of the Week
Links to Other Sites
The best links here
are really of two types. I prefer personalized webpages of
information such as mine, and "Index of specialized topics"
like the Arachnological Hub of the WWW. Organization is the
key to the internet's future, and if we rely on 'overview
search engines', we will be inundated with commercial sites
that provide a little information or entertainment, but are
really trying to sell us something. Look at what happened to
TV. Specialized index sites offer a great advantage over
searching blindly on the web.
are great organized indexes. A site of sites (plus
are home pages.
are non-profit organizations or government
are educational organizations.
are commercial, but offer information.
The whole NCnatural site is
a beautiful one. Wildflowers, The
Ridge Parkway, NC Festivals
and Events, and everything is
addressed here. A labor of love, definitely.
Botany Information Infrastructure is a
resource of resources run by a government agency,
the NBII (Actually a federation of partners, headed
up by the already net-savvy USGS). It is a
great place to start to look for botanical
information online and references tons of
educational and organizational websites who's aim
is to supply information to the internet, and keep
the data side strong.
Close to Home: Signs, Season, and Stories. This is a
collection of thoughts and observations by the naturalist
only known as 'Jim'. His journal entries are more like poems
and his stories are moments of touching softly the world of
his beautiful meadows and mountains of Colorado. Jim loves
the spirit of the west, and, appropriately his voice is
rhythmic and sparse and perhaps a bit distant in its
ruggedness. Almost a "Mullein Award" winner.
Sonoran Desert Naturalist Homepage is a great collection of
nature observing and personal expansion by desert-lover
Michael J. Plagens. He organizes his journal entries into
various subjects where they can be explored collectively,
something i should learn to do. Interspersed are photos and
links to photos. Where he doesn't take the pictures himself
he gives proper credit and a link to wash it down. He has
helpful hints to bring nature home to you and you to nature,
all in his own direct style. A very friendly place to visit
and think, especially if you love the Southwest desert and
its spirit. A definite MULLEIN AWARD winning
Even though it's a .com, Fiona's naturalist
Natural' isn't selling anything. In
fact, she gives away great information about trails and
hikes in the general Asheville area, quite a bit of it as a
matter of fact. There's also a plant index that i'm envious
of... not to mention information about where to buy native
wildflowers and herbs, too. The real beauty of the site
though is her journal - a naturalist's journal like i wanna
grow up and be. Fiona reports what she see's and she's a
great observer. I hadn't thought about the large amount of
fireflies this year, nor suspected the plural of grouse
might be grice. She is not only observant, and friendly, but
the site is kept simple, and fits all the requirements of a
Mullein Award winner... even *with* the animated graphic of
the chipmunk sniffing.
OTHER PLACES TO GO / OTHER
- Links to flowering plants, fungi, trees, and a bunch of
agricultural and botanic sites
Animals - Links to insects, spiders
and other animals of WNC
and Recreation - Links to local hiking
(mostly), places to dine and eat, places to go have fun
while in WNC.
Misc. - Links to commercial sites
and inspirational sites.