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Read the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development Web site is a wealth of information on issues of biological diversity and climate change.
International Institute for Sustainable Development
The Canadian Biodiversity Information Network (CBIN) covers developments under the UN Convention on Biological Diversity and Canada’s own strategy. The site also includes a few amazing biodiversity facts.
Canadian Biodiversity Information Network
Check topics and trends that are absorbing the attention of biodiversity researchers. Visit the World Resources Institute’s Biodiversity and Protected Areas page.
World Resources Institute
The United Nations declared 2010 to be the International Year of Biodiversity. It is a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. The world is invited to take action in 2010 to safeguard the variety of life on earth: biodiversity.
International Year of Biodiversity
The Boreal Songbird Initiative educates Americans about the importance of the Boreal Forest to migratory birds. The resource-rich BSI web site
includes a comprehensive Boreal bird guide, interactive migration maps, and extensive media and research collections.
Boreal Songbird Initiative
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s The Birdhouse Network is a continent-wide monitoring program through which people place birdhouses or nest boxes in their yard or neighborhood and then monitor the birds that nest inside. The Web site includes bird biographies and a Nest Box Cam.
The Birdhouse Network
The Birding in Canada Web site includes Canadian, provincial and local bird lists, birding events, books, and more.
Birding in Canada
BirdLife International’s Web site contains a wealth of information on the Important Bird Areas Program, bird habitat, and bird conservation.
BirdNet provides information about the scientific study of birds and links to North American professional ornithological societies.
Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada’s partner in the Canadian Important Bird Areas Program, has an informative Web site of interest to both ornithologists and the general public.
Bird Studies Canada
Bird Watcher’s Digest includes information on backyard birding, links to resources, fun stuff, and finder tools for festivals, optics and clubs.
Bird Watcher’s Digest
Canada’s Important Bird Areas program identifies, conserves and monitors essential habitat for Canada’s bird populations.
Important Bird Areas
The Kimiwan Lake Naturalists are a not-for-profit society which strives to maintain Kimiwan Lake through education and interpretation, research and habitat enhancement activities. The Society operates an Interpretive Centre and extensive Birdwalk. Kimiwan Lake is an internationally recognized wetland located at McLennan, Alberta.
Kimiwan Lake Naturalists
The Canadian Wildlife Service conducts research on a wide variety of migratory birds and implements conservation measures to protect them.
The Canadian Wildlife Service
Founded in 1905, the National Audubon Society helps people appreciate birds, other wildlife and their habitats. The Web site has a great set of answers for situations like a bird trying to enter house through window, a hawk loitering by a feeder or how to live with squirrels.
National Audubon Society
Guyra Paraguay is Nature Canada’s conservation partner in South America.
North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) tries to ensure that populations and habitats of North America’s birds are protected, restored and enhanced through coordinated efforts.
North American Bird Conservation Initiative
Partners in Flight, a Canadian Wildlife Service program, aims to ensure the long-term viability of populations of native Canadian landbirds across their range of habitats.
Partners in Flight
Project FeederWatch collects volunteer information to help ornithologists track changes in the abundance and distribution of bird species that use feeders in the winter. The project is managed by Bird Studies Canada and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology with additional support from Nature Canada and National Audubon Society.
Birding Hotspots Around the Globe links to information on worldwide birding hotspots, local site guides, trip reports, a world bird gallery, bird photos and more.
Birding Hotspots Around the Globe
The San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve is an 18th century Ecuadorian farm situated on 200 acres of untouched, protected land, preserving the wild and natural habitat of endemic plants, animals and more than 100 different species of exotic birds, native only to the Andes region. They offer a variety of tours, including birdwatching.
San Jorge Eco-Lodge & Botanical Reserve
Wings Over the Rockies is a seven-day bird festival that takes place each may in the Columbia Valley in the Canadian Rockies. Over 265 species of birds have been recorded through 150 km of unique natural habitats.
Birding Festivals at Important Bird Areas
Festivals occur at IBAs across Canada throughout the year. Some examples are:
- Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival, Fraser Valley, British Columbia
- Birds on the Bay, Boundary Bay, British Columbia
- Brant Wildlife Festival, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia
- Songbird Festival, Lesser Slave Lake, Alberta
- Swan Festival, Grande Prairie, Alberta
- Birding Festival, Delta Marsh, Manitoba
Canadian regional endangered species websites
The Royal British Columbia Museum Web site contains basic information on endangered species, distribution maps, lesson plans for teachers, and lists the imperiled species found in the Thompson-Okanagan region of British Columbia.
Royal British Columbia Museum
The Royal Ontario Museum’s biodiversity Web site has a section on Ontario’s species at risk with an interactive map and fact sheets on endangered species that occur in Ontario’s five main bioregions. It also includes field guides to more common wildlife found in Ontario.
