Books (alphabetical by title):
Range Plants of North Central Texas: A Land User’s Guide to their Identification, Value, and Management, Ricky J. Linex, Natural Resources Conservation Service, 2014, 345 pp.
Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife, Kelly Conrad Bender, Texas A&M, 2009, 126 pp.
Field Guides (alphabetical by title)
Texas Wildflowers, Campbell and Lynn Loughmiller, University of Texas Press, 2018, 512 pp.
Organizations and Websites
Botanical Research Institute of Texas
Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT) https://npsot.org/wp/
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin. https://www.wildflower.org/
iNaturalist: iNaturalist is an online social network of people sharing biodiversity information to help each other learn about nature. It’s also a crowdsourced species identification system and an organism occurrence recording tool. You can use it to record your own observations, get help with identifications, collaborate with others to collect this kind of information for a common purpose, or access the observational data collected by iNaturalist users. It is a joint initiative of the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.
See this NPR news story for more on iNaturalist: here
To learn how to use inNaturalist, please visit their great video tutorials. https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/video+tutorials
There are directions for using your smartphone, your pc, taking photos, everything you need to know!
Seek: The Seek app (free on iOS), developed by iNaturalist, combines the gamification and collection aspects of Pokémon Go with exploration of the natural world. It works like this: The app uses your general location to populate a list of plants and animals you’re likely to encounter in the area, and each plant and animal listing in the app also includes photos and useful facts. You can then snap photos of those species as you come across them, adding them to your virtual collection in the app.
Native Plant Training
Native Landscape Certification Program offered by NPSOT.
Especially for children
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