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Bird Sites

eBird - Do you keep notes on birds that you have seen? Why not make them available for use by researchers? This is a fantastic way to make your observations relevant. It also maintains your lists so it is an excellent way to keep Ontario, county, country and world lists. NOTE: We use data from ebird to contribute to what we know about Oxford County's birds. Your data will be incorportated into our county checklist and other future publications.

Ontario Field Ornithologists' - Leading Ontario bird society. Web site includes access to the popular OntBirds listserve, photo archives and the current Ontario bird checklist.

Avibase - Contains current checklists for most countries and regions of the world.

Xeno-Canto - A database of bird sounds from around the world. Upload your own bird songs and calls or download others. Great for learning. Save them to iTunes and use them on your iPod.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology - The research lab at Cornell is very active and does an excellent job at linking cutting edge research with amateur projects and areas of interest.

The Niagara Peninsula Hawkwatch - This annual hawkwatch is at Beamer Point, near St. Catharines. Check out the statistics for this year's raptor migration and for the last 25 years.

Hawk Cliff Foundation - Hawk Cliff near Port Stanley is one of the sites to observe hawk migrations in eastern North America. This web site conveys information about hawks, hawk watching, raptor banding and Hawk Cliff.

The Owl Foundation - The Owl Founation has been working with injured owls since 1965. They are one of the best known and most reputable rehabilitation centres in North America.

Bird Studies Canada - A focal site on everything happening in the bird world in Canada.

Guide to Bird Watching From Your Window - Lots of good tips.

Beginner's Guide to Bird Watching - A good overview site on where, when and how to watch birds.

Insect Sites

BugGuide - A fantastic site that includes photographs of many species of North American insects. This is a great place to try to figure out what insects you are seeing. Upload your own insect photos, get advice about identifications, etc.

The Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes (CNC) - The CNC is our national collection of insects and their relatives. Canada has one of the largest and most diverse collections of insects in the world and an excellent group of scientists studying the taxonomy and phylogenetics of these animals. Look at this site to see what they are working on and to find links to different publications and identification tools.

Butterflies Of North America - This site contains maps, photographs, checklists and species accounts for North American butterflies.

The Butterfly WebSite - information on butterfly gardening, farming, ecology and education.

General Sites

Ontario Nature - Nature Reserves, Ontario Nature Trust Alliance, conservation plans for 20 Important Bird Areas across the province, protecting and restoring southern Ontario’s original woodlands, links to other nature groups.

Nature London - The McIlwraith Field Naturalists' Club website. The London club is a very active and old member of the Ontario Natural History community.

Otter Valley Naturalists' Club - This is a relatively new and active naturalist club based in Port Burwell. The Woodstock Club occasionally coordinates events with the Otter Valley group.

Encylopedia of Life - A developing resource for all living things.

Biodiversity Heritage Library - This suberb site includes pdf scans of an immense amount of scientific literature, all free and easily accessible.

The Ottawa Field-Naturalists' Club - This is one of the largest and oldest naturalist organizations in Ontario. Their site contains links to many Ottawa area activities and to The Canadian Field-Naturalist, one of the oldest and most significant Natural History publications in Canada (started in 1880). Many Ontario naturalists join the OFNC in order to receive this journal.

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