Although this project of the California Digital Library and the Library
of California, which Tamalpais UHSD belongs to, is officially over, the
Web site still provides links to Internet resources including links to:
General; Agriculture; Ecology; Energy Human Interaction; Natural Disasters;
Pollution; Water/Ocean; and Weather/Climate. Under the heading Reference
links are provided to such topics as: News; Consumer Information; Directories;
Earth Alert; Glossary; Jobs/Internships; Kids; Law/Legislation; Links;
Publications; and What You Can Do.
"Immerse yourself in the great outdoors without ever leaving your desk.
Tap into the sights and sounds from a wide variety of environments throughout
America. We've collected over 1200 video clips that enable you to experience
America's wilderness firsthand - simply browse the topics or search for
your particular interests." Browsable topics include: Animals, Ecosystems;
Human history; Livelihoods; Earth & space; Plants; Public policy; and
This is the Web site of the main government agency to monitor and regulate
the environmental health of the United States. Information about Region
9, which is headquartered in San Francisco and covers the states of California,
Hawaii, Nevada and Arizona and territories in the Pacific, can be found
Watersheds are important because activities within them affect water quality.
Watersheds are those land areas bounded by ridge lines that catch rain
and snow, and drain to specific marshes, streams, rivers, lakes, or to
groundwater. The Index organizes and presents aquatic resource information
on a watershed basis. Find companies that dispose of toxic waste in Marin
County and nationally from these links. (E.P.A.)
This Web site provides links to state and national parks in Marin County
including Angel Island SP; China Camp SP; Marconi Conference Center SHP;
Mount Tamalpais SP; Olompali SHP; Samuel P. Taylor SP; Tomales Bay SP;
Golden Gate National Recreation Area; Muir Woods National Monument; and
Point Reyes National Seashore.
The SFBCDC has responsibility for the entire Bay with regard to Navigation
and Commerce, Public Access and Recreation, and Environmental Quality.
The Commission's Digital
Library provides "access to Commission documents and other information
relevant to the history, use, and protection of San Francisco Bay."
"The model, located on Richardson Bay in Sausalito, California, is a unique
scientific tool for exploring water movement patterns in the San Francisco
Bay-Delta Estuary. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built the bay part
of the model in 1956 to test a series of barrier and water quality proposals.
This tidal hydraulic model has since been expanded to include "The Delta"
and is used to test the effects of oil spills, salt-water intrusion and
This Web page provides access to information about the program of the University
which sets aside reserves which can be used by university researchers and
students. There are currently more than 30 sites which "make available
to the University and research communities an array of natural habitats
broadly representing the ecological diversity of California and to manage
these reserves in perpetuity as outdoor classrooms and outdoor laboratories
specializing in ecological studies."
"The California Rivers Assessment (CARA) is a computer-based data management
system designed to give resource managers, policy-makers, landowners, scientists
and interested citizens rapid access to essential information and tools
with which to make sound decisions about the conservation and use of California's
rivers." For Marin County click here.
Bulletins, Newsletters and Reports are among the items available from this
state government site. This is were the most recent water
resources development plan from the State of California can
be found. (California, Department of Water Resources)
This project "is intended to create a permanent record of the California
coastline as it is today" using digital color photography. Updated photographs
will reflect environmental changes, deterioration, and development. Photos
are taken from a helicopter. Click on the map, or enter coordinates of
longitude and latitude to search for a specific site. (Kenneth and Gabrielle
"Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) is a nonprofit conservation organization
that preserves farmland in Marin County, California, through conservation
easements, public education (including hikes and tours of farms, ranches
and gardens) and advocacy. Created in 1980 by a coalition of ranchers,
environmentalists, and community activists, MALT was the first land trust
in the United States to focus on agricultural land preservation. MALT has
since become a model for agricultural land preservation efforts across
"The Resource Renewal Institute (RRI) is a nonprofit, non-governmental
organization that supports innovative environmental management strategies
in the United States and worldwide. RRI's mission is to catalyze the development
and implementation of green plans. RRI evaluates the effectiveness of existing
and emerging green plans and uses this information to spearhead green planning
processes throughout the United States." Links are provided to: Green Plan
Primer; Green Plan Library; and Best Practices. An environmental atlas
is also provided with links to national (state and federal) and international
information. Links to online resources on California
are also provided.
"Watershed Projects Inventory (WPI) is an integration of project data compiled
as part of the California Watershed Project Inventory (CWPI) plus project
data gathered as part of the more comprehensive Natural Resource Project
Inventory (NRPI). WPI chronicles past, current and future resource-based
restoration, mitigation and conservation projects in or bordering California."
You can browse projects by county or by vegetation/habitat type. For Marin
County projects click here.
