Animal Groups

Insects:

Citybugs

A terrific invertebrate diversity exploration based in the California Bay Area. The site has lots of excellent tools for identifying and learning about invertebrates, ideas for curricula, kids activities, and an 'ask an expert' link. Good site for kids and adults. (Insect identification tools are best for California, but there is lots of other information here too.)

Iowa State Entomology Index: K-12 Educators' Recommended Sites

Best compilation of online insect resources for kids and educators.

Young Entomologists's Society

Lots of information for kids and educators about insects.

University of Florida Book of Insect Records

Good source for ""gee whiz"" facts. Each entry is written by a beginning graduate student, and the language can be a little technical. Best for teachers.

Using Live Insects in Elementary Classrooms

Teaching materials intended for K-3 education, but some of the material (insect care sheets, etc.) would be useful to any teacher.

Katerpillars (& Mystery Bugs)

Bug fun facts and activities for kids as well as teaching resources from the University of Kentucky Department of Entomology.

Arachnids:

Arachnology

This is the largest collection of links to pages on spiders and their kin. There is a section of pages for kids too.

Leggy Inverts:

Walking with Woodlice

An interactive exploration of woodlouse diversity and biology, including kids as scientists.

Birds:

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology - Online Bird Guide

A pull down list offers some accounts of bird species of North America.

EPA's Basics of Bird Conservation

A fact-laden essay explaining why birds are important to us and how we are protecting them.

Mammals:

National Museum of Natural History, North American Mammals

Photos and range maps for North American Mammals.

Frequently asked questions about elephants

A site which answers some questions about elephants.

IUCN Cat Specialist Group

An organization that maintains excellent information on all cat species worldwide.

The Squirrel Almanac

A site with information on North American tree squirrel species.

5 Tigers: The Tiger Information Center Teachers Resources

A site dedicated to protecting the 5 remaining subspecies of tiger, contains educational activities.

North American Bear Center

Information and kids stuff on North American bear species.

International Association for Bear Research and Management Species Descriptions

A great site for information on bears worldwide.

Black-footed Ferret Recovery Program

Lots of great information on black-footed ferrets, their conservation, and prairie ecosystems for kids.

IUCN Canid Specialist Group

An organization that has excellent information on some dog, fox, and jackal species from around the world.

Cetacea

A site with information on whales around the world.

International Marine Mammal Association - Pinniped Fact Sheets

Information on seals, sea lions, and walruses worldwide.

Marmots of the World

Information on the different species of marmots worldwide, including woodchucks.

World Wide Raccoon Web

A site with lots of information on raccoons.

Florida Panther Net

Information and educational resources about Florida Panthers.

Seal Conservation Society - Species Pages

More information on seals, sea lions, and walruses worldwide.

Primate Fact Sheets, Wisconsin Regional PrimateResearch Center

Excellent source for information on monkeys and apes of the world.

Snow Leopard Conservancy

Information on Snow Leopards.

Burke Museum, Mammals of Washington

A site with links to species accounts for the mammals that occur in Washington.

The Wolverine Foundation Kids Page

Information on wolverines geared towards kids.

Amphibians:

Wildlife and Natural History Q-Line

Do you have a question about Michigan wildlife? Check this site! If you can't find your question, you can submit it to a well-known Michigan naturalist.

Online Field Guides to Reptiles and Amphibians of North America

List of links to online identification guides, has frogs and snakes of North America and a long list of sites for particular states.

All about frogs

Lots of silly frog fun, but also pretty informative, mostly about frogs as pets with some children's activities.

Frogs and Toads of Ohio

Detailed natural history and descriptions of frogs and toads of Ohio.

Reptiles:

Wildlife and Natural History Q-Line

Do you have a question about Michigan wildlife? Check this site! If you can't find your question, you can submit it to a well-known Michigan naturalist.

Online Field Guides to Reptiles and Amphibians of North America

List of links to online identification guides, has frogs and snakes of North America and a long list of sites for particular states.

Captive Reptiles Care Guide

Should be required reading for anyone keeping a reptile as a pet. Very good resource on keeping reptiles in captivity, especially iguanas and other lizards.

Crocodile Natural History and Conservation

An excellent site with downloadable sounds and videos, also species accounts, conservation information, etc. More for teachers than students, though a motivated kid might like it.

 
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