Reference/Links: Wildlife

Animals and Birds

All For Animals - A site promoting the ethical treatment of animals.

All-Star Endangered Critter Cards - This Why Files collection of printable endangered species trading cards is a fun way to interest kids in conservation. The front of each card features an animal photo; move your mouse over it to read about the species and how it is threatened.

American Bird Conservancy - A site dedicated to conserving wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

AmphibiaWeb - To aid in conservation efforts, this website is hoping to create a web page for each of the world's amphibian species. Learn about worldwide declines in amphibian populations and search the database to take a look at the current listings, which include profiles, photos and audio clips.

Avibase - An online database containing records on 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, regional bird checklists and recommended links.

BirdSource - A partnership between citizens and scientists, designed and managed by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. BirdSource scientists offer the opportunity to "bird with a purpose."

Boreal Songbird Initiative - The Boreal Songbird Initiative works to educate birdwatchers and naturalists about the importance of the boreal forest to migratory birds. Check the boreal bird guide to read about selected birds of the boreal, view photos and listen to audio clips.

Butterflies of North America - The United States Geological Survey offers a comprehensive collection of butterfly data, including photos and species distribution maps.

Crocodiles! - They've been around at least 240 million years, outlasting the dinosaurs and then some. Get to know the clickable croc, and discover its survival strategies.

Elements - This bilingual online environmental magazine features all life forms, from little squirrels in big trees to the relationships between energy and touch therapy. - These easy-to-navigate field guides from the National Audubon Society will help you identify over 4,800 plants and animals.

Endangered Species Program - Learn what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing to protect endangered and threatened species and the ecosystems they depend on.

Field Trip Earth - Take a virtual field trip to wildlife conservations projects around the world through interviews, discussion groups, field reports, essays, slide shows and educator resources.

Frogs: A Chorus of Colors - The American Museum of Natural History's frog website features fascinating facts, audio clips, images and a poison frog cam.

FrogWeb - Whether you're interested in the latest scientific research on the possible causes of increasing amphibian deformities and population declines or information on caring for tadpoles, you'll find it here.

The Greatest Places - This site takes you on a rare journey exploring the global systems and wildlife of seven of the most geographically dynamic locations on Earth.

International Species Information System - This amazing system has information on over 250,000 individual plants and animals contained in zoos (6,000+ species), along with an additional 750,000 of their ancestors.

Monarch Watch - This site has everything you need to track, tag, or simply enjoy monarch butterflies during their annual fall migration.

Nature Watch - "Watchable wildlife" programs from the U.S. Forest Service and a host of nature and wildlife organizations.

Owl Cam - Have a peek (and a listen) into the adventures of Ward and June, a pair of Northern Barred Owls, as they raise their family in an eastern Massachusetts nest box.

Peregrine Falcon Watch - This site from the Canadian Peregrine Foundation offers video monitoring of four nest sites and their growing broods of chicks.

San Diego Zoo - Begun in 1916 by a physician who gathered 50 animals from local menageries, today the 100-acre park is home to over 3,800 animals of 800 species, 6,500 species of plants and the widely acclaimed Center for Reproduction of Endangered Species.

Save the Wild Horses - Once numbering in the millions, fewer than 40,000 wild horses and burros remain today. This site contends that these equids are being managed out of existence by the very government agency mandated to protect them.

Tiger Information Center - Everything you need to know about this majestic species, from the extinct Caspian Tiger to the endangered Bengal Tiger.

WatchList - A section of the National Audubon Society's website which focuses on bird species experiencing population declines or threats to their habitats.

Wild-Eyed Alaska - Watch the wildlife of Gull Island in Kachemak Bay as they nest, breed, hunt and dive -- thanks to video cameras installed by a local museum.

Wildlife Conservation Society - The home of the Bronx Zoo and other New York City wildlife centers. With lots for kids, sections on conservation biology and other careers in wildlife conservation, and a photo gallery.

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FishBase - A database containing photos and descriptions of almost every fish species known to science.

The Marine Fish Conservation Network - Learn about protecting ocean fish populations and promoting their long-term sustainability from this site, which includes legislative updates and ways you can help.

Monterey Bay Aquarium - This family-friendly site includes activities for kids, a field guide to sea creatures and wallet-sized Seafood Watch cards to help you make smart choices when you see fish on the menu.

National Coalition for Marine Conservation - News, information and action items relating to the conservation of sharks, swordfish, billfish and other ocean fish.

Sea Around Us - This partnership between the University of British Columbia Fisheries Centre and the Pew Charitable Trust focuses on researching the impacts of large-scale fisheries on marine ecosystems, and how these trends can be reversed. The site presents technical information, maps and databases.

Sharks: Myth and Mystery - The online companion to a Monterey Bay Aquarium exhibit, this site features shark photos, profiles, video clips, learning activities and a streaming shark web cam.

Southern California Steelhead Recovery Coalition - A coalition of environmental groups (including NRDC) who have joined together to restore free-flowing rivers, streams, riparian habitat and watersheds and to foster the recovery of the steelhead trout and other aquatic species.

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Whales and Marine Animals

In Search of Giant Squid - Smithsonian Institution scientists from the U.S. and New Zealand use a "Deep Rover" submersible to directly observe the elusive giant squid.

Marine Mammal Center - Learn about marine mammals and what to do if you find one stranded on the beach.

Seal Conservation Society - Promotes the conservation, protection and study of the 33 different species of pinnipeds (seals, sea lions and walruses).

World Wide Whale - Featuring facts and photos about marine mammals and the dangers they encounter, this site includes actions you can take to protect whales and dolphins.

The Wyland Whaling Walls - The Wyland Foundation uses life-size public art to achieve its vision of respecting and protecting ocean resources.

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Habitat Preservation

The Florida Everglades - Take a postcard tour of the Everglades to learn about the national park's habitats and wildlife, and find out how you can help preserve the region.


Tree of Life - It's not easy to chart a course from the root of this tree to its uppermost branches, but along the way you'll learn plenty about phylogeny and biodiversity (for starters: what is phylogeny?).

Plant Life

Aboriginal Plant Use In S.E. Australia - An interesting site profiling the use of specific plants by Australian Aborigines. Complete with species sketches.

California Native Plant Society - Definitely not just for Californians, this site includes data, educational quizzes, teacher resources, beautiful pictures, a kid's page, and many links to botanic and conservation sites, all to increase understanding of native plants and their natural habitat.

National Collection of Endangered Plants - View plant profiles containing photos, descriptions and distribution maps for over 600 endangered plants that grow in the United States.

Native Plant Information Network - Brighten your day with a visit to this website, packed with wildflower photos, data on over 5,200 native species, an event calendar, resource lists and a "Mr. Smarty Plants" to answer your questions.

Plants-In-Motion - Thanks to time-lapse photography, visitors to this Indiana University website can watch QuickTime video clips of plants growing, blooming and dying before their eyes.
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