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Adapt a Beach
http://www.glo.state.tx.us/adopt-a-beach/
The Texas General Land Office has been sending this message across the state for eighteen years, and Texans have responded. Since the first cleanup in 1986, more than 328,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 6,200 tons of trash along 200 miles of Texas beaches.

Alliance of Natural Resource Outreach and Service Programs
http://www.nralliance.org/
ANROSP is a national network of diverse environmental outreach and service programs creating greater natural resource conservation & education. Many different types of programs fulfill our mission including: Master Naturalist, Certified Citizen Naturalist Volunteer, Master Watershed Steward Coverts, Master Conservationist, and many more nationwide.

American Association for the Advancement of Science
http://www.aaas.org/
AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. In addition to organizing membership activities, AAAS publishes the journal Science, as well as many scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

American Association of Zoo Keepers
http://www.aazk.org/
AAZK is a nonprofit volunteer organization made up of professional zoo keepers and other interested persons dedicated to professional animal care and conservation.

American Astronomical Society
http://www.aas.org/
The American Astronomical Society (AAS), established 1899, is the major organization of professional astronomers in North America. The basic objective of the AAS is to promote the advancement of astronomy and closely related branches of science. The membership also includes physicists, mathematicians, geologists, engineers and others whose research interests lie within the broad spectrum of subjects now comprising contemporary astronomy.

American Bird Conservancy
http://www.abcbirds.org/
As a leading member of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), ABC is helping to develop and implement flagship, on-the-ground conservation and habitat protection projects on public and private lands for waterbirds, shorebirds, waterfowl, and landbirds of conservation concern. ABC's strategy is to provide leadership in finding the financial and technical resources and science-based solutions that encourage effective land management strategies for target bird populations.

American Birding Association
http://www.americanbirding.org/
The ABA is a non-profit organization that provides leadership to birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding. We are the only organization in North America that specifically caters to recreational birders. We also contribute to bird and bird habitat conservation through our varied programs.

American Elasmobranch Society
http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/Organizations/aes/aes.htm
AES is a non-profit organization that seeks to advance the scientific study of living and fossil sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras, and the promotion of education, conservation, and wise utilization of natural resources.

American Fisheries Society
http://www.fisheries.org/afs/index.html
The mission of the AFS is to improve the conservation and sustainability of fishery resources and aquatic ecosystems by advancing fisheries and aquatic science and promoting the development of fisheries professionals.

American Forests
http://www.americanforests.org/
American Forests works to protect, restore and enhance the natural capital of trees and forests. Healthy forests filter water, remove air pollution, sequester carbon, and provide homes for wildlife.

American Historical Association
http://www.historians.org/
The American Historical Association (AHA) was founded in 1884 and incorporated by Congress in 1889 to serve the broad field of history. It encompasses every historical period and geographical area and serves professional historians in all areas of employment

American Horticultural Society
http://www.ahs.org/
The American Horticultural Society (AHS) is one of the oldest national gardening organizations in the country. Since 1922, we have provided America's gardeners with the highest quality gardening and horticultural education possible.

American Institute of Biological Sciences
http://www.aibs.org/core/index.html
The American Institute of Biological Sciences is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) scientific association dedicated to advancing biological research and education for the welfare of society. Founded in 1947 as a part of the National Academy of Sciences, AIBS became an independent, member-governed organization in the 1950s.

American Littoral Society
http://www.littoralsociety.org/
Our mission is to empower people to care for the coast. We measure our success by the degree to which we engage citizens, communities, and decision-makers in advocating, conserving, and learning.

American Museum of Natural History
http://amnh.org/
AMNH was established in 1869 in a world very different from today's. Even by the late 19th century, we did not have a firm knowledge of many of Earth's land regions and oceans, the diversity of cultures outside of western societies, and the essential history and organization of life on Earth.

American Ornithologists' Union
http://www.aou.org/
AOU is the oldest and largest organization in the New World devoted to the scientific study of birds. Although the AOU primarily is a professional organization, its membership of about 4,000 includes many amateurs dedicated to the advancement of ornithological science.

American Public Gardens Association
http://www.aabga.org/
APGA is the association for North American public gardens and their professional staff. Its mission is to serve and strengthen public gardens by supporting their work, value, and achievements in horticultural display, education, research, and plant conservation.

American Rock Art Research Association
http://www.arara.org/
ARARA evolved out of the Rock Art Symposium held in 1974 in Farmington, New Mexico. The founding members dedicated the organization to the support of rock art research, conservation, and education. ARARA is the oldest rock art association in the world.

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
http://www.asih.org/
The ASIH dates back to 27 December, 1913 when the first issue of Copeia was published. Copeia, like life itself, evolved from a modest beginning and radiated into a prestigious quarterly journal recognized around the world as a leading source of technical articles on ichthyology and herpetology.

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
http://aslo.org/
For more than 50 years, ASLO has been a leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the aquatic sciences. ASLO is known for its highly rated research journals, its interdisciplinary meetings and special symposia, and for its strong support of programs in public education, outreach, and policy.

AmphibiaWeb
http://amphibiaweb.org/
AmphibiaWeb, a site inspired by global amphibian declines, is an online system that allows free access to information on amphibian biology and conservation

Animal Diversity Web
http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/
ADW is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan

Archaeology.info
http://www.archaeologyinfo.com/
This project is the realization of a dream born on the shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya in the final days of the last millennium. While living and working at Koobi Fora, a common purpose was realized as we pursued the nature of our origins literally in the footsteps of our distant ancestors. This project is the realization of a dream born on the shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya in the final days of the last millennium. While living and working at Koobi Fora, a common purpose was realized as we pursued the nature of our origins literally in the footsteps of our distant ancestors.

Armand Bayou Nature Center
http://www.abnc.org/
Experience first hand how Armand Bayou Nature Center (ABNC) is working to preserve the wetlands prairie, forest and marsh habitats surrounding Armand Bayou. Visit this astonishingly beautiful part of the Texas Gulf Coast and "reconnect with nature." Visitors can learn about our plant and animal inhabitants, bird-watch, hike on the Nature Center's trails or view our live animal displays of snakes, spiders, hawks and bison. A visit to the Center's Martyn Farm will take you back in time to late 1800's farm life in Texas. Before you leave, make reservations to see the beauty of Armand Bayou on the "Bayou Ranger," an electric pontoon boat, or in a guided canoe tour.

Army Corps of Engineers - Galveston District
http://www.swg.usace.army.mil/
With its rich heritage in Texas history, the Galveston District performs its civil works mission throughout the Texas gulf coast, contributing to the area's metropolitan and rural life, congenial mixture of industry and natural environment, abundant wildlife, and coastal attractions.

Artist Boat
http://artistboat.org/
Artist Boat is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting awareness and preservation of coastal margins and the marine environment through the disciplines of the sciences and the arts.

Association for Environmental Archaeology
http://www.envarch.net/
AEA promotes the advancement of the study of human interaction with the environment in the past through archaeology and related disciplines. We hold annual conferences and other meetings, produce a quarterly newsletter for members, and publish our conference monographs, as well as our journal - Environmental Archaeology: The journal of human palaeoecology.

Association of Field Ornithologists
http://www.afonet.org/
AFO is one of the world's major societies of professional and amateur ornithologists dedicated to the scientific study and dissemination of information about birds in their natural habitats.

Association of National Estuary Programs
http://www.nationalestuaries.org/
ANEP is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting responsible stewardship and a common vision for the preservation and restoration of our nation’s bays and estuaries.

Association of Partners for Public Lands
http://www.appl.org/
For over 30 years APPL has fostered stewardship and appreciation of public lands and historic sites through effective partnerships.

Association of Zoos and Aquariums
http://www.aza.org
AZA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of accredited zoos and aquariums in the areas of animal care, wildlife conservation, education and science. AZA is America's leading accrediting organization for zoos and aquariums and accredits only those institutions that have achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science.

Astronomy Notes
http://www.astronomynotes.com/
These documents were created by Nick Strobel for the introductory astronomy courses he teaches. They are copyrighted by Nick Strobel. This website is offered to the net as a resource in astronomy education.

Astronomy Picture of the Day
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.

Atlas of the Oceans
http://www.oceansatlas.com/index.jsp
The UN Atlas of the Oceans is an Internet portal providing information relevant to the sustainable development of the oceans. It is designed for policy-makers who need to become familiar with ocean issues and for scientists, students and resource managers who need access to databases and approaches to sustainability.

Audubon Texas
http://www.tx.audubon.org/
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

AVES.net
http://aves.net/
Natural History Websites maintained by Victor W. Fazio III

Bat Conservation International
http://www.batcon.org/home/default.asp
Welcome to the amazing world of bats! BCI's mission is to teach people the value of bats, to protect and conserve critical bat habitats, and to advance scientific knowledge through research. All this while using a win-win beneficial solution that will benefit both bats and people.

