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Birdlife International
BirdLife International is an international partnership of conservation organizations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a non-profit institution whose mission is to interpret and conserve the Earth's biological diversity through research, education and citizen science focused on birds.


Dino Directory
The British Natural History Museum site offers general information as well as specific information about 325 species of dinosaurs.

Dinosaurs: Fact and Fiction
This U.S. Geological Survey site provides short answers to many questions about dinosaurs.

The virtual exhibition Technosaurs, created by the Royal Tyrrell Museum, provides information on dinosaurs for children.


Canada's Aquatic Environment
Canada's Aquatic Environment, a University of Guelph site, provides access to general information on the ecology, adaptations and life history of fish.

FishBase is a global information system about fishes. It is supported by a consortium of seven research institutions and covers more than 30 000 species—almost every species known today.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Fisheries and Oceans Canada offers a site on fish and underwater life.

Florida Museum of Natural History
The Ichthyology site run by the Florida Museum of Natural History provides photographs and other illustrations of many species of fish, as well as information on research in the Florida region and other topics.


Animal Diversity Web
The University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology provides an overview of all living mammals, with links to other sites for specific groups.

Hall of Mammals
The Hall of Mammals, presented by the University of California Museum of Paleontology, offers information about the evolution of mammals, and the life history and ecology of present-day species.

Hinterland Who's Who
Environment Canada's Hinterland Who's Who provides fact sheets on Canadian mammals.

Mammal Species of the World
Bucknell University provides a list of all of the mammals of the world.


Paleontology at the U.S. Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey offers this site, which gives an overview of palaeontology and has portals for topics including fossils and geological time scales.

Paleontology Portal
This resource offered by the University of California Museum of Paleontology deals with evolution, the history of life and the diversity of life in all parts of North America during different geological ages.

Prehistoric Life

Ice Ages at the U.S. Geological Survey
The U.S. Geological Survey is a multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information and water. One of their publications deals specifically with the ice age.

Paleocene Mammals of the World
This excellent site is run by an amateur palaeontologist in Germany, and is a product of more than 20 years of literature research on Paleocene mammals. It includes essays on Paleocene mammals, lists of all species, useful references and links to other sites.

Research Notes
The Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre provides information on prehistoric vertebrates.


Amphibians and Reptiles of Quebec
This McGill University site offers information on reptiles in Quebec, with distribution maps and photographs offered for each species.

Animal Diversity Web
The University of Michigan's Museum of Zoology provides an overview of all living reptiles, with pictures of most species.

TIGR Reptile Database
This site is offered by the Systematics working group of the German Herpetological Society. It provides information on the classification of all living snakes, lizards, turtles, amphisbaenians, tuataras and crocodiles, and offers links to external sources with pictures.

Species in Peril

Canadian Resources

Canadian Biodiversity Information Network
The Biodiversity Convention Office serves as Canada's National Focal Point for the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and the Canadian Biodiversity Strategy.

Natural Heritage Information Centre
The Natural Heritage Information Centre compiles, maintains and distributes information on natural species, plant communities and spaces of conservation concern in Ontario.

Species at Risk Public Registry
The Species at Risk Public Registry is a federal government source for news, information and documents related to species at risk in Canada.

International Resources

CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora)
CITES is an international agreement between governments whose aim is to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that have been globally evaluated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Rare Species Conservatory Foundation
The Rare Species Conservatory Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving biodiversity through grassroots conservation programmes.


Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility
The Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility provides access to ITIS, the Integrated Taxonomic Information System. This system offers authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi and microbes of North America and the world.

Button: Mammals. Photo: Lion (Panthera leo). Button: Birds. Photo: Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos).
Button: Fish. Photo: Brown trout (Salmo trutta). Button: Reptiles. Photo: Komodo dragon (Varanus komodensis).
Button: Amphibians. Photo: Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeiana). Button: Invertebrates. Photo: House fly (Musca domestica).
Button: Dinosaurs. Illustration: Tyrannosaurus rex. Archive slide: S71-116. Button: Prehistoric. Illustration: Muskox (Ovibos moschatus).
Button: Navigate the World. Illustration: Map of the world.

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