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:

Flora of Fort Ord: Monterey County, California, David Styer, 2019,
Jepson eFlora: Plants of California
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
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: (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.
Geranium i.d. assist w photos
Thistles (non-native)
Lupine (Lupinus) anatomy, etc. Pictorial Guide to Characteristics Needed for Lupine Identification, by Tom Chester
San Diego Natural History Museum
Native and Introduced Plants of Southern California by Tom Chester
Conifers of Western North America by Christopher J. Earle
Tale of Big Tree Hunting In California by Chris Earle
Oak Tree Species I.D. and Ecology:
Oaks of California, B. Pavlik, P. Muick, S. Johnson, M. Popper, 1991,
California Native Plant Society
Oregon Flora

Audubon Guide to North American 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:
Bird Songs and Sounds I.D. worldwide
How to Tell a Raven From a Crow, ID Tips:

Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California:
Reptile Database (worldwide)
Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Eaton and Kaufman, 2006,
Bug photographs from the U.S/Canada for I.D:
American Butterflies (North and South America)
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. and
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.

California Galls: A Host Plant List with Links, Nancy Asquith.

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:
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.

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 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.

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