Bayou Preservation Association
http://www.bayoupreservation.org/
BPA is a citizens' group whose mission is to "protect and restore the richness and diversity of our waterways". BPA facilitates collaborative projects and public awareness about the region's streams and bayous in order to foster watershed management, conservation, and recreation along Houston's defining natural resource.

Beaumont Botanical Gardens
http://beaumontbotanicalgardens.com/
On April 12,1951 the Beaumont Council of Garden Clubs consisting of garden clubs, plant societies, and nature oriented organizations was formed with the goal of obtaining and sustaining a public garden center. In 1968 the City added a portion of Tyrrell Park for this purpose. The Beaumont Garden Center Building was constructed using bricks from the Southern Pacific Railroad Passenger Station, and it was dedicated on August 20, 1971. Construction was funded by the Garden Club Council through fund-raisers such as the Christmas House Tours initiated in 1964.

Biogeosciences
http://www.biogeosciences.org/
Biogeosciences is the study of the fundamental interactions between life and the Earth's atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere, and potentially includes such life on other planets. There is an essential need to define and shape the emerging field of Biogeoscience. The physical, chemical, and biological sciences continue to expand, and bridging these disciplines is necessary to promote growth. Developing a common definition helps to bring together the biogeoscience community and establishes an identity, which will have broad repercussions in funding, employment, and research.

Biomes
http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/B/Biomes.html
A biome is a large, distinctive complex of plant communities created and maintained by climate.

BioOne
http://www.bioone.org/
BioOne is the product of innovative collaboration between scientific societies, libraries, academe and the private sector. BioOne brings to the Web a uniquely valuable aggregation of the full-texts of high-impact bioscience research journals. Most of BioOne's titles are published by small societies and non-commercial publishers, and, until now, have been available only in printed form.

Biopix
http://www.biopix.com/
Biopix is a collection of biological photos, primarily from Scandinavia. Biopix is used online by a wide range of students, teachers, researchers, photographers etc. The photos are used professionally in a large range of publications; the sale helps to cover the expenses.

Bird Checklists of Texas
http://www.bafrenz.com/birds/Cklists.htm
This listing includes all current bird checklists for the State of Texas and its geographic regions, counties, state parks, national parks, national wildlife refuges and bird sanctuaries. You can search this list in three ways: by geographic region as defined by the Texas Ornithological Society or by county or alphabetically by title. A checklist will be listed twice if it overlaps two regions. When searching by region, be sure to look at other entries near the hyperlink because many counties have more than one applicable checklist.

Birding on the Central Texas Coast
http://www.ccbirding.com/
A compilation of links that "showcase the unique birding opportunities and organizations dedicated to birdwatching, conservation and research in the Central Texas Coastal zone. All sites on this domain are joined by a common thread of passion and respect, for the subjects as well as the participants. We hope you enjoy your visits!"

Birding on the Net
http://birdingonthe.net/
Links to birding sites worldwide.

Birding.com
http://www.birding.com/
Answers to your birding questions—birding around the country and around the world.

Birdlife International
http://www.birdlife.org/
BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources.

Birds of North America Online
http://bna.birds.cornell.edu/BNA/
BNA is an online reference from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Following in the footsteps of Wilson, Audubon, and Bent, BNA makes a quantum leap in information beyond what these historic figures were able to provide.

Birds of Texas
http://www.passporttotexas.com/birds/index.html
Texas can boast of having more bird species - nearly 600 - than any other state or province in North America, according to the American Birding Association. Some birds sighted in Texas occur nowhere else in the nation, and bird watchers from around the world flock to see them.

Birds of the Upper Texas Coast
http://www.texasbirding.net/
This page is here to help the visiting birder find the birds of the Upper Texas Coast (UTC). The UTC is made up of Harris County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Galveston, Chambers County, and Jefferson County.

BirdSource
http://www.birdsource.org/
An interactive website managed by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Birdzilla I-Radio
http://www.birdzillaradio.com/
The basics for backyard bird feeding and bird watching are easy to pick up and it is inexpensive to get started. Birdzilla's ABC's of Bird Watching and Bird Feeding provides information for the novice to intermediate bird watcher or backyard feeder. This site features many streaming audio and Adobe Flash image files.

Blue Frontier Campaign
http://bluefront.org/
BMC was founded in 2003 to support seaweed (marine grassroots) efforts at the local, regional and national level, with an emphasis on bottom up organizing to bring the voice of citizen-activists into national decision-making that will impact our public seas.

Boreal Songbird Initiative
http://www.borealbirds.org/
BSI is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating Americans about the importance of the Boreal Forest to migratory birds

Botanical Research Institute of Texas
http://www.brit.org/
BRIT is a global institute for the conservation and preservation of botanical heritage through education, research, scientific publications and collections.

Botanical Society of America
http://botany.org/
BSA is a not-for-profit membership society that promotes botany, the field of basic science dealing with the study and inquiry into the form, function, development, diversity, reproduction, evolution, and uses of plants and their interactions within the biosphere.

Brazoria County AgriLife Extension Service
http://brazoria-co.tamu.edu/
Brazoria County AgriLife Extension Service works with communities, groups and individuals to improve the quality of their lives by providing them with research-based information to meet their needs. We are your local link to the vast resources of the Texas A&M University System. The Brazoria County Commissioner's Court funds and supports the Extension Service along with state and federal funds.

Brazoria County Historical Museum
http://www.bchm.org/
BCHM is located in Angleton, Texas in the heart of Stephen F. Austin's Colony where Texas began its emergence as an independent nation. The Museum's national Austin Colony exhibit chronicles the birth of that nation. It also speaks to the frontier experience that has so marked the American character.

Brazoria County Library System
http://bcls.lib.tx.us/
BCLS consists of eleven libraries located in various cities throughout the County. The Library System is unique in that we have a contractual agreement with various cities. The City is responsible for providing the building for the library facility and maintaining the building. The County is responsible for staffing the libraries and the purchase of library materials

Brazoria County Master Gardeners Association
http://grovesite.com/page.asp?o=mg&s=bmg&p=194372
Master Gardeners of Brazoria County are volunteers who work with the AgriLIFE Extension to improve gardening skills throughout the community. We share our gardening knowledge through community service and outreach, gardener training and educational programs.

Brazoria County Parks Department
http://www.brazoria-county.com/parks/
Twenty three miles of sandy beaches, picturesque coastal plains, lush green forests, inshore and offshore fishing, bird watching, shelling, wildlife reserves, a baseball great, ghosts and some of the richest history in Texas, await you in Brazoria County.

Brazoria County Shoreline Restoration Task Force
http://brazoria-county.com/beachtaskforce/index.asp
The purpose of the Task Force is to cooperatively and effectively evaluate shoreline erosion problems in Brazoria County, Identify and investigate feasible alternatives to restore the shoreline, and maximize State assistance to the region for shoreline restoration projects under the CEPRA, CIAP and other applicable and appropriate State programs.

Brazos Bend State Park
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/brazos/
BBSP is a scenic haven for birdwatchers and wildlife observers. More than 270 species of birds have been sighted here, and the prehistoric-looking American alligator is the park's most noteworthy resident. Hiking and biking trails meander through the park's varied terrains, and several lakes offer excellent fishing.

Brazos Bend State Park Volunteer Organization
http://www.brazosbend.org/
The purpose of the Volunteer organization is to assist and educate the visitors of Brazos Bend State Park through information and interpretive programs and to assist in the care and conservation of the Park.

Brazos River Authority
http://www.brazos.org/
In 1929, the Texas Legislature formed the Brazos River Reclamation and Conservation District. This agency was the first of its kind both in Texas and in the nation to be created specifically for the purpose of developing and managing the water resources of an entire basin. The BRA would serve as a prototype for future river authorities throughout the United States.

BrazosMaps
http://brazosmaps.blogspot.com/
A compilation of links to maps and related information about venues of interest located on the central Texas Coast, maintained by Neal McLain.

Brazosport Archaeological Society
http://bcfas.org/museum/Affiliates/BAS/BAS.html
BAS is affiliated with the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science. The Society strives to preserve and protect prehistoric and historic remains of the lower Brazos River region; to educate its members and the general public in archaeological/ethnological fields-of-study; to conduct archaeological excavations and research studies relative to the area; to publish data obtained from its research studies and excavations; and to cooperate with other scientific institutions or organizations.

Brazosport Birders & Naturalists
http://www.brazosportbirders.org/
The Brazosport Birders & Naturalists is an organization that's based in southern Brazoria County, whose primary focus is birding and conservation of our natural resources. Meetings are open to the public. Don't worry about skill levels. We are a collection of novice to very experienced birders and naturalists. We welcome everyone to join us.

