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The Backyard Birdwatcher: George H. Harrison, eNature's birding expert, is an award-winning nature writer, photographer, PBS television host, and the author of a dozen nature books, including The Backyard Bird Watcher. He is field editor for National Wildlife, International Wildlife, and Sports Afield magazines and contributing editor to Birds & Blooms and Birder's World.

Wild Bird Watching: Birdwatching information about the mating, nesting, and feeding habits of common North American backyard birds. Expert advice on bird-watching, backyard bird feeding, bird gardening, bird identification, bird travel and cool birding products. The editors of Bird Watcher's Digest invite you to experience the joy and passion of bird-watching and to learn the best birding how-to tips from the experts. is for all ornithologists, budding ornithologists, bird enthusiasts, and the environmentally-minded. It is the place to begin for information on wild birds. Information on wild birds is extensive and varied, with an emphasis on Science, Education and Conservation. Are you a new birder that wants to learn more about the birds at your backyard feeder? Are you a seasoned birder who wants the latest information on binoculars or books? Going somewhere on a vacation and want to know where the best birding spots are? What to see a list of Bird Records...biggest, fastest, smallest? Need help identifying a bird?

BirdSource An exciting collaborative effort between the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Contribute to important projects like the Christmas Bird Count and the Great Backyard Bird Count.

The Virtual Birder The Virtual Birder offers several interactive virtual tours. Navigate your way through different ecosystems, and spot and identify birds.

Birdnet A mega-resource on ornithology and birding organizations.

The Encyclopedia of Birdcare A practical and easy-to-use reference guide for finding answers to common questions. Get good advice for attracting and feeding birds and more.

NASA's Threatened Species Project A great site for birders. NASA uses its satellites to track threatened species and chart migration patterns of birds. Be sure to visit Bird Tracks and Bird World. Perhaps the best resource for bird sounds on the web.

Bird Families of the World The home of the Sibley-Monroe system for naming and classifying birds.

Birding Primer A great introduction to birding from the publisher of the National Audubon Society Field Guide series. Also includes great links to other birding sites on the web.

Fatbirder This is a truly worldwide site, based in the UK but with extensive coverage of birding all over the globe and thousands of links to other birding Web sites. The Fatbirder's ambition is that every state, province and country page should have an introduction by a local birder. Most of Europe and Australasia has already and lots of Asia, Africa and S America covered. Only about 10 US states and one Canadian province. Maybe you would like to help him out?

Operation Rubythroat: The Hummingbird Project Operation RubyThroat is an award-winning cross-disciplinary project in which K-12 students, teachers, and others in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Central America collaborate to study behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). Teachers are especially invited to participate in this Web-based project.

Birding: sites, sounds and pictures A variety of birding resources and related links.

Birds of Manitoba Several photos of North American birds.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is devoted to the study and protection of birds. They are a nonprofit membership institution world renowned for their ornithological expertise.

Mark W. Eaton's Birding Links Includes an excellent variety of birding links on topics such as Conservation, Organizations & Societies, Natural History, Bird Alerts, Photo Collections, and more.

Eastern Birding Central A nice guide to American birds, their lives, and how to enjoy them.

Long Island Birding A site about Long Island Birds and Birdwatching.

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Butterflies & Entomology Related

The Butterfly Zone Great tips on how to attract butterflies to your garden and what to feed them.

Milkweed Cafe A site for anyone who loves butterflies. A video page shows two movies about the metamorphosis of butterflies.

Smithsonian Institution's Entomology Site The website for the Entomology Department at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History offers a wealth of information on butterflies and other insects.

Insects on the Web Information on insects from t he Department of Entomology at Iowa State University

Monarch Watch Monarch Watch is a cooperative network of students, teachers, volunteers and researchers dedicated to the study of the Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus and its spectacular fall migration.

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center Information for wildlife managers, scientists, and the public on natural resource issues and biota of the North American Great Plains. Visitors can explore the exciting world of butterflies by visiting The Butterfly Site’s dozen butterfly topics, tons of butterfly links, contests, and awards.

Butterfly Website The complete website for butterfly lovers, gardeners, teachers, students, and farmers.

Monarch Butterfly USA This site is chock full of fabulous pictures and information about the Monarch Butterfly.

