Dark burgandy balls of flowers hover above the trail like tiny, wine soaked pom-poms. A few long yellow-tipped stamens are excerted from the purple ball. This is purple sanicle, or Sanicula bipinnatifida. It’s unobtrusive but nifty.
High Country News: from the Rocky Mountains west, this magazine offers timely environmental coverage
Bay Nature: Magazine, website, calendar and blog - this is a great all-around local resource
Jake Sigg's Nature News: an eclectic bulletin board full of information and events, mostly in the Bay Area
CalFlora: The name says it all. Search by name, county, plant type, and more.
What Grows Here: A great search tool for what is in your zip code, watershed, etc.
Jepson eFlora: The best technical botanical descriptions around of California plants.
Native American Ethnobotany Database: summaries of the traditional uses of the plants of North America.
Forest Service ecology database: A WEALTH of information--from habitat to human and wildlife uses to effects on livestock.
Plants For a Future: This database of edible and useful plants is searchable in all kinds of ways (eg, species that taste like chocolate) and summarizes info on collection, use and cultivation.
PLANTS database: like CalFlora but nationwide. Offers little information beyond range and botanical description.
California Natural Diversity Database: The searchable authority on rare and endangered species.
California Native Plant Society, Marin Chapter: The go-to experts on local plants. Join up, have fun, geek out.
California Invasive Plant Council: Learn more about the bad guys.
Bay Area Early Detection Network: Report invasive species here.
MykoWeb: A simple key to the fungi of California
The California Lichen Society: Need we say more?
Consortium of North American lichen herbaria: Searchable databases from a whole slew of herbaria. Awesome!
Point Reyes National Seashore volunteering: From salmon surveys to horse care to invasive species removal
CNPS field trips: Get outside and learn from the experts
Marin Municipal Water District volunteers: help with trail repair, turtle observation, habitat restoration and so much more on this gem of a natural resource
Marin County Open Space outings: birding, nature walks and kid-friendly events
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