An observation a day.... :)

So, some folks know that I've been trying my best to make at least one observation every day. This was inspired by @jmaughn , who has made daily observations for over the past 7 years! Well, I'm a couple years behind James, but for the past 2053 days, I've made at least one observation. Here's a fun "find your longest streak" program to see what yours might be:

So, why? Why in the heck would I do such a thing? It's sort of silly, right? Well, at first, it was just a challenge for myself. I won't lie, there are some miserably hot or miserably cold (believe it or not, we do get some cold icy days in TX!) where catching an observation was a challenge.

However, my reason for doing this has changed. Every day we interact with nature. I'm extremely lucky to live in an area where there are nearby parks or some green-ish roadsides to find some different plants or bugs. I'm also lucky to have relatively good health to walk around and search for things. Every day, I've been lucky enough to engage with some other species that are occupying the same space as I am. That's a cool thing!

And geez, I'm crazy lucky to be an urban wildlife biologist where I'm asked to know the local flora and fauna! Someone pinch me!

Like exercise, it feels better when you're doing it and afterwards. I definitely don't regret any day that I've been able to spend even a moment outside looking at/for nature. :) Being a plant and bug guy makes it a little easier -- these taxa are abundant in Texas!

Anyways, even if you're not making iNat observations, hopefully you're engaging with nature in some way, every day. :)

Publicado el octubre 22, 2020 12:49 MAÑANA por sambiology sambiology


Congratulations. I admire your determination.

Publicado por connlindajo hace más de 3 años

As a new Master Naturalist, I am also new to iNaturalist, so I enjoy seeing what you find every day. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us!

Publicado por kari-tx hace más de 3 años

Working on it this year! I'm at 294 days, and it's been a really rough year. Not sure if I'll do it next year...

Publicado por daniel112 hace más de 3 años

14 days for me.

Publicado por centratex hace más de 3 años

You forgot to mention that making a daily observation challenges you to look beyond your comfort zone of plants and bugs when the weather or season isn't pleasant. You can get into fungi/lichen, birds, galls, seeds... or just go on a trip and explore somewhere new!

Publicado por kimberlietx hace más de 3 años

congrats! I don't go out and do much anymore. My longest streak was 22 days, though. I'd like to go birdwatching more

Publicado por madisong hace más de 3 años

Your daily obs have taught me so much. I find things to look for on my walks based on some of the observations you post. Thanks for continually observing, and teaching!

Publicado por texslm hace más de 3 años

Hi Sam, I enjoyed reading this. It's nice to know that I have a fellow traveler on this weird journey. I'm sorry we weren't able to meet up the last time I was in Texas. Hopefully there will be a next time!

Publicado por jmaughn hace más de 3 años

I should also mention that one of the aspects of your achievement that really impresses me is just the massive number of species you've seen compared to me in this endeavor. Clearly I need to up my plant-and-bug efforts. I'm also impressed you've been able to do all of this without succumbing to the temptation to divide your observations into more and more arcane lists, something I've clearly failed at in a monumental way.

Publicado por jmaughn hace más de 3 años

Several of my long streaks are in 2020, probably because once COVID-19 hit what else was there to do but take walks. I decided that this year my goal would be to get to 10K observations. Almost there! 481 to go!

Publicado por jblinde hace más de 3 años

I am glad you are doing it. The database will help others for years to come. I have admired your dedication to science from the day Pat and I met you.

Joseph, from Weatherford NPSOT

Publicado por josephbyrne42 hace más de 3 años

Thanks all -- I sure do enjoy it. And it's good to hear that I'm not thoroughly annoying folks that are following me and getting daily emails of my weed observations! :)

It's a fun challenge at first, and then it becomes habit. It's a good habit to have!

Publicado por sambiology hace más de 3 años

Ooooh how fun! I didn't even think of making a streak! Starting today. :-)

Publicado por crabbymaxie hace más de 3 años

Well, I did it! At least one observation per day for the entire 366-day year - despite all that happened. Some days it was just the weeds in the hotel parking lot while I try to find a new apartment, or a cockroach on the sidewalk - but I did also have quite a few lifers (including a new invasive cockroach that I haven't seen before lol).

Start date End date Streak duration
2020-01-01 2020-12-31 366

The aforementioned cockroach:

Publicado por daniel112 hace alrededor de 3 años

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