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A Global Information System on Fishes

Florida Museum of Natural History Florida Museum of Natural History Ichthyology Department homepage. This site contains, educational sections about the biology, ecology and conservation of fishes and sharks. A rich photo gallery features the work of world-renowned underwater photographers. Host for International Shark Attack File (ISAF), International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group and the Southeastern Fishes Council.

Fish Information Service This site is an archive of information about aquariums. It covers both freshwater and marine, tropical and temperate.

Northeast Fisheries Science Center Fisheries Research Lab for NOAA Fisheries in the USA - Northeast Region

National Aquarium in Baltimore National Aquarium in Baltimore website. Information about our animals, exhibits, conservation efforts, and the aquarium.

United States Fish and Wildlife Service Home page for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, a bureau in the Department of the Interior. Major responsibilities include: migratory birds, endangered species, certain marine mammals, freshwater and anadromous fish, the National Wildlife Refuge System, wetlands, habitat conservation, and environmental contaminants.

University of Washington Fish Collection University of Washington Fish Collection, Fisheries Teaching and Research

Smithsonian Institute Department of Ichthyology The fish collection, at the National Museum of Natural History, is the largest in the world, with approximately 8 million specimens.

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Comparative Mammalian Brain Collection at University of Wisconsin This web site has images and information from one of the world's largest collection of well-preserved, sectioned and stained brains. Viewers can see and download photographs of brains of over 100 different species of mammals (including humans) representing 17 mammalian orders.

The Opossum Society of the United States Wildlife rehabilitation and educational organization dedicated to rehabilitating injured and orphaned wild opossums for return to the environment and to educating the public about wildlife and coping with urban wildlife problems.

Dilloscape Whether you're an armadillo enthusiast or aggravated by armadillos, this site has almost everything you've ever wanted to know about these armor-plated critters.

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Wild Food
Learn about edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms, nature, and ecology with one of New York's best-known naturalists.

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Reptiles & Amphibians

The University of Michigan- Animal Diversity Web -Frog Calls
Diverse set of calling frogs.

Center for North American Amphibians and Reptiles
(CNAAR) was established with the objective of promoting education and conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the United States and Canada.

Florida Museum of Natural History
Guide to Florida's venomous snakes. Great site.

Frogwatch at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
This site is the Internet presence of an educational frog and toad monitoring program coordinated by the US Geological Survey Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Frogwatch USA relies on volunteers to collect information regarding frog and toad populations in neighborhoods across the nation.
Guess the snake and you might win a book! Open for everyone, all the time. Sometimes difficult, sometimes easy, and now and then a little stupid.
Information portal for reptile and amphibian hobbyists.

Turtle Trax
By telling the story of one group of green sea turtles, the Honokowai group of Maui, Turtle Trax focuses on a particularly gruesome threat to the green sea turtle, fibropapilloma tumours. Turtle Trax features numerous photos of marine turtles in their natural habitat, articles and news about sea turtles.

Hognose Snakes
The definitive Web site covering the identification, care, breeding, and study of the world's hognosed snakes.

Snakes and Frogs
Information concerning reptile and amphibian species native to South Carolina and other southern states.

International directory of reptile and amphibian resources
A comprehensive directory of animal resources, zoological parks, exotic-friendly veterinarians, research materials and references on a state by state and country basis.

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Seashore Creatures

Exploring Ecosystems at Boston State University
Exhibit depicting Maine rocky shore creatures.

Marine Ecosystems
Discover marine creatures from the tiny zooxanthellae that make the coral reefs home to the giant mammals of the vast seas! Find out how tiny ocean plants like plankton provide food for mammals as large as whales and huge ocean plants like the giant kelp are used in some of our food products.

SeaWeb is a project designed to raise awareness of the world ocean and the life within it. Good news and resources relating to oceanic issues.

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Conchologists of America, Inc.
Site about the hobby of seashells. Site includes articles about shells from our printed publication, American Conchologist. Includes frequently asked questions about Mollusks, news of new species, and a Kids' section.
Retail Seashell store

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Trees and Wildflowers

Flora of North America
Flora of North America (FNA) is a project undertaken by North American botanists to provide authoritative, up-to-date information on the names, relationships, characteristics, and distributions of the approximately 21,000 species of plants that grow outside of cultivation in North America north of Mexico.

