Neil Gilham

Unido: 20.jul.2013 Última actividad: 01.oct.2022 iNaturalist Patrocinador mensual desde diciembre 2021

I am fascinated by the natural world and how all the pieces fit together and interact with one another; rock, soil, water, microbes, plant, animal, and air; all connected. I’ve always been interested in nature from a very young age. iNaturalist has opened a new world of discovery and learning for me. I love the community and the feedback.

I’m based in western Washington. Most of my observations are from my local area. I travel with my job (environmental scientist/geologist) and take vacations near and far. I love the opportunity to view nature in new places and make new discoveries. I’m still making new discoveries even in my own backyard.

I’m a generalist when making observations. Whatever catches my eye I'll photograph, especially anything new to me. Plants rank high on my list with a focus on weeds and invasive plants. I’m a casual birder. I like arthropods, especially insects and spiders. I love centipedes. I’m challenged by mushrooms, lichens, and mosses.

My current photography kit includes a Nikon Z5 equipped with a 24-200mm lens. I also use a 105mm macro lens. I frequently use my phone, Samsung Galaxy S8. I have a binocular microscope (20x – 40x) that I can photograph through the ocular with my smartphone.

I don't do identifications as frequently as I used to. I'm glad some people do it. I focus IDs on organisms I know well, the easy ones, mainly those close to me. Identification and interaction within the iNaturalist community is important and it encourages those new to iNaturalist. I appreciate the identifications received and especially any explanation feedback if I made an error. Please don't dine and dash.

Some field guides I have on my shelf:

Field Guides for the Pacific Northwest

Feel free to reach out to me if you’re in the neighborhood.

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