From the site: “The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global “biodiversity commons.” BHL content may be freely viewed through the online reader or downloaded in part or as a complete work in PDF, OCR text, or JPG2000 file formats. ” Browsing is available by Title, Author, Subject, and Year. Searching can be done by Author, Subject, Scientific Name, and Book/Journal Title. The record or the full book can be viewed. More than 53,000 titles and 102,000 volumes can be browsed or searched, including over 1 million species. Rare scientific texts are also shown.
The Digital Research Library within the University Library System at the University of Pittsburgh has digitized Audubon’s Birds of America. The complete double elephant folio, along with his Ornithological Biography, has been included. Browsing by plate name or by thumbnails is shown, and a search box is provided.
Freesound is a database of 120,000 sounds, not songs. The sounds can include anything from a pipe banging against the wall to water dripping. Many of the sounds have been used in movies and in ccMixter remixes. Keywords and “sounds-like” type of browsing are available for searching. From the site, “Freesound is a collaborative database of Creative Commons Licensed sounds. Browse, download and share sounds.”
Ever wondered what the weather was like the day you were born or when you should plant those heirloom tomatoes? The answers to these and many more interesting facts can be found at www.almanac.com. From this website you can find information about weather, gardening, astrology, and cookery.
The Macauley Library at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology has an amazing sound and video library of animal and bird recordings. The library has been collecting recordings for over 80 years and has amassed a collection of over 170,000 recordings and videos of over 3500 species.
This is a wonderful collection of thousands of images and video clips of threatened and endangered animals from around the world. Besides colorful photos, for most animals video clips are also available. Users can also learn more about each animal: Facts & Status, Description, Range & Habitat, Biology, Threats & Conservation, and more.
From Neat New Stuff:
“Offers ‘more than 20,000 descriptions of Earth science data sets and services covering all aspects of Earth and environmental sciences’ courtesy of NASA. Among the wide range of topics: soil temperature, drought severity, el nino oscillations, atmospheric radiation, glacial landforms/processes, volcanic ash/dust, reforestation, environmental assessments, diseases/epidemics, ice core records, etc.”