February 14, 2007 10:35 AM

Looking for specimens?

Berkeley has a great network of natural history museums, including:

- UC Botanical Garden
- Museum of Vertebrate Zoology
- University and Jepson Herbaria
- Essig Museum of Entomology
- Museum of Paleontology
- Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology

The museums have a great search website that helps you find specimens by taxonomy and/or geography. http://bnhm.berkeley.edu/query/index.php It's a great resource if you're searching for something specific, like a living sample of Agave or records of plants found in the Ano Nuevo peninsula. The herbarium also has its own search page, which is much more intensive if you're just searching for plant data http://ucjeps.berkeley.edu/consortium/ This one allows you to search for samples from 13 herbaria in the state of California.

If you're just trying to familiarize yourself with native California plants, here's another great resource to enjoy http://calflora.org/ It has photos of California native and naturalized plants. You can search by plant community, county, rare plants, invasive plants, and more. It also has a mapping feature that lets you see the plant's range of dispersal. I've used this website nearly every day for my California Plant Life course - it's just so handy.

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