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Web resources for Maine natural history
- Androscoggin Land Trust
- The Androscoggin Land Trust is a private, non-profit
501(c)(3) membership-supported organization dedicated to protecting,
through land conservation and stewardship, the important natural areas,
traditional landscapes, and outdoor experience along the central
Androscoggin River corridor. We currently conserve over 3,100 acres of
land, including over eight miles of riverfront along the Androscoggin
- Atlantic Salmon Riversheds Map (Maine Department
of Environmental Protection)
- The Champlain Project In 1880 Charles Eliot, son of Harvard president Charles W. Eliot,
organized the Champlain Society, a group of Harvard undergraduates, to
explore Mount Desert Island (MDI) and study various topics of natural
history: botany, ornithology, geology, etc. One result of their
investigations was the 1894 publication "Flora of Mount Desert Island,
of Maine Birds. Maine Audubon Society's checklist of 331
Penobscot Bay Nature Education Resource Directory Names of groups and
individuals "who can teach students and curious residents about the
natural world in the East Penobscot Bay area."
- Friends of Merrymeeting Bay To preserve, protect, and improve the unique ecosystems of Merrymeeting Bay.
of Sunkhaze Meadows Web site
of a nonprofit association founded to support the mission of Sunkhaze
Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, a wildlife sanctuary with mixed
habitat of forest bordering wetlands and a peat bog. It includes
information in some detail on the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians,
fish and insects found there.
- Humboldt Field Research Institute Field training programs, publishing and
research in all disciplines of natural history. Formerly Eagle Hill
Field Research Station.
- Jeepers Peepers. Under the
aegis of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Land
& Water Quality, upper elementary students and teachers around
the state track the return or appearance in Maine of robins, spring
peepers, sugar maples, and dandelions, as signs of spring. The
observations are mapped
and archived. Also tracked are climate and weather data such as
snow depth, temperature, and lake ice-out dates.
- Lichen Research Program at the University of
Maine at Fort Kent Covers
approximately 60,000 specimens, including the lichens of Maine:
North of Mount Katahdin, including all of Aroostook County; the
northernmost section of Penobscot County; and the 5000-acre Big Reed
old-growth forest preserve in northern Piscataquis County; as well as
numerous specimens from other areas in New England and in the province
of New Brunswick, Canada.
- Maine Bird Reports
- Maine Birding Home Page
- Maine Birding Societies - links to all or most of these societies and clubs, with
- Maine Black Fly Breeders Association "With humor still being the number one priority
of the group today, it also has a serious side ... We hold many
fund raising efforts for local charities during the calendar year...
part of the National Heritage Foundation
which is a tax deductible foundation."
- Maine Checklist of Birds. Encompasses 331 species, compiled by
Maine Audubon Society (www.mainebirding.net).
- Maine Cooperative Snow Survey
- Maine Department of Conservation Fall Foliage Report
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program Index "Lists long-term projects and programs that are
systematically monitoring or assessing environmental factors in Maine,
from breeding amphibians, to ozone, to local water quality."
Environmental News Links to newspaper articles and information in
other media, compiled irregularly by the Maine Environmental Policy
Institute (MEPI), an independent nonprofit organization based in
Hallowell, Maine. Its mission is "to help Mainers understand the
importance of healthy ecosystems to their families and
Entomological Society Their
goal is to be as complete a clearinghouse as possible for entomological
data and information in the state, with links to Web sites that apply
to the insect and terrestrial arthropod fauna of Maine.
- Maine Geological Survey
Land Trust Network
- Maine Mycological Association
- Maine National Wildlife Refuges - within a comprehensive list of Maine parks,
lakes and beaches
- Maine Natural Areas Program
- Maine river and lake watershed maps (Maine
Department of Environmental Protection)
- Maine tropospheric ozone forecast (Maine Dept.
of Environmental Protection)
- Maine Zone forecasts (Maine Emergency Management
Agency/National Weather Service)
- Medomak River Watershed, A Natural Resource Inventory
Biological Service-Branch of Migratory Bird Research
- National Estuary Program-Northeast Region
- Stanton Bird Club (Lewiston-Auburn, Maine)
- Tide Tables for Maine
Web resources for
natural history (general)
Symbol for web site offering mammal, reptile, bird or insect
U.S. Geological Survey
- Astronomical computation (U.S. Naval Observatory) Sunset and sunrise times, moonrise and moonset
times, and twilight for your locality. Lunar phases.
- Atmospheric Optics Run by Les Cowley, a retired physicist and an
expert in atmospheric optics. "Light playing on water drops, dust
or ice crystals in the atmosphere produces a host of visual spectacles
- rainbows, halos, glories, coronas and many more.
Some can be seen almost every day or so, some are once in a lifetime
sights. Find out where to see them and how they form.
Then seek and enjoy them outdoors." Includes links to other
pertinent web sites.
- Cyberwall Reptiles & Amphibians
- Endangered Species Lists, images, etc.
- Fogler Library, University of Maine.
Research Guide: Ornithology.
Selective guide to ornithological information resources available in
Fogler Library, through the Fogler Library home page, and elsewhere on
the World Wide Web.
Index Smithsonian National Zoological Park
- Owl Pages An Australian site with
worldwide coverage, including photographs and sounds. Links to other
Wildlife Research Center.
Operated by the research institute for wildlife science of the U.S.
Geological Survey. Site includes the Patuxent
Bird Identification InfoCenter which has photographs, songs,
videos, identification tips, maps, and life history information for
North American birds.
Institution-Museum of Natural History
photography, associations and other Web links. Provided by GardenWeb.
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