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Atmospheric OpticsLight playing on water drops, dust or ice crystals in the atmosphere produces a host of visual spectacles - rainbows, halos, glories, coronas and many more. Some can be seen almost every day or so, some are once in a lifetime sights. Find out where to see them and how they form. Then seek and enjoy them outdoors.
Costa Rican HummingbirdsCosta Rica is loaded with hummingbirds. The country's checklist boasts 51 species. These range from widespread and common, like Rufous-tailed Hummingbird, to rather scarce and local ones, such as Black-crested Coquette.
Animal Diversity Web (ADW)is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.
Bird CinemaBird Cinema is a free place for people to engage in new ways of video sharing, commenting on, and viewing videos. Bird Watching is global with fans in all kinds of different environments.
The Owl PagesAbout Owls - photos, art, mythology and more.


Finally, who links to us: Links to WCAS
Organizations    [^Top]
    Friends of the MarshThe Marsh provides a unique educational experience for Central New Jersey because the focus is wetlands.
    Mercer County Wilife Center

    The Mercer County Wildlife Center is a state and federally licensed facility that cares for injured, ill, and displaced native wildlife. The Center provides these animals with medical treatment and a temporary refuge before releasing them back into an appropriate wild habitat.

    Mercer County Park Commission

    The Mercer County Park Commission provides options to enjoy active or passive recreation, enjoy beautiful scenery, play sports, or host a social function or charitable fund-raiser.

    Featherbed Lane Banding StationHannah Suthers (and her Crew) have been collecting data and/or banding birds at Featherbed Lane since 1969.
    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. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

    New Jersey Audubon Society

    The New Jersey Audubon Society (NJAS) is a privately supported, not-for profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, and one of the oldest independent Audubon societies, NJAS has no connection with the National Audubon Society. The New Jersey Audubon Society fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats.

    Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

    The Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association is a member supported non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of the natural environment in the 265-square mile region drained by Stony Brook and the Millstone River. We are committed to improving community awareness of environmental issues, protecting water quality and quantity, and supporting informed land use decision-making.

    Partnership for the Delaware EstuaryThe mission of the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, one of 28 National Estuary Programs, is to lead collaborative and creative efforts to protect and enhance the Delaware Estuary and its tributaries for current and future generations.
    Delaware River Basin CommissionThe Delaware River Basin Commission (“DRBC”) is dedicated to helping New York City and the four states bordering the river find a way to provide over half of the city’s water supply, an see that the basin is managed in a way that protects river flows to Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, nurtures a world-class trout fishery created by the reservoirs and important to the economy of Upstate New York, and enhances the habitat of an endangered species found in the upper Delaware. The DRBC’s forty years of progress working with numerous stakeholders to address the economic, environmental, and recreational uses of the river helps explain why eastern river systems are more effective than those in the west at balancing competing water uses without litigation. The DRBC’s approach emphasizes sound science, adaptive management and interjurisdictional cooperation.
    Fund for Roosevelt, Inc.

    The members of the Fund for Roosevelt, Inc. and our active contributors want to preserve our history, our natural environment, and our town's future as a real community. We want to preserve those things that make Roosevelt Roosevelt. To learn more of the Borough's social, cultural, and artistic history and of its current commitments to education, preservation of open space, and the arts, view the subpages of this site dedicated to the natural, historic, and social resources of our town - the only municipality in New Jersey that is, in its entirety, a registered National and State Historic District.

    The Sierra Club

    The Sierra Club's members and supporters are more than 1.3 million of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

    Conserve WildlifeThe Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to conserving and protecting New Jersey’s endangered and threatened wildlife.
    New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

    Mission Statement: As national leaders in the stewardship of natural resources, we preserve the ecological integrity of the Garden State and maintain and transform places into healthy, sustainable communities. Our dynamic workforce provides excellence in public service through innovation, education, community involvement and sound science.

    State of New Jersey

    You will find many diverse events, attractions, arts and culture, shopping, entertainment, and accommodations around the state of New Jersey, including the Jersey shore and casinos. Whether it is a weekend getaway, or fun with the whole family, New Jersey welcomes you.