Royal Ontario Museum
Canada’s Aquatic Environments, hosted by the University of Guelph, is a comprehensive overview of the plants, animals and habitats of aquatic environments. It includes information on human impacts and a search engine for aquatic research.
Canada’s Aquatic Environment-University of Guelph
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), is an excellent starting point for various resources on biodiversity. It also publishes the e-magazine Science Online.
Animal Info provides information on endangered mammals and the world’s rarest mammals.
The Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility Web site is a gateway to state-of-the-art search engines for accessing biodiversity observations, specimens and collections in Canada and elsewhere.
Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
The Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada(COSEWIC) assesses and designates which wild species are in some danger of disappearing from Canada. All native mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, molluscs, lepidopterans (butterflies and moths), vascular plants, mosses and lichens are included in its three lists: Species at Risk, Not at Risk or Data Deficient.
EELink is a good starting point for facts on U.S. endangered species, species lists, and lists of global organizations working on endangered species.
Environment Canada’s Species at Risk Web site includes a database searchable by species or map, recovery plan summaries, legislation and strategy to protect species at risk and more.
Environment Canada’s Species at Risk
Endangered Species International (ESI) has projects worldwide to protect endangered species, and save biodiversity.
Endangered Species International
Endangered Species Update is a quarterly journal about scientific and political aspects of current threatened and endangered species protection efforts. Published by the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. To access articles you need to subscribe. Site includes a useful links page.
Endangered Species Update
Fisheries and Oceans Aquatic Species at Risk web site includes information about Aquatic Species at Risk activities within Fisheries and Oceans Canada, including species profiles of Canada’s designated “at risk” whales, other marine mammals, fish and molluscs. The site also provides information on how the Species At Risk Act affects Canadians, public meeting schedules, recovery plan strategies, news, and more.
Aquatic Species at Risk
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on species that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
NatureServe Canada includes scientific information about Canada’s species and ecosystems to help guide effective conservation action and natural resource management.
Parks Canada’s Species at Risk Web site has information on priority species at risk, priority sites, and recovery efforts of species within Canada’s national parks.
Parks Canada’s Species at Risk
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s The Endangered Species Program Web site contains lists of endangered and threatened species, species information, a kids corner and more.
The Endangered Species Program
The Wild Species Web site furnishes reports on the status of 1,600 Canadian species.
Endangered species laws and policies
The Australian Government’s Web site has a section on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES), which outlines international treaties on the protection of endangered species from illegal harvesting and trade.
The formal text of the National Accord for Protection of Species at Risk,which commits Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to the protection of species at risk throughout the country.
National Accord for Protection of Species at Risk
Read the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1973.
The Green Budget Coalition
The Green Budget Coalition includes 21 of Canada’s leading environmental and conservation organisations, and brings their collective influence and knowledge to bear towards the approval and implementation of strategic federal budgetary measures critical to long-term environmental sustainability. An important focus for the Coalition is ecological fiscal reform (EFR), which is a strategy that redirects a government’s taxation and expenditure programs to create an integrated set of incentives to support the shift to sustainable development.
Bat Conservation International includes a bibliographic database on bat information, bat facts and trivia, plans for bat houses, an e-newsletter, how you can adopt a bat,and more.
Bat Conservation International
The Canadian Peregrine Foundation’s Web site offers information on the biology and conservation of peregrine falcons, as well as raptor identification tips, web cams, and more.
The Canadian Peregrine Foundation
The Cochrane Ecological Institute’s Web site contains information on their swift fox reintroduction program in the Prairies, animal rehabilitation efforts, and environmental education.
The Cochrane Ecological Institute
The International Wolf Centre Web site provides information on wolf biology, history, populations, prey and predation, and management and conservation, as well as a kids section, educational resources, scientific articles and more.
The International Wolf Centre
The mission of The Trumpeter Swan Society is to assure the vitality and welfare of wild Trumpeter Swans. The Society’s website archives Society newsletters (Trumpetings) and its scientific publication (North American Swans), and it catalogs an impressive number of swan-related resources and links.
The Trumpeter Swan Society
The Whales and Dolphin Conservation Society site includes a species guide with information on distribution, threats, and facts, a whale watching database of responsible, well-managed operators and tour operators, information on sightings and strandings, and more useful links.
The Whales and Dolphin Conservation Society
Edmonton and Area Land Trust is a non-profit, regional land trust working to permanently protect land in Edmonton and the surrounding areas.
Edmonton and Area Land Trust
The Nova Scotia Nature Trust is a non-profit charitable land trust dedicated to protecting Nova Scotia’s natural legacy – from spectacular coastline to old growth forests to habitat for endangered species – through private land conservation.
