Joined: Jun 16, 2020 Last Active: Aug 12, 2022 iNaturalist Monthly Supporter since April 2021

Hello I-Naturalists!
I'm passionate about adding what I see and what I learn to I-Naturalist because it brings me Joy! I'm an avid hiker which takes me to many interesting natural places where I enjoy taking lots of photos with my I-phone. I'm an equal opportunity naturalist who loves nature and finds all living things fascinating and worth studying.

"May your trails be crooked, winding,
Lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view.
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds." --Edward Abbey

As a former Reference Librarian, I'm always thrilled to discover new learning tools. Some of my favorite helpful resources:

Flora of Fort Ord: Monterey County, California, David Styer, 2019,
Jepson eFlora: Plants of California
Plants of Monterey County: an Illustrated Field Key, 2nd edition, Matthews and Mitchell, 2015,
Monterey County Wildflowers: a Field Guide, Yeager and Mitchell, 2016,
Monterey County Wildflowers– a photographic guide
Monterey Pine Forest: Coastal California's Living Legacy, 2nd. ed, The Monterey Pine Forest Watch, 2018,
Field Guide to Manzanitas: California, North America, and Mexico, 2nd edition. M.E. Kauffmann, T. Parker, and M. Vasey, Photographs by Jeff Bisbee. 2021.
Plants: (search by county for species presence/absence)
Baja California Plant Field Guide, Jon P. Rebman, Norman C. Roberts, 3rd. ed, 2012,
Desert Plants and Wildflower I.D.
Thistles (non-native)
Lupine (Lupinus) anatomy, etc. Tom Chester's website:
San Diego Natural History Museum
Native and Introduced Plants of Southern California by Tom Chester
Conifers of Western North America by Christopher J. Earle
Oak Tree Species I.D. and Ecology:
Oaks of California, B. Pavlik, P. Muick, S. Johnson, M. Popper, 1991,
California Native Plant Society

Audubon Guide to North American Birds
National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of Western North America, ed. Jon L. Dunn, 2008,
Monterey Birds, Don Roberson, 2nd ed. 2002, sponsored by Monterey Peninsula Audubon Society,
Found Feathers:

Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California:
Reptile I.D. worldwide
Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Eaton and Kaufman, 2006,
Bug photographs from the U.S/Canada for I.D:
American Butterflies (North and South America)
Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America. Brock and Kaufman, 2003,
Butterflies & Their Favorite Flowering Plants: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park & Environs, Lynn and Gene Monroe, 2004, p
Coming soon (we hope): Wagner's Caterpillars of Western North America
Terrestrial Mollusc I.D. and
Native Bees: Get to Know Native Bees of the Santa Cruz Mountains with Obi Kaufmann. May 6, 2020

California Galls: A Host Plant List with Links, Nancy Asquith.

Beachcombers's Guide to Seashore Life of California, J.D. Sept, Rev. ed. 2009,
SEANET Hopkins Marine Station for "Nearshore Plants and Animals of the Monterey Bay"
Limpets - cap-shaped snails:
Limpet I.D:
Pacific Northwest Shell Club
Abalone Identification Guide:
Pacific Seaweed: a Guide to Common Seaweeds of the West Coast. 2nd ed, 2016, Louis D. Druehl and Bridgette E. Clarkston

Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California, Siegel and Schwarz, 2016.
California Mushrooms: The Comprehensive Identification Guide, D. Desjardin, M. Wood, and F. Stevens, 2nd printing 2019.
Fungi of California and
A Field Guide to California Lichens, Stephen Sharnoff, 2014.
The Curious Observer's Guide to Slime Mold: of Santa Cruz and Beyond, Carrie Niblett, 2nd ed. 2021.

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