    Institute for Global CommunicationsInstitute for Global Communications (IGC) plays a formative role in bringing advanced communications technologies to grassroots organizations worldwide working for peace, human rights, environmental sustainability, women's rights, conflict resolution and worker rights.
    American Rivers

    American Rivers is the only national organization standing up for healthy rivers so our communities can thrive. Through national advocacy, innovative solutions and our growing network of strategic partners, we protect and promote our rivers as valuable assets that are vital to our health, safety and quality of life. Founded in 1973, American Rivers has more than 65,000 members and supporters nationwide, with offices in Washington, DC and the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, California and Northwest regions.

    Endangered Species Coalition

    As the guardian of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), the Endangered Species Coalition (ESC) speaks on endangered species issues for some 360 environmental, conservation, religious, scientific, humane, sporting and business groups around the country. Our tools are public education, scientific information and citizen participation in all decisions affecting the fate of threatened and endangered species. Through extensive grassroots work, education, discussions with lawmakers, and the dissemination of information, we work to ensure that the Act itself as well as the species it protects, can be passed on safely into the future.

    The Old Pine Farm Land Trust On Big Timber Creek

    Created in 1992 and later received a Green Acres grant to preserve the natural aspects of the land and to educate the public about this environmental treasure along Big Timber Creek. It is managed by the Trust with guidance from the New Jersey Conservation Foundation.

    Liberty Science Center

    Liberty Science Center is the most visited museum in New Jersey and one of the most intensively used in the country. Since opening in 1993, we have introduced nearly nine million people to the wonder and awe of hands-on science discovery.

    National Park Service

    Most people know that the National Park Service cares for national parks, a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural and recreational sites across the nation. The treasures in this system – the first of its kind in the world –have been set aside by the American people to preserve, protect, and share, the legacies of this land. Beyond national parks, the National Park Service helps communities across America preserve and enhance important local heritage and close-to-home recreational opportunities.

    The Nature Conservancy

    The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

    National Arbor Day Foundation

    The Foundation was created to establish National Arbor Day as a celebration of the planting of tree. It is typically observed on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times.

    American Academy of Science

    Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is an independent policy research center that conducts multidisciplinary studies of complex and emerging problems. The Academy’s elected members are leaders in the academic disciplines, the arts, business, and public affairs.

    Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

    Founded in 1890, CSHL is a private, non-profit institution with research programs in cancer, neuroscience, plant genetics, genomics, and bioinformatics and a broad educational mission.

    Project VoteSmart Organization

    Project Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to ALL Americans.

    League of Women Voters

    The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, has fought since 1920 to improve our systems of government and impact public policies through citizen education and advocacy. The League's enduring vitality and resonance comes from its unique decentralized structure. The League is a grassroots organization, working at the national, state and local levels.

Habitats    [^Top]

  Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh

    Friends of the MarshThe Marsh provides a unique educational experience for Central New Jersey because the focus is wetlands.

  Pine Barrens

  Other Habitat Related Sites

    NWF's Backyard Habitat Program

    One of the goals of National Wildlife Federation's backyard habitat program is not only to provide habitat for wildlife in urban/suburban areas and to serve as connectors to natural areas, but also to give people, youth in particular, the opportunity to personaly see and experience that wildlife.

    WWF's WildFinder

    WildFinder is a map-driven, searchable database of more than 26,000 species worldwide, with a powerful search tool that allows users to discover where species live or explore wild places to find out what species live there. Containing information on birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, WildFinder is a valuable resource for scientists, students, educators, travelers, birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

    Project Puffin

    The National Audubon Society started Project Puffin in 1973 in an effort to learn how to restore puffins to historic nesting islands in the Gulf of Maine. At that time, literally all the puffin eggs in Maine were in two baskets - Matinicus Rock and Machias Seal Island. Although puffins are not an endangered species (they are abundant in Newfoundland, Iceland, and Britain), they are rare in Maine.

Zoological    [^Top]


    Animal Diversity Web (ADW)is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.
    NEPARC: Northeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile ConservationNEPARC's goal is to conserve amphibians, reptiles and their habitats as integral parts of our ecosystem and culture through proactive and coordinated public/private partnerships in the Northeast.
    ZoonomenA comprehensive listing (Scientific Names only!) of all the world's birds.
    Herpetology SitesSites dealing with all areas of herpetology, the keeping of reptiles and amphibians.
    Interactive FrogComputer-Enhanced Science Education: The Whole Frog Project Computers can't teach everything in anatomy, but they can teach some things better, either by themselves or through synergy with conventional methods. Try out this award-winning virtual frog- as a case in point.
    Search LinksBiology Links on Yahoo!   Biology Links on Google
  Birding    [^Top]

    Fledging Birders

    Fledging Birders is the practice of creatively exposing people to the art of birdwatching. You should help prospective birders learn about birds on their own terms. It is important not to force it upon them. Instead, give them opportunities to have positive experience with birds. It's also very effective to make connections between their own lives and the world of birds. When they're ready to fly with it, they will!

