Staying in Touch with Nature During the Corona Virus Epidemic

We thank the Hawthorn MONPS Chapter for providing these suggestions.


Videos and Podcasts

Deep Roots KC Virtual Series: https://deeprootskc.org/stayhomekc
Live events are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 pm and video recordings are available. Topics include: Help your pollinators reproduce, Finding Stress Relief in the Garden, Starting Native Gardens from Scratch.

Natural Areas Association Webinar Series: https://www.naturalareas.org/webinars.php
Topics include: Assessing the Nation’s Native Seed Supply, Invasive Species Control using Goats.

Missouri Prairie Foundation Youtube Series: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwRTOCg02RJINQ8w5LiQREQ
Topics include: How to Create a Native Container Garden with Mervin Wallace of Missouri Wildflowers Nursery, Carol Davit TED Talk “Why Prairie Matters—New Relevancies of a Vanishing Landscape.”

Native Plant Conservation Campaign: https://themeadowproject.com/hometown-habitat
Entomologist and author Doug Tallamy video of a recent presentation.

Social Media/Citizen Science

iNaturalist.org: https://www.inaturalist.org
Install the app on your smart phone and you can upload your plant observations and help others identify theirs on the go. “Missions” displays a list of plants you are likely to see based on your location.

Track leaf-out on Journey North: https://journeynorth.org
Also tracks hummingbird and monarch migrations each year.

Facebook Groups

Missouri Native Plant Society: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MONPS
Helpful experts who will help you ID plants if you upload a photo. The discussion is limited to natives, not general gardening questions.

Missouri Prairie Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/MOPrairie

Grow Native!: https://www.facebook.com/grownativemidwest

Native Plant Conservation Campaign: https://www.facebook.com/plantsocieties

Instagram Hashtags:
https://www.instagram.com #missourinativeplants #grownative #moprairie

Plant ID and Selection

Native Plant Finder from the National Wildlife Federation: https://www.nwf.org/NativePlantFinder/Plants
As simple as entering your zip code, the Native Plant Finder displays lists of flowers and grasses, and trees and shrubs ranked by the number of butterfly and moth species that use them as host plants for their caterpillars.

Grow Native! Plant Picker: https://grownative.org/native-plant-info/plant-picker
From the Missouri Prairie Foundation Choose your criteria and the plant picker will suggest plants.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Native Plant Database: https://www.wildflower.org/plants
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is located at the University of Texas at Austin. The Native Plant Database is useful for locations across the country.

Biota of North America Project BONAP: https://bonap.org
You may have seen range maps from BONAP on native plant nursery sites but the site has multiple resources.

Wildflower Search: https://www.wildflowersearch.org
This website helps those of us with limited knowledge of botany to identify plants that are found outside of gardens. This help is provided by presenting you with small images of plants. You can use many search techniques to get to the images that are most likely the plant you are looking for. When you click on a plant image the program shows you links to plant descriptions and more plant images. This site has many ways of searching for a plant. A crowd-sourced site that includes detailed information about when and where the plant was seen. Not strictly natives.

USGS Land Cover Viewer: https://www.usgs.gov/core-science-systems/science-analytics-and-synthesis/gap/science/introduction-land-cover-viewer?qt-science_center_objects=0#qt-science_center_objects
This ArcGIS tool may seem intimidating at first, but you can use the map to view the types of land cover at or near your home, and make an educated guess about what plants would have been there historically by examining nearby “green areas” on the map that may not be as developed as your residential neighborhood.

Missouri Plants Database: http://missouriplants.com
Photographs and descriptions of the vascular plants of Missouri, USA

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