The kids and I love discovering and trying to identify new plants around the farm. After struggling to organize our observations, I decided to create a webspace dedicated to that purpose. Whenever you’re outside, whether it’s a park, meadow, forest, wetland or your own backyard, look around – there are so many different plants! They might be native, invasive or even endangered, and possibly edible or toxic. Some might be host plants for specialist insects, and some are foraged for wild food or medicine. Many plants that people think of as “weeds” are actually really valuable to the health of ecosystems and local biodiversity – and, of course, to human health. Native plants especially are a natural resource to be cherished and protected.
For the Mossycup Farm Biodiversity Project, we have been using the iNaturalist app and Audubon Field Guides for the majority of our identifications. The photos in this database were all taken at Mossycup Farm in Granville Township, Ohio by myself (Jes Padgett) and should not be used without permission – just ask. These photos were shot with my iPhone, other than one or two which were shot with a Canon EOS 450D that I really need to learn. A handy little gadget I used for some of these photos is a macro lens clip that attaches right onto your phone and allows for detailed zoom shots. This fairly inexpensive tool is kind of a big deal, so definitely check it out if you love photographing tiny things!
Please be aware that I have no formal training in any field of biology or ecology, and therefore am NOT a professional entomologist, botanist, mycologist or any of the like. I am also not an educator, rather a student of nature. I simply enjoy learning about new species and their roles within our local ecosystems, as well as discussing observations and discoveries. This project is still a work in progress and I’m learning Airtable as I go. It is my intention to add a Comments section to each gallery page to encourage conversations about specific species, receive suggestions for alternate identifications (I’m sure there will be a few), share useful resources, etc. I’d also like your feedback on functionality and what you would like to see here in the future. No promises, but I’ll most definitely try to make it happen if it sounds like a neat idea!
This website and this page are a work in progress. I’ll be adding more info soon!
Thanks for visiting and I hope you’ll enjoy this gallery as much as I enjoyed putting it together! – Jes