Jeremy Hussell

Unido: 11.nov.2016 Última actividad: 03.ago.2020

I'm the son of two ornithologists and currently a software developer for Birds Canada (formerly Bird Studies Canada) in Ontario. I'm using iNaturalist to accelerate my learning. I mostly identify observations in north-eastern North America.

The observation I was making in my profile picture can be seen here. The observation which is my profile picture can be seen here.

If you're checking my profile to see what areas I know a lot about, to help you decide whether you agree with an ID I made or not: I'm much, much more interested in having my mistakes pointed out so I can learn from them than in getting instant agreement. Take a week to think about it. Or just be patient and wait for a third person to add an ID, if you don't have the resources and time right now to figure out how to tell the related species apart. It's better to have an observation still needing another identification than to have a misidentified "Research Grade" observation. If you feel the need to thank me, do it in a comment, please. Hasty use of the "Agree" button makes me feel sad, not happy.

If my ID disagrees with yours, and you feel you don't know enough to confidently agree (or disagree) with my ID, then there are other things you can do, besides leaving the disagreement in place or agreeing with my ID: withdraw your ID, or only agree with the genus. On the website withdrawing your ID can be done in the menu opened by clicking the down-pointing arrow in the upper-right corner of your ID. This signals that you don't disagree while leaving the observation in the "Needs ID" category so another identifier will come along and confirm or correct my ID. I'm especially interested in the latter outcome, since I know I make mistakes sometimes and being corrected is the fastest way for me to learn. It's also better for scientists using iNaturalist data, since agreeing with an ID usually moves the observation to "Research Grade", where it won't get reviewed again.

I add basic identifications to a lot of observations in the "Unknown" category (though less often lately). Since a lot of those are photos of plants and fungi, and I don't know enough to identify most plants and fungi, something like two thirds of my IDs are just "Flowering Plants (Phylum Magnoliophyta)", and a lot of the rest are "Fungi including Lichens (Kingdom Fungi)". Occasionally I find an animal I can actually identify, or an interestingly weird observation which I can't even assign to a kingdom. Here's a FAQ entry explaining why basic IDs are helpful. I strongly recommend you put the best ID you can manage on your observations right away, even if that's just "Plant", because by the time I get around to them they've likely fallen off the first few pages of things needing an ID. If you can get it down to order or family, that's even better. But don't stress too much if you can't ID it to species yourself: you can learn a lot from identifications by the iNaturalist community. I know I have!

Lately most of my identifications have been of spiders of Canada and flower flies of northeastern North America, though I'm continuing to learn other groups. Outside of Canada I often can't do any better than family, except for Cyclosa.

I'm trying to put together a list of everyone at Birds Canada who has an iNaturalist account. If you work there and I'm not yet following you, send me a message! I'm also a member of the Brodie Club. Let me know if you're a member with an account and I'm not yet following you, whether you're a past or present member, an active, inactive, or corresponding member, or even just a regular guest.

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