Identification Resources for Vermont

Even the most confident naturalists need some help identifying plants, animals, and fungi from time to time. That is why we compiled this list of helpful resources. Whether you want to learn how to recognize Vermont bee species or differentiate between grasses, we are sure that there is a resource waiting to assist you. Can’t find a resource on the topic you’re curious about? Don’t see your favorite guide on our list? Then please send us an email! We are always looking for new suggestions.

See the list with links at https://val.vtecostudies.org/about/identification-resources/.

Posted by kpmcfarland kpmcfarland, 03 August, 2022 19:16

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The email on the website doesn't work for me, so I'll post some suggestions here. There's already a great selection on the website, but I have a few suggestions.

Any books by Arleen and Alan Bessette
http://www.mushroomexpert.com/
Mushrooms of the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada by Timothy J. Baroni (best easy-to-understand guide for mushrooms I've seen)
https://mushroomobserver.org/ - This may be treason (hehe), but besides being another site for observations, there is a vast and growing wealth of knowledge available on here.
Facebook - Supposedly there are a lot of good mushroom groups on this site for specific taxa.

Common Lichens of Northeastern North America by McMullin and Anderson
The Macrolichens of New England by Hinds and Hinds
Lichens of North America by Brodo, Sharnoff, and Sharnoff

Wildflowers of New England by Ted Elliman
Northeast Ferns by Steve W. Chadde (includes fern allies)
Mosses, Sedges, and Woody Plants of the Northern Forest (3 books) by Jerry Jenkins
Grasses, Sedges, Rushes by Brown and Elliman (newer version of Brown's Grasses that is listed on the website)
Botany in a Day by Thomas J. Elpel (teaches you to learn the distinguishing characteristics of plant families)
Liverworts of New England by Mary S. G. Lincoln

https://biologicalsurvey.ca/ejournal/tm_08/chrysops17.htm
https://sites.google.com/view/flyguide/home This site is incredible, especially for Syrphidae.

This is the tip of the iceberg. It seems that many new guidebooks are published these days, and many of them are high quality. I'm not an expert in any natural field, so perhaps this is a good list of resources for those new to these subjects.

Posted by raffib128 4 months ago (Flag)

Added them all @raffib128. Thank you!

Posted by kpmcfarland 4 months ago (Flag)

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