The Digital Naturalist .info


Welcome to The Digital Naturalist .info


This site attempts to present botanical indentification keys and checklists for use primarily in the field. As I reside in Maine, the site currently focuses on the northeast US. My interests are, at least for the moment, primarily non-flowering 'plants'. Thus I have focused on them - for now.


Technical botanical identification keys have traditionally been text only, for better or for worse. The web was originally designed to present text and still does so exceptionally well. Any modern portable electronic device has more than ample space to store millions of pages of text. My field pack does not store millions of pages of books very well. Actually the pack does fine, my back not so much! The design of these field key pages means they should load even with a poor internet connection. The individual field key pages can be downloaded or saved for later use without impacting their functionality. While all of the keys do have a PDF version available, the field key pages can be easily printed or saved as formatted text due to their spartan design. An explanation of the use of this site and my requirements for coding are found on this page. I hope you find the site helpful.


Improvements? Errors? Questions? A key you wish to have posted or adapted for posting? Email Jeff at Yes, I have photos of many of the common and charismatic species and if I can ever retire, I might have the time to create those pages.


2019 - Some page on this site is pretty much always under construction.


Thanks to Robert Rivas for hosting this site. Thanks to Ralph Pope for reigniting the flame and for stoking it regularly with his two books and in person. Thanks to Nancy Ritger of the AMC for putting Ralph's first book in the right place at the right time! Thanks to Jim & Pat Hinds for countless hours of information and inspiration. And a special thanks to the Maine Master Naturalist Program founders: Dorcas Miller, Susan Hayward, Chloe Chunn, and Fred Cichocki for creating the opportunity! Thank you all very much.