Research Tools used in Biodiversity Project

This is a list of research tools we found useful in our Biodiversity Survey.

Amphibia Webprovides information on amphibian declines, natural history, conservation, and taxonomy.
Animal Diversity Web The Animal Diversity Web is an online database and encyclopedia of animal natural history, built through contributions from students, photographers, and many others. It is a rich and flexible resource designed both as an encyclopedia for exploring biodiversity and for use in formal, inquiry-based education.
Bryophytes and Lichens: Small but Indispensable Forest Dwellers, USGS <pdf> Bryophytes are the small green plants commonly known as mosses, liverworts and hornworts. Lichens are dual organisms consisting of a fungus and an alga or a cyanobacterium.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds, eBird, Sound & Video ArchiveThe Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.
eNature, Bringing Nature to Life, Advanced Search, Field is the web's premier destination for information about the wild animals and plants of the United States. Over past years, eNature has consistently been one of the Internet' most-visited sites for nature and wildlife information and has won numerous awards and accolades.
Encyclopedia of LifeOur knowledge of the many life-forms on Earth - of animals, plants, fungi, protists and bacteria - is scattered around the world in books, journals, databases, websites, specimen collections, and in the minds of people everywhere. Imagine what it would mean if this information could be gathered together and made available to everyone – anywhere – at a moment’s notice. This dream is becoming a reality through the Encyclopedia of Life.
Species FungorumSpecies Fungorum is an RBG Kew coordinated initiative delivering the fungal component of the Species 2000 project and it's contribution, in partnership with ITIS, to the Catalogue of Life (currently used in the GBIF portal); for more information regarding this global initiative visit their website. You may search here a small but growing number of taxonomically complete datasets - global species databases. Please contact Paul Kirk if you you would like to contribute.
Matchmaker: Mushrooms of the Pacific Northwest
MycoWeb: Mushrooms, Fungi, MycologyWelcome to MykoWeb, WWW pages devoted to the science of mycology (the study of the fungi) and the hobby of mushrooming (the pursuit of mushrooms). It is a production of Michael Wood, a past president of the Mycological Society of San Francisco. MykoWeb was started in the fall of 1995 and was one of the first internet mycology mushrooming sites.
Native Plant Society of Oregon: Photo GalleryOregon has over 3600 species of native plants. Large or small, abundant or rare, each is unique and special.
Ecoregions ranging from coastal sand dunes and mountain forest to prairie grasslands and alpine lava fields provide a myriad of habitats for these plants.
Local chapters hold meetings, field trips, and plant shows and sales for members and non-members alike, making available the knowledge and wonder of our native plants to everyone.
Northwest LichenologistsNWL facilitates communication, meetings, and field trips among lichenologists interested in the Pacific Northwest of North America, including Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, northern California, Oregon, Washington, and western Alberta. We promote and encourage professional training, growth, and renewal. We seek to maintain and promote high standards of performance in field lichenology. We are a nonprofit corporation.
NW Nature: Animals, Birds, Freshwater Macroinvertebrates, Freshwater Micro Organisms, Fungi, Lichens, Plants & Flowers
Oregon State University Site: Epiphytes and Forest Management, Lichenland, Lichenland Lite
Pacific Northwest Fungi Database This database is intended primarily as a tool for researchers, teachers, and students interested in fungi occurring in the Pacific Northwest. The database originally was based on information compiled by Professor C. Gardner Shaw of the Department of Plant Pathology at Washington State University over many years and published in his Host Fungus Index for the Pacific Northwest (referred to as "the Index") in 1973.
Sibley Guides: Birding Basics, Bird Information, Conservation, Art Gallery
North American MammalsSmithsonian Institution Museum of Natural History. This is a searchable database of all living mammals of North America.
Southwest Vancouver Island Mycological SocietySVIMS is a small society interested in all aspects of mycology and mushroom appreciation. Its members include professional mycologists, mushroom growers, mushroom pickers, cooks, photographers, and other enthusiasts.
United States Department of Agriculture, Plants DatabaseNatural Resources Conservation Service. The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.
USFS: links, photosUnited States Forest Service
National Lichens & Air Quality Database and Clearinghouse
WhatBird, The Ultimate Bird Guide: SearchIdentify birds of North America with a few clicks using our search engine.
Wikipedia: List of North American MammalsThis is a list of North American mammals. It includes all mammals currently found in North America north of Mexico, whether resident or as migrants. It does not include species found only in captivity. Mammal species that went extinct in the last 10,000 to 13,000 years are included here.
Wikipedia: List of National Birds This is a list of national birds, most official, but some unofficial.
Wikipedia: List of Plants by Common NameThe common names of plants often vary from region to region, which is why most plant encyclopedias refer to plants using their scientific names: binomials, or "Latin" names.