The Naturalist’s Links

This is a hyperlinked list of some websites and blogs any self-respecting naturalist would like.

  • Pacific Whale Foundation’s Blog: Although it’s not constantly updated with new posts, there are enough archived posts to keep you busy reading them.
  • Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary website: The sanctuary lies within the shallow warm waters surrounding the main Hawaiian Islands and constitutes one of the world’s most important humpback whale habitats. Ma’alaea Bay (my “back yard”) is an important component of the sanctuary.
  • NOAA Fisheries — Humpback Whale: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries-information page about Humpies. Very comprehensive! Geek Warning: Scientific Content!!!
  • Whale Vocalization: Wikipedia page.
  • 90-Day Finding on a Petition (U.S. Federal Register): 90-day finding on a petition to identify the Central North Pacific population of Humpback whales as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and delist the DPS under the Endangered Species Act.
  • The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species: The most comprehensive inventory of the conservation status of threatened animal & plant species of the world.
  • What is in a Scientific Name?: A useful explanation of the purpose and function of taxonomic (AKA “scientific”) names.
  • Plants of Hawaii: Forest & Kim Starr’s VERY COMPREHENSIVE searchable photographic database. Probably THE most complete listing of Hawaii’s plant species.
  • Herps (Reptiles & Amphibians) in Hawaii: A very informative website for visiting & resident nature photographers.
  • The Roadside Geology of Hawaii (book): A wonderfully useful, informative, and easy-to-understand guidebook about the geology of the major islands of Hawaii. Includes road maps and trip logs, an explanation of Hawaii’s geologic history, and a glossary of geo-jargon. You’ll get a lot more from your hiking and road trips when you bring along this valuable addition to your traveler’s library.
  • NOAA’s Tides & Currents website: Provides access to easy-to-read tide tables for hundreds of tidal gauging stations in selected states and bodies of water within in the continental USA, including Alaska and Hawaii.
  • Marine Invertebrates & Seaweeds: A comprehensive photo gallery of Hawaii’s marine invertebrate and seaweed species. Includes everyone you’re likely to see on the beach, in tide pools, and in the water; from Acorn Worms to Zoanthids.
  • Hawaiian Marine Shell Reference Collection: University of Hawaii Museum:  A very useful photo gallery of the most common molluscan shells found in Hawaii. The specimen photographs are of the quality that the typical beach comber is likely to find, not the super-fine specimens seen in academic shell encyclopedias.

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