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

Citizen Science Projects With Plants at Project Noah

March 5, 2012

The website and smartphone apps of Project Noah make up a citizen science project that has users create “missions” where people can contribute  information and photos on plants and animals across the globe as well as communicate with other people on the mission. Searching for missions in “New York” you get the following list of missions that include plants:

Wildflowers of New York State – sponsored by NYFA!

Flowers of North America

Great Pollinator Project of NYC

Wildflowers of North America

Ferns of Northeastern U.S.

Plants of Pennsylvania

Flora and Fauna of Prospect Park Brooklyn

Leaves of North America

Grasses of the Northeast

Nature of New York

Fall into Phenology

Weeds of NYC

NYC Parks Life

Northeastern Freshwater Wetland Wildlife and Vegetation

More information about the purpose of the project is HERE.

It has teacher resources so you can use it for a nature study curriculum and it has also been used for bioblitzes. The nice part is that you can use your smartphone to enter data quick and easy but of course since it can be used by everyone, the quality of the reports are not always the best.

Explore the site and see what you think. If you like the idea, join the Wildflowers of New York State and start entering data! – Steve Young

This is the title page of the iPhone app.


MyNature Apps You Tube Channel Has Many Videos on Identifying Native Plants

February 17, 2012

MyNature Apps has a You Tube Channel  that features many videos on how to identify many of our common wildflowers.

Here is one of his videos identifying Spotted Joe-Pye-Weed.

MyNature Apps Has Fun Quiz for Identifying State Trees

February 17, 2012

CLICK HERE to see how to get this fun app for identifying state trees.

New Endemic Yellow-eyed Grass, Xyris bracteicaulis, is Described From Long Island

February 15, 2012

A new yellow-eyed grass, Xyris bracteicaulis (Xyridaceae) has been described by Dr. Lisa Campbell of the New York Botanical Garden. It is known only from a single historical collection from Lake Ronkonkoma on Long Island which also makes it a new endemic plant for the state. The Coastal Plain pondshore habitat in New York supports dynamic plant communities with species rare for the state. In this publication from Harvard Papers in Botany, the new species is described, illustrated, and compared to morphologically similar specimens.  To access the article CLICK HERE.

Bloom App Brings Spring Closer

February 11, 2012

February 11 is the day when the end of winter starts. The dead of winter lasts from January 10-February 10 according to meteorologists and is the stretch of the winter with the coldest temperatures.  If you would like to imagine what spring will bring and you have an iPhone, you can sprinkle a few flowers around your favorite winter landscape with a fun app called Bloom.  You can see how it works in the photo I took below. I feel more cheerful already! – Steve Young


Smartphone Apps for Nature Research and Education

February 6, 2012

The Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Department at the University of Florida has come up with an extensive list of apps to use for outdoor data collection and research.  To see the list CLICK HERE. Some of these will be very helpful to people studying the flora of New York.

Virtual Guide to Native Ferns at the Mt. Cuba Center

January 28, 2012

This is one of a series of videos and information about the native plants at the Mt. Cuba Center in Delaware.  Of course many of the plants are native to New York as well. Watch out or you may be spending a lot of time delving into all of this great information!

New York State Protected Plants of Forests Book

January 28, 2012

The Wetlands Trust and Upper Susquehanna Coalition announce the State Protected Plants of Forests in NYS book by Dudley Raynal and Don Leopold  is now for sale (for $7, includes shipping) on The Wetlands Trust website.

New Book: Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast, A Natural History

January 10, 2012

Author Carol Gracie contacted us to let us know that her spring wildflower book is nearing publication. It’s now available for pre-publication ordering on where you can click  “Look Inside” to browse parts of it.  The forward is by NYFA board member Eric Lamont.  Carol co-authored Wildflowers of the Field and Forest with Steven Clemants.  This book will be an invaluable addition to the flora of the Northeast and to all who are curious about the natural history of our beautiful spring flora.

2011 NYFA blog in review

January 5, 2012 prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.