Here are several guides for the identification of lake biota.
A citizens guide for the identification, mapping and management of the common rooted aquatic plants of Michigan lakes.2000. Wandell, H. and L. Wolfson. MSU Extension Water Quality Series WQ-55.
Great Lakes plants. Wisconsin’s Water Library. A database of resources for the identification of plants.
Aquatic plants of Minnesota. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Aquatic plant identification resources. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.
Photo By Jo Latimore
Fish of the great lakes. 2002. Wisconsin Sea Grant.
Fish of Wisconsin Identification Database. University of Wisconsin Center of Limnology, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Wisconsin Sea Grant.
Fish Species of the Great Lakes Basin Michigan Sea Grant.
Great Lakes Fish. Wisconsin’s Water Library. A database of resources for the identification of fish.
Integrated pest management for nuisance exotics in Michgan inland lakes. 2000. Hart, S., M. Klepinger, H. Wandell, D. Garling, and L. Wolfson. MSU Extension Water Quality Series WQ-56.
Aquatic invasive species. Michigan Sea Grant.
Great Lakes Birds. Wisconsin’s water library. A database of resources for identifying birds
Coastal birds of Michigan. Michigan Sea Grant.
Amphibians and reptiles
Field guide to frogs. Wisconsin Sea Grant.
Great Lakes amphibians and reptiles. Wisconsin’s water library. A database of resources for identifying Amphibians and reptiles.
MI DNR Photo David Kenyon
Great Lakes invertebrates. Wisconsin’s Water Library. A database of resources for identifying invertebrates.