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 A Natural History of North Central Texas
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Birds and Birding Links

Birding Texas - North Central Texas
Welcome to Birding Texas, the site devoted to birding in the Great State of Texas, especially North Central Texas.

Texas Bird Photo-Images The Photo-Documentation of Texas Birds by Region. For our region in North Central Texas, look at Region 2.

Boreal Birding Initiative - Dallas Area
The Dallas area has 67 birds regularly seen that breed in the Boreal Forest. Some of these species winter in the US, many however migrate south to winter in Mexico, Central and South America.

Bird Checklists of North Central Texas
A compendium of publications and detailed information covering birding in the complete North Central Texas region and and surrounding territories.

Birds of the Oaks and Prairies and Osage Plains of Texas: A Field Checklist

Birds of Texas
The Texas Ornithological Society Home Page.

Birding in Texas
A listing of birding resources in North Texas and the state.

Local Chapters of the Audubon Society: Dallas, Ft Worth, McKinney .
Bird links for North Texas.

The Birds of North America Home Birds.

About Chimney Swifts The adaptation by Chimney Swifts to make use of man-made structures is a result of deforestation and the loss of large hollow trees as natural roosting and nesting sites.

Birds of the Upper Texas Coast
This page is a help for birders to find the birds of the Upper Texas Coast (UTC). The birds described are those found at the edge of either their eastern, western or northern range (i.e., in North Central Texas).

North Central Texas Birds This site is a clearinghouse for sightings, pictures, area review species, and checklist information for North-Central Texas birds.

Where To Bird In Texas Discover the top birding locations in Texas. Discover links to Texas Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Texas before you begin your trip.

Purple Martins In Texas We invite you to send us your sightings of Purple Martins as they come through your area. This project is in its sixth year of data acquisition.

Bird Checklist for Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge Nearby Hagerman Refuge has recorded 316 species of birds that have been seen on the refuge since its establishment in 1946.

Grassland Birds of North America, Population Trends and Breeding Distributions This Home Page provides a summary of population trends and breeding distributions of grassland birds in North America, as documented by the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS). Wintering species distributions are summarized from Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) for species that winter in North America.


eNature Field Guide for Birds
On-line field guide for birds.

Patuxent Bird Identification Info Center and Tools
the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center presents photographs, songs, videos, identification tips, maps and life history information for North American birds. Gough, G.A., Sauer, J.R., Iliff, M. Patuxent Bird Identification Infocenter. 1998. Version 97.1. Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD. http://www.mbr-pwrc.usgs.gov/id/framlst/infocenter.html

North American Bird Sounds
These are the sounds of North American birds - not just bird calls or bird songs, but all the sounds birds make, such as wing sounds and bill rattles. Digital WAV files.

Welcome to your WWW source for information on attracting, watching, feeding, and studying hummingbirds. Hummingbird Gardens - Herbs and Flowers for Hummingbirds

Waterfowl Identification in the Central Flyway and Duck Identification
A comprehensive guide produced by the Central Flyway Waterfowl Council to aid the public in waterfowl identification.

US Fish and Wildlife Service Bird Page
The US Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency charged with protecting and enhancing the populations and habitat of more than 800 species of birds that spend all or part of their lives in the United States.

Peterson Online
A service of Houghton Mifflin Interactive (HMI), Peterson Online an on-line nature magazine. Honorary founder and guiding spirit is the late Roger Tory Peterson.

BIRDNET: by the Ornithological Council
Bird links.

Links regarding specific bird species: Nuthatches | Hawks & Raptors | Cardinals | Finches | Cranes | AvianWeb Species Index

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Mammal Links

The Mammals of Texas - Online
This online edition of The Mammals of Texas incorporates the complete text and graphics content of the 1994 revision published by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This site is keyword-searchable or may be browsed.

Mammals of Texas - State List
A table of Texas mammal taxonomy.

The Handbook of Texas - Mammals
Because of its size and ecological diversity, Texas supports a native fauna of about 140 species of terrestrial mammals. In addition to native mammals, some species have been introduced.

Geographic Distribution of the Mammals of Texas
Public Information Repository - from the Mammals of Texas - Online Edition.

Hall of Texas Mammals
The Hall of Texas Mammals at the Dallas Museum of Natural History presents wildlife dioramas of several mammalian species that are native to Texas and North Central Texas.

