I'm an amateur naturalist, always learning. "Each one of us adds a little to our understanding of Nature, and from all the facts assembled arises a certain grandeur." - Aristotle as quoted by Bradford Washburn.

My main area of exploration is the Pacific Northwest area of North America. I also like exploring the Southwest and have been able to explore a bit of Australia and New Zealand.

Some references I use for Pacific Northwest
General
Cascade-Olympic Natural History : A Trailside Reference by Daniel Mathews (a favorite)
Botany
Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast: Washington,Oregon,British Columbia,and Alaska by Pojar and MacKinnon

Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest by Mark Turner and Phyllis Gustafson and I find that Mark's website is very useful Pacific Northwest Wildflowers (Mark Turner) to search within a genus.

Burke Museum, University of Washington Herbarium (WTU)
Trees of Washington by Milton Moser and Knut Lunnum of WSU
Biota of The Evergreen State College
BugGuide
Butterflies and Moths of North America

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brewbooks's favorite taxa

Brown Bear - Photo (c) Marv Elliott, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
Brown Bear Info
The brown bear (Ursus arctos) is a large bear distributed across much of northern Eurasia and North America. Adult bears generally weigh between 100 and 635 kg (220 and 1,400 lb). Its largest subspecies, the Kodiak bear, rivals the polar bear as the largest member of the bear family and as the largest land-based predator. There are several recognized subspecies within the brown bear species. In North America, two types of the subspecies Ursus arctos horribilis are generally recognized—the coastal brown bear... (From Wikipedia)
common beargrass - Photo (c) Danny Barron, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
common beargrass Info
Xerophyllum tenax is a grasslike perennial in the family Melanthiaceae, closely related to lilies. It is known by a few common names, including bear grass, squaw grass, soap grass, quip-quip, and Indian basket grass. (From Wikipedia)
Great Basin Bristlecone Pine - Photo (c) Richard Droker, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Great Basin Bristlecone Pine Info
Pinus longaeva, the Great Basin bristlecone pine, is a long-living species of tree found in the higher mountains of the southwest United States. The species is one of three closely related trees known as bristlecone pines and is sometimes known as the Intermountain or Western bristlecone pine. One member of this species, at 5063 years old, is the oldest known living non-clonal organism on Earth. (From Wikipedia)
Pacific Madrone - Photo (c) M.E. Sanseverino, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Pacific Madrone Info
Arbutus menziesii (Pacific madrona, madrone or Arbutus) is a species of tree in the family Ericaceae, native to the western coastal areas of North America, from British Columbia to California. (From Wikipedia)
Fairy-slipper - Photo (c) Rodrigo Sala, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND) CC
Fairy-slipper Info
The Calypso orchid (Calypso bulbosa), also known as the fairy slipper or Venus's slipper, is a perennial member of the orchid family found in undisturbed northern and montane forests. It has a small pink, purple, pinkish-purple, or red flower accented with a white lip, darker purple spottings, and yellow beard. It is the only species currently classified in the genus Calypso, which takes its name from the Greek signifying concealment, as they tend to favor sheltered... (From Wikipedia)
Lemmon's holly fern - Photo (c) J Brew, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Lemmon's holly fern Info
Polystichum lemmonii is a species of fern known by the common names Lemmon's holly fern and Shasta fern. It is native to western North America from the Sierra Nevada of California north to Washington. It is also known from British Columbia, where there is a single occurrence in the mountains above the Okanagan Valley. (From Wikipedia)
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