There are many people who were indespensible in the creation of this field guide and we would like to thank them.

First and foremost, Professor Dan Perlman, who is truly a superior human being. We would like to be just like you when we grow up, beard included. Your support, encouragement, criticism, knowledge and beautiful photographs enabled us to complete this project.

Sharon Barotz our T.A.: You always pointed out the pointy plants.

The Brandeis Univeristy Biology Department: Thank you for buying us breakfast, and taking us to the museum, and letting us go camping. We had a lot of fun.

Andrew and the Boston Nature Center: You are great, and incredibly knowledgeable. We think everyone should spend an afternoon cleaning out your orchard.

Our entire Field Biology Class: You have made this an experience so ridiculously enjoyable we can scarcely believe it's for course credit.