Hannah Floyd

Joined: May 12, 2019 Last Active: May 28, 2024 iNaturalist

I am a freshman studying molecular biology at Princeton University. I am also pursuing a minor in Spanish. I am from Boulder, Colorado and am broadly interested in natural history and ecology, especially herps, birds, arthropods, and scientific name etymologies. I am also interested in coastal and intertidal ecology and biochemistry and hope to study marine science in the future. At Princeton, I am the Events Chair for the Princeton Conservation Society (PCS). I organize and initiate many of the activities PCS does, and am currently in the process of planning an iNaturalist bioblitz in Central Park, NYC this spring!

I have written numerous articles and given workshops and presentations for a variety of publications and organizations. For example, I have written four articles for the American Birding Association (ABA). The first was published on the ABA website titled “What To Do When They Close School” . The second was titled “My Coronavirus Crash Course in Nature Study: Learning About Birds (& More) with iNaturalist & Instagram,” and was published in the Dec. issue of the ABA’s Birding magazine. Both of these focused on my experience birding and ‘iNat-ing” during the pandemic. In the Jan. 2021 issue of Birding magazine, I collaborated with ornithologist Peter Pyle on a study of Long-billed Dowitchers. I was also published in The Fledgling (the ABA’s magazine run and written by young birders). I wrote a product review of the newest Swarovski telescope. In addition to writing articles, I have also given presentations at various bird festivals across the country (I led a workshop on iNaturalist at the San Diego Bird Festival in Feb. 2022), as well as at local events here in CO (I co-led a Sandhill Crane field workshop at Monte Vista NWR in Mar. 2022 and again at the Yampa Valley Crane Festival in Sep. 2022). In 2021, I presented twice at the Western Field Ornithologists' (WFO) annual convention (online due to the pandemic). My first presentation was on research that I completed regarding the molt patterns of several different individual birds near my home including a White-throated Sparrow and a Hooded Merganser. My second presentation was a webinar all about iNaturalist (you can watch it here! ). I attended the 2023 WFO-CFO joint convention in July and led a presentation and field workshop on iNaturalist, this time in person! Most recently, I presented an online iNaturalist crash course to Colorado Field Ornithologists (CFO). I collaborated with Swarovski Optik to do a photoshop with some of their products and had an article published about birding my local patch on their website. I was on the front cover of their magazine for the Spring 2022 issue! When I am in Colorado, I am a regular volunteer for the Lafayette Birds initiative, and I am passionate about education and sharing my wonder for the natural world with other people through bird walks. I have 60 bird photos on display year-round in a poster for the Lafayette Birds Initiative, and some of my bird photos have been published in a brochure produced by the Louisville Open Space chapter.

I am the copy editor of The Fledgling, the American Birding Association’s magazine written by young birders.

In addition to sharing all of my photos on iNaturalist, I also share all of my favorite photos over on Instagram . I do not use eBird as much, but here is my eBird profile .

In the summer between my senior year of high school and freshman year of college, I was a teaching assistant for the Dawson Summer Initiative. I worked with middle schoolers from 30 different public schools, advising them on independent projects and helping them with their research.

This summer (2024), I am excited to be a Marine Conservation Intern with Osa Conservation in Costa Rica!

I am happy to help with identifications, and am most comfortable with birds of the Western United States and flora and fauna of the Front Range region of Colorado (still working on the flora part, though). I am excited to explore the natural history and ecology in and around the Princeton campus–especially salamanders!

Wherever I find myself, I try to iNat the flora, fauna, and other biota around me. Case in point: a Chihuahuan Spotted Whiptail (Aspidoscelis exsanguis) I iNatted in Colfax County, New Mexico, a few years ago. I recently collaborated on a geographic distribution note published in 2024 in Herpetological Review, a peer-reviewed quarterly. I was able to contribute to this project because of that observation I submitted to iNaturalist, documenting one of the northernmost records of this species ever.

Check out my observational study that I conducted between May 30, 2022 and June 8, 2022 here (@hannahfloyd_mothstudy2022). It was for my International Baccalaureate (IB) extended essay. Essentially, it was a 4,000-word research paper on the behavior of the four-spotted moth, Tyta luctuosa. T. luctuosa was introduced into Colorado to help control the highly invasive and problematic field bindweed.

In my profile picture, I am taking a picture of a Greater Short-horned Lizard at the Pawnee National Grassland in Colorado.

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