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A Blog To Keep People Updated On Our Progress

April 8th, 2019 by Alex Zorach

This is our first blog post! We hope to use this blog to keep people informed of our progress.

The development of our site has been progressing rapidly. We launched the public part of our site in January, and published our first few plant articles. Shortly thereafter, we imported USDA data for all plants recorded as occurring specifically in New Castle County, DE.

We linked our records to the plant profiles in the USDA Plants database, and began the process of linking to other websites, including the Illinois Wildflowers website (which has some of the best ecological information, including info on plant habitat and growing conditions, and faunal associations), and the Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) run by the U.S. National Forest Service, a database with a wealth of ecological information.

We are planning to integrate and link up with more projects in the near future. Some ones on our radar are Missouri Botanical Garden's Plant Finder and the New England Wild Flower Society's Go Botany.

In March, we started a beta test of the interactive features of our website to a limited audience. We have already fixed a bunch of bugs, as well as adding more features, both to the interactive aspects of the site, and to the articles.

Explore the site for yourself!

This photo is from an observation record that is a good example of how information can be submitted and recorded on our site.

If you are interested in a user account to use the site's interactive features, especially if you want to help us beta test it, please sign up for our interest list using the link in the top right corner. You can also sign up if you want to support us some other way, or subscribe to keep informed of our progress

Archive of All Blogs

More Databases Linked & Search Improvements for Scientific Names, July 9th, 2024

Choosing The Best Common Names For Plants: Challenges & Solutions, April 19th, 2024

Range Map & Taxonomic Update Progress, January 31st, 2024

Giving Thanks To Everyone We Rely On, November 22nd, 2023

Thinking More Deeply About Habitat, April 5th, 2023

2022 Year-End Summary: Successes & New Goals, February 15th, 2023

New Databases Linked: Flora of North America & NatureServe Explorer, November 11th, 2022

All Range Maps 2nd Generation, Taxonomic Updates, & Fundraising Goal Met!, September 29th, 2022

More Range Map Improvements, POWO Interlinking, And Notes Fields, June 7th, 2022

Ecoregion-Based Plant Lists and Search, March 30th, 2022

Progress Updates on Range Maps and More, February 10th, 2022

The Vision for bplant.org, December 9th, 2021

New Server: Software & Hardware, August 30th, 2021

More & Improved Plant Range Maps, July 19th, 2021

A Control Section for Invasive Plants, April 15th, 2021

Progress Bars & State Ecoregion Legends, March 11th, 2021

Our 2020 Achievements, February 9th, 2021

Interlinking Databases for Plant Research, November 11th, 2020

A New Homepage, Highlighting Our Articles, July 29th, 2020

A False Recovery, But North Carolina's Ecoregions are Complete!, June 9th, 2020

We're Back After COVID-19 Setbacks, April 3rd, 2020

Help Us Find Ecoregion Photos, February 27th, 2020

What We Achieved in 2019, December 30th, 2019

Plant Comparison and ID Guides, October 30th, 2019

We Are Now Accepting Donations, October 14th, 2019

US State Ecoregion Maps, New Footer, Ecoregion Article Progress, and References, September 19th, 2019

Tentative Range Maps of Native Plants, August 12th, 2019

Ecoregion Locator and Interactive Maps, July 10th, 2019

Using Ecoregions Over Political Boundaries, May 13th, 2019

How We Handle Wild vs Cultivated Plants, April 16th, 2019

A Blog To Keep People Updated On Our Progress, April 8th, 2019

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