Online Resources

FLORA
Purple milkweed vine (Matelea biflora)

   * BRIT Virtual Herbarium Developed by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas to manage plant data, images, and other associated data from the BRIT-SMU-VDB Herbarium and the BRIT Press.

   * Common Texas Invasive Plants Run by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M System.

   * Field Identification of the 50 most common plant families in temperate regions, by Lena Struwe (PDF).

   * Image Archive Central Texas Plants  This site is administered as a part of the course website for BIO 406D (Native Plants of Central Texas), a course given every semester at the University of Texas at Austin 

   * Know Your Grasses  Species checklist for Edwards Plateau Region. Run by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M System.

   * Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Search for more than 7,000 native plants via the center's online database.

   * Native Plants of Texas search engine  This search engine is designed to aid with native plant selection for garden planning.

   * Recommended Native and Adapted Plants for Hill Country Landscapes Compiled by the Native Plant Society of Texas–Fredericksburg Chapter.

   * Shinners' and Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas Keys, descriptions, and illustrations for more than 2,200 species (nearly 46 percent of Texas plants) are available in Adobe Pdf format.

   * Texas Invasives



   * Texas Plant Information Database Maintained by the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

   * Toxic Plants of Texas Run by the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, AgriLife Extension, Texas A&M System. 

   * Trees of Texas Great site run by the Texas Forest Service. 

   * USDA Plants Database Site includes  "Interactive ID Keys."

FAUNA
Harmonia axyridis, (nonnative) multicolored Asian ladybug.

   * All Abut Birds Maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. 

   * Ant Identification Guide From a "pest" perspective but great resource.

   * Bugguide.net An online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing observations of insects, spiders and other related creatures.

   * Butterflies and Moths of North America Search species here. Also a collaborative effort to collect, store, and share species information and occurrence data.

   * Dallas County Lepidopterists' Society Maintains a species catalog for Dallas County with images. Caterpillar images, too.

   * Digital Dragonflies, AgriLIFE Research, Texas A&M System.

   * Field Guide to Common Texas Insects An online guide published AgriLife Extension–Texas A&M System.
 
   * Herps of Texas Texas is home to more 225 species of reptiles and amphibians; this website contains species accounts and distribution maps for every species.

   * How to identify flies 

   * OdonataCentral, dragonflies and damselflies.  

   * Silhouette key to major moth families.

   * Spiders of Texas, Catalogue of Texas Spiders by D. Allen Dean.

   * Texas Breeding Bird Atlas/Species Accounts Initiated in 1987 as a means to inventory avian breeding ranges in Texas.

   * Texas bumblebees Invertebrate biologist Michael Warriner's site on native Texas bumblebees. 

   * Texas turtles Information compiled and maintained by Carl J. Franklin.

   * The Mammals of Texas–Online Edition Based on the 1994 book written by David J. Schmidly.  

WILDSCAPE PUBLICATIONS

   * Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife, Kelly Conrad Bender, Texas A&M University Press (book).  

   * Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (brochure).

   * Providing for Backyard Wildlife, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (online booklet).

OTHER

   * Texas Beyond History The virtual museum of Texas' cultural heritage.

   * Texas Natural Resources An information database for individuals interested in natural resource management of Texas rangelands. 


CONSERVATION


   * Highland Lakes Master Naturalists – Burnet chapter  (My people!)

   * Native Plant Society of Texas 

   * Texas Master Naturalists State Master Naturalist site.


ETC

   * Propagation, Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series, University of Minnesota. How to divide plants, start from seeds, layering, etc.

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