Power of Social Media

I enjoyed reading Jamie Forrest’s post about the Power of Social Media.  I have a similar story.

While walking at the Nature Center where I work, I found and photographed a flower with which I was unfamiliar.  I took it back to my office and put it on Flickr in the “ID Please” group.

European Frogbit
European Frogbit

Within 20 minutes, I had my answer! It was a non-native, invasive plant from Europe. No wonder it wasn’t in my field guides. Before computers, I would still not know what that plant is!

I’ve used the ID Please! group on Flickr a LOT to assist with research. Sometimes, I think I’m being lazy. But the Girl Scout in me says I’m just “using my resources wisely!”

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