Archive for the ‘Publications, Apps, and Websites’ category

New Tree ID Videos Available from SUNY ESF

August 3, 2012

Folks interested in trees,

Christopher Baycura (ITS office at ESF) and I recently added 35 tree vignettes to this YouTube site:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBE1197A3397CAE00&feature=plcp

for a total of 135 tree species covered, typically in about 2 minute HD videos that briefly summarize how to identify each tree, its ecological characteristics, importance, and whatever else came to mind. The list of native and non-native trees covered is attached. We’ve covered most of the trees that one would encounter in the woods or in landscapes in upstate NY and throughout the Northeast, and all the trees covered in my dendrology course that are cold hardy in CNY (many western US tree species). These vignettes are also all available for free on i-Tunes. Please feel free to share this information and link to others who might be interested.

Don Leopold

New Canadian Medicinal Plant Website. Many Species in New York.

May 1, 2012

From: Ernie Small & Paul M. Catling

Our book [Small, E. and Catling, P.M. 1999. _Canadian medicinal crops_. NRC
Press, Ottawa. 250 p.

CLICK HERE for the website.

This website is a comprehensive reference guide to important medicinal lants that are native to Canada. Chapters feature species such as ginseng, echinacea, Pacific yew, goldenseal, cascara, witch hazel, and kelp. The explosive interest in herbal products that provide medicinal or health benefits has resulted in a need for information. As well as being vitally important to the public and merchants, medicinal plant information is crucial to farmers, economists, teachers, the pharmaceutical industry, and the medical arts professions. Canada has the potential to capitalize on tremendous global marketing opportunities. We are in an excellent position to take advantage of the rapidly expanding market for so-called “nutraceutical crops” (those that are used to produce substances that are both medicinal and nutritional), because many of these are native to Canada and grow well here. This website meets the need for an overview of available information. The user can quickly find details on a particular topic by  examining the categories of information, which include: scientific, English and French names, description and classification, medicinal uses, non-medicinal uses, toxicity, chemistry, importance, ecology, agricultural and commercial aspects, human interest information, and selected key literature. All species are extensively illustrated and distribution maps are included. Introductory chapters address such topics as: the business of growing medicinal plants; the regulatory and legal framework in Canada for producing and marketing medicinal plants; and hazards associated with medicinal plants. Also provided are: an extensive glossary of medicinal and pharmacological terms; and extensive general list of books, review articles and research articles related to Canadian medicinal plants. The increased availability of this information is both important to the agriculture sector and of broad, general interest.

New Phenology Apps Help Track Bloom Times and Global Warming

April 9, 2012

One way to track the change in climate is to record bloom times of plants over the years.  There are three Smartphone apps that allow you to do this.  One is called PhenoMap and it allows users to collect data using Flickr accounts.  Another is called Natures Notebook and it allows users to record plant and animal life cycle events like migrations and plant phenology.  You first have to register with the National Phenology Network. It is also available for Android phones. The third one is called Project BudBurst for Android (iPhone coming soon they say) and it also includes a game called Floracaching which is like geocaching but with plants! I would be interested if anyone plays this game and how it turns out. – Steve Young

A screenshot from the Floracaching website.

The List of Plant ID Apps is Growing

April 9, 2012

The list of iPhone and iPad apps for plant identification is now up to 45 on our blog post.  Click Here to see the post and the list that includes apps from around the world.  We don’t have enough money to download and review them all but some look pretty nice while others look thrown together.  We couldn’t find any for the graminoids but they may be coming eventually.

One of the many screens that help you identify wildflowers of the Central and Southern Appalachians.

Follow NYFA on Twitter

April 8, 2012

You can now follow us on Twitter to get real-time updates on what’s blooming, field trips, workshops, conferences, botanical articles and more! Our twitter address is @newyorkflora. If you tweet about our flora we can also retweet it here. Our blog side panel displays the latest 3 tweets. Enjoy!

Bark: A New Field Guide to Northeastern Trees

April 1, 2012

Here is a book that has not been done before but is a great help to identifying trees in the winter or when the leaves and buds are too high off the ground to ID easily. As it says in the Foreword, why hasn’t this done before, especially in an area where the trees are leafless for so long?  Many field guides to trees include photos of the bark but this one has color photos from different ages of the trees to show how bark changes over the life of the tree. There is a nice introduction about the structure and different kinds of bark as well as bark ecology. Make sure you read this section before using the rest of the book. Michael focuses on 67 species of native trees that grow over 30 feet tall. He advises caution when using it in urban parks and streets where many exotics are planted. A series of illustrated keys gets you to the right group of trees which are well illustrated and described. This book will be a great addition to other tree books that we use in the field. No native tree shall go unidentified!

For more info on the book and Michael’s speaking schedule (close to Eastern New York and one in the Catskills in July) click on his website below. – Steve Young

www.knowyourtrees.com

 

Newcomb’s Gets a New Cover

March 18, 2012

Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide received a new look that changed the old yellow-border wildflower cover to a new one featuring a wildflower meadow leading to a shack and a blue title area. The inside has not changed with taxonomy that is very out-of-date. See our sidebar with a link to the updated names.

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