Mexican Free-Tailed Bat, Ocelot, American Black Bear

Congress Ave. Bat Flights Austin, TX


skunkeNature Field Guide for Mammals
On-line field guide for mammals.

The American Society of Mammalogists
Scholarly group of people who love fuzzy animals.

Texas Wildlife Identification & Viewing Guide on the Wild Texas web site.

Links regarding specific mammal species: Armadillo | Opossum | Raccoon | Bats | Striped Skunk | Whitetail Deer | Bobcat | Eastern. Fox Squirrel | Shrew

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Reptile and Amphibian Links

Snakes of Dallas Fort Worth and Nearby Vicinities  In the Dallas Fort Worth vicinity, there are at least 39 varieties of snakes. Of these 39, only 7 are venomous. Fortunately these are relatively easy to identify. For any assistance with identifying a snake you have found you can either consult this guide or email a jpeg of the snake in question (email).

Brazos River Rattlesnake Ranch
"Bayou Bob" Popplewell, with over 35 years of experience, is one of America's foremost herpetologists. This is your invitation to explore his famous Brazos River Rattlesnake Ranch.

The Horned Lizard Conservation Society
Our purpose is to document and publicize the values and conservation needs of horned lizards, to promote horned lizard conservation projects and to assist with horned lizard management initiatives throughout their ranges.

The DFW Herpetological Society 
Links, information, events, and classifieds for the reptilian world of North Texas.

Herpetology-Texas Natural History Collections
Herpetology collection, the study of snakes and lizards.

Herps of Texas
This project is funded by the University of Texas College of Natural Sciences and the Texas Memorial Museum.

Texas Amphibian Watch
TPWD complete amphibian page.

Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center  We house the largest herpetological collection in Texas.


The Turtle Pages
The purpose of The Turtle Pages is to inform people about the diversity of turtle species, raise awareness about the plight of endangered turtles, and educate individuals on how to properly care for pet turtles. Description, taxonomy, biology, and ecology are provided for many species, with others being added soon. Also, ways to care for captive turtles and protect wild ones are provided.

Snakes of North America
Snakes of North America, large database of NA snake information.

WWW Virtual Library, Herpetology
Global links for reptiles and amphibians.

eNature Reptiles and AmphibianseNature Field Guide for Reptiles and Amphibians
On-line field guide for reptiles and amphibians.

Electronic Zoo - Amphibian Page
The On Line Zoo, Amphibian Section.

Soc. for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
Academic group who study frogs and snakes.

Checklist of Texas Lizards
Lizard list from the Herps of Texas.

Classification of Living Reptiles
Reptilian phylogenic classifications on the Tree of Life.

FrogWeb is a multi-agency, federal government initiative to educate and inform the public about declines and deformities in numerous amphibian species, and the efforts engaged to study them.

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Fish and Freshwater Invertebrate Links

Texas Crawfish Field Guide Book Now Available Identification, Photographs, Distribution, Maps, Biodiversity and the Conservation of Texas' 37 Crayfish Species.

TNHC - Texas Freshwater Fishes Index
This is a taxonomically structured index to TNHC Fish WWW images, distribution maps, general information on freshwater fishes of Texas, and an interface to the TNHC Fish database.fish jump

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
The entire Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center consists of 106 acres and serves as the flagship facility for the Inland Fisheries Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Texas Fresh-Water Fish, Marine Fish

Texas Fishing - The Official Page and  Texas Fish Identification
Texas Parks and Wildlife link for info regarding the freshwater fish species of North Central Texas.

BYU Crayfish Home Page
The research and reference site for the lowly but yummy crawdad.

North Texas Conchological Society
The Society promotes and stimulates an interest in malacology and conchology, specimen shell collecting, seashell art, and other aspects of snails, clams, nudibranches and other mollusks.



North American Native Fishes Association
NANFA is dedicated to the enjoyment, study and conservation of the continent's native fishes.

eNature Field Guide for Fishes
On-line field guide for fishes.

eNature Field Guide for Seashells
On-line field guide for seashells.

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Insects and Terrestrial Invertebrate Links

Caddisflies of the Brazos River Drainage in North Central Texas
Forty-two species of Caddisflies distributed among nine families are reported from a segment of the Brazos River drainage in north-central Texas. [PDF File]

Insects and More
A large, scientific collection of hi-res bug photos for the creepy-crawler enthusiasts produced by the TAMU bug people in Stephenville. See the links below for more of their stuff.

