Aug 132008

White-tailed PtarmiganWhen I first considered some of the community benefits of sharing wild observations I’d think “I might set a goal of ‘observing a Ptarmigan’, and perhaps the WildObs community could help me directly or indirectly”. I picked this species not just because of the great sounding name, but because I truly wanted to see one. I may have seen one in the UK, but I was quite sure I hadn’t in the US.

Indirectly might be “where is the best place to see Ptarmigan around me” or “what recent sightings have been recorded”, and directly might be “You’ve added ptarmigan to your wishlist, go look here for them”. These are things WildObs could facilitate.
This weekend I was lucky enough to encounter some white-tailed ptarmigan at 11K feet above Diamond Lake, CO. Ok, so this time the WildObs community didn’t help me meet that goal, but perhaps I can help others meet it.

Aug 072008

Adam Jack A friend told me about mountain lions living on some nearby mesas. On one mesa, with a given number of mule deer, was probably one lion. On the other mesa, with more deer, between one and five lion! I’ve hiked those mesas many times, and the hikes would’ve been enhanced had I known about these magnificent beasts. Why didn’t I know about those lion? This was something I ‘needed’ to know.

At the time I was already working on, but this was yet one more proof point for why I wanted to produce a place where folks could enter their encounters, and others could live vicariously through them, learning about their local region. has pages for category per region because of this conversation.