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Similar in tone to this site, only for birds, is The Nest Box, a carefully crafted site of backyard and field birding, nesting, gardening for birds and butterflies, travelogues, and photo galleries. Very nicely done by Arlene Ripley, whose love, i suspect is bluebirds and for those reasons wages a territorial war against the invasive 'house sparrow'. She even entertains questions about anything to do with birds.

The National Audubon Society has designated the Highlands Plateau as an IBA (Important Bird Area) and features Olive-sided Flycatcher, Canada Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, and others. The area is particularly significant for Peregrine Falcons, Blackburnian Warblers, Golden-crowned Kinglets, Red-breasted Nuthatches, Least Flycatchers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, and Brown Creepers, among many others. The Highlands Plateau Audibon Society has their own webpage on this server.

Local Appalachian Naturalist Alex Netherton suggests a few places in the Asheville area that are great for birding.


The self-proclaimed Arachnological Hub of the World Wide Web, is a path to thoughtful and some tedious spider sites across the web run by the University of Antwerp, Belgium. They have arachnid information sorted by Order, which includes the scorpions, the mites and ticks and whatnot. These are very organized links. I'm not sure how often the pages are checked, but i didn't run across any broken links. Includes commercial links as well as people's homepages and thesis and treatises on these fascinating creatures. This really does seem to be a great arachnid resource for browsing and doing reports and just plain learning. It is personally maintained specialty sites such as these that i hope, for the future, will make the internet a real information resource and let Yahoo and other search engines concentrate on commercial sites on a 'for profit' basis.

Randy Emmitt's great photography site showcases his love for the 'bugs' of the world. He has other nature shots, but a complete list of all 94 species Butterflies of North Carolina, is not to be missed (He doesn't have pictures of them all, but MANY of them). He graciously provides information about them, plus info on where he took the picture. Sort of like a butterfly version of what i'm trying to do with the plant id. Obstensibly, he's out to sell some of his pictures, but he puts them up on the web and gives you a reason for them. Plus, they are crystal sharp and load fairly quickly. He also provides tips on scanning that's both technical and enlightening.


Again, local Appalachian Naturalist Alex Netherton really digs snakes and has quite a bit of information on them and will even identify them for you if you e-mail him! Great pictures too! Alex's interests doesn't stop at snakes, though, there is other information here.