Brazosport Center for the Arts & Sciences
http://www.bcfas.org/
BCAS is a cultural and educational complex located in the heart of the Brazosport Texas area. The Center is owned and operated by the Brazosport Fine Arts Council (BFAC) and is home to four member groups and seven affiliate organizations..

Brazosport College
http://www.brazosport.edu/
Brazosport College is an open door, equal access higher education institution committed to providing the best courses, programs, and activities that can be organized and presented to meet the identified needs of adult learners from varied backgrounds. Enrollment from January to December 2004 was approximately 29,280 students in both credit and non-credit courses.

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science
http://www.bcfas.org/museum/
The museum is located in the Center for Arts and Sciences on the campus of Brazosport College, 400 College Blvd Clute, Texas 7753. Phone: 979-265-7831. Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday 2 - 5 p.m. Free admission.

Brazosport Planetarium
http://www.bcfas.org/planetarium/
The Planetarium has 72 seats under a 30 foot dome and is equipped with a Spitz Star Ball projector to produce the night sky as it appears to the naked eye, together with a large variety of high tech equipment to give a close- up feel for things like comets, exploding stars, and black holes.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership
http://www.buffalobayou.org/
The BBP is a non-profit organization that oversees Buffalo Bayou improvements. The partnership coordinate the integration of amenities into the Bayou greenbelt and seeks ways to increase community involvement.

BugGuide
http://bugguide.net/
We are an online community of naturalists who enjoy learning about and sharing our observations of insects, spiders, and other related creatures. We enjoy the opportunity to instill in others the fascination and appreciation that we share for the intricate lives of these oft-maligned creatures.

Bureau of Land Management
http://www.blm.gov/nhp/index.htm
The BLM is an agency within the U.S. Department of the Interior. It administers 261 million surface acres of America's public lands, located primarily in 12 Western States. The BLM sustains the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Bureau of Reclamation
http://www.usbr.gov/
Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the dams, powerplants, and canals it constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects led to homesteading and promoted the economic development of the West. Reclamation has constructed more than 600 dams and reservoirs including Hoover Dam on the Colorado River and Grand Coulee on the Columbia River.

Butterfly Enthusiasts of Southeast Texas
http://www.naba.org/chapters/nababest/
Meetings are held at the Cockrell Butterfly Theater located in the lobby of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Social 7:00 pm, Lecture 7:30 pm.

Carbon Sequestration in Terrestrial Ecosystems
http://csite.esd.ornl.gov/
CSiTE is founded on the premise that identifying and understanding the fundamental physical, chemical, biological, and genetic mechanisms controlling sequestration is crucial to protecting stored carbon and enhancing carbon accrual. CSiTE has from its inception taken a holistic multi-scale approach investigating processes from the molecular to the national scale.

Census of Marine Life
http://www.coml.org/
CML is a global network of researchers in more than 80 nations engaged in a 10-year scientific initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans. The world's first comprehensive Census of Marine Life-past, present, and future-will be released in 2010.

Center for American History
http://www.cah.utexas.edu/
The Center's collections include the following formats: books, periodicals, manuscript and archival collections, sound recordings, oral history transcripts, maps, newspapers, photographs, and artifacts. These holdings are held in the following Center collection components that support the study of the history of the United States.

Center for Archaeological Studies
http://www.txstate.edu/anthropology/cas/
The CAS was established in January 2000 as a research center within the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University-San Marcos to promote archaeological and anthropological research in the New and Old Worlds.

Center for Ecosystem Survival
http://savenature.org/
CES is dedicated to creating global partnerships to inspire broadbased participation in the preservation of biological diversity through ecosystem protection worldwide.

Center for Land Use Interpretation
http://clui.org/
CLUI is a research organization involved in exploring, examining, and understanding land and landscape issues. The Center employs a variety of methods to pursue its mission - engaging in research, classification, extrapolation, and exhibition.

Center for Plant Conservation
http://www.centerforplantconservation.org/
CPC's mission is to conserve and restore the rare native plants of the United States.

Center for the Study of the First Americans
http://www.centerfirstamericans.com/
The Center for the Study of the First Americans explores the questions surrounding the peopling of the Americas. The Center pursues research, education, and public outreach.

Citizens Environmental Coalition
http://www.cechouston.org/
CEC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency dedicated to fostering dialogue, education, and collaboration on environmental issues in the Houston and Gulf Coast region.

Coalition of Confused Coastal Fishermen
http://www.coastalfishing.org/
No dues...no rules! Just Fun, Fishin', and Friends...

Coastal Anglers
http://www.coastalanglers.com/
There's no fishing like coastal fishing. And there's no coastal fishing website like CoastalAnglers.com. From where to go to what to throw, outdoor news you can use and insider "how-, when- and where-to" tips garnered from the most knowledgeable sources on the Western Gulf Coast and beyond, CoastalAnglers.com is the saltwater angler's one-stop site.

Coastal Bend Bays Foundation
http://www.baysfoundation.org/
CBBF is a public interest organization dedicated to the conservation of freshwater and coastal natural resources through communication, advocacy, research and education.

Coastal Conservation Association Texas
http://www.ccatexas.org/
CCA Texas is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Texas' marine resources. Founded more than a quarter of a century ago, CCA Texas has been instrumental in banning gill nets in state waters, establishing redfish and speckled trout as gamefish, building two of the largest red drum hatcheries in the world, and working to ensure adequate freshwater reaches Texas' bays and estuaries.

Commission for Environmental Cooperation
http://www.cec.org/
CEC is an international organization created by Canada, Mexico and the United States under the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (NAAEC). The CEC was established to address regional environmental concerns, help prevent potential trade and environmental conflicts, and to promote the effective enforcement of environmental law.

Community Foundation of Brazoria County
http://cfbr.org/
The Community Foundation helps you invest in your community, distributes your gift for you-according to your wishes, and gives you avenues of benevolence limited only by your goals and desires.

ConocoPhillips
http://www.conocophillips.com/en/susdev/environment/Pages/index.aspx
The ConocoPhillips School Project provides laboratory and field experience to elementary-school students. Subjects covered have included Fish and Crabs; Dissecting Owl Pellets; Birds and Bird Watching; and Wildlife Rescue. Cradle of Texas members who have knowledge in these areas act as instructors and laboratory assistants.

Conservation Fund
http://www.conservationfund.org/
The Conservation Fund is the nation’s foremost environmental nonprofit dedicated to protecting America’s most important landscapes and waterways. Through its partnership-driven approach, the Fund works across all 50 states to preserve each region's unique natural resources, cultural heritage and historic places.

Conservation International
http://www.conservation.org/
CI's mission is to conserve the Earth's living natural heritage, our global biodiversity, and to demonstrate that human societies are able to live harmoniously with nature.

Convention on Biological Diversity
http://www.biodiv.org/
Biological diversity - or biodiversity - is the term given to the variety of life on Earth and the natural patterns it forms. The biodiversity we see today is the fruit of billions of years of evolution, shaped by natural processes and, increasingly, by the influence of humans. It forms the web of life of which we are an integral part and upon which we so fully depend.

Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement
http://www.fundrefuges.org/care/carehome.html
CARE was created in 1995 as a loose coalition of diverse organizations concerned about the ability of our National Wildlife Refuges to fulfill their missions

Corporation for National and Community Service
http://www.nationalservice.gov/
CNCS plays a vital role in supporting the American culture of citizenship, service and responsibility. We are a catalyst for change and champion for the ideal that every American has skills and talents to give.

Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund
http://www.cepf.net/xp/cepf/
CEPF provides strategic assistance to nongovernmental organizations, community groups and other civil society partners to help safeguard Earth’s biodiversity hotspots. A fundamental goal is to ensure civil society is engaged in biodiversity conservation.


Defenders of wildlife
http://www.defenders.org
Defenders' mission is to protect species and the habitats upon which they depend. In doing so, we focus on preserving the health of our nation's rich biological heritage (biodiversity).

Digital Flora of Texas
http://www.texasflora.org/
The Digital Flora of Texas project was initiated by a proposal submitted to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Advanced Research Program in August of 1999. Work started in January of 2000.

Discover Life
http://www.discoverlife.org/
Discover Life provides free on-line tools to identify species, share ways to teach and study nature's wonders, report findings, build maps, process images, and contribute to and learn from a growing encyclopedia of life that now has 1,215,830 species pages.

Don't Mess With Texas
http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/
Texas Department of Transportation is shining the spotlight on Real Texans who’ve helped reduce roadside litter over the past 20 years. We’ve made some Texas-sized strides to keep trash off our highways. In fact, roadside litter has dropped by about a third since 2001

Ducks Unlimited
http://www.ducks.org/
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Early Texas History
http://earlytexashistory.com/
And they came. Men, women and children travelled to Texas to carve out a civilized land from the wilderness. The story of Texas is the collected stories of these people. This site is dedicated to those brave people.

