A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Big Southern Butte is one of two domes rising from a sea of basalt near the center of the eastern Snake River Plain in Idaho. The butte is one of the largest volcanic domes in the world, but at 300,000 years old it is also one of the youngest. Hikers who trek to the 7,550-foot high summit are rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Photo by Devin Englestead, BLM Upper Snake Wildlife Biologist.
First light at Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. Established in November 22, 1939, the refuge has provided a critical stopover and wintering spot for thousands of sandhill cranes, geese and other waterfowl for 75 years. Bosque del Apache's sandhill crane population has multiplied from 18 birds in the 1840s to more than 20,000 birds today. Photo by Kim Hang Dessoliers (www.sharetheexperience.org).
Gale Virtual Reference Library includes Animal Science, Beacham's Guide to the Endangered Species of North America, and Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
JSTOR includes the Biological Collection and the General Science Collection
AGRICOLA This is an important bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature, and is produced by the National Agricultural Library, USDA.
All About Birds produced by the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology
AmphibiaWeb This site focuses on amphibians, and includes maps, species information, photographs, sound files, and links to other web sites. AmphibiaWeb was created in conjunction with the Digital Library Project at the University of California, Berkeley.
Audubon Society's Online Guide to North American Birds This online guide to North American Birds features 750 species of birds in 22 Orders and 74 families. The guide covers all of North America's regular breeding birds-approximately 580 species - as well as ana additional 180 or so nonbreeding species that regulary or occasionally visit North America north of Mexico.
Avibase: The World's Bird Database Avibase is an extensive database containing over 5 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages and more.
BEN: BioSciEdNet Digital Library portal for teaching and learning in the biological sciences. A National Science Digital Library pathway, sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and funded by the National Science Foundation.
Biodiversity Heritage Library Ten major natural history museum libraries, botanical libraries, and research institutions have joined to form the Biodiversity Heritage Library Project. The group is developing a strategy and operational plan to digitize the published literature of biodiversity held in their respective collections.
Ecology and Society Formerly Conservation Biology), a peer-reviewed journal of integrative science and fundamental policy research
Encyclopedia of Life An attempt to create an evolving encyclopedia on the Internet, with contributions from scientists and amateurs alike.
Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University Includes the sections Biology in the News, Natural History at Harvard and Beyond (links to other web sites), and new book lists arranged by scientific discipline.
Freshwater and Marine Image Bank The Freshwater and Marine Image Bank is an ongoing digital collection of images, including early illustrations, related to freshwater and marine topics, in all their diversity. It includes images of fish, shellfish, and marine mammals, pictures of fish hatcheries and dams and vessels, materials related to polar exploration, regional and traditional fisheries, and limnological (freshwater) subjects. Its scope is global. The images were researched and scanned by the staff of the Fisheries-Oceanography Library of the University of Washington.
HerpNet HerpNET is a collaborative effort by natural history museums to establish a global network of herpetological collections data. Its mission is to make available the accumulated knowledge from more than four million specimens in world-wide museum collections.
Hummingbirds.net "your WWW source for information on attracting, watching, feeding, and studying North American hummingbirds"
International Field Guides Compiled by Diane Schmidt, biology librarian at the University of Illinois, this is a a searchable database of field guides for animals, plants, and more from around the world.
OdonataCentral This site is designed to make available what is known about the distribution, biogeography, biodiversity, and identification of Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) world-wide. Produced by the Dragofly Society of the Americas.
Phylogeny of Life This is a University of California, Berkeley online exhibit that explores the ancestor/descendant relationships which connect all organisms, past and present.
The Reptile Database An online information resource on reptile taxonomy with a focus on the species level
Salmon Collection The Salmon Collection contains documents, photographs and other original material describing the roots of the salmon crisis in the Pacific Northwest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
SORA: Searchable Ornithological Research Archive An open access electronic journal archive and is the product of a collaboration between the American Ornithologists Union, the Cooper Ornithological Society, the Association of Field Ornithologists, the Wilson Ornithological Society and the University of New Mexico.
Western Soundscape Archive This site features audio recordings of animals and environments throughout 11 contiguous western states and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Started in 2007, the archive is housed at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library and features recordings contributed by volunteers, state and federal agencies, and conservation groups.
Environmental Conservation Online System A product of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Includes links to lists of all threatened and endangered animals and plants, reclassified species, and delisted species; critical habitats, success stories, information on fish passage, and interactive maps.
World Database on Protected Areas This site provides data on terrestrial- and marine-protected areas, compiled by the United Nations Environmental Programme and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Commission on Protected Areas.