Posts Tagged ‘fisheries’

Here are a few sites I want to gush about, as educational resources, as entertainment, and as serious technical and scientific resources. Not only can they be used in the classroom, or browsed for the sheer enchantment of discovery, but they are pure gold for for professionals in the environmental fields as well.

NatureServe Explorer

A huge online database of species, NatureServe Explorer is a collaboration between natural heritage programs and conservation data centers operating in all 50 U.S. states, 11 Canadian provinces and territories, and 20 member programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. The database provides information on the conservation status of species throughout the territory covered, their vulnerability, ecology and life history, etc., and provides techinal references to learn more.


The visual tool Lifemapper is the work of a University of Kansas team with support from all over the world. It uses an advanced geographical database to display where species are found and documented, and to predict where we might expect to find them. This tool also allows users to create Google Earth maps with the data. Note: You need to supply the scientific (Latin) name of the species to search.


The Integrated Taxonomic Information System, or ITIS, provides taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world. ITIS is a cooperatice project between Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Hey, here is a good place to look up scientific names so you can query Lifemapper!

PLANTS Database

Created and maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the PLANTS national database contains life history, range, and taxonomic information, photos, native/non-native status, and much more. It can be searched using either common names or scientific names.


Another product of international scientific cooperation, the FishBase information system provides images, life history, distribution, taxonomic status, and much more for over 31,000 fish species. It can be searched using either common names or scientific names.


Much more subdued, regional, and low-tech, BirdWeb is nonetheless a work of love and excellence, offering carefully gathered information and on-the-ground observations. It’s the work of the Seattle branch of the Audubon Society, and the information it contains is useful for a large part of our ecoregion.


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Klamath River, by prentz -- Creative Commons license: Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic

River of Renewal — Stephen Most and Jack Kohler’s film — will be screening this week and weekend in the area:

  • Thursday, Feb. 5 — at HSU Library “fishbowl” (Room 209) at 4 pm (book signing and talk); 5:30 for screening in Founders Hall Room 118
  • Friday, Feb. 6 — at the Yurok Tribal Headquarters in Klamath at 6 pm
  • Saturday, Feb 7 — at College of Redwoods Campus, Crescent City at 7 pm (photographer Thomas B. Dunklin will be screening University of Washington salmon footage before the film)
  • Sunday, Feb 8 — at Westhaven Center for the Arts at 7 pm

The movie is a documentary on the Klamath River focus on the down-river story, as well as current issues and perspectives. It reportedly includes footage of the Salmon War (1978), plus interviews with tribal elders, council members, and fishermen.

Links of interest:

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