This state agency has responsibility for developing and conserving wildlife,
fish and plant resources and habitats in California. Includes links to
such topics as: Accessibility; Careers; Enforcement; F & G Commission;
Freshwater Fishing; Habitat Conservation; Hunting and Trapping; Education;
Lands and Facilities; Licenses; Marine Fishing; Northern Pike; Permits;
Publications; Regulations; Spill Prevention and Response; Statistics and
Databases; Threatened and Endangered Species; Wildlife Conservation Board;
Wildlife Gallery; Wildlife Programs; and News.
Marin County Parks - http://dir.yahoo.com/Regional/U_S__States/California/Counties_and_Regions/Marin_County/Recreation_and_Sports/Outdoors/Parks/
Yahoo's list of parks, including county, state and national parks, in Marin
"The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA)is the largest urban national
park in the world. The total park area is 76,500 acres of land and water.
Approximately 28 miles of coastline lie within its boundaries. It is nearly
two and one-half times the size of San Francisco." Much of the Park's area
lies within Marin County, including the Marin Headlands and Muir Woods.
"John F. Kennedy created Point Reyes National Seashore on September 13,
1962 to preserve the nation's diminishing undeveloped seacoasts for public
recreation and inspiration. Because of his foresight and the work of many
individuals, a place of spectacular beauty is preserved forever. Point
Reyes has a wealth of both cultural and natural history. The park is a
coastal sanctuary with scenic vistas, providing a home to nearly 20 percent
of the states flora and 45 percent of the bird species of North America."
Look at the site
index for an alphabetical index of Web pages.
The Natural Community Conservation Planning (NCCP) program of the California
Resources Agency and the Department of Fish and Game is an unprecedented
effort by the State of California, and numerous private and public partners,
that takes a broad-based ecosystem approach to planning for the protection
and perpetuation of biological diversity. An NCCP identifies and provides
for the regional or areawide protection of plants, animals, and their habitats,
while allowing compatible and appropriate economic activity.
"MMWD is a public agency that provides high-quality drinking water to 170,000
people in a 47-square-mile area of Marin County, California, just across
the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco." Provides links to information
on the water history of Marin County, the Tamalpais watershed, and water
conservation, among other things.
"The S.F. Estuary Project is one of over 20 Estuary Projects established
by the National
Estuary Program <http://www.epa.gov/nep/nep.html>
to protect and improve the water quality and natural resources of estuaries
nationwide. We were formed in 1987 as a cooperative federal/state/local
program to promote effective management of the San
Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary. In addition to spearheading and
participating in a wide variety of projects, the Estuary Project also serves
as a clearinghouse for information on the Bay-Delta ecosystem, including
such topics as wetlands, wildlife, aquatic resources and land use." The
Web site has links to News and events; Programs and workshops; Current
projects; About SF Estuary; Reports & publications; and Other
A collection of nearly 2,500 images of landscapes and habitats in California
and other parts of the world. Searchable by location, habitat type, continent,
country, U.S. state, California county, and photographer. Browsable by
location, and habitat and plant community. From the Digital Library Project,
University of California, Berkeley. (LII)
"EnviroLink is a non-profit organization... a grassroots online community
that unites hundreds of organizations and volunteers around the world with
millions of people in more than 150 countries. EnviroLink is dedicated
to providing you with the most comprehensive, up-to-date environmental
resources available." (EnviroLink Network)
"The California League of Conservation Voters is the nation's largest and
oldest state political action organization for the environment. Founded
in 1972, the League mobilizes California voters to support environmentally
responsible candidates and issues, and serves as a watchdog to hold elected
officials accountable for their environmental votes." The League's Web
site is called "Ecovote Online" and provides information on a variety of
issues which affect Californians, links to other environmental Web sites
and an annual California Environmental Scorecard.
"The Marin Humane Society provides pet foster and adoption services; lost
and found and animal behavior hotlines; a low-cost spay and neuter clinic;
low-cost vaccination and microchip identification clinics; classroom visits,
shelter tours and summer camps; adult education programs; puppy and dog
training classes; and an animal assisted therapy program for the elderly
and persons with AIDS. Eight thousand animals each year find refuge, rehabilitation
and loving homes through our programs." Its Web site offers links to other
organizations dealing with pets and other animals; adopt-a-pet center;
volunteer opportunities; animal control & rescue information; etc.
"The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) website provides a comprehensive
environmental perspective on what's happening in the world today. You'll
find everything environmental on NRDC's website, from quick overviews and
fun features to in-depth technical materials. The hundreds of resources
include news, legislative updates, scientific research, policy analyses,
and an action center that makes it easy to make your voice heard. Among
NRDC's fun features: an environmental calendar with new (and free) wallpaper
every month, an environmental timeline, and interactive 'Creature Closeups.'"
