Elizabeth Ballard

Joined: Jul 13, 2020 Last Active: Jul 31, 2022 iNaturalist

To get my attention, always tag me using the @ sign, please. If I don't respond, send a message. :)

I am computer science educated, but an amateur-naturalist-in-training, currently falling in love with all things calico aster and cinnamon willow-herb.

An excellent tutorial on how to take useful observational photos for American Asters by @wdvanhem is at https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/62090-the-exciting-world-of-identifying-asters.

I am self-studying the Symphyotrichum genus with particular interest in knowing differences and similarities of the white small-flowered American asters in east central Indiana (for starters). If you care to view my observations of Symphyotrichum spp., they are at the following link. I welcome input and IDs.

Symphyotrichum spp. observations: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?order_by=observed_on&place_id=any&q=symphyotrichum&subview=grid&user_id=elizabeth1067&verifiable=any

I really love rodents and other mooching mammals, or they love me. :) Could raccoons be any cuter?

Procyon lotor (Common Raccoon) observations: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?order_by=observed_on&place_id=any&q=Procyon&subview=grid&user_id=elizabeth1067&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Mammalia

If you want to hear what spatting raccoons sound like, go to this observation.

I enjoy identifying animals by sound. It seems I keep coming up with sound files to analyze, edit, and upload. I welcome input and IDs for them.

Audio observations: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/elizabeth1067?search_on=&has%5B%5D=sounds

Always looking for help with insects and spiders.

Spiders (and any other arachnids): https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?order_by=observed_on&place_id=any&subview=grid&user_id=elizabeth1067&verifiable=any&iconic_taxa=Arachnida

Insects: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?iconic_taxa=Insecta&order_by=observed_on&place_id=any&subview=grid&user_id=elizabeth1067&verifiable=any

I'm interested in native flora and try to garden with that in mind, although removing the introduced and invasive species from my mere 1/3 acre that were here when I moved in a decade ago is slow going, particularly since Glechoma hederacea (Ground-ivy), Potentilla indica (Mock strawberry), Lysimachia clethroides (Gooseneck loosestrife), Spirea sp., and others are relentless.

eBird: elizabeth1067

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