Plant Identification Site Under Development - Try It Now

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 2:01 PM | Anonymous member
We are working on a web-based interactive site for learning the plants of the National Wildlife Refuges. Check it out at Click on Balcones Canyonlands and then have fun exploring the site. You can have the list of plants for the refuge displayed with pictures, play a game where you get to identify the species based on a picture, or just see information for each species. You will find that we have a lot of work to do on this, especially to get good photos of all our plants. Currently, we have just loaded our list in and connected it to pictures as available on the web, but hopefully you can see the potential. Try this out -- click on Games (upper right) and then Flash Card Quiz. Under Options - Filter quiz by taxonomic group, select Onagraceae or Verbenaceae. Be sure to check the box below that to display the common name. If you give up, there is an option for "Tell me what it is!" If you are brave, try the Asteraceae, one of which is pictured here. This site is based on a collaboration with the National Park Service. Let us know if you would use this once it is fully developed.


  • Saturday, January 04, 2014 7:12 PM | Anonymous member
    I LOVE this!! Yes, I would use it. It's brilliant. I didn't have too much time to play, but when I was on my 3rd flash card question, I got a window saying site was unavailable. I just left it at that, without retrying. Just a glitch, I'm sure. So I'm voting an enthusiastic YES to developing this. I'll even volunteer to help...
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  • Tuesday, May 06, 2014 2:59 PM | Anonymous member
    Looked at the site a little more just now. Actually viewed a number of the listed species. This is a fantastic resource for the Refuge, and I hope there is enough interest, funds, and manpower to finish it. Jim, is this a (so far) complete checklist of BCNWR plants, and you're working through collecting images, descriptions, etc? Congratulations, and good luck! I really hope it gets finished!
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