to become an actual book?

That’s where the power of networking comes in.

I think it’s a huge misservice to people that nobody is taught what networking is or how to do it, especially now that social media and social NETWORKS are a thing that make us ALL CONNECTED to people that could essentially help us attain our goals.

Case in point: I know people who are published authors. And in fact… uh… over on facebook today, this happened:

(Alan is an artist friend of mine, super talented, check out his stuff!)

Anyways, I met Eric Eaton when he gave a talk at the Austin Butterfly Forum and his approach to outreach is 100% in line with mine, and I gave him my business card. So we follow each other on fb to keep in touch.

If you don’t recognize his name, he wrote this:

I told him I would love to collaborate with him! I was planning to get around to this eventually, but knowing that a connection is actively willing to help me now is a huge motivator!

Anyways, I know some of you younger folks may be lamenting your lack of connections or geographic isolation. This kind of thing could never work for you, right? “But I don’t attend club meetings! I don’t have the confidence to introduce myself! I don’t know anybody like you do!”

YES YOU DO! You know ME! That’s why it’s called a network! So you’re a lurker? Then introduce yourself and ask your question! I respond to DMs. Maybe I can’t help with everything, but I try! And I know lots of stuff, have worked lots of places, with lots of people, doing lots of things. I have some strange, random niche knowledge and contacts all over the place.

I know it sounds scary and hard, but trust me, a few years ago I never imagined more than ten people would ever read my posts about bugs, and I am still confused about where all you came from and why y’all think I’m any different than any of you. I’m just a little older, maybe a little crazier, and definitely have more moth pee on me.

July 13, 2019

pleasedontanalyzeme:

nanonaturalist:

pumpkinpaix:

walkingphotos:

pumpkinpaix:

walkingphotos:

Yesterday’s Walking Photo: Whoops, sorry, ran out of time last night to post this before going to my gig. I actually spotted this very tiny but very cool-looking insect on my car before I ever left the driveway. Doesn’t it look like a cross between a grasshopper and a classic movie alien? For all I know it actually is some kind of larval grasshopper. Something about those rear legs, not to mention the enormous antennae. I like it.

Hi! If it interests you, there’s an app called iNaturalist where you can upload photos of flora/fauna you find and there’s a community of people who can try and identify it! If you already know what you’re looking at, you can immediately label it as such, and other people will verify or disagree. It’s a really cool citizen science network, and if you like taking photos of life you find, it’s a fun way to learn about that life. 🙂 I have no idea what your bug is, but I love it!!

Ummmmmm YES it interests me! Thank you for this tip as I am frequently inviting/requesting help with identifying various organisms here. I wasted no time grabbing iNaturalist, setting up an account and submitting this photo. So far no quick ID, but I’m waiting to see if anyone in the community chimes in. Now I feel like I should journey back through my archives and see what still needs identifying. Thanks again!

Of course! I really love iNaturalist because it’s been such a low-stress way for me to learn a little bit about the flora/fauna around me and also feel like I’m contributing to some kind of larger science network. 🙂 To follow up, @nanonaturalist created an “iNatters of tumblr” group on iNaturalist last year, which I believe is still open to join, which might give you a bit of a starting point with the app!! You can find the link to that post here. (@nanonaturalist I hope you don’t mind that I tagged you in this!)

This baby is a young katydid nymph! The genus is Scudderia. They start out looking super freaky!

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The adults look more like standard katydids:

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I have these all over my yard. They’re big as adults!

July 11, 2019

I got suspended from inaturalist after an hour. 🙁

@pleasedontanalyzeme iNaturalist has had a HUGE problem with spambots lately, and they have software that has attempted to automatically detect those accounts and suspend them, but the software has… lots of bugs (and not the kind of bugs iNat wants…). Send me a PM with your username and I will unsuspend you.

Same goes to anybody else, I have admin permissions on iNat, if you need help with something let me know and I’ll do what I can to fix it for you. That includes anything from abuse from other users to errors with the website.

July 11, 2019

Could I join your tumblr iNat group? I'm super new to it so I get the basic gist but I'm still pretty inexperienced, my user is exactly the same as it is here

YES, I just added you. WELCOME!

For those not in the know, iNaturalist is awesome, and is how I taught myself everything I know about insects. I’m not joking, I’m not exaggerating. I’m serious.