Yahoo's links to pollution Web sites. Includes links to: Companies; Composting;
Government Agencies; Hazardous Waste; Illegal Dumping; Landfills; Mixed
Waste; Organizations; Recycling; Solid Waste; and Wastewater.
"The Environmental Forum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving
the quality of our environment through education. We provide an intensive
training program and public educational services that increase understanding
of ecology, environmental issues, and the planning process. We support
and advocate citizen action for the environment. Graduates of the training
program become members of the Forum."
"For nearly three decades, the Environmental Law Institute has played a
pivotal role in shaping the fields of environmental law, policy, and management,
domestically and abroad. Today, ELI is an internationally recognized, independent
research and education center."
Links to texts of environmental laws, both federal and state, and Web sites
about environmental law on all levels including international. (Legal Information
Institute, Cornell University) See also Pollution
Resources law; and Land
law at the same site.
Held each year in March at the University of Oregon, this conference "is
the premier annual gathering for environmentalists worldwide.... the Conference
unites more than 3,000 students, attorneys, activists, scientists and concerned
citizens from around the globe to share their experience and expertise.
The Web site has documents from previous years' conferences. (Land Air
Water and Friends of Land Air Water)
Yahoo's links to the science of ecology. Includes links to sites on:
Conferences; Conservation; Courses; Deep Ecology; Ecopsychology;
Ecosystems; Forestry; Global Warming; Institutes; Journals; Meteorology;
Molecular Ecology; Organizations; Ozone Depletion; Paleoecology; Pollution;
Sustainable Development; Watersheds; Web Directories; and Wildlife Management.
"A Hypertext Book by Peter J. Bryant, School of Biological Sciences, University
of California, Irvine." Covers "[t]he origin, nature and value of biological
diversity, the threats to its continued existence, and approaches to preserving
what is left. This is a hypertext book, but most of the links leave the
book in order to take advantage of documents produced and updated elsewhere."
The Web site of the National Audubon Society, an organization "which works
to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wirldlife,
and their habitats, for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological
diversity." Click on 'Audubon
& the Internet' for links to other sites of an environmental interest.
See also Audubon-California and
Audubon Society for a more local perspective.
"This is a growing list of topics that are of interest to Marin environmental
organizations. The topics include cross reference listings to members of
the Marin Environmental Alliance and, whenever possible, provide direct
links to the web sites of those organizations.
"Bodega Head has been a field site for researchers and students since the
1920s. The Laboratory was founded in 1960 by UC Berkeley and the first
building was completed in 1966 (construction funded by the National Science
Foundation). The second building was completed in 1977. BML was transferred
to UC Davis in 1983." Three types of research done by the lab are:
and fisheries; Cell
and organismic biology; and Population
"Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), at its Bolinas Lagoon Preserve, opens its
doors to the public from mid-March to mid-July each year. During this time,
a large number of Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets nest in trees which
can be observed from a number of viewing areas. There are many miles of
hiking trails through the preserve, at points from which are tremendous
views of the Bolinas Lagoon, Stinson Beach and Bolinas." The Web site lists
several research projects which the organization is involved with.
"The Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) is a non-profit, membership organization
founded in 1965. Our mission is to conserve birds and the environment using
science to understand and find solutions to problems threatening wildlife
populations and ecosystems." The Web site provides links to: News and Outings;
Membership; Visit; Internship Opportunities; Online Newsletters; Staff
Info and Email; Education Information; Staff Publications; Links; Bird
Conservation Plans; Beyond the Bird Feeder; The Identification Guide to
North American Birds; and Volunteer Songbird Monitoring Network.
The Marine Mammal Center is headquartered at Fort Cronkhite in the Marin
Headlands. Their mission is to "recognize our interdependence with marine
mammals, their importance as sentinels of the ocean environment, and our
responsibility to use our awareness, compassion and intelligence to ensure
their survival and the conservation of their habitat." Links are provided
to the Center's research, education and rescue pages.
"WildCare is a unique organization located in Marin County, California.
Not only do we care for ill, orphaned or injured wild animals, we help
children—and adults—learn how to make room for our forest and shoreline
friends within our environment. Orphaned raccoons, injured barn owls and
ailing squirrels—no matter what species, our furry and feathered patients
receive the best medical care possible. Once healthy and vigorous again,
we return them to their woodland and seashore homes." The site provides
a virtual tour and resources for dealing with injuried wildlife.
"The Canopy Adventure, located in Panama, is an exciting form of ecotourism,
where you can explore the canopy of the rain forest (technically, a cloud
forest in this case) using safe modern climbing techniques.... (You can
learn more about what the experience is like by reading first hand accounts
of those who have visited the Canopy Adventure and wrote email when they
returned home, or by checking out the latest article about the Canopy Adventure
in Florida Sports Magazine)"
"Headquartered at New York City's Bronx Zoo, the Wildlife Conservation
Society (WCS) works to save wildlife and wild lands throughout the world.
