Unido: 16.jun.2020 Última actividad: 01.mar.2024 iNaturalist Patrocinador mensual desde abril 2021

Hello I-Naturalists!
I call myself 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, bug-seeker, 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:

Jepson eFlora: Plants of California
Flora of North America
Anza-Borrego Desert Wildflowers (and more)
California Desert Wildflowers, Philip A. Munz, 1975
Desert Straw House Plant Nursery. Specialize in Native Plants to attract pollinators in the Coachella Valley
Baja California Plant Field Guide, Jon P. Rebman, Norman C. Roberts, 3rd. ed, 2012
Southern California Plant Communities:
Leaf Shape and Arrangement diagrams:
Native American Ethnobotany: A database of plants used as drugs, foods, dyes, fibers, and more by Native People of North America
Temalpakh: Cahuilla Indian Knowledge and Usage of Plants, Lowell John Bean and K. Saubel, Malki Museum Press, 1972
Plants For A Future: A resource and information center for edible and otherwise useful plants:
Shrubs and Trees of the Southern California Deserts. Jim W. Dole and Betty B. Rose, Foot-loose Press, 1996
Plants of Southern California: Regional Floras (comprehensive website)
Native and Introduced Plants of Southern California by Tom Chester
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:
(The) Monterey Pine Forest: Coastal California's Living Legacy, 2nd. ed, The Monterey Pine Forest Watch, 2018. (Excellent book)
Field Guide to Manzanitas: California, North America, and Mexico, 2nd edition. M.E. Kauffmann, T. Parker, and M. Vasey, Photographs by Jeff Bisbee. 2021.
Oregon Flora
Calflora: Wild California 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:
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
Jepson eFlora: Filtered Keys--lists plants by California Provinces, Regions and Subregions
Endangered (plant) Species Fact Sheets, and more

Ebird with species description, range map and sound recordings:
Xeno-canto 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)
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:

Bug photographs from the U.S/Canada for I.D:
Butterflies Through Binoculars: The West: a field guide to the butterflies of western North America, by Jeffrey Glassberg, 2001
Butterflies and Moths of North America
Butterflies & Their Favorite Flowering Plants: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Environs, Lynn and Gene Monroe, 2004
Southern California Butterflies
Butterflies of Monterey County: A comprehensive guide to finding and identifying 91 species of butterflies in Monterey County, Chris Tenney and Jan Austin, August 2023
Coming soon: Companion website to Butterflies of Monterey County:
Butterflies of Central and Northern California: a guide to common and notable species, Jim Brock, laminated pamphlet, 2023
Common Butterflies of California, Text and Photographs by Bob Stewart, 1997
Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. Brock and Kaufman, 2003
Glossary of butterfly terms:
Caterpillar anatomy diagram:
Caterpillars: INaturalist Project
Wagner's Caterpillars of Western North America "last we heard 1450 species accounts were in progress" thebals 6/6/23.

Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California:
California Snakes Range Maps:
Amphibians Amphibiaweb:
Reptile Database (worldwide)
Desert Lizards by James W. Cornett, 2006 (excellent photos, rangemaps and anecdotes)
Bug photographs from the U.S/Canada for I.D:
Insects that enter homes I.D. help: and other categories of insects:
Lady Beetle Key for North America
Native Bees: Get to Know Native Bees of the Santa Cruz Mountains with Obi Kaufmann. May 6, 2020
Bumble Bee I.D. Tips:
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--Fly Families
Field Guide to Spiders of California and the Pacific Coast States, RJ Adams and Tim Manolis, 2014
Spiders in Your Neighborhood: A Field Guide, Revised and Expanded Paperback, 2022, Patrick Stadille
Spider Eye Arrangements (for each family) Lynette Elliott:

Identify Galls by name or by host plant
INaturalist Project, Galls of California
Nancy Asquith: Journal:, and for a quick photo guide of most California Oaks by group, see,
and for specifics on which oaks host which gall wasps see]

An iNaturalist Introduction to Mushrooming, 6-minute Utube video by Christian Schwartz (leptonia on INat)
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

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,
Algaebase: Listing the World’s Algae
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.

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