The Digital Dragonfly On-line Museum
An excellent collection of images produced by the entomology program based at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station in Stephenville, Texas. These images are from dragonfly specimens collected during the interval July 1996-November 1998. [Most of the links are not working here - dgp] Here is a comprehensive Odonate link list.

Odonata Central At the Texas natural Science Center. View exceptional 3D 360 degree virtual photos of their dragonfly collection.

The Biodiversity of Texas
Stations / Checklists / Rarities / Rankings / Events / Museums / Databases / Taxonomy relative to terrestrial invertebrates.

Mayflies of Texas
A complete database of the mayflies of Texas including photos.

Moths of Texas
A complete database of the moths of Texas including photos.

Stoneflies of Texas
A complete database of the stoneflies of Texas including photos.

Texas A&M University Insect Collection
Texas A&M University Insect Collection (TAMUIC) Species Browser - Main Display View.

butterflyButterflies of Texas
A complete database of the butterflies of Texas including photos. A similar database for Dragonflies and Damselflies.

Ticks of Texas
This Web site is dedicated to informing Texans about ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Jumping Spiders of America North of Mexico
This site includes all genera in North America north of Mexico, organized according to a provisional arrangement of subfamilies and a page of photos.

TAMU Fire Ant Research
Fire Ant Home page at TAMU.

TAMU Africanized Honeybees Research
Aggie Killer Bees!!!

Common Insects of Texas
An Image archive and study guide with nearly 400 images, video and audio from the TAMU Texas Ag Extension.


The Butterflies and Skippers of North America
The Complete Butterflies and Skippers of North America.

Insect.org - Entomological Database of Very Cool Bugs
Insect.org is designed, researched and produced by Dexter Sear at I/0 Vision. This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.

Welcome to The Wonderful World of Insects. More than 6000 URLs were collected and will be continued. We try to make this site useful to all entomologists.

eNatyure Insects+Insect Sounds
Here are some insect sounds. Many of these are classified by family. WAV files.

eNature Insect/Spider Field Guide and Butterflies
An on-line field guide to insects and spiders.

Entomology at TAMU
Aggie bug people.

The Butterfly Web Site.
Want plants attract Butterflies in your garden?

Entomological Society of America

Entomology 101: Study of Insects - How do I start my career in Entomology?

The Lepidopterist's Society

The Bug Club Home Page

Texas Agrilife Bookstore

Links regarding specific bugs, insects, or invertebrates: Bees | Fireflies | Flies & Mosquitoes | More Mosquitoes |
Grasshoppers | Ants | Flies | Gypsy Moth | Crickets | Snails & Slugs | Nematodes | Earthworms | Scorpions | Beetles

Texas Biodiversity


Texas has some 28,975 species of insects!

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Zoological/Wildlife Resource Links

Outdoor Learning Publications for families and children by TPWD personnel.

North Central Texas Wildlife Management
TPWD useful information to landowners, land managers, hunters, sportsmen, educators, and the general public about management of wildlife and habitat resources found here in North Central Texas.

eNature Field Guide for North Central Texas Wildlife
On-line field guide for North Central Texas Wildlife. Enter your North Central Texas zip code and your email address in the Zip Local Guide box to get good look at your local fauna.

Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection
The Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection (TCWC), established in 1937, is the largest collection in Texas of vertebrates of the western hemisphere. The collection contains about 500,000 specimens used for research and teaching in systematics, biodiversity, conservation, and related fields.

Texas Migrations
Numerous animals perform seasonal migrations through the state. Some of these animals are small and harmless like the Monarch Butterfly and Ruby Throated Hummingbirds. Others are larger and noisier like the Purple Martins and the Whooping Cranes.

Texas Wildlife
A comprehensive listing of links and web pages in TPWD fashion for Texas wildlife.

Texas Wildlife Association
The Texas Wildlife Association was organized to serve as an advocate for the benefit of wildlife and for the rights of wildlife managers, landowners, and hunters in educational, scientific, political, regulatory and legislative arenas.


Bill's Wildlife Links
This page is a source for information of interest to wildlife ecologists.

Wild Sanctuary, Inc.
The voice of the natural world.

Wildlife Links for Kids
Links to fun and educational wildlife information sources.

Wildlife of Texas (TPWD) Wildlife Fact Sheets

Hundreds of Pre-Sorted Wildlife/Nature Sites by Google for Kids and Teens

Texas Agrilife Bookstore

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