For more than a century, WCS has inspired care for nature, pioneered environmental
education programs, and helped sustain biological diversity. Throughout
its rich history, the Society has remained an integral part of New York
City's cultural life and a leader in teaching biology and science in both
the U.S. and worldwide."
"WWF directs its conservation efforts toward three global goals: protecting
endangered spaces, saving endangered species, and addressing global threats."
Includes links to: WWF At a Glance; Endangered Spaces; Endangered Species;
Global Threats; Living Planet; and History of WWF.
"Center for Marine Conservation is committed to protecting ocean environments
and conserving the global abundance and diversity of marine life. Through
science-based advocacy, research and public education, CMC promotes informed
citizen participation to reverse the degradation of our oceans."
"North America's largest membership organization for active birders – providing
leadership to field birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and
enjoyment of birding, and by contributing to bird conservation."
"The Marine Fish Conservation Network (Network) is a coalition of over
90 national and regional environmental organizations, commercial and recreational
fishing groups and marine science groups dedicated to conserving marine
fisheries and to promoting their long-term sustainability."
"The National Coalition for Marine Conservation (NCMC) is the nation's
oldest public advocacy group dedicated exclusively to conserving the world's
ocean fish, habitat and environment. Our mission is to build public awareness
of the threats to our marine fisheries, provide constructive solutions,
and convince state, national and international fishery managers to take
appropriate action to reverse the depletion of marine fishery resources."
"This report identifies activities that could have a negative impact on
two gray whale calving/breeding habitats, namely Laguna San Ignacio and
Bahia Magdalena." Prepared for the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission by two
instructors at the University of Arizona.
Dedicated to solving the mystery of malformations in amphibians, and enlists
the collaboration of scientists, students and the general public. The work
began in 1995, when middle school students on a field trip to a farm pond
in Minnesota discovered a large number of frogs with misshapen, extra or
This site from the Dept. of Fish & Game gives information about we
can co-exist with the mountain lion, a denizen of about half the area of
the state. Included are pictures, track prints and a range map. (CDFG)
This page from the Dept. of Fish and Game has links to: Selected Threatened
and Endangered Species Descriptions; California's Endangered, Threatened,
and Rare Plants List; California's Endangered and Threatened Animals List;
Special Animals List; Special Status Species Lists by County (Marin
County); Wildlife and Habitat Data Analysis Branch; California
Natural Diversity Database; Salmon & Steelhead, State & Federal
ESA Status; and California Wildlife Habitat Relationships.
"The Endangered Species Recovery Program is a cooperative research program
on biodiversity conservation in central California, administered by California
State University, Stanislaus Foundation" Includes a link to a list
of endangered Central Valley species.
This site offers new sets of articles on various topics related to environmental
studies. They are grouped into eight subject areas: Biodiversity &
Wildlife Conservation, Alternative Energy & Fuels, Marine Ecology,
Health, Population & Agriculture, Clean Air, Climate Change & Atmospheric
Studies, Clean Water, and Waste Management & Recycling. The articles
present an excellent sampling of the latest news in each area, reprinted
from a variety of publications.
A collection of links serving as a starting place on the Web for research
on biodiversity, ecology, and the environment. Once you are at the page,
scroll down until you find the topic you are interested in, and click on
it to connect with the resources. (Note: State Issues--
Joe Morlan is an instructor at City College of San Francisco. His birding
pages provide information about his courses, field trips, publications,
the e-zine California Birding, and link to other birding site online.
"The Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group (SCPBRG) was formed in 1975
to restore an endangered peregrine falcon population in California. We
have become a resource to agency biologists, industry, and university researchers
who require our expertise with problem solving and management of avian
species, especially raptors. Having accomplished most of our goals with
peregrine falcon management, we now apply our expertise to a wider range
of species." Includes links to sites about falcons, eagles, owls and other
birds of prey.
"Lobbyists from the Gun Owners of California, National Rifle Association
(NRA) and Safari Club rammed Senate Bill 28 through the legislature. It
appeared on the March ballot as Proposition 197, but was defeated. Without
collecting a single voter signature, and hiding behind a disingenuous concern
for public safety, trophy hunters convinced the politicians to delete the
protections for cougars that were set into law directly by the citizens
of California. They are exploiting people's concerns about public safety
so they can hang mountain lions over their mantelpieces."
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a lot of information about endangered
species, including the official list of protected species (both plants
and animals) and answers to frequently asked questions. See also the Wildlife
Fact Sheets page for information about all sorts of non-endangered