    Traveling Birder"With nearly 5,000 trip reports from 170 countries, this is arguably the best site to visit first. Clearly laid out and easy to navigate, it links to reports on a number of other key websites, as well as holding many reports from a number of top world birders." Birdwatch (UK)
    A Transparent RequestA plead for your help in keeping birds safer near your home.
    BirdBreathBirdBreath is a cartoon about life from the birds view. It is a light hearted satire about anything and everything. Robert Seymour offers a unique perspective that is guaranteed to make you laugh. A collection of his cartoons have just been published and may be obtained through his web site.
    Featherbed Lane Banding StationHannah Suthers (and her Crew) have been collecting data and/or banding birds at Featherbed Lane since 1969.
    Towerkill.ComMaps showing locations and number of birds killed in the various height classification of towers.
    Wild Birds Unlimited FeedercamBirdfeeder camera shots by Wild Birds Unlimited. Various birds - goldfinch, woodpeckers (including Pileated), barred owl, etc.
    North American Breeding Bird Survey Results and AnalysisSauer, J. R., J. E. Hines, G. Gough, I. Thomas, and B. G. Peterjohn. 1997. The North American Breeding Bird Survey Results and Analysis. Version 96.3. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD
    Cornell Lab of OrnithologyThe Lab is a membership institute whose mission is to interpret and conserve the earth's biodiversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.
    Places to Bird in New JerseyBirding locations on NJ Audubon's site.
    Birder's ForumNJ.Com's Birder's Forum
    USGS Patuxent--Bird Population StudiesMany links including NA Breeding Bird Survey Summary, Christmas Bird Count Analysis, Migratory Bird Research links, and Learning About Birds links
  Raptors    [^Top]
    Chimney Rock Hawk WatchOne of the best places to go and watch the Fall migration in New Jersey
    Hawk MountainOne of the best places to go and watch the Fall migration
    OspreysThe International Osprey Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to the continuing recovery and preservation of the osprey, others in the raptor family, wildlife and the environment as a whole.
    Hawk Migration StudiesThe semi-annual publication of the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA), founded in 1974 for the purpose of monitoring the migration and population of birds of prey throughout the Continent to assist in preserving both our North American raptors and our environment.
    www.raptors.orgRusty Johnson, Wildlife Educator - wildlife education using trained wildlife, such as a condor, eagles, falcons owls, hawks.

Horseshoe Crabs    [^Top]

Horseshoe Crab Issues In New Jersey

  • Shorebird/Horseshoe Crab Conservation Campaign - Alarming data on shorebirds has led for a call to action. As you may be aware, the Delaware Bay is a critical spring stopover for 9 species of shorebirds, which feed on horseshoe crab eggs. The number of Red Knots, a state threatened species, has crashed by 54% on their wintering grounds in 2 years alone. In New Jersey, Red Knots are declining 17.9% annually. The over-harvest of horseshoe crabs is the culprit.
  • Crash: A Tale of Two Species airs Sunday, Feb. 10, from 8-9 p.m., on PBS. It offers an in-depth look at the fragile interconnection between the dove-sized red knots and the horseshoe crabs.
  • Horseshoe Crabs by Ecological Research & Development Group Inc.

Horseshoe Crab Physiology

Insects    [^Top]
Monarch WatchDedicated to Education, Conservation and Research on Monarch Biology.
North American Dragonflies and DamselfliesOne of the most recognizable orders of insect is the Odonata which encompasses both Dragonflies and Damselflies. There are some 5,500 identified North American species in the order and over 450 of these are found throughout the United States and Canada alone. Dragonflies are the more common of the two and both share many of the same physical characteristics and behaviors.
Introduction to the OdonataDragonflies and Damselflies
DRAGONFLIES AND DAMSELFLIES (Odonata Information Network)A place to post news stories, information requests, e-mail address directory, events, meetings etc. It also serves as a link to other Odonata related sites.

