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Published January 06, 2023
The Wyoming Natural Diversity Database (WYNDD) and the Rocky Mountain Herbarium, both located at the University of Wyoming, recently teamed up to create a shared online Species Photo Gallery.
The gallery features Wyoming’s wild plants and animals, represented by nearly 7,500 photos of more than 1,650 species and taken by over 240 photographers. The current content covers close to half of the state flora. The gallery is available at www.wyndd.org/gallery/.
“Wyoming has an incredible endowment of plants and animals in the wild,” says Bonnie Heidel, lead botanist at WYNDD. “We provide this photo gallery as a set of high-quality images, many of which have been peer-reviewed, representing common and rare species, both native and introduced.”
Photos can be searched in the photo gallery by using any part of a species’ common name or scientific name. The gallery incorporates all species photos in the Wyoming Field Guide as well as the core set of species photos provided by Robert and Jane Dorn to the Rocky Mountain Herbarium. The gallery significantly expands coverage of many more common plant species.
The Rocky Mountain Herbarium already provides a specimen database tool that calls up specimen data and accompanying digitized specimen images. The new Species Photo Gallery brings plant specimen images to life, as they might be viewed outdoors.
With the support of UW’s Wyoming DataHub, the Species Photo Gallery was launched as the first of a set of new tools to allow broader audiences to discover the flora of Wyoming. The gallery represents both the Rocky Mountain Herbarium as the best source of information on the flora of Wyoming and the region, and WYNDD as the most complete source of information on plant and animal species and habitats of concern in Wyoming.