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Joined: Nov 03, 2020 Last Active: Sep 17, 2021 iNaturalist

I am an Environmental Scientist from Canada specializing in ecological restoration and plant ecology and more recently I have been traveling in the USA and Mexico identifying plants and noting in particular those that are native or endemic vs those that are introduced. My goal is to both educate myself on plants found outside of Canada but also to help educate others about native, endemic and introduced species so that we can preserve as much local native diversity as possible in order to keep local ecosystems 'intact' as much as possible under the pressures of human development. On that note I am currently working on a series of books on plant families of North America. I hope to have the books printed and ready to distribute by 2023 or 2024 at the latest, depending on funding and whether I wait until the whole set of books is ready, or if I start on 1 or 2 books and finish the rest at a later date. Originally I was going to try to split North America into 3 regions to keep it simple but after spending some time examining the plants in the different regions I felt it much more useful to split it into 5 regions, a NW, NE, SE and a SW section and then a South section for Mexico below the northern deserts. The idea behind the books is that most people when wanting to learn about plants in their area reach for a field guide that they then key out to find species. However, species are ever changing due to introductions and extinctions, and species can be so variable even in the best of circumstances that I think it would be more useful if people started to learn families and genera first. There are a few reasons for this: one they simply learn more about plants this way because they learn the general characteristics about all of the plants in their region instead of details of just a handful of species, also, knowing general characteristics of all plants allows them to take that knowledge and apply it anywhere, and finally once you understand families and genera identifying species becomes a much easier task anyway. Once complete I want to donate the books at cost (printing costs), or better yet for free if I was able to secure enough funding, to schools and libraries around North America. I would like to offer free educational seminars at the schools and libraries where I could present the book and explain how to use it using samples of plants that I would collect from their local area, showing them in person how to identify the plants in their own area. My hope is that if people learn more about plants and how to identify the plants around them they will learn to love them as much as I do. If they learn to love plants and understand why they are so important to us (plants do rule the world after all), then they will learn to protect rare and endangered species, to promote the preservation and use of native species in our towns and cities, and to identify introduced or invasive species so that they can help to reduce or eliminate their negative impacts. If you can help, or know someone who can please check out my gofundme page here: https://gofund.me/821a1365

NOTE: If anyone has any questions or wants clarification on any of my observations, I take several photos of each plant showing different morphological features, contact me if you would like further information.

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