HomeHelpIdentify living thingsLibrary Card
"Library card" is metaphorical for all the resources that are available to you, including your local library, an internet connection, and friends who know stuff.
Your Local Library
Your Local Library
If you don't already have a card for your local library, go get one today. Also visit your library's web page. You may be able to use their online system to request book loans from other libraries around the country. It is also very likely that you can freely use libraries in surrounding towns and at the community colleges.
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World Wide Web
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Learn the families
Start small
Start small
When learning how to identify plants and animals for the first time, it may be helpful to work in reverse. Rather than find a subject then trying to identify it, study something in your newly checked out library books, then go out and find it. Select something from your checklist that you believe is common in your area, then go out and search for it. For example, if you know that there are oaks in your area, you could study oaks and how to distinguish them from each other, then seek them out.