Educational    [^Top]
Princeton PC Users Group

The Princeton PC Users Group is a nonprofit organization formed in 1981 to share knowledge and exchange ideas concerning the use of personal computers.

HazeCam Newark/NYC

This view looks eastward from the NJ TRANSIT headquarters building in downtown Newark, New Jersey. It looks towards lower Manhattan in New York City, about ten miles distant. In the foreground stands the historic Jackson Street Bridge over the Passaic River, connecting the "Ironbound" section of Newark (visible to the right and at mid-distance) with Harrison N.J. (off to the left). The green-capped spire adorns St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Newark.

MICSCAPEExploring the miniature world
Is Dihydrogen Monoxide Ban All Wet?A concerned citizen contacted us to alert us to the potential impact of linking our Audubon Chapter to a site which suggests banning Dihydrogen Monoxide (H2O or water).
Most of us knew that the site was meant to poke fun at folks who DO seriously want to ban any and every potential risk. A few of us just thought it was funny. Therefore, WCAS does not endorse the ban of Dihydro Monoxide!
Dihydrogen Monoxide Organization Research Divisionis pleased to provide this site as a means for access to Dihydrogen Monoxide information, from current facts and research results to contamination alerts and dangerous uses of Dihydrogen Monoxide. WCAS, and we are sure the National Audubon, does not endorse the ban of Dihydro Monoxide based on it's many important and useful properties! (See the previous item.)
www.skypub.comAstronomy related web pages
Smithsonian Institute - National ZooInformation about the animals, plants, people and programs of the National Zoo. The National Zoo's Homepage, is your ticketless trip to the National Zoo.
sln.fi.edu/Offers visitors a visual tour of the museum and access to the institute's educational resources. Also included is a movie which gives a visual tour of the museum.
hub.terc.edu/The Hub, a resource for math and science, provides an Internet publication service that can help you to disseminate reports, curricula, projects in progress and requests for proposals. This server houses a number of articles, reports, newsletters, curriculum, projects, and software of value to educators.
www.cumv.cornell.eduThe Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates (CUMV) is an internationally recognized institution dedicated to the study of vertebrates (fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals). It is an one of several natural history collections affiliated with Cornell University. The CUMV collections contain over 1.5 million specimens and serve as the primary repositories for vertebrates collected by past and present Cornellians doing research around the world. As a university based museum, it also serves as an important resource for undergraduate and graduate education.
Sea World Teacher's GuidesTeacher's Guides have been developed at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens to help you teach your students - in an active, hands-on way - about how people interact with the environment and how we can best care for Earth's resources.
The Raptor TrustThe Raptor Trust is one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. Located in central New Jersey, the Trust includes a hospital with state-of-the-art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. A stalwart advocate for birds of prey for three decades, it is now recognized as a national leader in the fields of raptor conservation and avian rehabilitation.
Avian Web—WIldlife The Enjoyment of Wildlife in Your Backyard
netvet.wustl.edu/e-zoo.htmOriginally, this was a text file describing animal-related computer resources on the Internet and beyond. Now expanded to include pointers to major Internet resources in veterinary medicine, agriculture, biology, environment and ecology, and medicine, as well as animal-related WWW and gopher sites, FTP archives, Telnet sites, and electronic publications.
www.herp-pix.orgNewts, salamanders, and frogs, oh yeah!!! Fabulous pictures of all that and snakes too. Plus links to the Herpetocultural Home Page.
North American Amphibian Monitoring ProgramThe NAAMP is a collaborative effort among regional partners, such as state natural resource agencies and nonprofit organizations, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to monitor populations of vocal amphibians. The USGS provides central coordination and database management. The regional partners recruit and train volunteer observers, like you, to collect amphibian population data, following the protocol of the NAAMP.
http://www.ou.edu/cas/botany-micro/bot-linx/Scott's Botanical Links

Commercial    [^Top]
Michael Hogan PhotographyFine Art Photography of Southern New Jersey
www.wbu.comWild Birds Unlimited
www.eagleoptics.comEagle Optics
www.ncepro.comNational Camera Exchange


Some of the listings were obtained from Yahoo, Google, and other on-line search engines. Still others were suggested by the WCAS Officers/Board and other sources. If you find any broken links, please let us know. Thanks!

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Last revision: Tuesday, August 30, 2016