Unido: jun 16, 2020 Última actividad: sep 30, 2023 iNaturalist Patrocinador mensual desde abril 2021

Hello I-Naturalists!
When I retired, I re-wired to become a full-time I-Naturalist. I'm passionate about adding what I see in nature and what I learn to I-Nat because it brings me Joy! I'm an avid hiker-traveler, bird-watcher, plant-finder, which takes me to many interesting natural places where I enjoy taking way too many photos of everything that grows, creeps, crawls, and flies. I love nature and find all living things fascinating and worth studying. I appreciate all comments, corrections, and confirmations to my observations, and I look forward to seeing your sightings in nature too.

I-Nat tip: The more Projects you join that match your interests--the more expert eyes will see and confirm your observations.

As a former research/reference librarian, I'm always thrilled to discover new learning tools. Some of my favorite helpful resources:

Native American Ethnobotany: A database of plants used as drugs, foods, dyes, fibers, and more by Native People of North America.
Jepson eFlora: Plants of California
Plants of Monterey County: an Illustrated Field Key, 2nd edition, Matthews and Mitchell, 2015,
Flora of Fort Ord: Monterey County, California, David Styer, 2019,
Monterey County Wildflowers: a Field Guide, Yeager and Mitchell, 2016,
Monterey County Wildflowers– a photographic guide
5-minute video of Fort Ord Flora and Fauna, produced by David Styer:
Flora of North America
(The) Monterey Pine Forest: Coastal California's Living Legacy, 2nd. ed, The Monterey Pine Forest Watch, 2018. (Excellent book).
Oregon Flora
Field Guide to Manzanitas: California, North America, and Mexico, 2nd edition. M.E. Kauffmann, T. Parker, and M. Vasey, Photographs by Jeff Bisbee. 2021.
Plants: (search by county for species presence/absence)
Central CA coast Endangered Species Fact Sheets website
California Native Plant Society
Geranium i.d. assist w photos
Thistles (non-native)
Lupine (Lupinus) anatomy, etc. Pictorial Guide to Characteristics Needed for Lupine Identification, by Tom Chester
Conifers of Western North America by Christopher J. Earle
Tale of Big Tree Hunting In California by Christopher J. Earle
Oak Tree Species I.D. and Ecology:
Oaks of California, B. Pavlik, P. Muick, S. Johnson, M. Popper, 1991
Field guide for CA Tree Oaks written, designed, and illustrated by Joshua Zupan and free to download here:
Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers (and more)
Baja California Plant Field Guide, Jon P. Rebman, Norman C. Roberts, 3rd. ed, 2012
Shrubs and Trees of the Southern California Deserts. Jim W. Dole and Betty B. Rose, Foot-loose Press, 1996
California Desert Wildflowers, Philip A. Munz, 1975
Temalpakh: Cahuilla Indian Knowledge and Usage of Plants, Lowell John Bean and K. Saubel, Malki Museum Press, 1972
Southern California Plant Communities:
Plants of Southern California: Regional Floras (comprehensive website)
Native and Introduced Plants of Southern California by Tom Chester
Cacti, Agaves, and Yuccas of California and Nevada. Text and photos by Stephen Ingram. Cachuma Press, 2008
Cacti of California, E. Yale Dawson, 1966, 3rd printing 1975
San Diego Natural History Museum
Jepson Flora: Abbreviations and Symbols Used in The Jepson Manual, Second Edition
Australian website that makes huge keys more manageable and (set for CCo, Central Coast of CA)
Jepson eFlora: Filtered Keys--lists plants by California Provinces, Regions and Subregions

E Bird
Bird songs, sound recordings, and species range map:
Audubon Guide to North American Birds
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, ed. Jon L. Dunn, 7th ed., 2017
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, ed. Jon L. Dunn, 2008
The Cornell Lab (Birds in U.S. and Canada) (enter common name)
Merlin Bird ID (great app available for Iphones) by The Cornell Lab (Bird ID help for 8,500+ species)
Comprehensive Feather I.D. tools and more:
Found Feathers (Worldwide):
Monterey Birds, Don Roberson, 2nd ed. 2002, sponsored by Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society
How to Tell a Raven From a Crow, ID Tips:

Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California:
California Snakes Range Maps:
Reptile Database (worldwide)
Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Eaton and Kaufman, 2006,
Lady Beetle Key for North America
Bug photographs from the U.S/Canada for I.D:
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Butterflies Through Binoculars: The West: a field guide to the butterflies of western North America, by Jeffrey Glassberg, 2001
Butterflies of Central and Northern California: a guide to common and notable species, Jim Brock, laminated pamphlet, 2023
Glossary of butterfly terms:
Common Butterflies of California, Text and Photographs by Bob Stewart, 1997
Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. Brock and Kaufman, 2003,
Butterflies & Their Favorite Flowering Plants: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Environs, Lynn and Gene Monroe, 2004
Wagner's Caterpillars of Western North America "last we heard 1450 species accounts were in progress" thebals 6/6/23.
Native Bees: Get to Know Native Bees of the Santa Cruz Mountains with Obi Kaufmann. May 6, 2020
Bumble Bees of the Western United States, 114 page PDF (7.6 MB), by By Jonathan Koch, James Strange, Paul Williams, a comprehensive, well written resource, with excellent diagrams and photos.
The Fly Guide
Field Guide to Spiders of California and the Pacific Coast States, RJ Adams and Tim Manolis, 2014

I.D. Galls. Select "Identify" and type the host name:

Beachcombers's Guide to Seashore Life of California, J.D. Sept, Rev. ed. 2009,
SEANET Hopkins Marine Station for "Nearshore Plants and Animals of the Monterey Bay"
Field Guide to Seaweeds of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Bridgette Clarkston, Harbour Publishing, 2015,
Limpets - cap-shaped snails:
Limpet I.D:
Pacific Northwest Shell Club
Abalone Identification Guide:
Whale barnacles
Mer Society (Marine Education and Research Society), dedicated to marine conservation through scientific research, education, and marine wildlife rescue.

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California, Siegel and Schwarz, 2016.
California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide, D. Desjardin, M. Wood, and F. Stevens, 2nd printing 2019.
Fungi of California: Home page and and and
A Field Guide to California Lichens, Stephen Sharnoff, 2014.
The Curious Observer's Guide to Slime Mold: of Santa Cruz and Beyond, Carrie Niblett, 2nd ed. 2021.
Slime Molds: 27 references, websites, videos, and other resources compiled by @ regularslimeguy

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