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Directory of Recommended Links

Ecology and Conservation

Applied Soil Ecology: A Section of Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment
Peer reviewed research; UW restricted.

Aquatic, Wetland and Invasive Plant Common Name List
"Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants is a multi-disciplinary research, teaching and extension unit devoted to the study and management of freshwater aquatic plants and invasive plants, aquatic and terrestrial. Personnel from about a dozen university departments contribute to its programs and projects."

Biodiversity Information Standards
A not-for-profit association whose stated mission is "to provide an international forum for biological data projects; to develop and promote the use of standards; and to facilitate data exchange."

A large collection of plant images, mostly woody trees and shrubs, with various browsing methods to find the images. The most useful method is a map of North America divided into bioregions. Each bioregion has an associated list of dominant plants. Created by Steve Baskauf of Vanderbilt University.

Biomes and Biogeographical Realms
from the World Wildlife Fund. A collection of biodiversity data from the world's bioregions, browsable through a map of the globe.

Bumble Bee Nest Site Survey
Bumble bees are important pollinators of agricultural crops and wild plants, but we know little about their natural history in North America. Anecdotal evidence and preliminary research suggest that bumble bee species are declining throughout the continent but much more research is needed. The survey is being conducted by a University of Georgia graduate student.

Cascadia Prairie Oak Partnership
A collection of technical documents, proceedings and articles related to Northwest prairie oak habitats, native plants, fire, wildlife and conservation planning.

Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems
The Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems is a research, education, and public service program at the University of California, Santa Cruz, dedicated to increasing ecological sustainability and social justice in the food and agriculture system.

Center for Invasive Plant Management
"The Center for Invasive Plant Management (CIPM) has developed an online Restoration Resource Database to allow land managers to search for literature, books, handbooks, and web sites on restoration, particularly related to invasive species. References from federal and state agencies, journals, conservation organizations, and others have been consolidated into one easy-to-access online database. A search provides users with a citation, a short description of the resource, and contact information and/or web links for obtaining the resource."

Ecological Restoration
Peer reviewed research; UW restricted.

ECOTOX Database System
The ECOTOXicology database is a source for locating single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife. ECOTOX integrates three toxicology effects databases: AQIURE (aquatic life), PHYTOTOX (terrestrial plants), and TERRETOX (terrestrial wildlife). These databases were created by the U.S. EPA, Office of Research and Development, and the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory.

Information Resources for Restoration Ecology
A list of the best books, theses,articles and websites on restoration ecology.

Information Resources for Wetlands
a list of the best books, articles and websites on wetlands.

The University of Montana hosts this excellent database of exotic and noxious plants growing in the Northwest. The database can be searched by common or scientific name, by county, or by choosing an area on a linked map. The results list the counties the selected weed has been documented growing in, as well as if it is noxious or not. There is also information on using biocontrols for certain weeds. The database does not show pictures of weeds.

Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
A United Nation initiated effort that "assessed the consequences of ecosystem change for human well-being. From 2001 to 2005, the MA involved the work of more than 1,360 experts worldwide. Their findings provide a state-of-the-art scientific appraisal of the condition and trends in the world’s ecosystems and the services they provide, as well as the scientific basis for action to conserve and use them sustainably."

National Science Digital Library's Scout Report on Restoration Ecology
Links to several website resources describing restoration ecology projects and organizations, including one in the UK. Sample restoration sites include coastal and estuarine areas, prairies, river and wetlands, national forest areas of northeastern US and Scottish woodlands.

National Wetlands Research Center: Library Digital Collection
The National Wetlands Research Center (NWRC) "is a source and clearinghouse of science information about wetlands in the United States and the world for fellow agencies, private entities, academia, and the public at large." The site contains technical reports and species profiles, as well as: a Habitat Suitability Index Models Series and a Waterfowl Management Handbook produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

NatureServe Explorer
An impressive database of information for over 70,000 species of plants and animals and ecosystems of the United States and Canada. NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. Data includes conservation status, distribution and economic attributes.

"Dedicated to moving native plants and naturescaping into mainstream landscaping practices." Includes a how-to for creating a native plant landscape and directories by state for native plant nurseries, regional plants and community service organizations.

Report on the National Stakeholders Conference on Honey Bee Health - 2012
A report issued by the National Honey Bee Health Stakeholder Conference Steering Committee, US Department of Agriculture held in October 2012. The Committee investigated the phenomena known as colony collapse disorder.

Restoration Ecology
Peer reviewed research; UW restricted.

Restoration Ecology: Selected Bibliography
Compiled by University of Washington faculty members Carol Green, the Forest Resources Librarian, and Louise Richards, the Head Librarian at the Fisheries-Oceanography Libraries, this current and select bibliography contains regularly-cited information sources related to restoration ecology, including pertinent journals and articles, books and other monographs, and reports.

Society for Ecological Restoration - Northwest
"The Society for Ecological Restoration - Northwest Chapter (SERNW), a private non-profit organization, is a dynamic interactive professional society dedicated to the art and science of restoration. Members of SERNW are actively protecting and restoring ecosystems throughout the Cascadia bioregion which includes Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Northern California."

Sustainable Urban Landscape Information Series
"The goal of the SULIS is to provide sustainable landscape information to the public and to the horticulture/landscape industry. By utilizing SULIS concepts, homeowners, business owners and related industry personnel will be able to create outdoor spaces that are functional, maintainable, environmentally sound, cost effective and aesthetically pleasing."

University of Washington Restoration Ecology Network
"The core of the UW-REN mission is to advance higher education in restoration while helping the Pacific Northwest region meet the growing needs and challenges of ecological restoration."

Urban Habitats
"Urban Habitats is an open-access electronic journal that focuses on current research on the biology of urban areas. Papers cover a range of related subject areas, including urban botany, conservation biology, wildlife and vegetation management in urban areas, urban ecology, restoration of urban habitats, landscape ecology and urban design, urban soils, bioplanning in metropolitan regions, and the natural history of cities around the world."

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December 12 2014 11:40:25