Neil Bjorklund

Έγινε μέλος στις: Οκτ 26, 2019 Τελευταία δραστηριότητα στις: Ιαν 27, 2023 iNaturalist

Hello! I spent 23 years working as a professional habitat conservation planner in Eugene, Oregon, with a focus on wetland and riparian habitats. My hobbies include photographing and watching birds and butterflies, both here in Oregon and abroad.

My primary expertise as a naturalist is in native butterflies of Oregon. I am the owner and creator of www.butterfliesoforegon.com, a comprehensive guide to the native butterflies of Oregon. This website includes photos of all of Oregon’s described butterfly species that breed regularly in the state, as well as information on how to identify them, where they occur and when, what larval host plants they use and their current conservation status.

I have more than 9,000 butterfly records in Oregon including 170 taxa, stored in my own custom-designed database. Of those 9000, about 2,000 are photo-documented. In October 2022 I submitted my first batch of my Oregon butterfly sightings to iNat. Once I devised an efficient way to tag all my photos with GPS data, I dove into the process of uploading years of photo-documented Oregon butterfly sightings. The count is now over 1,200. There are more coming...

In 2023, I plan to add to butterfliesoforegon.com a list of butterfly species for the state, which shows which species have been documented in which counties. Since only a fraction of all butterfly records (photos, sight records and collected specimens) are entered into iNat, it can be very helpful to have a more comprehensive dataset to understand the true distribution of each species. Stay tuned for that!

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