Earth Force Texas
http://www.earthforce.org/
EFT is a program of YouthLaunch. Current efforts are focused on The Galveston Bay Watershed Academic Partnership, a collaborative effort among Earth Force, YouthLaunch, the Galveston Bay Estuary Program, the Galveston Bay Foundation, and several local environmental education and watershed groups on getting more campuses involved in local watershed and Galveston Bay monitoring, restoration, and other action projects.

Earth Kind
http://earthkind.tamu.edu/EKintro.html
Earth Kind is a service of the TAMU Department of Horticultural Sciences to address topics in the area of landscape management. As your interest and knowledge in this area grows you will have an increased awareness of the many programs, practices and activities that are Earth Kind. Working together we can make a difference in conserving and protecting our state's valuable natural resources.

Earthjustice
http://www.earthjustice.org/
Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment. We bring about far-reaching change by enforcing and strengthening environmental laws on behalf of hundreds of organizations and communities.

EarthQuest
http://www.earthquest.ca/
Earthquest Outdoor School is a five month integrated experiential program available to young adults at the senior high level. The program is designed to enhance the participants learning ability, self confidence and self discipline. It is an adventure in excellence providing individuals with a wide range of challenges and rewarding experiences focusing on the environment, outdoor pursuits and Native studies.

East Texas Herpetological Society
http://www.eths.org/
ETHS is dedicated to the education of its members and the general public about the natural history, ecology, husbandry, conservation, proper care and treatment of reptiles and amphibians.

eBird
http://www.ebird.org/
eBird, a project developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, provides a simple way for you to keep track of the birds you see anywhere in North America. You can retrieve information on your bird observations, from your backyard to your neighborhood to your favorite bird-watching locations, at any time for your personal use.

Ecology Fund
http://ecologyfund.com/ecology/_ecology.html
EcologyFund is owned and operated by The Hunger Site Network as a way to get new funds for critical habitat and wilderness preservation using the power of the internet. When you "click to give" our sponsors pay the project you selected to preserve the number of square feet shown by each project.

Ecology Global Network
http://www.ecology.com/
The Ecology Global Network, is a destination for informative, innovative, and entertaining programming. Our goal is to educate and inspire our global citizens about the beauty and volatility of our earth, and to compel us all to become better stewards of our planet.

Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County
http://www.eda-bc.com/
EDABC is a public/private non-profit corporation specifically chartered to promote economic development in Brazoria County.

eNature
http://www.enature.com/home/
eNature.com is a subsidiary organization of the National Wildlife Federation. It operates independently, but shares content and nature discovery tools with the non-profit NWF.

Encyclopedia of Earth
http://www.eoearth.org/
EOE is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.

Environment Texas
http://www.environmenttexas.org/
We all want clean air, clean water and open spaces. But it takes independent research and tough-minded advocacy to win concrete results for our environment, especially when powerful interests stand in the way of environmental progress. That's the idea behind Environment Texas. We focus exclusively on protecting Texas' air, water and open spaces. We speak out and take action at the local, state and national levels to improve the quality of our environment and our lives.

Environmental Defense Fund
http://www.environmentaldefense.org/
Founded in 1967, we speak for 400,000 members. We find innovative, practical ways to solve the most urgent environmental problems.

Environmental Law Institute
http://www2.eli.org/
ELI provides information services, advice, publications, training courses, seminars, research programs and policy recommendations to engage and empower environmental leaders the world over. ELI's audience is leading environmental professionals in government, industry, public interest groups and academia.

Environmental Protection Agency
http://epa.gov/
The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

Environmental Stewardship
http://environmental-stewardship.org/default.aspx
Environmental Stewardship is a nonprofit whose purposes are to protect, conserve, restore, and enhance the earth's natural resources to meet current and future needs of the environment and humans; to gather and use scientific information to restore and sustain ecological services provided by environmental systems; and to provide environmental education and outreach in order to encourage public stewardship.

Estuary Live!
http://www.estuarylive.org/
Part land, part sea...where fresh river water and salty sea water mix. This is a world like no other. It's called an estuary. And only now are we beginning to recognize the beauty, the wealth and the mystery of this world.

Fatbirder
http://www.fatbirder.com/
The premier web resource about birds, birding and birdwatching for birders - hundreds of pages and tens of thousands of links about birding everywhere in the world; with a page for every country and state.

Floating Classroom
http://floatingclassroom.tamu.edu/
The R.V. Karma is a fully equipped, 57-foot teaching and research vessel. On deck students can use otter trawls, plankton nets, water samplers and test kits, bottom corers, and video-enhanced microscopes to investigate topics such as marine biology, ecology, fisheries and environmental impact.

Flying Snakes
http://www.flyingsnake.org/
Flying snakes are a small group of species of tree snakes that live in South and Southeast Asia. At rest they appear unremarkable, but on the move they're able to take to the air by jumping from the tree, flattening the entire body, and gliding or parachuting to the ground or another tree. This site is dedicated to documenting the science of these unique animals.

Friends of Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
http://www.friendsofanahuacnwr.org/
Our mission is to support, preserve, promote, and enhance Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge and its use for recreational, educational, and scientific research purposes

Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges
http://refugefriends.org/
FBWR is a group of dedicated volunteers who work at our area National Wildlife Refuges and with our community. Our activities include construction of public use facilities at the refuges, environmental education through school and summer programs, clean-up efforts at the refuges, hosting the annual spring Migration Celebration, promoting public awareness of our areas refuges and wildlife, publishing a quarterly newsletter, fundraising for refuge projects and programs, and participating in data gathering and bird counts.

Friends of Galveston Island State Park
http://www.fogisp.org/who_we_are.htm
Two thousand acres of surf, beach, dunes, coastal prairie, fresh-water ponds, wetlands and bay shoreline just "down the Island" from the city invite both quiet contemplation and recreation. The park is a richly diverse preserve and hundreds of species of wildlife thrive here—spoonbills resting in an oak mott, tree frogs croaking out a mating call, skimmers nesting in the newly terraced wetlands, egrets fishing the ponds, coyotes prowling the nighttime grassland, sandpipers skittering in the surf, pelicans surveying from high above.

Friends Of River San Bernard
http://sanbernardriver.com/
El Rio de San Bernardo, named by the Spanish, was anglicized as the San Bernard River.

Friends of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge
http://www.friendsofbalcones.org/
When Spanish explorers first saw the layers of hills northwest of what is now Austin, Texas, they named the land Balcones. These limestone hills and spring fed canyons make up most of the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, located north of Lake Travis. The primary purpose of the refuge is to conserve the nesting habitat of the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. The vegetation found in this area, known as the Texas Hill Country, includes various oaks, elm, and ash juniper trees (commonly called cedar). The Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo depend on different successional stages of this vegetation. Both of these birds nest in Central Texas, the warbler exclusively.

Friends of the Brazos River
http://www.friendsofthebrazos.org/
FBR sponsor river cleanups and habitat restoration programs, works for the passage of legislation beneficial to the Brazos River, strive for increased appreciation and respect for the precious natural resource that is the Brazos River, educate members and the public about responsibilities of river recreationists. It works to find a way to stop litter, trespass, and other irresponsible acts on the Brazos River.

Friends of the Texas Historical Commission
http://www.thc.state.tx.us/friends/fredefault.shtml
The Friends of the Texas Historical Commission, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the Texas Historical Commission's historic preservation mission. The Friends has raised more than $5 million to support projects such as the recovery of the Belle shipwreck that claimed worldwide publicity; the Red River War Battle Sites Project; the Visionaries in Preservation program and excavation of Fort St. Louis.

Galveston Bay Estuary Program
http://www.gbep.state.tx.us/
GBEP, a program of The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, is part of a network of twenty-eight National Estuary Programs in the United States, working with local stakeholders to restore and protect estuaries of national significance that are threatened by pollution, development, or overuse.

Galveston Bay Foundation
http://www.galvbay.org/
GBF seeks to preserve, protect and enhance Galveston Bay, one of the world's most productive estuaries. Through programs in advocacy, conservation, education, and research GBF seeks a balance between the ecological needs of the Galveston Bay system—the Bay and all its tributaries— and the demands of commercial and recreational users.

Galveston Ornithological Society
http://www.galvestonbirders.org/
GOS has as its principal aim to learn about birds, observe them in the field, work to better their plight, and teach citizens about the environment.

Garden Club of America
http://www.gcamerica.org/
GCA's mission is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, to share the advantages of association by means of educational meetings, conferences, correspondence and publications, and to restore, improve, and protect the quality of the environment through educational programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.

