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Reference Books

Online resource:

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia
Online version of the comprehensive, lavishly illustrated zoology encyclopedia.


Species info from journal articles

Search for your species in the databases listed on the Journal Articles tab.

Search Tip:
Connect the common and scientific names with an OR - for example:

  red spotted newt OR Notophthalmus viridescens

Capitalization is not required: "OR" is the same as "or."

If you want to find habitat and life history info, include terms using AND:

  (life history OR habitat) AND (Notophthalmus viridescens OR red spotted newt)

Note: try all common names you discover, e.g., red-spotted newt is also called eastern newt.
Also, scientific names can change when an organism is reclassified. 


Reliable websites

Some websites from your professor, Paige Warren:

  • BioMap2 - Conserving the Biodiversity of Massachusetts in a Changing World (MassWildlife) 
  • National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program
  • eBird
  • YardMap-
    a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat - See more at:
    a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat.
  • gobotany - Mission: to conserve and promote New England plants. New England Wild Flower Society
  • BugGuide - Identification, images, & information for insects, spiders & their kin for the United States & Canada


Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program - part of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, one of the programs forming the Natural Heritage network .  NHESP is responsible for the conservation and protection of hundreds of species that are not hunted, fished, trapped, or commercially harvested in the state. The Program's highest priority is protecting the vertebrate and invertebrate animals and native plants that are officially listed as Endangered, Threatened or of Special Concern in Massachusetts.

Species information sheets for some rare and endangered species.

Turtles of Massachusetts website.

Bumble Bees of the Eastern U.S. - pdf file from the USDA Forest Service and the Pollinator Partnership

Teaming with Wildlife - A coalition comprised of over 6,300 State fish & wildlife agencies, wildlife biologists, hunters, anglers, birdwatchers, hikers, nature-based businesses, and other conservationists assembled in support of the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants (SWG) program and the implementation of the State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs), which are aimed at preventing wildlife from becoming endangered.

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