sea-kangaroo Curator

Biology is my lifelong love and undergrad degree. I'm also particularly fond of Australia and the American mid/southwest. Someday I'll move to SA and farm potoroos, but in the meantime I'm a freelance scientific illustrator based in California. [My profile pic tree-kangaroos (distant cousins) are by Henry C. Richter, who illustrated John Gould's The Mammals of Australia and The Birds of Australia.] I've learned a lot of cool stuff and met a lot of cool people through iNaturalist. Please feel free to message me if you want travel tips somewhere I've been or would like to meet up for a hike. :)

Some favorite identification sources (and always looking for more if anyone has recommendations):

[within sections they're organized in the order: general/multiple - mammals - birds - herps - bugs - fish - other inverts - plants]

*General
Very helpful tips for photographing mollusks on susanhewitt's profile

*United States & Canada
Kaufman Field Guide to Mammals of North America
The Sibley Guide to Birds [North America]
California Herps
Dragonflies of the Southwest
Common Dragonflies of California: A Beginner's Pocket Guide (Biggs)
Crabs and Shrimps of the Pacific Coast (Jensen)
Plant Galls of California and Other Western States (Russo)
USDA Plants Database
The Jepson eFlora (California plants)

*Caribbean
The Online Guide to the Animals of Trinidad and Tobago
Birds of the West Indies (Raffaele, Wiley, Garrido, & Keith)
Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas (Humann & DeLoach)
Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas (Humann & DeLoach)
Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas (Humann & DeLoach)

*Hawai'i specifically
Hawaii's Birds (Hawaii Audubon Society)
Insects of Hawai'i
The Ultimate Guide to Hawai'ian Reef Fishes (Hoover)
Hawai'i's Sea Creatures (Hoover)
Marine Algae of Hawai'i

*other tropical Pacific islands (including general area references that cover Hawai'i)
Birds & Bats of Palau (Pratt & Etpison)
The Birds of Hawai'i and the Tropical Pacific (Pratt, Bruner, & Berrett)
Reptiles and Amphibians of the Pacific Islands (Zug)
Reef Fish ID: Tropical Pacific (Humann & DeLoach)
Reef Creature ID: Tropical Pacific (Humann & DeLoach)

*Australia
Mammals of Australia (Strahan)
Field Companion to Mammals of Australia (Van Dyck, Gynther, & Baker)
The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (Pizzey & Knight)
A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia (Wilson & Swan)
Brisbane Insects and Spiders
Insects of Tasmania
Sydney-area Butterflies & Caterpillars
Interactive Australian Dragonfly Identification Key
Reef Fish ID: Tropical Pacific (Humann & DeLoach)
Reef Creature ID: Tropical Pacific (Humann & DeLoach)
Estuarine Shore Crabs of New South Wales (pdf)
The Seashells of NSW
Weeds in Australia
FloraBase: Western Australian Flora
PlantNET: NSW FloraOnline
Key to Tasmanian Vascular Plants
Victorian Drosera and Utricularia
Field Guide to the Mangroves of Queensland (pdf)

*New Zealand
Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand (Robertson, Heather, & Onley)
NZ Birds Online
NZ Bumblebees
NZ Butterfly
Coastal Crabs of NZ (pdf)
Flora of New Zealand

*Europe
Collins/Princeton Birds of Europe (Svensson, Mullarney, & Zetterstrom)
Botanical Society of the British Isles: Find Wild Flowers

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