Animal tracks Keeping Track® is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by Susan C. Morse, a nationally known naturalist, out of her concern that development in all its forms often unwittingly harms, isolates and even eliminates habitat critical to local biodiversity and broad-scale ecological health. Through their programs, whole communities can become engaged in monitoring potential habitats and threatened regions.
Backyard and Schoolyard Wildlife Habitats The National Wildlife Federation is a voice for wildlife, dedicated to protecting wildlife and habitat and inspiring the future generation of conservationists.
Bats Bat Conservation International’s mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet. Based in Austin, Texas, BCI is devoted to conservation, education and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve. It was founded in 1982, as scientists around the world became concerned that bats, which are crucial for maintaining the balance of nature and the health of many human economies, were in alarming decline. Under the founding guidance of Dr. Merlin Tuttle, an internationally recognized authority on bats, the organization achieved unprecedented progress by emphasizing sustainable uses of natural resources that benefit both bats and people.
Bears The mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in ecosystems, and their relations with humans.
Bees Maine Pollinator This fact sheet by the University of Maine provides information on the native bees in Maine and their habitat requirements, which is also mostly applicable to bees found elsewhere. It suggests ways to manage our yards for bees, so that the bees will survive, thrive and reproduce.
Butterfly Information (Massachusetts Chapter) The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) formed in 1992 is, by far, the largest group of people in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico) interested in butterflies. They are a membership-based not-for-profit organization working to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies.
Dragonflies & Damselflies in MA From this site you can access over 200 links to odonate web sites throughout the world, back issues of the newsletter, a checklist of Massachusetts odonates, a list of Massachusetts odonates by county, a photographic reference to North American odonates, a bibliography of New England odonata, and much more.
Gardening NARGS is for gardening enthusiasts interested in alpine, saxatile, and low-growing perennials. It encourages the study and cultivation of wildflowers that grow well among rocks, whether such plants originate above treeline or at lower elevations. Through its publications, meetings, and garden visits, NARGS provides extensive opportunities for both beginners and experts to expand their knowledge of plant cultivation and propagation, and of construction, maintenance, and design of special interest gardens. Woodland gardens, bog gardens, raised beds, planted walls, container gardens, and alpine berms are all addressed.
Hummingbirds Hummingbirds.net is a place to learn about attracting, watching, feeding, and studying the hummingbirds that breed in North America.
Invasive Plants Weeds Gone Wild: Alien Plant Invaders of Natural Areas is a web-based project of the National Park Services Plant Conservation Alliance’s Alien Plant Working Group, that provides information for the general public, land managers, researchers, and others on the serious threat and impacts of invasive alien (exotic, non-native) plants to the native flora, fauna, and natural ecosystems of the United States. This site provides a compiled national list of invasive plants infesting natural areas throughout the U.S., background information on the problem of invasive species, illustrated fact sheets that include plant descriptions, native range, distribution and habitat in the U.S., management options, suggested alternative native plants, and other information, and selected links to relevant people and organizations.
Landscaping with Native Plants This epa.gov site is about landscaping with native wildflowers and grasses to improve the environment. Natural landscaping brings a taste of wilderness to urban, suburban, and corporate settings by attracting a variety of birds, butterflies and other animals. Once established, native plants do not need fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides or watering, thus benefiting the environment and reducing maintenance costs. Gardeners and admirers enjoy the variety of colors, shapes, and seasonal beauty of these plants.
Lyme Disease The American Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections. The Foundation plays a key role in providing reliable and scientifically accurate information to the public, medical community and government agencies about tick-borne diseases and their effects on human health and quality of life.
Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition The Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition is a voluntary association of land trusts founded to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and information, to increase the effectiveness of Massachusetts land trusts in working with the state legislature and environmental agencies, and to promote high professional standards. The Coalition has played a crucial role in supporting key conservation legislation and has become an important networking resource for the state’s land trusts. MLTC counts over 130 organizations as Members and Friends, land trusts as well as watershed associations, open space committees, and advocacy groups.
MassWoods Typically most landowners go about their day-to-day routines and passively enjoy their woods. Like other things in life, it is often not until a trigger forces a decision about the sale of timber or how to plan the future of your land that you need to make an informed decision. MassWoods.net was developed to help landowners at these critical decision making times.
Native Plants & Invasive Species Founded in 1900 as the Society for the Protection of Native Plants, the New England Wild Flower Society is the nation’s oldest plant conservation organization and a recognized leader in native plant conservation, horticulture, and education. The Society’s headquarters, Garden in the Woods, is a renowned native plant botanic garden in Framingham, Massachusetts, that attracts visitors from all over the world. From this base, 25 staff and more than 700 volunteers work throughout New England to monitor and protect rare and endangered plants, collect and preserve seeds to ensure biological diversity, detect and control invasive species, conduct research, and offer a range of educational programs.
Natural Heritage The Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program (NHESP), part of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, is one of the programs forming the Natural Heritage network . NHESP is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state. The Program’s highest priority is protecting the vertebrate and invertebrate animals and native plants that are officially listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.
Nature Site eNature.com is a premier destination for information about the wild animals and plants of the United States. Over past years, eNature has consistently been one of the Internet’ most-visited sites for nature and wildlife information and has won numerous awards and accolades. 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. All the data has been carefully reviewed and vetted by leading biologists, zoologists and other natural history specialists.
Protecting Vernal Pools in MA The Vernal Pool Association began in 1990 as an environmental outreach project at Reading Memorial High School, Reading, Massachusetts. It is now an independent group of individuals attempting to educate others about vernal pool ecology, the local environment, bio-diversity, and the protection of our resources. Their goal is to encourage the appreciation, protection, and interdisciplinary study of vernal pools, particularly by students.
Protecting Rivers and Watersheds Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them. They work with an international network of dam-affected people, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, human rights advocates and others who are committed to stopping destructive river projects and promoting better options.
Seashells (seashells.org) This site is devoted to the answering questions you might have about seashells, beachcombing, cleaning seashells, preserving sealife, identifying your seashells, and more.
Skychart and star information This site provides an interactive form that allows users to plot the stars above their locations.
Stone Walls The University of Connecticut’s Stone Wall Initiative (SWI) is a primary resource for anyone interested in the historic stone walls of New England.
Sudden Oak Death Information (suddenoakdeath.org) Sudden Oak Death is a tree disease caused by the plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum. The disease kills some oak species and has had devastating effects on forests in California and Oregon, as well as elsewhere.