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identification & information

our go to sites and sources for identification, fun facts and inspiration

California Native Plants


Cal Flora, What Grows Here? 

Find out what grows in an exact location by drawing a polygon around your location!

Las Pilitas Nursery

California Native Plant Society

“The Wildflowers of California” by Mary E. Parsons

“Chumash Ethnobotany: Plant Knowledge Among the Chumash People of Southern California” by Jan Timbrook


The Cornell Lab Merlin Bird ID App

(free on App Store and Google Play)

Cornell Lab of Ornithology 

Audubon Society

“Birds of Northern California” by David Fix

 California Herps (Snakes, Lizards, amphibians, turtles)

California Herps


Bug Guide

Butterflies and Moths

Tide Pools

Monterey Bay Aquarium Animal Guide

California Tide Pools

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Rocky Shore



This free app created by the California Academy of Sciences allows you to upload a photo of an animal or plant from anywhere around the world and it will give identification suggestions. Submit it to be reviewed by scientists and used for research. 


Heyday Books

News from Native California

Bay Nature Magazine

A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California. 2015 Laura Cunningham 

Where to take an injured or orphaned animal found in California

Museums, Botanic Gardens and Parks

Oakland Museum of California

California Academy of Sciences

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Tilden Botanic Garden

Lindsay Wildlife Museum

East Bay Regional Parks

Univesity of California Berkeley Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History


organizations we've donated to and support

California Native Plant Society

Save the Redwoods League

Xerces Society

California State Parks Foundation

Save Mount Diablo

Cal Raptor Center

Pacific Center for Human Growth

Wishtoyo Foundation 


California Living Museum

Latino Outdoors

CA Lichen Society

California Invasive Plant Council

Audubon California

San Bruno Mountain Watch

Regional Parks Botanic Garden