josh_vandermeulen

Joined: Mar 09, 2018 Last Active: May 23, 2019

I am a naturalist based in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. My initial exploits in the natural world involved reptiles and amphibians and it was a slippery slope from there, as birds followed, then butterflies, then dragonflies, then moths, etc. Birds dominated my life for a few years but I am getting back into many other taxa, especially butterflies and herps. Botany is slowly becoming an interest of mine, and I am working on improving my identifications.

I currently split my time working as an environmental consultant in Ontario Canada, and leading nature tours for Quest Nature Tours (Cuba, Spain, Borneo, Galapagos). I love visiting remote places. Some of my favorite activities include watching bird migration in the autumn on the shores of James Bay, night-hiking in the Neotropics (I have a particular fascination with Bolitoglossa salamanders and any and all snakes), spending time with a population of Eastern Massassaugas at a location I've visited for the last decade, and searching for endemic bird species in far flung locations. I finally joined iNaturalist after some gentle prodding from several friends and have quickly grown addicted. As far as I am concerned its the best thing to happen since eBird!

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