August 11, 2016

So long, Texas

In less than a week, I'll be moving away from Texas, to start a new career in Boston, Massachusetts.
I'll sorely miss the incredible biodiversity of Texas, which I still feel like I've only scraped the surface of. There are quite a few Texas specialties that I never managed to find during my time here, in particular I managed to miss nearly every LRGV bird rarity that crossed the wires, and I never did find a Coral Snake in the wild! Given its richness, I imagine that I will come back to visit Texas in the future, but I'll miss living right in the heart of it all.

I am excited for Boston though, as I've never lived so far north. A huge number of winter waterbirds and cold-water pelagics will be wholly new for me. On land, I'm looking forward to seeing Bicknell's Thrush, Snow Bunting, and all the breeding warblers. And I'm completely unfamiliar with the butterflies and odonates of the northeast, and I'm excited to get to know them. All that said, I can imagine exhausting the possibilities relatively quickly, and the winters will be a struggle to endure. We'll see if I remain there for the long-term, but it'll be an exciting home for the foreseeable future at least.

Finally, I've really enjoyed getting know all the excellent naturalists of Texas, both in-person and online, and it's been great to have such a passionate community sharing sightings, advice, and time in the field. I've grown immeasurably as a naturalist during my time here, thanks to iNaturalist and the community here. Though I won't be contributing observations to Texas any longer, I'll certainly enjoy keeping up with what everyone is seeing, and I'll miss being a part of it!

All the best to everyone, take care, and keep in touch!
...
Roger

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