Irene

Joined: Jun 16, 2020 Last Active: Sep 25, 2022 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since April 2021

Hello I-Naturalists!
I'm passionate about adding what I see in nature and what I learn to I-Naturalist because it brings me Joy! I'm an avid hiker/traveler which takes me to many interesting natural places where I enjoy taking lots of photos with my I-phone. I love nature and find all living things fascinating and worth studying. I'm an amateur, but thorough research librarian/naturalist--not a credentialed professor, botanist, or biologist. I appreciate all corrections/comments to my observations and I look forward to seeing yours!

"May your trails be crooked, winding,
Lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds." --Edward Abbey

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

PLANTS
Flora of Fort Ord: Monterey County, California, David Styer, 2019,
Jepson eFlora: Plants of California https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/
Plants of Monterey County: an Illustrated Field Key, 2nd edition, Matthews and Mitchell, 2015,
Monterey County Wildflowers: a Field Guide, Yeager and Mitchell, 2016,
Monterey County Wildflowers– a photographic guide https://montereywildflowers.com
Monterey Pine Forest: Coastal California's Living Legacy, 2nd. ed, The Monterey Pine Forest Watch, 2018,
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: http://calflora.org/ (search by county for species presence/absence)
Baja California Plant Field Guide, Jon P. Rebman, Norman C. Roberts, 3rd. ed, 2012,
Desert Plants and Wildflower I.D. https://borregowildflowers.org/
Geranium i.d. assist w photos https://www.inaturalist.org/posts/69454-geranium-observations-without-flowers-or-fruits
Thistles (non-native) https://www.inaturalist.org/journal/cwarneke/61995-thistles-with-white-in-their-leaves
Lupine (Lupinus) anatomy, etc. Pictorial Guide to Characteristics Needed for Lupine Identification, by Tom Chester http://tchester.org/plants/analysis/lupinus/identification.html
San Diego Natural History Museum https://www.sdplantatlas.org/
Native and Introduced Plants of Southern California by Tom Chester http://tchester.org/plants/index.html
Conifers of Western North America https://www.conifers.org/topics/W_NA_trees.php by Christopher J. Earle
Tale of Big Tree Hunting In California by Chris Earle https://www.conifers.org/topics/biggest.php
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,
California Native Plant Society https://rareplants.cnps.org/Search/Advanced
Oregon Flora https://oregonflora.org/checklists/dynamicmap.php?interface=key

BIRDS
Audubon Guide to North American Birds https://www.audubon.org/bird-guide
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
Bird Songs and Sounds I.D. worldwide https://xeno-canto.org/species/Ortalis-cinereiceps
How to Tell a Raven From a Crow, ID Tips: https://www.audubon.org/news/how-tell-raven-crow

ANIMALS/INSECTS
Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California: http://californiaherps.com
Snakes: http://californiaherps.com/snakes/snakesmaps.html
Reptile Database (worldwide) https://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/
Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Eaton and Kaufman, 2006,
Bug photographs from the U.S/Canada for I.D: https://bugguide.net
American Butterflies (North and South America) https://www.butterfliesofamerica.com/L/Neotropical.htm
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
Coming soon (we hope): Wagner's Caterpillars of Western North America
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/
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. https://xerces.org/sites/default/files/2018-05/12-053_01_Western_BB_guide.pdf

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
Galls. https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/galls-of-california/journal/44203-where-to-learn-more-about-galls

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/
Field Guide to Seaweeds of the Pacific Northwest, Dr. Bridgette Clarkston, Harbour Publishing, 2015,
Limpets - cap-shaped snails: https://seanet.stanford.edu/Limpets
Limpet I.D: https://seanet.stanford.edu/limpet-table
Pacific Northwest Shell Club http://www.bily.com/pnwsc/web-content/Index.html
Abalone Identification Guide: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Marine/Invertebrates/Abalone/Abalone-ID
Pacific Seaweed: a Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast. 2nd ed, 2016, Louis D. Druehl and Bridgette E. Clarkston
Mer Society (Marine Education and Research Society), dedicated to marine conservation through scientific research, education, and marine wildlife rescue. https://www.mersociety.org

MUSHROOMS/LICHENS/SLIME MOLDS
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 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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