Audubon Native Plant Database
Enter your 5-digit zip code to use Audubon’s native plants database and explore the best plants for birds in your area.
Website about plants and their ecology, and share plant distribution information, with an eye towards preserving, protecting, and restoring biodiversity.

BONAP's North American Plant Atlas (NAPA)
US County-Level Species Maps: List by Genus

BONAP's Taxonomic Data Center (TDC)
Homegrown National Park® is a term coined by Doug Tallamy and is a bottom-up call-to-action to restore habitat where we live and work, and to a lesser extent where we farm and graze, extending national parks to our yards and communities. THE MAP is an interactive community-based visual that will show each person’s contribution to planting native by State, County and Zip Code.

Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder
Look up, view a photo and read about the over 7,500 plants which are growing or have been grown in the Kemper Center display gardens (plus selected additions) by scientific name, common name and/or selected plant characteristics. Very good and reliable plant profiles!

Morton Arboretum

Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR)

Ohio Invasive Plants Council
The Ohio Invasive Plants Council is a coalition of agencies, organizations, and individuals throughout Ohio concerned about the introduction, spread, and control of invasive, non-native plants in Ohio's natural habitats.

Native Plants of North America
University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Information on > 13,000 native plants. Includes images.

The Plant List
The Plant List is a working list of all known plant species. It aims to be comprehensive for species of Vascular plant (flowering plants, conifers, ferns and their allies) and of Bryophytes (mosses and liverworts). A collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Missouri Botanical Garden.

USDA Plants Database
The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

What Tree is That?
Arbor Day Foundation tree identification guide.


All About Soils
Published by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

Soil Explorer (webpage)
Interactive map of soils in world "Ohio" in drop down menu on right. From USGS, Purdue University, and USDA.

Soils Matter, Get the Scoop!
Blog published by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

USDA Web Soil Survey
Web Soil Survey (WSS) provides soil data and information produced by the National Cooperative Soil Survey.


Butterflies and Moths of North America
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA) is an ambitious effort to collect, store, and share species information and occurrence data. You can participate by taking and submitting photographs of butterflies, moths, and caterpillars.
Species profiles!

Ohio State University Bee Lab
Education, research and outreach related to honey bees, wild bees and other pollinators

ID and Observations

One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over a million scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature!


Cornell Lab of Ornithology's All About Birds
Bird information and identification.


Nature' Notebook
Nature’s Notebook is an off-the-shelf program appropriate for scientists and non-scientists alike, engaging observers across the nation to collect phenology observations on both plants and animals.

Ohio State University Phenology Calendar
Enter your 5-digit Ohio zip code and obtain a daily calendar of all the phenological events occurring in your area and cumulative Growing Degree Days to date.

USA National Phenology Network
The USA National Phenology Network consists of a National Coordinating Office (NCO), thousands of volunteer observers and many partners, including research scientists, resource managers, educators, and policy-makers.


Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network
CoCoRaHS (pronounced KO-ko-rozz) is a grassroots volunteer network of backyard weather observers of all ages and backgrounds working together to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail and snow) in their local communities. By using low-cost measurement tools, stressing training and education, and utilizing an interactive Web-site, our aim is to provide the highest quality data for natural resource, education and research applications. The only requirements to join are an enthusiasm for watching and reporting weather conditions and a desire to learn more about how weather can affect and impact our lives.