A list of online resources

A list of online resources I use/have used/not yet used to identify things. I needed to organize my bookmarks and I thought I would share these links. Maybe you can find something of interest! Also, feel free to leave a comment if there’s a worthy website you want to share, and I’ll add it to this list.

Some of these sites are simply lists of plants found in a certain area, some have keys, some are more descriptive. I tried to describe each link.

Minnesota:

Minnesota plants with descriptions and photos:
https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/

Minnesota plant checklist:
https://files.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/mcbs/2013_dnr_plant_checklist_web.pdf

Minnesota reptiles and amphibians with photos, descriptions, and audio:
https://www.mnherps.com/

Cultivated plant afflictions (not comprehensive, but a good starting place)
https://apps.extension.umn.edu/garden/diagnose/plant/

Bell Museum Collections (lists many species and specimens):
https://bellatlas.umn.edu/index.php

MN mosses and liverwort keys:
https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/mbs/mnbryophytes.html

MN lichen key:
https://conservancy.umn.edu/handle/11299/156243

North America:

Plants of New England, with keys, photos, and descriptions
https://gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/

Plants of California, with keys and photos
https://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/eflora/

Plants of Oregon with photos and descriptions
https://oregonflora.org/

Cultivated trees and shrubs, database with photos
https://landscapeplants.oregonstate.edu/

Plants of Michigan with keys, photos, and descriptions
https://michiganflora.net/home.aspx

Plants of Illinois with photos and descriptions
https://www.illinoiswildflowers.info/index.htm

Plants of Alabama, herbarium specimens
http://floraofalabama.org/Default.aspx

Plants of Manitoba (just a list)
https://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~burchil/plants/

Plants of British Columbia with photos and descriptions
https://ibis.geog.ubc.ca/biodiversity/eflora/

County maps of United States plants (useful for getting a general idea of plant ranges, keep in mind this is somewhat out of date!)
http://bonap.net/Napa/Genus/Traditional/County#refA

Photos of trees, tree pests and other forestry related things
https://www.forestryimages.org/index.cfm

Butterflies, tiger beetles, and robber flies of Wisconsin with descriptions and photos
https://wisconsinbutterflies.org/

Flies of North America
https://sites.google.com/view/flyguide/home

Arthropods of North America
https://bugguide.net/node/view/15740

Gall forming species of North America
https://www.gallformers.org/

Mushrooms of North America
https://www.mushroomexpert.com/index.html

Worldwide fungi observations
https://mushroomobserver.org/

Animal encyclopedia (This has nice mammal skull specimen photos)
https://animaldiversity.org/

North American birds
https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/

Bird audio and photos (and other animal species)
https://search.macaulaylibrary.org/catalog

Posted by csledge csledge, August 27, 2021 05:33

Comments

Thank you so much for sharing this list. My interest is focused on plants, and I consider Minnesotawildflowers.info to be a great source. INaturalist is a wonderful resource for getting initial ideas of possible identification and for confirming my decisions. I especially appreciate when identifiers correct my errors! And the keys in Plants of New England and Plants of Michigan are also very helpful. Thanks again for sharing these resources.

Posted by rnheld about 2 months ago (Flag)

Thanks for listing all of these resources in one place! Appreciate the links to California and all the insect/amphibian options.

Posted by deane-itasca about 2 months ago (Flag)

@csledge Thanks very much for this list.

Posted by kimcwren about 2 months ago (Flag)

@csledge Thanks very much for posting this. I'll be sharing it with a number of friends.

Posted by propullans about 2 months ago (Flag)

@csledge - This is so very helpful! One of my favorite aspects of the minnesotawildflowers.info is the final paragraph where they often give you the differential features on similar plants. I will be checking out more of these resources!!

Posted by dianen5 about 2 months ago (Flag)

Wow, great list! Thank you for putting this together and sharing it!

Posted by mnfuturist about 2 months ago (Flag)

Thanks so much for this list. I was actually considering making a similar list mostly for myself - thinking it would be easier to find the links in a journal post than search through my bookmarks. Instead, I've just bookmarked your journal page! I appreciate your contributions to iNat so much.

Posted by mmmiller 18 days ago (Flag)

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