Earyn McGee

Earyn McGee

is creating a platform to bring lizards & fieldwork right to your fingertips

35

patrons

$104

per month
Hi there! I am so glad you made it!

My name is Earyn and I am a graduate student studying natural resources. My research focuses on:

  1. Lizards in the Southwestern United states and their diets. I am interested in if they are eating insects that spend their larval stages in water. Few have actually looked at how much of their diets compose of terrestrial vs aquatic insects! We really just do not know!
  2. As an African American women in a predominantly white male field, I am committed to diversity and inclusion. I am primarily interested in the barriers that prevent people of color from entering and staying in natural resources careers.
  3. Like many people I spend a lot of time online. My media use got me thinking ... How can we use social media as a science communication tool?
Through my graduate career, I have been able to merge all these interest together by creating a photo-based social media game called #FindThatLizard. The game runs every Wednesday at 5 pm PDT until 9 pm. Participants are tasked with finding a lizard camouflaged in its natural environment. Each photo is accompanied by a caption that gives fun lizard facts which are sometimes clues on where to look to find the lizard. I spend at least 20 hours a week producing challenges and running the game including interacting with as many participants as possible! You guys are amazing! You have such great questions and comments so I do my best to respond to them all!

#FindThatLizard is my passion project and I hope to take it big places one day! However, at the moment, producing a great challenge each week requires a lot of resources (money, time, photo equipment) which I do not always have as a young graduate student just getting started in life. With your support I know that I will be able to continue producing fun and exciting challenges!

Lets go on an adventure together to #FindThatLizard!

Thank you to those who already support me and to those who are making the choice to do so today!
Tiers
Beginner Lizard Finder
$1 or more per month

Thank you for supporting #FindThatLizard! Many lizards use push-ups as a form of communication. Normally they are telling rivals to get out of their territory or letting a potential mate know they are the best choice. In this case the lizards are doing push-ups to let you know that you're the best!

Intermediate Lizard Finder
$5 or more per month

Thank you for supporting #FindThatLizard! You've already gotten your appreciative push-ups from the lizards but the love you have shown in return requires a special shout out. I will acknowledge your patronage on Twitter and Instagram!

Expert Lizard Finder
$10 or more per month

Thank you for supporting #FindThatLizard! 


All the benefits of the previous tiers! Expert lizard finders know what species they are looking for and where they are most likely to find them! But on occasion they need to ask their fellow herpers for advice. Patrons at this tier will have their questions about featured species prioritized and I will also prioritize any photos sent in as potential #FindThatLizard challenges!

Goals
35 of 150 patrons
When I reach 150 patrons, I will email everyone a surprise high resolution lizard photo!
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Hi there! I am so glad you made it!

My name is Earyn and I am a graduate student studying natural resources. My research focuses on:

  1. Lizards in the Southwestern United states and their diets. I am interested in if they are eating insects that spend their larval stages in water. Few have actually looked at how much of their diets compose of terrestrial vs aquatic insects! We really just do not know!
  2. As an African American women in a predominantly white male field, I am committed to diversity and inclusion. I am primarily interested in the barriers that prevent people of color from entering and staying in natural resources careers.
  3. Like many people I spend a lot of time online. My media use got me thinking ... How can we use social media as a science communication tool?
Through my graduate career, I have been able to merge all these interest together by creating a photo-based social media game called #FindThatLizard. The game runs every Wednesday at 5 pm PDT until 9 pm. Participants are tasked with finding a lizard camouflaged in its natural environment. Each photo is accompanied by a caption that gives fun lizard facts which are sometimes clues on where to look to find the lizard. I spend at least 20 hours a week producing challenges and running the game including interacting with as many participants as possible! You guys are amazing! You have such great questions and comments so I do my best to respond to them all!

#FindThatLizard is my passion project and I hope to take it big places one day! However, at the moment, producing a great challenge each week requires a lot of resources (money, time, photo equipment) which I do not always have as a young graduate student just getting started in life. With your support I know that I will be able to continue producing fun and exciting challenges!

Lets go on an adventure together to #FindThatLizard!

Thank you to those who already support me and to those who are making the choice to do so today!

Recent posts by Earyn McGee

Tiers
Beginner Lizard Finder
$1 or more per month

Thank you for supporting #FindThatLizard! Many lizards use push-ups as a form of communication. Normally they are telling rivals to get out of their territory or letting a potential mate know they are the best choice. In this case the lizards are doing push-ups to let you know that you're the best!

Intermediate Lizard Finder
$5 or more per month

Thank you for supporting #FindThatLizard! You've already gotten your appreciative push-ups from the lizards but the love you have shown in return requires a special shout out. I will acknowledge your patronage on Twitter and Instagram!

Expert Lizard Finder
$10 or more per month

Thank you for supporting #FindThatLizard! 


All the benefits of the previous tiers! Expert lizard finders know what species they are looking for and where they are most likely to find them! But on occasion they need to ask their fellow herpers for advice. Patrons at this tier will have their questions about featured species prioritized and I will also prioritize any photos sent in as potential #FindThatLizard challenges!