Resources

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These are some resources that I've found helpful over the years and I hope you do, too.

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A spicebush swallowtail (Papilio troilus) on bee balm (Monarda fistulosa)

Podcasts

The Native Plant Podcast

nativeplantpodcast.com

In Defense of Plants Podcast

indefenseofplants.com/podcast

Books

Landscaping with Native Plants of Michigan

Lynn M. Steiner

Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change

Larry Weaner, Thomas Christopher

Native Landscaping for Wildlife and People: How to Use Native Midwestern Plants to Beautify Your Property and Benefit Wildlife

Dave Tylka

The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden

Rick Darke & Doug Tallamy

Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants

Douglas W. Tallamy

Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes

Thomas Rainer & Claudia West

Nature's Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard

Douglas W. Tallamy

Field Guide to Nature of the Midwest

Kenn Kaufman, Jeff Sayre, & Kimberly Kaufman

The Nature of Oaks: The Rich Ecology of Our Most Essential Native Trees

Douglas W. Tallamy

Wildflowers of Michigan Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Bees: An Identification and Native Plant Forage Guide

Heather N. Holm

Trees of Michigan Field Guide

Stan Tekiela

Pollinators of Native Plants: Attract, Observe and Identify Pollinators and Beneficial Insects with Native Plants

Heather N. Holm

YouTube

Nature in the Hills - Farmington Hills, MI

YouTube Channel

Farmington Hills Nature Center

Native Plant Channel

YouTube Channel

Denise Ellsworth, OSU Department of Entomology

YouTube Channel

u.osu.edu

Websites

Plant Information

The Biota of North America Program (BONAP)

Native range maps of species within their respective genera

bonap.org

Michigan Flora

Provides plant information specific to Michigan

michiganflora.net

Illinois Wildflowers

Details range & habitat, faunal associations, cultivation and look-alike information

illinoiswildflowers.info

Wikipedia

General plant information, especially taxonomy

en.wikipedia.org

Michigan Natural Features Inventory

A field guide to Michigan's natural communities and where you can visit them

mnfi.anr.msu.edu

10 Berries Birds Love

Attract birds to your landscape with these native trees & shrubs.

Thank you, Ella, for the recommendation!

treehugger.com

Soil Information

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil maps & data

websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov

Invasive Species

Oakland County CISMA

Provides identification services as well as recommendations for treatment of invasive species

oaklandinvasivespecies.org

Michigan Invasive Species

A list of prohibited and restricted invasive species with helpful identification information

michigan.gov/invasives

Midwest Invasive Species Information Network (MISIN)

Explore and report invasive species in your area

misin.msu.edu

Apps

iNaturalist

Identify unknown plants and animals. It may not be 100% accurate, but should at least point you in the right direction.

inaturalist.org

Wikipedia

General plant information, especially taxonomy

en.wikipedia.org

Local Organizations

The Michigan Botanical Club

The Southeastern Chapter hosts field trips and online webinars around the metro-Detroit area

michbotclub.org

Wild Ones

The North Oakland and Ann Arbor chapters are great resources for native plant information and events

wildones.org

Rochester Pollinators

Rochester Pollinators provides education and resources to preserve the Monarch butterfly and pollinator population by reintroducing Michigan native plants into local landscapes including home gardens, businesses and municipal landscapes.

rochesterpollinators.org

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