Nova Scotia Nature Trust
Dereila Nature Inn is a collaborative project that is the result of a love of nature, photography and technology.
Dereila Nature Inn
Earthcare is an environmental education partnership that offers energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction lesson plans and activities.
The Canadian Museum of Nature web site is well worth looking at, just as the museum itself is well worth visiting.
Canadian Museum of Nature
The Ecological Monitoring and Assessment Network Coordinating Office (EMAN CO) of Environment Canada helps Nature Canada deliver the NatureWatch program, which includes FrogWatch, IceWatch, PlantWatch and WormWatch, Their Web site contains information and links on tools, range maps, trends, and more.
EE Link Kids Projects links to sites specifically designed for kids from non-profit, government, and multinational organizations as well as projects concerned with threatened and endangered species.
EE Link Kids Projects
Green Teacher is a magazine and associated Web site created by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels.
Journey North is an on-line service dedicated to teaching children about migration as it happens.
kitsTREEmap is a self-guided tree walk of Kitsilano, Vancouver. Make the most of a day in Vancouver and connect with nature in Kitsilano, a vibrant and green part of the city just a short jaunt from downtown.
The Living By Water Project provides programs, tools, services and materials to naturalize and maintain a healthy shorelines.
The Living By Water Project
Monarch Watch is a US-based site with tonnes of information about monarch butterflies (now listed as a species of special concern in Canada).
New Scientist magazine has an on-line biodiversity section with informative articles on biodiversity loss around the world.
New Scientist magazine
Operation RubyThroat includes tonnes of information on hummingbird biology, banding, attracting and feeding, as well as student activities and more.
Parks and People program is a national funding program established jointly by the Parks Canada Agency and Nature Canada. The goal of this program is to forge the next generation of environmental stewards by connecting Canadians, primarily urban youth, to nature through learning experiences offered by passionate naturalists in Canada’s natural parks.
Partners in Flight’s on-line Guide to Bird Education Resources offers titles, descriptions and ordering information for bird-related educational materials throughout the Americas.
Partners in Flight
The Royal British Columbia Museum provides biodiversity lesson plans for students from kindergarden to grade 7.
Royal British Columbia Museum
Space for Species monitors animal migrations from space. The Web site has some interesting species-at-risk projects designed for kids, as well as materials for educators.
Space for Species
Parks and protected areas
The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society Web site profiles a variety of parks and issues CPAWS is working on.
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
The George Wright Society organizes and is the primary sponsor of a biennial conference on research and resource
The George Wright Society
Manitobawildlands.org provides comprehensive information about Manitoba’s lands and waters with a multitude of links and information resources.
National Parks Worldwide is an informative source for national parks around the world, World Heritage Sites and more.
National Parks Worldwide
The Parks Canada Web site offers information on Canada’s national parks and parks policy.
The World Conservation Union’s World Commission on Protected Areasprogram site has information on events and projects around the world.
The Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y) connects conservation efforts throughout the region. Through collaboration, they seek to preserve and maintain the mountains, ecosystems, wildlife and human communities of this region.
Y2Y Conservation Initiative
Nature Network Provincial Affiliates
The Federation of British Columbia Naturalists represents 49 clubs with more than 5,300 members across the province. It has been organizing education and conservation projects since 1979.
Federation of British Columbia Naturalists
Federation of Alberta Naturalists membership has grown to include 39 clubs representing more than 4,500 individuals. FAN’s greatest strength is its province-wide focus on natural history issues.
Federation of Alberta Naturalists
Nature Saskatchewan has been observing, documenting and working to protect the province’s native species and natural ecosystems for more than 50 years.
The Manitoba Naturalists Society believes that the chance to experience an undamaged environment in peace and tranquility is a joy and a privilege.
Manitoba Naturalists Society
Ontario Nature (formerly the Federation of Ontario Naturalists) protects and restores natural habitats through research, education and conservation, connecting thousands of individuals and communities with nature.
Nature Québec / UQCN a été fondée en 1981 par M. Harvey Mead, en collaboration avec plusieurs autres militants impliqués dans l’opposition au développement autoroutier et portuaire des battures de Beauport.
The New Brunswick Federation of Naturalists/ Fédération des naturalists du Nouveau-Brunswick has been a major proponent of natural areas in New Brunswick for more than 30 years.
The New Brunswick Federation of Naturalists
Fédération des naturalists du Nouveau-Brunswick
The Nature Nova Scotia supports the common interests of naturalist clubs and represents
Nature Nova Scotia
The Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island Ltd. existed as an organization of island residents for many years and was incorporated in 1991 as a registered, non-profit organization directed by an elected executive.
Natural History Society of Prince Edward Island Ltd.
The Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc. is a province-wide organization promoting the enjoyment and protection of all wildlife and natural history resources in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and surrounding waters.
Natural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador Inc.