Links to Web Sites and Resources

Educational Web Sites

Amazing World of Birds
This web page, “The Amazing World of Birds,” has an excellent introduction to birds – the rarest, most common, largest, smallest, etc.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
This is birdwatchers central.
Check out the citizen science projects:
Celebrate Urban Birds:
There is a wealth of data collected and submitted by citizen scientists at:
Participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count:

International Migratory Bird Day
IMBD was created in 1993 by visionaries at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Now under the direction of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, IMBD continues to focus attention on one of the most important and spectacular events in the life of a migratory bird -- its journey between its summer and winter homes. Today, it is celebrated in Canada, the U.S., Mexico and Central America through bird festivals and bird walks, education programs, and Bird Day! Check out the educational resources at World Migratory Bird Day:

Junior Duck Stamp Program
The Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic, active, art and science program designed to teach wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The program guides students, using scientific and wildlife observation principles, to communicate visually what they have learned through an entry into the Junior Duck Stamp art contest. This non-traditional pairing of subjects brings new interest to both the sciences and the arts. It crosses cultural, ethnic, social, and geographic boundaries to teach greater awareness of our nation’s natural resources.

Migratory Bird Center
The Migratory Bird Center of the Smithsonian National Zoo is dedicated to fostering greater understanding, appreciation, and protection of the grand phenomenon of bird migration.

Shorebird Sister Schools Program
The Shorebird Sister Schools Program (SSSP) encourages public participation in the conservation of shorebirds and their habitats by connecting people along flyways and increasing their awareness and knowledge of local natural resources to inspire community conservation.


Related Activities on Shorebirds, Migration, and Wetland Ecosystems

National Audubon Society
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Great Backyard Bird Count
Join with thousand of others to find out how many birds are being seen in your area and across the continent this winter. By participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count, you help document where birds are, and track changes in their numbers compared to previous years, helping scientists paint a picture of the state of birds this winter.

Waterbird Conservation
North American waterbirds are a diverse group of beautiful species that share with us numerous and various freshwater and marine habitats. Their important roles in the functioning of aquatic ecosystems make them sensitive indicators of the health of these environments so important to many species, including our own. Throughout history, these birds have enriched and supported human existence and experience in many ways - economically, culturally, and aesthetically.

Ducks Unlimited
The world's largest wetland conservation organization. The web site contains a section for students and a curriculum guide for teachers.

Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds
This office promotes our understanding of wetlands and watersheds as the "most ecologically productive and ecologically sensitive of habitats."
Fatal Light
The Fatal Light Awareness Program works to educate the public on ways to preserve the lives of migratory birds in urban areas.  
National Estuarine Research Reserve System
This is a network of protected areas established for long-term research, education and stewardship. This partnership program between NOAA and the coastal states protects more than one million acres of estuarine land and water, which provides essential habitat for wildlife; offers educational opportunities for students, teachers and the public; and serves as living laboratories for scientists.  

The Nature Conservancy
Working with communities, business, and the general public, the Nature Conservancy is committed in preserving precious places around the world.
Partners in Flight
A cooperative public and private organization dedicated to monitoring, inventorying, birds and their habitats.

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands
The international program for conservation of wetlands.

USDA Forest Service
Programs and activities related to the management, protection, and use of national forests and grasslands.

Shorebird Web Sites

Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge and Shorebird Festival

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
An invaluable resource for all Americans dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats.

Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
A coalition of over 1,560 private and public organizations in seven countries working to conserve shorebirds throughout their habitats. .../western-hemisphere-shorebird-reserve-network-whsrn

Mexico Web Sites

Bay of Santa Maria, Mexico
A management plan for the conservation and development of Santa Maria Bay in Mexico, a major stopover for migratory shorebirds.


Canada Web Sites

Ducks Unlimited Canada
DUC is Canada’s leading wetland conservation organization. Everything DUC does helps to conserve wetlands and their associated habitat for waterfowl, other wildlife and people.

North American Waterfowl Management Plan
The North American Waterfowl Management Plan is an international action plan to conserve migratory birds throughout the continent. The Plan's goal is to return waterfowl populations to their 1970s levels by conserving wetland and upland habitat. Canada and the United States signed the Plan in 1986 in reaction to critically low numbers of waterfowl. Mexico joined in 1994 making it a truly continental effort.

Pacific Wildlife Foundation
Learn about birds of the Pacific Northwest.


International Bird Sites

U.S. Forest Service International Programs
The U.S. Forest Service promotes conservation programs and sustainable forest management around the globe.

Alaska Sites

Alaska Wildlife Curriculum
Designed for teachers of K-12 students who wish to open their classroom doors and windows to the natural world.

Cordova - Alaska's Hidden Treasure
Chamber of Commerce web site all about this wonderful place.

Chugach National Forest
USDA Forest Service at Copper River.

Prince William Sound Science Center
The site is devoted to informing students and the general public about the interdependence of biology and the economics of Alaska.