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Some Great Online References (off this site):

Wildflowers & Plants:  USDA Plants Database      

Animals: Animal Diversity WebNational Wildlife Federation                              

Birds: Cornell Lab of Ornithology: All About Birds   

Cool movie about Emus                                        

Butterflies: Butterflies and Moths of North America                          

Trees: National Arbor Day Foundation                        

Environmental Science: EPA Environmental Protection Agency      

Earth Sciece and Ecology: NASA

Weather: NOAA


Some of Our Favorite Reference Books:

Wildflowers & Plants:
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide
Newcomb, Lawrence. Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, Little Brown and Company, 1977

Reptiles and Amphibians In General:
A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians
Conant, Roger. A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians. Houghton Mifflin 1998

A Field Guide to Insects
Borror, Donald J. and White, Richard E. A Field Guide to Insects. Houghton Mifflin, 1970

Birds of North America
Robbins,Chandler S., Birds of North America, Golden Field Guides, St Martin Press, 2001

National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies. Knopf; Chanticleer Press Ed edition 1981

Trees of North America
Brockman, Frank C. Trees of North America, Golden Press, 1979

A Field Guide to Mammals
William H. Burt and Richard P. Grossenheider. A Field Guide to the Mammals of all North American, Houghton Mifflin, 1976

Elaine N. Marieb. Human Anatomy and Physiology, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc. 2003

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