Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
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 Guide to North American Birds Entries for each species provide information on conservation status, scientific classification (family, genus, and species), habitat, additional photos, detailed range maps, migration information, and feeding, breeding, habitat, eggs, young, etc. The audio content often includes calls, songs and sub-songs/regional dialects, and colony calls. Those needing more comprehensive information should look at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Guide, All about Birds.
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
eNature Search the site to identify plant and animal species. The site's core content of wildlife information about almost 6,000 individual species is the same data set used to create the printed Audubon Field Guides.
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.
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.
NPWRC Online Biological Resources Search for publications on the biota of the Great Plains, sponsored by the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center of the U.S. Geological Survey. Includes a pollinator library, and in the near future, specimens in the Herbarium will be digitized and made available in a searchable database.
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 Dragonfly 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: Salmon in the Northwest 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.
VertNet VertNet is a NSF-funded collaborative project that makes biodiversity data free and available on the web. VertNet is a tool designed to help people discover, capture, and publish biodiversity data. It is also the core of a collaboration between hundreds of biocollections that contribute biodiversity data and work together to improve it.
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. The website offers representative sounds of more than 570 different Western bird species, all of the region's vocalizing frogs and toads, dozens of reptiles and more than 100 different types of mammals. Longer ambient recordings are also available from a wide variety of remote and wild places throughout the West.
WhatBird.com Use the site to identify birds of North America.
Endangered Species Related Laws, Regulations, Policies and Notices Collected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) share responsibility for administration of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We have issued internal guidance and national policies to promote efficiency and nationwide consistency in implementing the ESA to conserve and recover listed species of plants and animals native to the U.S. and its territories.
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.
Protected Planet Website developed by the World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Protected Planet is the online public interface for the World Database on Protected Areas, the most comprehensive global database on terrestrial and marine protected areas. Protected Planet allows users to discover the world's protected areas through maps, photos and descriptions.