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 plants with descriptions and photos:

Minnesota plant checklist:

Minnesota reptiles and amphibians with photos, descriptions, and audio:

Cultivated plant afflictions (not comprehensive, but a good starting place)

Bell Museum Collections (lists many species and specimens):

MN mosses and liverwort keys:

MN lichen key:

North America:

Flora of North America, keys (be forewarned: botany jargon and not all volumes are published yet)

Plants of New England, with keys, photos, and descriptions

Plants of California, with keys and photos

Plants of Oregon with photos and descriptions

Cultivated trees and shrubs, database with photos

Plants of Michigan with keys, photos, and descriptions

Plants of Illinois with photos and descriptions

Plants of Alabama, herbarium specimens

Plants of Manitoba (just a list)

Plants of British Columbia with photos and descriptions

County maps of United States plants (useful for getting a general idea of plant ranges, keep in mind this is somewhat out of date!)

Photos of trees, tree pests and other forestry related things

Butterflies, tiger beetles, and robber flies of Wisconsin with descriptions and photos

Flies of North America

Arthropods of North America

Gall forming species of North America

Mushrooms of North America

Worldwide fungi observations

Animal encyclopedia (This has nice mammal skull specimen photos)

North American birds

Bird audio and photos (and other animal species)

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


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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago (Flag)

@csledge Thanks very much for this list.

Posted by kimcwren over 1 year ago (Flag)

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

Posted by propullans over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago (Flag)

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

Posted by mnfuturist over 1 year 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 over 1 year ago (Flag)

Thank you! This is great!

Posted by hburgdorf about 1 year ago (Flag)

Thanks @csledge for the list and all your help with my observations along the way!

Posted by willybilly 6 months ago (Flag)

Thanks for sharing your expertise!

Posted by faerthen about 2 months ago (Flag)

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