International Organization for Plant Information
The International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI) manages a series of cooperative international projects that aim to create databases of plant taxonomic information.

Florida Wildflowers
Some 200 original photographs of Florida wildflowers and insects.

Michigan Electronic Library to Wildflowers
Good links to other Wildflower sites.

The TreeGuide is devoted to the natural history of trees, including their biology, evolution, geography and utilization. Descriptions of tree families, genera and species are included

New England Wildflower Society
The New England Wild Flower Society is the oldest plant conservation organization in the United States, promoting conservation of temperate North American plants through education, horticulture, research, habitat preservation, and conservation advocacy.

Wildflowers in Bloom<
The Texas Agricultural Extension Service pictoral resource of wildflower information. This resource is a cooperative project between WILDSEED FARMS and the Texas Horticulture Program. Good information on getting and growing wildflowers.

Tree Link
Provides information, research, and networking for people working in urban and community forestry. For researchers, the arborists, the community group leaders or volunteers.

Plants National Database
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service plant site. Site includs a large database of plant names, a plant Photo Gallery, Plant Fact Sheets, Information about Culturally Significant Plants, Information about Noxious and Invasive Plants, Threatened and Endangered Plant Information, Wetland Plant Information.

National Arboretum
U.S. National Arboretum, U.S. Department of Agriculture research and education facility and living museum.

Website developed to help homeowners care for trees and shrubs.

Prairie Source
Informational resource for all things regarding prairie, native grasses, wildflowers and related topics.

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National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation
The National Wildlife Federation is the nation's largest member-supported conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment.

Environmental Education
Read about the NWF's school and community education programs.

Backyard Wildlife Habitats
The National Wildlife Federation's Backyard Wildlife Habitat program can help you save a place for wildlife right in your own backyard and community. Have your yard certified as an official Backyard Wildlife Habitat.

Take Action
Information about the quickest and easiest way to take action for wildlife and the environment.

Ranger Rick Kids Zone
Outdoor stuff, games, reader's corner, and cool virtual tours of wildlife environments.

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Ecology and Conservation

EcoTour Directory
A human edited, non-biased directory of Ecotours and Operators providing travelers with a list of organisations in order to help plan their next ecotourism experience.

Wild Earth Net
A site devoted to explaining the role of economics in the decisions people make that affect wilderness and wildlife.

The National Audubon Society
The National Audubon Society's home page.

The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy works with communities, businesses and individuals to preserve plants, animals and natural communities by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.

The Dynamic Great Lakes
A variety of information about the Great Lakes.

Friends of Ecological Reserves
The Friends of Ecological Reserves is a volunteer based charitable organization that promotes the interests of the ecological reserves program in British Columbia, Canada. Ecological reserves are permanent sanctuaries selected to preserve representative and special natural ecosystems, species and features.

Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre
The Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre is owned and operated by The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and provides rescue and rehabilitation services to wild animals on Southern Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

Wolf Howl Animal Preserve
This site contains wolf information, sound files, recommended reading and multimedia, a wolf picture gallery and a unique gift shop.

Wolf Trust
The Wolf Trust is a non-profit organisation whose goal is to facilitate the reintroduction and recovery of wolves (Canis lupus) to the Scottish Highlands. Wolf conservation transcends borders and the Wolf Trust is active throughout Britain.

Critter Crossings
Produced by the U.S. Department of Transportation, this site describes transportation's impact on wildlife and highlights exemplary projects and processes that are helping to reduce these impacts.

The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island
The Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island was founded in 1996 for the purposes of conducting research, providing educational experiences and promoting conservation of coastal ecosystems.
A Canadian national network of environmental students and educators whose mission is to to empower and support students, educators, and communities in their quest to learn about environmental issues for the purpose of making meaningful contributions towards environmental sustainability.

Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
The mission of the DEP is to conserve, improve, and protect the natural resources and environment of Connecticut. Their Natural Diversity Database includes information on the biology, population, and threats to the elements of natural diversity in the state.

