- e-Nature.com. All categories (e.g., birds, mammals, trees). See below for topic pages.
- e-Nature Field Guides. Starting point to 5,500 animals and plants.
- Zip Guides. "Know what animals and plants share your backyard? Taking a trip? Use our ZipGuides to get a comprehensive local wildlife guide to the animals and plants native to any place in the United States. Or narrow your search to focus only on Endangered Species or poisonous and dangerous species."
- Peterson Field Guides site. Books on Animals, Birds, Insects, Fishes, Earth & Sky, Seashore, Ecology, and others. Includes some references and useful pages on identification, etc.
- National Wildlife Refuge System (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service). Covers everything relating to U.S.-administered wildlife refuges and conservation areas. Maps, lists, guides, and more.
- Animal Photos. Categories: Birds, Mammals, Primates, Rodents. Images on this site are under creative commons and are free to use on web sites and other projects.
- ARKive. Non-profit organization to fund and support nature photography and documentation. Learn, see, help to preserve and appreciate nature before it is too late.
- Color Brochures and Posters of NY Natural Resources (NYS-DEC). Individual brochures on birds, animals, fish, other topics.
- Track Spring's Journey North! Covers birds, animals, insects, and all forms of life.
Birds, Birding, and Ornithology
"Only birds sing the music of heaven in this world."--Kobayashi Issi.
Identification (Key Sites)
Identification (Selected Sites)
- All About Birds (LiveScience.com).
- All Birds.com. Complete listing with topics (Identification, eggs, anatomy, bird shapes, feeding, etc.).
- American Bird Guide.
- Bird Identification (Birding.com).
- Bird List (e-Nature.com).
- Bird Identification (Ornithology.com). Includes links to other countries and continents. Includes:
- Bird Photos (Monte M. Taylor & Christopher H. Taylor). Good collection of photographs for identifying species. Organized for ease of use. Example: Finches.
- Identify Eastern U.S. Songbirds by Color (birdnature.com). Also has other ways to ID birds (i.e., behavior, location, classification). Includes checklists for a number of Eastern/Southern states, and info on: Extinct US Birds, Endangered US Birds, and Threatened US Birds. Seasonal Spectacles highlights seasonal, unusual exhibits of birds at various U.S. sites.
- Nutty Birdwatcher. Good site, primarily Eastern birds, but much general material, including: , foods, behaviors, flyways, migration tables, scientific names, various tables, and other resources. Also has: selected 1897-1907 birding articles from the magazine Birds and Nature. Some useful pages are:
- Visual Key for Bird Identification. Identify birds starting by shape (silhouette) matching.
- Winston's Bird Identification Guide.
- World Bird Guide. Database/guide to birds anywhere.
By Breed or Type
Bird Census and Documentation
- North American Migration Flyways (Nutty Birdwatcher). Simple, clear maps showing each region.
- Flyways.US. Waterfowl management efforts across the U.S. Population surveys and monitoring programs, flyway maps and organization links, sections on bird identification, Comparative Size Charts (sample), and more (sample comparison image).
- Movements of Bird Populations (Audubon and Cornell Lab of Ornithology). Using GIS to track bird species and populations by inputting sightings and survey data.
- New York State Breeding Bird Atlas (NY DEC). Links to topo maps for census blocks; sort by species, counter ID, behavior, other.
- Bird Conservation Areas in New York State (DEC Map Collection). Maps and data.
- North American Breeding Bird Survey. "The BBS is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and the Canadian Wildlife Service's National Wildlife Research Centre to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent. Professional BBS coordinators and data managers work closely with researchers and statisticians to compile and deliver these population data and population trend analyses on more than 400 bird species, for use by conservation managers, scientists, and the general public."
- Following Spring Migration (e-Nature). Track migrations and see what birds are moving for a given period. Select a region of the U.S., then pick a month from Jan. 1-June 29.
Societies & Organizations
All have ID and watching tips, info.
- Bird images, sounds, etc.
- Birds (Wikipedia).
- Breeding Bird Species Lists (USGS:
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center). Covers North America. Also by the PWRC:
- North American Bird Phenology Program. The NABPP houses a unique and largely forgotten collection of six million Migration Observer Cards that illuminate migration patterns and population status of birds in North America. These handwritten cards contain almost all of what was known of bird status from the Second World War back to the later part of the 19th century. The bulk of the records are the result of a network of observers who recorded migration arrival dates in the spring and fall that, in its heyday, involved 3000 participants.
- Bird Identification page. Tools and links to resources on ID'ing birds.
Just for Kids
Includes organizations, government agencies, and individuals. Many have guides and ID resources, including songs and calls, among others.
- Attracting Birds. Feeding, water supply, habitat creation/maintenance, bird houses, etc,
- Native Songbirds in Color and Sound. List of some of the more common songbirds.
- BirdNet, the Ornithological Information Source (Ornithological Council).
- Bird, Birds, Birds (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service). Variety of resources, regulations, habitat articles, and more.
- BirdSource (a partnership of Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Audubon).
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).
- Life Expectancy of Birds. List of longevity ranges for many bird types.
- NBII Bird Conservation Node.
- North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI).
- Related Links. Great list of societies, government agencies, and other organizations relating to conservation, bird habitats, and other bird-related issues.
- North American Waterbird Conservation Plan.
- North American Waterfowl Management Plan.
- Partners in Flight.
- PRBO Conservation Science (Point Reyes Bird Observatory). Dedicated to conserving birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through innovative scientific research and outreach.
- Long Island Birding. But has more for North American bird identification.
- United States Shorebird Conservation Plan. Partners from state and federal agencies and non-governmental organizations from across the country pooled their resources and expertise to develop a conservation strategy for migratory shorebirds and the habitats upon which they depend. The plan provides a scientific framework to determine species, sites, and habitats that most urgently need conservation action.
- Utah Birds. Not just state-interest; beautiful photographs and other data.
- Migratory Birds Conservation (Environment Canada. Canadian Wildlife Service).
- Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN). All-Americas, mission to conserve shorebirds and their habitats through a network of key sites across the Americas.
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