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Shane Sater, Contributor
City, state, country:
Helena, MT, USA

I have a broad interest in natural history and ecology, particularly through the lenses of birds, plants, and insects. I am passionate about biodiversity, restoration, and sharing nature with other folks. The various connections between insects and plants especially fascinate me.

I produce Wild With Nature, a bilingual blog and podcast, sharing field-based naturalist stories from the region where I live.

I'm based in western Montana, and that's where most of my observation, writing, and learning takes place.

Many of my insect observations come from the Sevenmile Creek restoration site near Helena, MT (read a discussion of the habitats of this site as they pertain to insects here). Since 2017, this site has been a focal area for my naturalist endeavors. In 2022, I completed a guide that features many of the insects and plants I have observed on this site. It's a place that is also well-studied in terms of bird diversity.

Note: in my BugGuide submissions, I generally follow Lesica et al. 2012, Manual of Montana Vascular Plants, for naming of plant taxa.