Geocaching
http://www.geocaching.com/
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups, with a strong sense of community and support for the environment.

Geography Network
http://www.geographynetwork.com/
A global network of geographic information users and providers. It provides the infrastructure needed to support the sharing of geographic information among data providers, service providers, and users around the world. Through the Geography Network, you can access many types of geographic content including dynamic maps, downloadable data, and more advanced Web services.

George Observatory
http://www.hmns.org/see_do/george_observatory.asp?r=1
The George Observatory, located about one hour's drive south of Houston in the attractive Brazos Bend State Park, is a satellite facility of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The Observatory houses a Challenger Learning Center for Space Science Education, which takes participants on simulated space missions, complete with a mission control center and a spacecraft simulator.

Golden Triangle Audubon Society
http://www.goldentriangleaudubon.org/
GTAS is dedicated to promoting an increased awareness of birds in Texas. Founded in 1996, the organization has a growing number of amateurs and professionals interested in birds and birding in Texas.

Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wild/wildlife_trails/coastal/
The hugely successful Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail winds through 43 Texas counties, encompassing the entire Texas coastal region. Completed in April 2000, the Trail features 308 distinct wildlife-viewing sites. Enhancements such as board walks, parking pullouts, kiosks, observation platforms, and landscaping to attract native wildlife have been constructed at a number of sites. The Coastal Birding Trail was a recent winner in the prestigious British Airways Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, recognizing environmental and social responsibility in the tourism industry worldwide.

Greater Houston Preservation Alliance
http://www.ghpa.org/
GHPA promotes the preservation and appreciation of Houston's architectural and cultural historic resources through education, advocacy and committed action, thereby creating economic value, developing a stronger sense of community.

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
http://www.gcbo.org/
GCBO is an independent non-profit organization. We have designed and conducted a significant number of large conservation projects, including migration studies, habitat enhancement, land acquisition, regional habitat mapping, and others.

Gulf Coast Kayak Adventures
http://www.gulfcoastkayakadventures.com/
I'm often asked, " How did I get into this business? " I have to smile... I recall an image of my sister and I walking on a remote beach on Vancouver Island and out of the rolling fog came a group of wet and exhilarated kayakers! At the time I had no idea that kayaking was a recreational sport...that became a dream for me...to own my own kayak and explore the waterways... from there my dream kept growing...to what is now Gulf Coast Kayak Adventures. Sharing this sport with others is my passion! --Mary Jean Adams, Owner/ Naturalist Guide

Gulf Coast Turtle and Tortoise Society
http://www.gctts.org/
GCTS is actively working to fulfill several goals, including turtle and tortoise rescue, rehabilitation, and release operation in cooperation with other wildlife rescue organizations and turtle and tortoise societies.

Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue
http://www.gcwr.org
GCWR is a non-profit organization of permitted wildlife rehabilitators and volunteers dedicated to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife for the purpose of release back into the wild. We serve the Brazoria/Matagorda County area along the upper Texas Gulf Coast. We provide food, shelter, medical treatment, and rehabilitation to all Texas native wildlife at no cost to the public.

Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue's photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gulf_coast_wildlife_rescue/sets/
A local site maintained by GCWR Board Member Sandy Henderson of Lake Jackson.

Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association
http://www.gicaonline.com/
The mission of the Gulf Intracoastal Canal Association is to ensure the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is maintained, operated and improved to provide the safest, most efficient, economical and environmentally-sound water transportation route in our nation, serving petrochemical facilities, refineries, farms, mines, ports, commercial fisheries, recreation and more.

Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council
http://www.gulfcouncil.org/
GMFMC is one of eight regional Fishery Management Councils which were established by the Fishery Conservation and Management Act in 1976 (now called the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act). The Council prepares fishery plans which are designed to manage fishery resources from where state waters end out to the 200-mile limit of the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico Foundation
http://www.gulfmex.org/
GMF is a group of private citizens representing fisheries, business, industry, tourism, agriculture, and environmental conservation. We provide leadership, energy, and resources aimed at maintaining a sustainable balance in the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico, the most economically productive body of water within the territorial seas of the United States.

Gulf Restoration Network
http://www.healthygulf.org/
GRN is a network of environmental, social justice, and citizens' groups and individuals committed to restoring the Gulf of Mexico to an ecologically and biologically sustainable condition. GRN was formed in 1994 to raise awareness of environmental issues in Gulf States and to increase communication and coordination of member activities across the region.

GulfBase.org
http://www.gulfbase.org/
GulfBase is a database of resources about the Gulf of Mexico. The goal of this website is to regroup, synthesize, and make freely available Gulf of Mexico research information. Our vision is that GulfBase will help researchers, policy makers, and the general public work together to insure long-term sustainable use and conservation of the Gulf of Mexico.










Help Endangered Animals-Ridley Turtles
http://www.ridleyturtles.org/
HEART was organized in 1982 to save the Kemp's ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys kempi) from extinction by educating the public and supporting conservation laws that protect sea turtles. HEART serves as an educational referral source for teachers and students seeking information about the Kemp's ridleys and all sea turtles.

Herb Association of Texas
http://www.texasherbs.org/
HAT is a dynamic and growing Texas herb association. Find a wholesaler near you, a retail shop specializing in herbs, or learn about starting a business in the herb world. Take your time and peruse the site. Feel free to send us an e-mail with any questions or comments you might have.

HerpNET
http://herpnet.org/
HerpNET is a collaborative effort by natural history museums to establish a global network of herpetological collections data, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF No. 0132303) and a GBIF DIGIT grant (Global Biodiversity Information Facility). Currently, 51 institutions are participating in the HerpNET community, with an open-ended invitation to institutions who would like to join.

Horned Lizard Conservation Society
http://www.hornedlizards.org/
HLCS is dedicated to protecting horned lizards throughout North America. Our Mission is to document and publicize the values and conservation needs of horned lizards, to promote horned lizard conservation projects and to assist with horned lizard management initiatives throughout their ranges.

Houston Advanced Research Center
http://www.harc.edu/
A rapidly growing population and economic development in Texas are putting ever-greater pressure on our state's natural resources. Evidence of this pressure is seen in a wide range of problems that include increased water scarcity and contamination, land transformation, loss of habitat and biodiversity, air pollution and a general decrease in the benefits provided to us by nature.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
http://www.houstonarboretum.org/
Located on the western edge of Memorial Park, HANC offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life and the opportunity to experience the natural world. This 155-acre non-profit urban nature sanctuary provides education about the natural environment to Houstonians of all ages. It plays a vital role in protecting native plants and animals in the heart of the city where development threatens their survival.

Houston Archeological Society
http://www.houstonarcheology.org/
The Houston Archeological Society is created for the purposes of promoting the public exchange of information and ideas about archeology, supporting the publication of archeological information and sponsoring educational projects and activities about archeology.

Houston Astronomical Society
http://spacibm.rice.edu/~has/
Our meetings are held on the first Friday of every month (except when they are moved to the second Friday because of holidays) at the University of Houston, Entrance 14 on Cullen Blvd, Science and Research Building (first building on the left), Room 117 at 8:00 PM.

Houston Audubon Society
http://www.houstonaudubon.org/
We are one of the largest and most active chapters of the National Audubon Society. Houston Audubon is supported by member dues and donations from individuals, foundations and corporations. We receive limited funding from National Audubon Society and no funds from the city or state government. Contributions made to us remain in our 13-county area and support our activities. Our mission is to "promote the conservation and appreciation of birds and wildlife habitat."

Houston Gem and Mineral Society
http://www.hgms.org/
HGMS is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to study in the areas of earth science and related fields and arts. A major focus of the HGMS is education. Through classes offered at the clubhouse and through our scholarship fund, the HGMS encourages its individuals and groups to better their knowledge and understanding in these areas. The society is open to all persons with rockhound or fossil "fever." We offer something for every family member, from junior members to senior citizens, and our activities encourage family participation.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
http://www.hmns.org/
Founded in 1909, the purpose of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has always been to "enhance in individuals the knowledge and delight in natural science and related subjects..." To this very day, this purpose is carried out in every project, program and exhibition associated with the museum.

Houston Wilderness
http://www.houstonwilderness.org/
We are Houston Wilderness, a bridge between a dynamic, growing city and the wetlands, forests, prairies and river systems that sustain us as individuals and communities. We recognize that quality of life and wilderness are bound to one another. To ensure we will always have these natural resources, we strive to share the beauty and create awareness of what has been generously loaned to us.

Houston Zoo
http://www.houstonzoo.org/
The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. The Zoo is essentially a small city. We have over 3,100 permanent residents, our animals, for which we provide housing, meals, medical care, and yes, even education!


