Thank you all for a great 2023!

Hello Naturalists of South Carolina,

As 2023 comes to a close, I wanted to put together a quick overview of the year on iNaturalist that will hopefully serve as not only a thank you to those who have contributed to iNaturalist in South Carolina, but also as a glimpse into some of the trends of observation in the state. To preface, I pulled the data and numbers you’ll find to follow on the 30th and 31st, so if any of you accomplish incredible feats of observation in the last 24 hours or so of the year, they will not be documented in this review, and I do apologize for that.
Currently, 34,633 users have posted at least one observation in the state of South Carolina, up from 29,237 users at the end of 2022, marking an 18.5% increase in the number of observers in the state. While this is an impressive increase, the current number of South Carolina observers represents approximately 0.6% of the total number of residents in the state! There’s certainly room to spread the word about the power of iNaturalist. For another perspective, the number of South Carolina observers is currently about the population of the city of Greer, or the city of Aiken.

166 observers have logged more than 500 observations in the state of South Carolina

75 observers have logged over 1,000

14 observers have logged over 5,000

5 observers have logged over 15,000

The top 10 users with the most observations within South Carolina (in order) at the end of 2023 are…

@torgos216
@jtmartin54
@kkeivit
@kcthetc1
@sharonoutside
@sc_beetles
@toxmace
@wildlife13
@sharleen_j
@abiggs2

In 2023 alone, the most prolific observers were (in order)…

@jtmartin54
@wildlife13
@sc_beetles
@sharonoutside
@toxmace
@abiggs2
@ungberg
@latraviata
@funnystuff2495
@lotusmooncake

Thank you all for your contributions!
At this time, 13,585 species of organisms have been observed (and marked as verifiable) on iNaturalist in the state of South Carolina. At the end of last year, this number stood at 12,282, marking a 12.8% increase in the number of species observed in this state over the course of 2023. I think it’s a terrific accomplishment that the iNaturalist community was able to so substantially increase the record of South Carolina species observed on the platform. If anyone knows how to find information on those 1,303 species that were added during 2023, please let me know, I’d be interested to learn more and share with you all.

170 users have logged more than 250 species in the state, up from 120 at the end of 2022

54 have logged more than 500, up from 42 at the end of 2022.

19 have logged more than 1,000, up from 14 at the end of 2022.

6 have logged more than 2,000, up from 3 at the end of 2022.

The 10 naturalists who have observed the most species in South Carolina until this point are…

@kcthetc1
@sharonoutside
@toxmace
@feroxara
@pwilson96
@sc_beetles
@kim_fleming
@torgos216
@sharleen_j
@linaceae

In 2023 alone, the 10 naturalists who observed the most species were…

@ungberg
@sharonoutside
@toxmace
@sc_beetles
@latraviata
@pwilson96
@feroxara
@wildlife13
@funnystuff2495
@thevargases

Thank you all for your contributions!

Finally, a thank you to the identifiers who helped us all out with their identifications. We all appreciate you sharing your expertise to help us learn! The 10 most prolific identifiers this year were…

@wildlife13
@williamwisephoto
@norm_shea
@torgos216
@suchosauros
@rtwhitson3
@ricemi2025
@mmmmbugs
@georgiano
@mhalsted

Thank you all!

I’d also like to say thank you to everyone who contributed to iNaturalist over the year. I enjoyed connecting with so many great people on this platform, and look forward to connecting with many more. I’ve got high hopes for a terrific 2024 out in the woods, fields, and waterways of South Carolina, and I hope you all are looking forward to it as much as I am. If you would like to reply with any notable finds that you made this year, want to share a good story, or something you’re looking forward to doing out in nature in the coming year, please do so below. Happy New Year everyone!

Publicado el diciembre 31, 2023 11:19 TARDE por pwilson96 pwilson96

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Great tally of the group's accomplishments, thanks for doing that @pwilson96.

Publicado por norm_shea hace 5 meses

@pwilson96 - Nice! Obviously it gets harder to add new species the further along we go, so that makes that 1303 that much more impressive. And . . . another big accomplishment for SC users in 2023 is that I see that the total species recorded for the year was 9111, which is as many species as had been recorded in SC in total all the way up to the middle of 2020. That's impressive for one year! And of course we moved to Florida in September of 2022, so I have 0 observations in SC for 2023, so that was all done without my help.

Publicado por kcthetc1 hace 5 meses

Thanks for this interesting summary, @pwilson96 Great to see that more people are becoming part of the iNat community + the impressive diversity and abundance of observations that have been made in our state over time and in the past year!

Publicado por sharleen_j hace 5 meses

@pwilson96 Nice job! Great information! Thanks!

Publicado por wildlife13 hace 5 meses

It was my pleasure @norm_shea, thanks for helping us all out!

Publicado por pwilson96 hace 5 meses

@kcthetc1 - I thought the same thing...to see so many species are still being added shows how much is left to uncover, share, and learn about. That's a great note on the number of species recorded in 2023 vs up until the middle of 2020, quite a cool stat. Congratulations on the move, but I do miss keeping up with your discoveries here in SC!

Publicado por pwilson96 hace 5 meses

You're welcome @sharleen_j and @wildlife13, it was fun to put together. Happy New Year!

Publicado por pwilson96 hace 5 meses

@pwilson96 Happy New Year!

Publicado por wildlife13 hace 5 meses

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