Irene

Joined: Jun 16, 2020 Last Active: May 15, 2022 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since April 2021

Hello I-Naturalists!
I'm passionate about adding what I see and what I learn to I-Naturalist because it brings me Joy! I'm an avid hiker which takes me to many interesting natural places where I enjoy taking lots of photos with my I-phone. I'm an equal opportunity naturalist who loves nature and finds all living things fascinating and worth studying. It leads me to help support organizations that educate and conserve natural habitats for future generations to enjoy.
Favorite I-Nat tip: the more I-Nat Projects you join that match your interests, the more expert eyes will see your observations to confirm them.

As a former Reference Librarian, I'm always thrilled to discover new learning tools. Some of my favorite helpful resources:

PLANTS
Monterey County Wildflowers: a Field Guide, Yeager and Mitchell, 2016,
Plants of Monterey County: an Illustrated Field Key, 2nd edition, Matthews and Mitchell, 2015,
Jepson eFlora: Plants of California https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/
Flora of Fort Ord: Monterey County, California, David Styer, 2019,
Monterey County Wildflowers, Trees & Ferns – a photographic guide https://montereywildflowers.com
Monterey Pine Forest: Coastal California's Living Legacy, 2nd. ed, The Monterey Pine Forest Watch, 2018,
Plants: http://calflora.org/ (search by county for species presence/absence)
Jepson eFlora Filter Keys: It pares Jepson Keys down to the plants growing in your area/region, so that you aren't dealing with all of California. https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/filter_keys.html
Thistle https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/cwarneke/61995-thistles-with-white-in-their-leaves
Lupine (Lupinus) anatomy, etc. Tom Chester's website: http://tchester.org/plants/analysis/lupinus/identification.html
San Diego Natural History Museum https://www.sdplantatlas.org/
Baja California Plant Field Guide, Jon P. Rebman , Norman C. Roberts, 3rd. ed, 2012, p.
Native and Introduced Plants of Southern California by Tom Chester http://tchester.org/plants/index.html
Desert Wildflower I.D. https://borregowildflowers.org/
California Desert Wildflowers, Philip A. Munz, 1962,
Conifers of Western North America https://www.conifers.org/topics/W_NA_trees.php by Christopher J. Earle
Oak Tree Species I.D. and Ecology: https://oaks.cnr.berkeley.edu/oak-tree-species-id-ecology/
Oaks of California, B. Pavlik, P. Muick, S. Johnson, M. Popper, 1991,
https://rareplants.cnps.org/Home/

BIRDS
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, ed. Jon L. Dunn, 2008,
Monterey Birds, Don Roberson, 2nd ed. 2002, sponsored by Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society,
Found Feathers: https://www.fws.gov/lab/featheratlas/idtool.php

ANIMALS/INSECTS
Arthropods: https://bugguide.net
Reptiles/Amphibians of CA: http://californiaherps.com
Reptile I.D. worldwide https://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/search_tips
Snakes: http://californiaherps.com/snakes/snakesmaps.html
Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Eaton and Kaufman, 2006,
Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. Brock and Kaufman, 2003,
Butterflies: http://socalbutterflies.com/index.htm
Butterflies & Their Favorite Flowering Plants: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Environs, Lynn and Gene Monroe, 2004, p
Coming soon: Wagner's Caterpillars of the Western US
Terrestrial Mollusc I.D. https://idtools.org/id/mollusc/index.php and https://idtools.org/id/mollusc/biology.php
Native Bees: Get to Know Native Bees of the Santa Cruz Mountains with Obi Kaufmann. May 6, 2020 https://openspacetrust.org/blog/native-bees/

GALLS
https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/galls-of-california/journal/44203-where-to-learn-more-about-galls
Galls: CALIFORNIA GALLS, A Host Plant List with Links, Nancy Asquith. https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/california-plants-with-mystery-galls/journal/39523-california-galls-a-host-plant-list-with-links#summary

SEA LIFE
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" https://seanet.stanford.edu/
Abalone Identification Guide: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Invertebrates/Abalone/Abalone-ID
Limpet I.D. https://seanet.stanford.edu/limpet-table
Pacific Seaweed: a Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast. 2nd ed, 2016, Louis D. Druehl and Bridgette E. Clarkston,

MUSHROOMS/LICHENS/SLIME MOLDS
Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California, N. Siegel and C. Schwarz, 2016, p
California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide, D. Desjardin, M. Wood, and F. Stevens, 2nd printing 2019, p
Fungi of California https://www.mykoweb.com/CAF/ and https://mykoweb.com/CAF/skey.html
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

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