Welcome to my never-ending quest to see every wild vertebrate species I can! I know I’ll never find every vertebrate on Earth, but I’ll do my best to get as close as I can.
I started birding around 2000, but I didn’t really get hooked on birds until about 2004. As I saw more and more birds I realized I also wanted to see more snakes, more mammals, more fish, more everything!
Birds will always remain near and dear to my heart, but over the years I’ve found myself a little more interested in amphibians and fish, so the bulk of my free time since 2013 has been devoted to finding new salamanders and fish for my life list. We recently moved from the Midwest to the East Coast, so I’m very excited to have access to many new vertebrates, especially marine fish!
I have a Ph.D. in plant biology, but I could probably tell you much more about vertebrate identification than plant identification. I am a former seasonal editor for the Audubon Society of Missouri, and I am a regional editor (Missouri and Iowa) for North American Birds. I’m also an eBird reviewer and hotspot editor for Missouri.
I catalog virtually all of my bird observations with eBird, and I try to enter all of my herp observations with NAHerp, HerpMapper, or the Pennsylvania Amphibian & Reptile Survey. I’m also a member of the North American Native Fishes Association, although I’m not as active as I’d like.