Sanctuary Asia
Sanctuary Asia, India's leading wildlife, conservation and environment magazine, was started by editor Bittu Sahgal in 1981 to raise awareness among Indians of their disappearing natural heritage. Sanctuary is at the fulcrum of several wildlife conservation campaigns and serves as a network for wildlife groups, concerned individuals and non-profit organisations.

Kids For Tigers
'Kids for Tigers' is a Sanctuary-Britannia environmental education program in schools across India that aims to bring out the vital connection between the survival of the tiger and our ecological health.

Features high-quality, up-to-date-reviews about nature, ecology and the environment. It is a free website and is published in 3 languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese.

National Geographic's Geography Action Habitats
Learn about habitats and conservation effort for the preservation of the world's natural resources. Find education information, lesson plans, activities, games, events, and photos.
Hundreds of links to animal conservation groups and wildlife informational sites.

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General Education

Conchology -- The Art & Science of Nature
Extensive images and information for beginning and advanced collectors of shells.

Avant-Gardening: Creative Organic Gardening
Extensive resources for organic gardening.

Animal Lore
Explores the real and symbolic relationships between animals and humans, includes articles on animals in nature, mythology, dreams, art, and literature.

Seeds of Trade
This virtual book, written by Henry Hobhouse, the author of Seeds of Change, and Museum botanist Sandra Knapp, is an introduction to the fascinating history of cultivation and some of its impacts on today's society.
A directory- portal of nature education, news, research and exploration.

Wild Food
Learn about edible and medicinal wild plants and mushrooms, nature, and ecology with one of New York's best-known naturalists.
Dedicated to promoting literacy in the biosciences, this non-commercial, ad-free, educational site features peer-reviewed articles and class lessons on the following issues: biodiversity, environment, genomics, biotechnology, evolution, new frontiers in the sciences, and education.

Homestead Harvest
A Web site dedicated to the home gardener, providing information, along with quality products for preserving your garden.

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Regional and Local Wildlife

Nature In British Columbia
A photographic tour of the nature of British Columbia.

VN Illustrated Database of Mexican Biodiversity
A great source of information on the biodiversity of Mexico and the threats faced by wildlife there.

Wild Wise
Wild Wise is Woodland Park Zoo's State Outreach program that teaches middle-school aged students about Washington's native wildlife.

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History (York, South Carolina)
Includes informative text and photographs of flora and fauna that can be found in most habitats in the eastern U.S. Included are descriptions of the Center's long-term bird banding research projects (including hummingbirds) and a pictorial account of natural changes through the seasons at the center.

Northern Exposure Getaway
A Web site inviting you to enjoy the life, sounds and beauty of McGrath, Minnesota.

Two Pines Ranch
A web site dedicated to the wildlife of Western Colorado.

Sam Beamond's Animal World
A variety of information on animals, including pictures, facts, and local Minnesota wildlife.

Long Island Birding
A Web site devoted to Long Island bird watching, birds, and birders.

New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife News
A variety of topics on New Hampshire Fish and Wildlife.

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Nature Web Cams & Specialized Photography

The Painted bunting cam
Melbourne, Florida out door cam. Best time to see the birds, 6:15am to 9:00am, noon to 2:00pm, 3:00 pm till dusk

Insect Zoo
Information on insects from the Department of Entomology at Iowa State University.

Lake District Osprey Project
This webcam in Cumbria (United Kingdom) allows you to follow the daily lives of the Bassenthwaite ospreys.

Numerous excellent wildlife images using macro-photography.
A Web site devoted to educational macro/micro imaging.

Digital Nature
An excellent gallery of digital nature photography.
Over 100 detailed macro photos of insects and spiders common to an English garden. It comprises narrative and factual information, photos, plus a novel magnifying glass tool to encourage exploration of each subject.
This site includes free wallpapers and photos of various scenic views, animals (birds), forests, aquariums, and aquarium fish.

Digiscoping in the U.K.
Excellent samples of bird photography using digiscoping -- using a spotting scope in combination with a digital camera.

A Robin's Diary
A Robin family story spanning 15 days from hatch to unexpected fledging. Four small video/audio movies for each day and a little real life drama.

Barn Owl Web cam
A Barn Owl Web cam from Benicia, California.

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