Matthew Cozart

Entrou: 26 de set. de 2022 Última vez ativo: 16 de jul. de 2024 iNaturalist

From a very young age, I have always had a natural curiosity and attraction towards nature. During my childhood I was raised in Montana where my father would take my four siblings and I outside and do exploring in the mountains, with monthly visits to Yellowstone National Park for over seven years has given me a great appreciation for wildlife. My first appreciation has always been reptiles and trout. My dad, a lifelong herper and fisherman, would take us out herping and fishing throughout Montana as well as herping in Colorado and Utah on family trips. When I was at the age of ten, I had gotten my first camera where I then took up birding.

Nowadays, my interests have branched out into plants, where I have a special interest in conifers. I have gotten into the habit of observing nearly everything that I find. I have a healthy obsessive love over many things, like trout, ducks, gulls, raptors, moths, as well as any and all reptiles and amphibians, the ultimate derps. I also really like bears, wolves, big cats, big game mammals, squirrels, and conifers.

The observations that can be expected from me will vary on the time of year because I like to dabble in everything and be a well-rounded naturalist. During the winter, I will have a strong focus on birds, mainly being raptors, gulls, and waterfowl, with mammals thrown in the mix. In the summer my focus will shift towards plants and insects, along with a heavy focus on fishing for trout and herping for reptiles and amphibians, with birds and mammals being thrown in the mix. Whatever is around that I find I will most likely photograph as I like to take pictures of everything I see as it's a fun yet addicting hobby at the same time.

I like to contribute to the community of iNaturalists by identifying observations of salmoniformes, reptiles, and amphibians. Recently, I've expanded my identification plate by identifying birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish within the state of Oregon. I've also recently have been consistently identifying reptiles and amphibians in the western United States and western Canada, as well as a heavy focus on the pituophis genus which includes pine snakes, gopher snakes, and bullsnakes. I'm also planning on learning how to identify Australian reptiles and amphibians at some point in the near future as they have some really cool herps in the land down under that I would love to learn about.

If anyone thinks that I've incorrectly identified an observation, whether it is my own observation or another user's, please feel free to tag me with an explanation. I am a strong believer that even the most experienced identifiers in whatever specialty they are in can make mistakes because we are all human, and if anyone thinks that I am wrong on an ID, I would love to know why so everyone involved can learn something new from the discussion. Anyone is free to tag me in any observations where I can possibly help with an ID and I will gladly help in any way I can. My private messages are also open to anyone who has an interesting topic to talk about as I enjoy nature related discussions.

Personal quick links for me to get easy access for all my needs:

New species in my area:,1144,1846,720,1851&subview=map&unobserved_by_user_id=chickeroni

ID Map:

Generalized Location Identifications

Oregon Identifications:

Western US and Canada Herp Identifications:

Specific Organism Types Identifications:

Crotalus Identifications:

North American Catfishes:

North American Ruminants:

Pituophis Identifications:

Salmon Identification:

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