Identifying Wild Plants with iNaturalist

As a child, my Nana would share the plants she knew the names of with me. Some of that stuck, and it definitely gave me a desire to know more about the natural world. Now that I’m grown and have a repertoire larger than my Nana’s casual knowledge, I turn to new sources when I want to identify a particular herb, tree, or berry, using the same skills of observing that she shared with me many years ago.

While I have several books with guidance on identifying herbs, sometimes I want an answer without having to spend too much time deciphering leaf patterns and structures. Just today, I spotted some pretty yellow flowers in the grass outside my cousins school, and I wanted an answer without my books handy.

In times like these, I use an app called iNaturalist to quickly decipher what the plant may be. It isn’t always right, but it offers a starting point to work with. Often, it can help me get right down to the species! All I do is upload a few clear images of the plant in question (although bugs, fungi, animals, etc. are also in the database) and see what it comes up with. It’s an amazing tool for anyone starting out with herbs or naturalism of any kind. I love using it to confirm my identifications. It even offers an easy comparing function so you can feel confident in your identification.

It also has a social aspect where other naturalists can offer insight or agree on your match until it reaches research grade, aka three positive species identification from separate sources. This is added to their research grade database for others to use alongside you!

This is my favourite app so far. I’ve tried a few others, but find this is the one that suits me and my needs best! This post isn’t sponsored, I just wanted to share something I love with you all! It’s a tool I use nearly every time I leave my house, even if it’s just to document where I have seen certain herbs. I love the guides it offers in the explore tab, and often find myself browsing nearby observations and learning more about the plants near me. I also appreciate that it saves your observations and the ones you help identify. It makes it easy to go back and see what you’ve spotted!

Let me know what you’re favourite app is, and how it helps you in your journey. I’ll see you soon! Bye!

31 Things to Make With the Natural Resources in Your Area

Today I compiled a list of links to beautiful DIYS and tutorials that use wild and cultivated plants. Take a look and get inspired by the fresh ingredients you have all around you! Let me know what you make and if you have any other ideas! Have a great one, everybody!

  1. Birch Bark Paper
  2. Paper from Invasive Plants
  3. Raffia Baskets
  4. Willow Baskets
  5. Making Baskets from Natural Materials
  6. Cordage
  7. Cordage from Cedar
  8. Netted Bags from Cordage
  9. Wattle Fencing
  10. Flour
  11. Wooden Spoons
  12. Wooden Crochet Hooks
  13. Solar Dyes Made from Plants
  14. Bundle Dyed Scarves
  15. Eco Prints
  16. Botanical Prints on Paper
  17. Mineral Pigment Paints and Pastels
  18. Wooden Hair Comb
  19. Pine Needle Hand Brooms
  20. Broom Corn Brooms
  21. Coconut Leaf Brooms
  22. Pine Needle Baskets
  23. Black Walnut Ink
  24. Buttons from Twigs
  25. Activated Charcoal
  26. Linen from Flax
  27. Maple Branch Wreath
  28. Grapevine Wreath
  29. Rose Petal Beads
  30. Clay from Soil
  31. Biodegradable Confetti

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