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

NYFA website can accept PayPal!

February 1, 2012

We’ve added a PayPal option to the Join/Make a Donation page on the NYFA website, so you can easily pay your dues or make a donation.

Check it out!

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.

Know Your Long Island Maples

December 22, 2011

CLICK HERE for an interesting website on the identification of maples on Long Island.

What species are these?

Calflora Smartphone Plant Reporting App

December 10, 2011

The California Flora project has a neat app to report observations of any of their species in California. According to their website: This application makes it easy for you to report the species name, date, and location of over 10,000 California native and non-native plant taxa. You can also add a photograph to a report, and share it with others later to confirm identification. Your reports are transmitted wirelessly to the Calflora database, where you can edit them and see them on a map. To read more about it CLICK HERE. The Bay Area Early Detection Network uses it to map invasive plants.  Below is a 9 minute video of how that works. The app demonstration starts at minute 2:15. Would it be useful to have something like this for the New York Atlas?

Try Out New England Wildflower Society’s Plant Identifier

November 25, 2011

The New England Wildflower Society is developing a new website called Go Botany which has interesting features about the botany of New England (and useful for New York too because our floras are similar).  The photo below shows the features it plans to include.

One of the features, Plant Identifier, is ready to use and provides a sequence of photos to help identify a plant.  The photo below shows part of the opening page for identification.

The key is a random access key using photos and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, depending on the characters used and the quality of the photo.  See what you think.  For access to the plant key CLICK HERE.

Botany Essays in Western New York by Gerry Rising

November 23, 2011

Gerry Rising, a professor emeritus from SUNY Buffalo, writes a weekly nature column for the Buffalo News in the Sunday Science section.  Many of those columns are about the plants of Western New York and fortunately they can be accessed on his Nature Watch web site. For a list of the botanical articles CLICK HERE.

Flora Novae Angliae – published!

November 8, 2011

Arthur Haines’s Flora Novae Angliae (A manual for the identification of native and naturalized tracheophytes of New England) has been published. This work is one of the most important floristic works covering New England to ever be published. Although not covering New York this book will be still prove extremely useful in New York due to the similarity of the flora between the two regions. It will provide New York botanists with a much needed modern treatment of tracheophytes of the region and is a must have publication. Thank you Arthur for all your hard work! For detail see this link.