Simon Tolzmann

הצטרפ.ה ב:פבר' 11, 2018 פעילות אחרונה: יוני 9, 2023 iNaturalist

I'm a 17 year old naturalist, budding ecologist/conservationist and photographer, born, raised, and still living in Chicago Illinois. I've really bounced around between interests over the years, and currently my heart sits with Midwestern flora, and really finding as many of Chicago's rare plants as I can possibly find.

I work with the New England based camera store Hunt's Photo and Video as an online webinar speaker, and a photography workshop leader. I give presentations on point-and-shoot photography, urban yard wildlife photography, the ethical photography of wildlife, and more. As far as workshops go, I'm a leader at various nature-related festivals, conventions or events showing people all of the wildlife they like to see!

As a two year old, I fell in love with nature when I watched a documentary on cuttlefish. For the next 8 years, I collected fossils and learned as much as I could about the prehistoric world, and at age 11 I was sucked into the world of birds. I started using iNat to give myself an idea of what I was looking at in a bird's mouth ready to feed to young, or the tree that bird was sitting in, and that has now morphed into an all-out obsession where I take photos of everything I see, even if I've already taken a hundred photos of it in the past.

Starting in the fall of 2023, I'll be attending Colorado State University studying Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at the Warner College of Natural Resources. Go Rams!

Sidenote, I used to be pretty careless with my ID's here, so I took a long break from it. I'd call my areas of "expertise" all North American BIRDS, SALAMANDERS, BUTTERFLIES, SNAKES, Chicagoland flora, Rocky Mountain Flora, and a bunch of miscellaneous other plants, insects, etc. Feel free to tag me in anything, I'll do my best to ID it, but I'll probably not know some things.

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Instagram: @brdnrdr

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