Useful Resources

The links below are to organizational and private sites that we have found to be useful or interesting. The emphasis is on natural history of the Carolinas and/or the southeastern US. It is not meant to be a comprehensive list. See Will Cook’s page ( for a really extensive list of links. Note that the web master does not normally grant requests for links to commercial sites. The ones posted here are ones found to be useful by the web master personally, and no endorsement is implied.

National Audubon Society: National, State, nearby local chapters…

Birds: Mostly birds and other vertebrates…

  • American Birding Association – a source for reading email lists from around the country and around the world, from the American Birding Association.
  • Animal Diversity Web – an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.
  • Bird Families of the World – a very readable introduction to bird diversity by Don Roberson.
  • Birds of North Carolina: Their Distribution and Abundance – a compendium of all of the bird species recorded in North Carolina, with general information about their distribution in the state (a work in progress).
  • Bluebirders of Wake County – Bluebirders of Wake is a club dedicated to Bluebird conservation in Wake County, North Carolina. This organization also works to conserve secondary cavity nesting wild song birds protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The club meets quarterly in February, May, August, and November at the Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center in downtown Raleigh. The meetings are free and open to the public. Meetings include discussions about a variety of nature, wildlife, and environmental topics, with an emphasis on tips for helping Bluebirds.
  • carolinabirds – an e-mail list that serves as a forum to discuss wild birds, birders, and birding in the Carolinas, including rare birds, bird finding, bird identification, bird behavior, backyard birding, trip reports, bird counts, and bird club information.
  • – Chapel Hill Bird Club, Triangle Birding Guide, and much more. This website set up by Will Cook is a comprehensive source of information “about the wild things in North Carolina,” including a Triangle Area Birder’s Guide and Triangle Area Bird Checklist.
  • Carolina Bird Club – serving North and South Carolina: bimonthly newsletter, meetings with field trips three times a year, publisher of The Chat, an extensive photo gallery, and much more.
  • Chapel Hill Bird Club – serving the Triangle area.
  • eBird – online checklist program, amassing data from citizen scienctists.
  • Feather Atlas – This website promotes feather identification, research, and appreciation by providing high-resolution scans of the flight feathers of North American birds.
  • Mini-Breeding Bird Surveys – 10-mile routes in Orange, Durham, and Chatham Counties, NC; organized by Dr. Haven Wiley at UNC-CH.
  • North Carolina Bluebird Society – The North Carolina Bluebird Society (NCBS) is a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the future of the Eastern Bluebird and other cavity-nesting birds native to North Carolina. The Website for NCBS provides a wealth of information related to helping conserve Bluebirds in North Carolina.
  • Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter – photos, maps, songs, some identification information, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.
  • Raptor Insights – dedicated to raptor conservation, including educational programs, exhibitions, and consultations.
  • xeno-canto – a community database of shared bird sounds from the whole world, free for downloading.

Conservation: North Carolina and regional conservation organizations, agencies, nature centers…

Injured Wildlife: Rehabilitation Centers and Contacts…

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