sea-kangaroo Curator

Joined: Sep 19, 2011 Last Active: Dec 11, 2018

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 the antipodes 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 & 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. :) And if you're a scientist/researcher/otherwise contributing to conservation or human knowledge and I can assist in some way, please drop me a line and I will be delighted to provide whatever data or help I can.

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
- IDing flies to Family
- Very helpful tips for photographing mollusks on susanhewitt's profile, and some examples of good snail photos showing multiple views.
- Tips for photographing/IDing mosses in erikamitchell's comments
- photographing Bush-mallows for identification

*United States & Canada
- Kaufman Field Guide to Mammals of North America
- The Sibley Guide to Birds [North America]
- US Feather Atlas
- California Herps
- Dragonflies of the Southwest
- Common Dragonflies of California: A Beginner's Pocket Guide (Biggs) & accompanying website
- Praying Mantises of the United States and Canada (Anderson) & accompanying website
- 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)
- Hawaiian Insects
- 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)
- Ocean 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
- Splendid Sponges of New Zealand (pdf)
- Coastal Crabs of NZ (pdf)
- Flora of New Zealand

*Europe
- Collins/Princeton Birds of Europe (Svensson, Mullarney, & Zetterstrom)
- Britain's Plant Galls (Chinery)
- Botanical Society of the British Isles: Find Wild Flowers

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