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Whether you’re into birds, wildflowers, butterflies, mammals or any other aspect of nature, you can create a WildlifeList to record your sightings. If you already maintain a list, whether scribbled in the margin of your field guide or tucked away in your memory, eNature’s WildlifeLists offer a great way to create a permanent, organized record.

An eNature WildlifeList can be a simple list of names, or it can be an illustrated nature journal. Some people list every species they see. Others only record special or unusual encounters. You can customize the lists to suit your needs.

Want to start a WildlifeList? Here are some tips:

Keeping a Birding Life List

All serious birders keep a Birding Life List. This list is a record of every unique species they have seen during their lifetime. But even the casual, backyard birder can benefit from keeping a simple list of what they've seen and when they've seen it.

  1. From the WildlifeLists home page, create a new WildlifeList.
    • Choose an appropriate title, such as "My Bird Life List."
    • Under Default Species Group, select Birds.
      The Bird group will appear first whenever opening this list.
  2. Once your list is created, select the 'Add species' tab to begin adding birds.
    • You can also add birds via the Bird Field Guide or a ZipGuide.
    • ZipGuides make it simple to view a guide to birds in your area, then add them to your list.
  3. Select the 'View your lists' tab in your list to enter notes and sighting dates.
    • We recommend that you visit eNature's Birding Focus section for a variety of regional birding resources.
    • Have a question about WildlifeLists? Visit our WildlifeLists FAQ, or select the Help tab on any list.

Keeping a Backyard List

The simplest way to start a Backyard List, is to begin exploring the wildlife in your own backyard. Whether you live in a farmhouse in Kentucky, or an apartment in New York City, creating a backyard list can enhance your enjoyment of the animals and plants near the place you call “home.”

Which birds visit your feeders? Which butterflies have you attracted to your yard? What was that unusual spider you saw lurking around your planter box? eNature WildlifeLists allow you to create a virtual nature almanac. You will be amazed at the diversity of wildlife that can be found in even the most urban landscape.

There are two ways you can start a Backyard List:

  1. Create a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Site
    NWF's Backyard Wildlife Habitat feature is a great place to start your backyard list. It allows you to create a personal Web site of your backyard, complete with a species list, habitat photos, and online planner tools. You can also officially certify your BWH site, as over 29,000 individuals and communities nationwide already have. Here's how to begin:
    1. Visit the Backyard Wildlife Habitat home page.
    2. Follow the instructions to create your online habitat.
    3. Once your online habitat is created, select the Species List tab to begin adding backyard species to your list.
  2. Create a "stand-alone" WildlifeList of your backyard visitors.
    A simple alternative to creating a Backyard Wildlife Habitat site is to create a WildlifeList of species in your backyard. Here's how:
    1. From the WildlifeLists home page, create a new WildlifeList. Choose an appropriate title, such as "My Backyard Species."
    2. Once your list is created, either select the 'Add species' tab to begin adding species, or visit eNature's ZipGuides feature. ZipGuides make it simple to view a guide to species in your area, then add them to your list.
    3. After adding your sighting(s), select the 'View your lists' tab in your list to enter notes and sighting dates.

Creating a WildlifeList for a Location or a Trip

Many people enjoy keeping a list of wildlife they see in a favorite location, such as a nearby park. Others like to record their sightings from a day hike or vacation, such as a trip to Yosemite.

  1. From the WildlifeLists home page, create a new WildlifeList.
    Choose an appropriate title, such as "My Florida Trip."
  2. Once your list is created, either select the 'Add species' tab to begin adding species, or visit eNature's ZipGuides feature. ZipGuides make it simple to view a guide to species from a specific region, then add them to your list.
  3. After adding your sighting(s), select the 'View your lists' tab in your list to enter notes and sighting dates.

Have a question about WildlifeLists? Visit our WildlifeLists FAQ, or select the Help tab on any WildlifeList.

 

 

 

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