Natural History Links

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Botany (Plants)

Key to Leaves of Virginia Trees
interactive ID guide based on leaves

What Tree is That?
interactive ID guide to trees of eastern and western U.S.

Entomology (Insects)

photos, ID requests, forums
photos, cultural entomology, links

Geology (Rocks and Minerals)

Geology of Virginia
maps and diagrams, geologic history

Herpetology (Reptiles and Amphibians)

Virginia Herpetological Society
photos, ID guides, distribution maps, calls for frogs and toads (anurans), screen saver, herp quiz

FrogWatch USA
amphibian monitoring program, frog watching tips

Ornithology (Birds)

All About Birds
Cornell Lab of Ornithology online bird guide (photos, songs, distribution maps, cool facts), conservation, feeding wild birds, guides to binoculars and spotting scopes

Virginia Society of Ornithology
list of Virginia birds, Christmas bird count records, field trip information

The Virtual Birder
photos, birding hotspots, rare bird alerts

What Bird
interactive ID guide, bird songs

Augusta Bird Club

General Natural History

Virginia Master Naturalist Program
volunteer educators, citizen scientists, and stewards helping Virginia conserve and manage natural resources
Nature Camp is a partner in the Central Blue Ridge and Rockbridge Chapters of the Virginia Master Naturalist Program

Virginia Museum of Natural History
natural history questions answered

Geography of Virginia
natural setting, places, people

online field guides to amphibians, reptiles, birds, fish, insects, trees, wildflowers and more

Backyard Nature
plants, animals, fungi and more from naturalist Jim Conrad

Journey North
citizen science project exploring wildlife migration and seasonal change

Cave Biota
video clips of cave animals and interviews with scientists about cave conservation (broadband connection recommended)

Earth Portal
Encyclopedia of Earth containing scholarly articles written by scientists, forum for discussion, news about current environmental issues

Government Agencies and Conservation Organizations

Virginia Natural Heritage Program
information about Virginia’s rare plants, animals and natural communities

Virginia Department of Forestry
information about Virginia’s native trees

Virginia Native Plant Society
wildflowers of the year, invasive alien plants

Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club