LINKS FOR NATURAL AREAS AND HIKING TRAIL INFORMATION

Maryland Department of Natural Resources manages many of the natural areas in the
state.

The Nature Conservancy has several preserves in Maryland that are open to the public.

Some Nature Conservancy preserves in Virginia are also open to the public.



LOCAL SOCIETIES AND GROUPS

The Maryland Ornithological Society website

Maryland Native Plant Society. Lots of info on our plants, including
restoration and gardening.



ANIMAL AND PLANT IDENTIFICATION AND INFORMATION

All sorts of bird info. An excellent resource.

Bats of Maryland from DNR.

This is a list of Federal Endangered species in Maryland. Includes
animals and plants.

Lots of good info here on feeding birds, bird identification, bird houses, etc.

I love this site. If you are interested in bugs I highly recommend this site. A great place to identify bugs or just learn about them.

A great resource for identifying butterflies in Maryland. Also has some very nice pictures.

These guys are trying to catalog pictures of every living thing in Maryland. Great pictures here of all sorts of critters and plants.

The outdoor enthusiast's guide to bugs. This site provides links for more information about a variety of insects and other arthropods you
are likely to see. You will find more detailed information on identification and natural history of many of the bugs featured on this website,
including milkweed bugs, monarch butterflies, millipedes, spiders and many more.


GENETIC MODIFICATION, PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES AND OTHER TECHNOLOGY ISSUES

The dangers of genetically modified foods.

This site lists local sources of produce, many are organic. Save energy, buy local.

Tons of information on alternative energy, pesticides, GM foods, invasive species,
global warming and  more.



HERBOLOGY AND ETHNOBOTANY LINKS

Excellent information on the use of natural dyes. Many of the plants described here are native to our area.

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of
Health has information on uses, effectiveness, side effects, drug interactions, etc. for herbs.

This is the website of Dr. James Duke, PhD, author of The Green Pharmacy and other books on herbology.
The website includes a database of chemicals found in plants as well as the syllabus from Dr. Duke's
Medical Botany course.


GARDENING FOR WILDLIFE

COOL LINKS - OTHER INTERESTING WEBSITES
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