I have been super bad about keeping up with it (because life, and mental health, and then losing my job and being unemployed forever, etc), but I DID start a group on iNaturalist for us tumblr peeps to support each other and learn to use the site. 

iNatters of tumblr [link to iNat Project page]

There are some silly little logistical issues with the project. I have the project set up so that once you are in, every observation you have ever posted, even if you already have an iNaturalist account! will be part of the group! And obviously, every observation you make in the future will be included as well, automatically

But, I have to manually add everybody who wants to join. You can send me a DM or an ask here (comments on posts may or may get lost in the madness of tumblr, so contacting me directly is better). OR, you can send me a message on iNat. If you are a new user, you need to create observations because you have the ability to send messages now (they just rolled out that feature to deal with spammers).

If you want to have your observations linked directly to the group page, and want to be notified when I finally start posting to the group again (lol), then you’ll want to “join” the group. But! Your observations will still be included in the group as long as you are in the list! Let me show you:

image

This is the banner of the group. In the top right corner, there is a join button. Click it! That means you have followed the group, and if I have added you as a member of the group, your observations will link to the group page.

image

Here is an observation page that is linked to the group! This user is both a member of the group and has “joined” the group, which allows the project to be linked to the page (I know it sounds confusing, SORRY).

image

If you scroll down past the fun photos towards the bottom of the group page, you will see the project requirements. I am the group admin, so I set the project requirements. And I’ve set the requirements to be, any observations made by any people on the list, at any time, at any place, of any thing. But, the only way to get on the list, i for me to manually add you! Joining the group by clicking the button at the top of the page will not actually make your observations become part of the project.

If you are not on the list above and thought you were (sorry!), just let me know and I’ll add you! Want to join? Tell me your iNat user name and I’ll add you! There are no requirements to join! The whole point is to have fun, help out each other with IDs, have a network of people to ask questions to (you can send messages to people in iNat! INCLUDING ME! You can @ people in iNat and ask for ID help, INCLUDING ME!)

The group page has a post going over how to upload observations with the app in the news section. I haven’t done one for the web version of the site, but it’s a lot more straightforward, which is why I haven’t prioritized it. If anybody EVER has any questions about how to use iNat, feel free to ask me questions over there, or over here!

July 11, 2019

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

nanonaturalist:

My Sanctuary

Before:

This was the photo I took of my house from the backyard when I decided to buy it. Those windows downstairs? That’s the livingroom/kitchen. My house is a bird blind. I love it. Anyways. I just now attempted to retake this photo, which was impossible because (1) physically getting to the location where I had taken this photo would be an adventure in getting personal with some trees and maybe poison ivy (2) you cannot actually see the house… at all… from that spot. But anyways.

After 3 years:

Feels good to have a yard after 14 years in apartments!

Also! Me with my elderberry bush last June (2018):

Me with my elderberry bush now (July 2019):

My baby is SO TALL!!! 😀 You can see her in the left side of the photo of my jungle. I love her. She was a gift for giving an insect talk at a garden club. They gave me some other great plants, mostly groundcover. I didn’t expect the elderberry would grow so tall, so fast! And the groundcover plants are now deciding they want to teleport their decendants to other, random areas of the garden. Yes, please! Ruellia everywhere!

This is why I’m so stressed out about not being able to find a job in Austin. I can’t move. This yard is my connection to nature. I discovered insects here. I have entomologists commenting on things I find in my yard, saying they are rare or out of range. The trees I have nurtured are my children! If I move, how can I trust they won’t be neglected, or worse, cut down?

Who would want a lawn when they could have paradise?

July 8, 2019

@magnulia lol they sure do!! I keep track on iNaturalist with a project for my yard. So far, 860 different species of bugs!

There are more, I’m a year behind uploading photos because… life happens!

July 8, 2019

Also! Those sad little dinky bushes? They’re crape myrtles. Here they are now:

Hard to see, but a 4th one (purple!) popped up to make the arrangement symmetrical. Perfect. I was told you’re “supposed” to prune them down every winter (essentially back down to nothing), but every winter, I see birds go nuts eating the seeds off of them! Why would I prune them and remove all that bird food?!

They are non-native, but they are big and bushy, and provide great shelter for the birds in my yard. A lady cardinal had beed injured by a hawk, but was able to get away from him in the white one, and the hawk was unable to get her. She lived! Also, some native insects do eat the leaves, plus, the leaves are the favorites for the leaf-cutter bees in my yard:

Those perfect circles were cut from the leaves by leaf-cutter bees who use the material to build their nests! I’ve seen holes in pokeweed and other native plants a couple times, but as soon as spring hits, the crape myrtles start looking like Swiss cheese.

Native plants are best, but if you already have non-natives, they can still play an important role in supporting the habitat you create with native species—you don’t need to worry about removing them in most cases!

July 8, 2019

@snepwig *nervous laughter* I live in an HOA…

July 9, 2019