INEOS
http://www.ineos.com/index.php
The INEOS (formerly BP-Amoco) School Project provides laboratory and field experience to elementary-school students. Subjects covered have included Fish and Crabs; Dissecting Owl Pellets; Birds and Bird Watching; and Wildlife Rescue. Cradle of Texas members who have knowledge in these areas act as instructors and laboratory assistants. Class sessions are held in the Nature Center on INEOS' property in eastern Brazoria County.

Institute for Ocean Conservation Science
http://www.oceanconservationscience.org/
IOCS is dedicated to advancing ocean conservation through science. We conduct world-class scientific research that increases knowledge about critical threats to oceans and their inhabitants, provides the foundation for smarter ocean policy, and establishes new frameworks for improved ocean conservation.

Institute for Regional Conservation
http://regionalconservation.org/
IRC is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and long-term management of biodiversity on a regional basis, and to the prevention of regional extinctions of rare plants, animals and ecosystems

Institute of Human Origins
http://www.asu.edu/clas/iho/
IHO conducts, interprets and publicizes scientific research on the human career. IHO's unique approach brings together scientists from diverse disciplines to develop integrated, bio-behavioral investigations of human evolution.

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
http://ioc.unesco.org/
The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO was founded in 1960 on basis of the recognition that "the oceans, covering some seventy percent of the earth's surface, exert a profound influence on mankind and even on all forms of life on Earth... In order to properly interpret the full value of the oceans to mankind, they must be studied from many points of view. While pioneering research and new ideas usually come from individuals and small groups, many aspects of oceanic investigations present far too formidable a task to be undertaken by any one nation or even a few nations."

International Plant Names Index
http://www.ipni.org/
IPNI is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants, ferns and fern allies. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names.

Internet Archive
http://www.archive.org/
Internet Archive offers permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format. Its collection includes every version of every web page ever published on the internet since 1996.

Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center
http://www.hcp4.net/jones/
Jesse H. Jones Park & Nature Center opened to the public in 1982. This 275-acre nature park is named after the late Jesse H. Jones, whose Houston Endowment Foundation, Inc. contributed to the initial funding for the project. Jones Park preserves the Native American and pioneer lifestyles commonly found along the banks of Cypress and Spring creeks during the late 1700s and early 1800s.

KAC Productions
http://www.kathyadamsclark.com/
KAC Productions is a full-service stock agency offering quality nature photography. Our collection of digital images, 35mm, 4x5 and large format transparencies covers the natural world from the Arctic to the Antarctic, grand landscapes to microscopic details, the common to the uncommon. In addition we offer photo/text packages and corporate wall art. Services include assistance with placing the correct species in your project, digital file transfer, and customized file searches.

Karankawa Indian Tribe History
http://www.accessgenealogy.com/native/tribes/karankawa/karankawahist.htm
Karankawa: a term that seems to have the Brazos in 1823 began the decline of been given originally to a small tribe near the tribe near Matagorda bay, Texas, but its application has been extended to include a number of related tribes between Galveston bay and Padre Island.

Katy Prairie Conservancy
http://www.katyprairie.org/home.html
A broad sweep of land that stretches from just beyond the Houston city limits, west toward Brookshire, and northwest toward Hempstead, the Katy Prairie has a decidedly unique heritage. Ranging from the flat coastal plains that girdle Interstate 10 to gently rolling pastures in the northern reaches of the prairie soils that mark the area, the terrain is typical of what is found along much of the upper Texas Gulf Coast.

Keep Texas Beautiful
http://www.ktb.org/
In 1967 a group of Texas leaders had a vision to make Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. The vision is alive and well today in the statewide network of partnerships that are the heart and soul of Keep Texas Beautiful. KTB achieves its goals through a unique synergy that involves government, business, civic groups and volunteers to address litter prevention, solid waste management, recycling, composting, beautification, and general community improvement.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
http://www.wildflower.org/
Welcome to the wonderful world of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! The Wildflower Center is a botanical garden in Austin, Texas, dedicated to native plants. Our vision for the future is to preserve and restore the natural beauty and biological richness of North America by inspiring people to love the land.

Lake Jackson Historical Museum
http://www.lakejacksonmuseum.org/
Visitors can experience life in the Lake Jackson area from prehistoric times to the present. The 12,000 square-foot museum features four eras, or "heritage's," of Lake Jackson: the prehistoric era, the plantation era, the development of the area's petrochemical industry during World War II and finally the birth and growth of modern Lake Jackson. Most guests experience the museum in two to four hours.

Land Trust Alliance
http://www.lta.org/
LTA promotes voluntary private land conservation to benefit communities and natural systems. We are the national convener, strategist and representative of more than 1,500 land trusts across America.

LandHelp
http://www.landhelp.info/
Landhelp.info is for private land-holding professionals, helpers, and students to learn how to better manage their lands. Active management keeps land productive and healthy for present and future owners, and for increasing economic, environmental, and aesthetic land benefits. Provided by Colorodo State University Cooperative Extension.

Legacy Land Trust
http://www.llt.org/
Legacy Land Trust is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting natural areas in the Houston region. We work to protect stream and river corridors, flood buffer zones and provide wildlife with a home—places where they can be undisturbed by traffic, lights and noise.

Lenfest Ocean Program
http://www.lenfestocean.org/
LOP brings the best scientific research to bear on identifying the causes, consequences and solutions to problems facing the global marine environment. The Program currently supports research in the following areas: (a) the ecosystem impacts of fishing; (b) the social and economic impacts of current and proposed fishing regimes; and (c) sustainable fisheries management.

Levi Jordan Plantation
http://www.webarchaeology.com/
This is a web site about an archaeological and historical site in Brazoria, Texas — the Levi Jordan Plantation. The plantation was built in 1848 by Levi Jordan, his family, and the people who worked for them as slaves and, later, as tenant farmers and sharecroppers. This web site attempts to discuss the lives of all of these people, and covers a period from 1848 until about 1888-1890.

Life on the Brazos River
http://lifeonthebrazosriver.com/
LifeOnTheBrazosRiver.com is about life in TEXAS along the Brazos River. This is a TEXAS river. It starts in TEXAS and drains water from only TEXAS.

Lone Star Wildlife Rescue
http://www.lonestarwildlife.org/
We are a group of state and federally permitted rehabilitators who are dedicated to the care of injured and orphaned Native Texas Wildlife for the purpose of release back into the wild. Many of our patients are injured either directly or indirectly by human beings. Few suffer injuries from natural causes. Since rehabilitation alone cannot solve the problems facing our wildlife today, LSWR attempts to raise public awareness through a variety of educational programs offered to school groups, civic organizations, and clubs. If you are interested in arranging an educational program for your organization, please contact us directly.

Long Term Ecological Research
http://www.lternet.edu/
LTER Network is a collaborative effort involving more than 1800 scientists and students investigating ecological processes over long temporal and broad spatial scales. The Network promotes synthesis and comparative research across sites and ecosystems and among other related national and international research programs.

Lower Colorado River Authority
http://www.lcra.org/
The mission of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) is to provide reliable, low-cost utility and public services in partnership with our customers and communities and to use our leadership and environmental authority to ensure the protection and constructive use of the area's natural resources. LCRA is a Texas conservation and reclamation district operating with no taxing authority.

Lunar and Planetary Institute
http://www.lpi.usra.edu/
LPI is a focus for academic participation in studies of the current state, evolution, and formation of the solar system. The Institute is housed in the USRA Center for Advanced Space Studies (CASS), located at 3600 Bay Area Boulevard, Houston, Texas, 77058, and includes a computing center, extensive collections of lunar and planetary data, an image-processing facility, an extensive library, education and public outreach programs, resources, and products.

Marine Resources Development Foundation
http://www.mrdf.org/
Our mission is to help improve the quality of life on earth through education and the responsible use of marine resources for food, fresh water, energy, minerals, and medicine.

Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens
http://www.hcp4.net/mercer/
Mercer Arboretum & Botanic Gardens is a Harris County Precinct 4 facility. Mercer is named after the original owners, Thelma and Charles Mercer, who purchased 14.5 acres in the late 1940s and began building a masonry home, now the Volunteer Center, and a garden. Before the roof was completed, the area flooded. Water spilled over the banks of Cypress Creek and backed up to Treaschwig Road, covering most of the property. After the flood, the Mercers established a new home site with a higher elevation about 50 feet south of the original homestead. This wooden house functioned as the staff building for 25 years. Subsequent flooding damaged the structure, which was then replaced by an elevated staff building in the footprint of the old home.

Mid-America Arts Alliance
http://www.maaa.org/
Created in 1972 to stimulate cultural activity in the states of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas, Mid-America Arts Alliance has grown into a nonprofit organization that creates and manages regional, national, and international programs. Our mission is to enrich communities through cultural experiences.

