Stewart Wechsler

Joined: Nov 12, 2017 Last Active: Oct 29, 2020

For my first 16 years my focus was to see as many species as I could, getting more points the closer a species was to extinction. For my last 23 years my focus has been to do the most I could to help with the protection and recovery of populations of the species in my local community that had declined since contact with the blindly destructive, commercially driven culture imported here by the Europeans, getting more points the more I helped with protection and regrowth of populations of species that had declined the most.

Towards that end I have been studying the identification, habitats, and stories, of the species that form my local lower Georgia-Puget Trough natural community, pulling weeds away from the plant species that had declined the most, and moving small amounts of seed, or a few plants of local, wild gene stock of species that I estimated were adapted to a spot, but were missing from that spot, and pulling more weeds away from them, allowing them to expand their populations, if they were indeed adapted to that spot other than competition from weed species they weren't adapted to. I collected more points the more the plant species I helped would in turn help more other species that had declined the most.

Also towards that end I have been teaching those around me what I have learned about the identification, habitats, and stories of the species in my local community, in hopes that they might also apply that knowledge to the protection, and regrowth of the natural wealth and beauty of our local natural community. I have been doing this both with the people around me in the physical world, and in cyberspace, especially here on iNaturalist.

My greatest success story, a dense colony of innumerable Short-styled Thistles - Cirsium brevistylum, a caterpillar food plant for 2 local butterfly species, and nectar plant for more species, once lost from Seattle, now growing here again ,and spreading, starting with 3 seeds I got from the foothills of the Olympic Mts in about 2006, that I moved into West Seattle's Lincoln Park, with weeding around them, and control of the Artichoke Plum Moths in them ever since:

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