Monarch Larva Monitoring Project
http://www.mlmp.org/
MLMP began in 1997 at the University of Minnesota. It involves citizens in collecting data that will help to explain the distribution and abundance patterns of monarch butterflies in North America. In 2002, we received a 3-year grant from the National Science Foundation to greatly expand training, analysis and dissemination aspects of this project. The National Science Foundation, Monarchs in the Classroom, and the Xerxes Society have provided financial and other support for MLMP.

Monarch Watch
http://www.monarchwatch.org/
Monarch Watch is an educational outreach program based at the University of Kansas that engages citizen scientists in large-scale research projects. This program produces real data that relate to a serious conservation issue. Monarch Watch gets children of all ages involved in science. Our website provides a wealth of information on the biology and conservation of Monarch butterflies and many children use it as a resource for science fair projects or reports. Additionally, we encourage children to showcase their research or school projects on our website and we involve them in real science with the tagging program.

Monofilament Recovery & Recycling Program
http://mrrp.tamu.edu/
MRRP is a statewide effort to educate the public on the problems caused by monofilament line left in the environment, to encourage recycling through a network of line recycling bins and drop-off locations, and to conduct volunteer monofilament line cleanup events.

Moon
http://www.solarviews.com/eng/moon.htm
The Moon is Earth's only natural satellite. It has no formal English name other than "the Moon", although it is occasionally called Luna (Latin: moon), or Selene (Greek: moon), to distinguish it from the generic term "moon" (referring to any of the various natural satellites of other planets).

Moon Phases
http://www.calculatorcat.com/moon_phases/phasenow.php
The phase of the moon today

Mt. Magazine International Butterfly Festival
http://www.butterflyfestival.com/
Mt. Magazine State Park, Arkansas' newest state park of 2,200 acres offers cooler summertime temperatures due to the elevation of 2,753 feet above sea level. These cooler temperatures are a nature lover's paradise, as well as nature's paradise. The altitude, geography and climate combine to create unique habitats for rare plants, animals and the Diana Fritillary butterfly

Museum of Unworkable Devices.
http://www.lhup.edu/~dsimanek/museum/unwork.htm
This museum is a celebration of fascinating devices that don't work. It houses diverse examples of the perverse genius of inventors who refused to let their thinking be intimidated by the laws of nature, remaining optimistic in the face of repeated failures.

Name That Bird!
http://www.namethatbird.com/
Welcome to Name That Bird! Whether you have just started to feed birds in your back yard or have been birding for years, identifying the birds you see is a large part of the fun and challenge of the hobby of "bird watching."

NASA Johnson Space Center
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/home/index.html
Generations of explorers have braved the unknown with just their tools, ideas, hope and curiosity. Those explorers were not too different from the students who recently ventured into the Teague Auditorium's lobby -- except instead of maps, the students were equipped with resumes as they found their way through a frontier of career possibilities.

National Arbor Day Foundation
http://arborday.org/
We envision a world where trees and forests are abundant, healthy, and sustainable, and highly valued by all people.

National Atmospheric and Space Administration
http://www.nasa.gov/
Throughout NASA's history the Agency has remained the world's pre-eminent organization for space and aeronautics research and development.

National Audubon Society
http://www.audubon.org/
Audubon's mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity. Our national network of community-based nature centers and chapters, scientific and educational programs, and advocacy on behalf of areas sustaining important bird populations, engage millions of people of all ages and backgrounds in positive conservation experiences.

National Biological Information Infrastructure
http://www.nbii.org/
The NBII Program was created based on the recommendation of a special panel convened by the National Research Council to examine critical national biological resource issues.

National Center for Science Education
http://www.natcenscied.org/
The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit, membership organization providing information and resources for schools, parents and concerned citizens working to keep evolution in public school science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of the creation and evolution controversy, and supply needed information and advice to defend good science education at local, state, and national levels

National Council for Science and the Environment
http://www.ncseonline.org/
NCSE has been working since 1990 to improve the scientific basis for environmental decisionmaking. For its efforts, the Council has earned a reputation for objectivity, responsibility, and achievement. The Council believes that comprehensive and integrated science can help society achieve its environmental goals in the most effective manner, recognizing economic, social, and security implications. The Council's approach to science is embodied in the new phrase 'sustainability science.

National Environmental Education and Training Foundation
http://www.neetf.org/
NEETF believes people will make wise environmental choices and take personal responsibility for the environment when provided practical, relevant information from trusted sources. NEETF's strategy is to provide environmental education and training to those credible leaders whose occupations routinely give them opportunities to explain environmental connections to our daily live

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
http://www.nfwf.org/
NFWF conserves healthy populations of fish, wildlife and plants, on land and in the sea, through creative and respectful partnerships, sustainable solutions, and better education.

National Garden Clubs
http://www.gardenclub.org/
NGC provides education, resources and National networking opportunities for its members to promote the love of gardening, floral design, civic and environmental responsibility.

National Geographic Society
http://www.nationalgeographic.com
NGS is the world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Our mission is "the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge".

National Hurricane Center (NOAA)
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/
Our mission is to save lives, mitigate property loss, and improve economic efficiency by issuing the best watches, warnings, forecasts and analyses of hazardous tropical weather, and by increasing understanding of these hazards.

National Institute of Standards and Technology
http://www.nist.gov/
Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department's Technology Administration. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life.

National Invasive Species Information Center
http://alic.arid.arizona.edu/invasive/index.shtml
NISIC is a web resource whose management and content is directed by the National Agricultural Library. Its purpose is to provide quality information and education about invasive species found in the United States, and about their far-reaching impacts on society, the environment, and the economy.

National Marine Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/
NOAA Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory provides scientific information on the management of commercial and recreational shellfish and finfish, conservation of coastal habitats, and protection of threatened and endangered marine species of the Gulf of Mexico.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
http://www.noaa.gov/
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducts research and gathers data about the global oceans, atmosphere, space and sun, and applies this knowledge to science and service that touch the lives of all Americans.

National Park Service
http://www.nps.gov/
The National park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.

National Parks Conservation Association
http://www.npca.org/
America's national parks are the touchstones of our shared history and culture. In some ways, they represent the soul of the nation. They represent our hopes, our dreams, our struggles. They are our absolute best places.
—Tom Kiernan, NPCA President

National Science Foundation
http://www.nsf.gov/
Congress established the National Science Foundation (NSF) with the National Science Foundation Act of 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity and welfare; and to secure the national defense." With an annual budget of about $5.58 billion (fiscal year 2004), NSF funds the people, ideas and tools to boost U.S. leadership in all aspects of science, mathematics and engineering research and education.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
http://www.nationaltrust.org/
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a private, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing America's communities. Recipient of the National Humanities Medal, the Trust was founded in 1949 and provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to protect the irreplaceable places that tell America's story.

National Wildlife Federation
http://www.nwf.org/
We represent the power and commitment of four million members and supporters joined by affiliated wildlife organizations in 47 states and territories. We channel the energy of thousands of volunteers from all walks of life to take action because they care about wildlife. We unite Americans in their shared value of wildlife conservation.

National Wildlife Refuge Association
http://www.refugenet.org/
Since 1975, the NWRA has been the only organization dedicated exclusively to protecting, enhancing and expanding the National Wildlife Refuge System, lands and waters set aside by the american people to protect our country's diverse wildlife heritage. Over the years we have worked to make the Refuge System stronger and better able to address the growing challenges of conserving wildlife in our country.

Native Plant Conservation Campaign
http://www.plantsocieties.org/
NPCC is a project of the California Native Plant Society and the Center for Biological Diversity, two of the nation's leading biological diversity conservation science and advocacy groups.

Native Plant Society of Texas - Houston Chapter
http://www.npsot.org/Houston/
The purpose of the Native Plant Society of Texas is promote the conservation, research and utilization of the native plants and plant habitats of Texas, through education, outreach and example.

Native Prairies Association of Texas
http://www.texasprairie.org/
NPAT is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the conservation, restoration, and appreciation of native prairies in Texas and throughout the United States.

Natural Areas Association
http://www.naturalarea.org/
NAA's mission s to advance the preservation of natural diversity. The Association works to inform, unite, and support persons engaged in identifying, protecting, managing, and studying natural areas and biological diversity across landscapes and ecosystems.

Natural History Network
http://www.naturalhistorynetwork.org/
NHN was incorporated in 2007 by a group of natural history educators, researchers, and writers who are passionate about the importance of natural history--"an intentional, focused attentiveness to the more-than-human world, guided by honesty and accuracy"--and natural history education in the development of healthy people, vibrant human communities, and integrated learning institutions.

Natural Resources Defense Council
http://www.appl.org/
NRDC is the nation's most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.2 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

Naturally Curious, Inc.
http://naturallycurious.net/
Your source for nature, science, outdoor and environmental education products.

Nature Conservancy
http://nature.org/
The Nature Conservancy's mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. We have developed a strategic, science-based planning process, called Conservation by Design, which helps us identify the highest-priority places -- landscapes and seascapes that, if conserved, promise to ensure biodiversity over the long term.

Nature Discovery Center
http://www.naturediscoverycenter.org/
The Hana & Arthur Ginzbarg Nature Discovery Center is a warm and friendly place where children and families share the joy of discovery. It is housed in the old Henshaw home, nestled in Russ Pitman Park, a four-acre rural retreat in the midst of the city of Bellaire, Texas.

NatureServe
http://www.natureserve.org/
NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization that provides the scientific information and tools needed to help guide effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.

Nikon Small World
http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/
For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world's best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.

Nine Planets
http://www.nineplanets.org/
This website is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system. Each page has my text and NASA's images, some have sounds and movies, most provide references to additional related information.

NOAA Fisheries Service Galveston Laboratory
http://galveston.ssp.nmfs.gov/aboutus/index.html
The Galveston laboratory is located on the site of the Historic Fort Crockett, one block from the Gulf of Mexico on Galveston Island, Texas, and is the only federal fisheries laboratory west of the Mississippi River on the gulf. The lab occupies about 55,000 square feet of research and administrative space shared with Texas A&M University and the Texas Institute of Oceanography.

NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management
http://www.ocrm.nos.noaa.gov/
The office responsible for administering the Coastal Zone Management Act and a leader on the Nation's coastal, estuarine and ocean management issues.

Noble Foundation
http://www.noble.org/
The Foundation's operations are conducted through three operating divisions—Agricultural, Plant Biology and Forage Improvement. The images in the Noble Foundation Plant Image Gallery are generally available for licensing for both public and commercial uses.

North American Amphibian Monitoring Program
http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/naamp/
NAAMP is a collaborative effort among regional partners, such as state natural resource agencies and nonprofit organizations, and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to monitor populations of vocal amphibians. The USGS provides central coordination and database management. The regional partners recruit and train volunteer observers, like you, to collect amphibian population data, following the protocol of the NAAMP.

North American Bird Conservation Initiative
http://www.nabci.net/
NABCI aims to ensure that populations and habitats of North America's birds are protected, restored and enhanced through coordinated efforts at international, national, regional and local levels guided by sound science and effective management.

North American Butterfly Association
http://www.naba.org/
NABA is the largest group of people in North America (Canada, United States, and Mexico) interested in butterflies. We are a membership-based not-for-profit organization working to increase public enjoyment and conservation of butterflies.

North American Nature Photography Association
http://nanpa.org/
NANPA is the first and only association in North America committed solely to serving the field of nature photography. NANPA promotes the art and science of nature photography as a medium of communication for nature appreciation and environmental protection; provides education and inspiration, gathers and disseminates information, and develops standards for all persons interested in the field of nature photography; fosters professionalism and ethical conduct in all aspects of our endeavors.


Ocean Conservancy
http://www.oceanconservancy.org/
We envision a world of healthy, protected oceans with wild and flourishing ecosystems, free of pollution, and filled with diverse and abundant marine wildlife. For centuries people have exploited the oceans with little thought to the future. Clearly, we can't afford to neglect them any longer. They provide much of the food we eat and the oxygen we breathe, and they are home to 97 percent of all living matter. Our very existence depends upon healthy oceans.

Oceana
http://www.oceana.org/
Oceana campaigns to protect and restore the world's oceans. Our teams of marine scientists, economists, lawyers and advocates win specific and concrete policy changes to reduce pollution and to prevent the irreversible collapse of fish populations, marine mammals and other sea life.

OceanLink
http://www.oceanlink.island.net/
Welcome to OceanLink! This website is dedicated to ocean education. Throughout these pages, you will find all kinds of interesting information about things like: the biggest sea animals, marine biology careers, answers to common ocean/animal questions, and much more!!

Oort Cloud
http://oort.com/
The giant cometary sphere surrounding the solar system is named the Oort cloud, after Jan Oort who postulated its existence in 1950. Comets arrive in the solar system from all directions, often from as far away as 100,000 AU.

Opossum Society of the United States
http://www.opossumsocietyus.org/
OSUS is a non-profit, wildlife rehabilitation and educational organization dependent entirely upon volunteers, membership dues and donations.

Ornithology Group of the Outdoor Nature Club
http://ornithologygroup.org/
The Ornithology Group (OG) of the Outdoor Nature Club is a club of individuals interested in birds, birding, and birdwatching. Some members focus on bird identification and listing, some enjoy studying bird behavior and habitat, and some just enjoy watching birds.

Outdoor Nature Club
http://www.outdoornatureclub.org/
The ONC is a nonprofit educational and scientific organization for all ages. It was organized in 1923 to protect and conserve our natural resources by fostering an interest in the study of nature.

Paleontological Society
http://www.paleosoc.org/
Paleontological Society is an international organization devoted exclusively to the advancement of the science of paleontology. Members, representing 40 countries, consist of professional paleontologists, academicians, explorationists, science editors, earth-science teachers, museum specialists, land managers, students, amateurs, and hobbyists.

Parasitic Plant Connection
http://www.parasiticplants.siu.edu/
A repository of information about parasitic plants from Southern Illinois University.

Park People
http://www.parkpeople.org/
The Park People is a non-profit citizens' organization dedicated to promoting the importance of parks and green space. We provide advocacy and services for the preservation, enhancement and expansion of parks in our community.

Partners in Flight
http://www.partnersinflight.org/
The central premise of PIF has been that the resources of public and private organizations in North and South America must be combined, coordinated, and increased in order to achieve success in conserving bird populations in this hemisphere.

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/
The map collection at the University of Texas at Austin. The collections of the University of Texas Libraries are the result of more than one hundred years of continuing commitment by librarians, faculty, students, and private donors to build one of the great library collections of the world. Containing more than eight million volumes, the library directly supports the research and instructional needs of the University, while also serving as a custodian of culture and discovery.

PhysicalGeography.net
http://www.physicalgeography.net/
PhysicalGeography.net is an educational web portal that focuses on a specific area knowledge known as Physical Geography. Physical Geography is a sub-discipline of two much larger fields of study - Geography and Earth Sciences.

Pollinator Partnership
http://www.pollinator.org/
Pollinator Partnership is a series of projects to help people, plants and pollinators. One project is this web site, a source of pollinator information for consumers, gardeners, educators, resource managers, producers and farmers.

Portal to Texas History
http://texashistory.unt.edu/
This site offers students and lifelong learners a digital gateway to the rich collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections. The Portal team at the University of North Texas provides strong leadership by supporting collaborative efforts with its partners, while pursuing the goals of accessibility, best practices, and preservation of historical material.

PRBO Conservation Science
http://www.prbo.org/cms/index.php
PRBO Conservation Science, is dedicated to conserving birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through innovative scientific research and outreach.

Preservation Texas
http://www.preservationtexas.org/
Preservation Texas is the only private, nonprofit membership organization in Texas that is dedicated to being a full-service statewide preservation organization. As a Statewide Partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we are expanding our activities in preservation. We are building partnerships between government and nonprofit organizations, promoting the preservation of Texas' historic courthouses and developing other preservation programs to protect the irreplaceable in Texas.

Preserve America
http://www.preserveamerica.gov/
Preserve America is a White House initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and in partnership with several departments.

Project Aware
http://www.projectaware.org/
Conservation begins with understanding the need to protect waters necessary for life. Each year Project AWARE introduces a new public awareness and education campaign to address environmental issues and involve individuals in solutions. Project AWARE also teaches enthusiasts how to sustainably interact with aquatic resources and apply these skills to conservation.

Project Learning Tree
http://www.plt.org/
Project Learning Tree is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT, a program of the American Forest Foundation, is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad. PLT continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.

Project WILD
http://www.projectwild.org/
Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. A national network of State Wildlife Agency Sponsors ensures that Project WILD is available nationwide --training educators in the many facets of the program. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.

Public Lands Information Center
http://publiclands.org/home.php
Public Lands Interpretive Association initiated the Public Lands Information Center project in response to demand for a single source of information about recreation and land use on all public lands in a state, regardless of managing agency. We realize that when you have a destination or an activity in mind, your concern is to find out where to go, when to go, what to do, and how much it will cost. But up until now, getting those answers often meant an endless goose chase of contacting government agencies and trying to pinpoint the correct agency, department, or office.

Public Lands Interpretive Association
http://plia.org/
PLIA is a not-for profit educational organization whose mission is to inspire and educate the public about the natural and cultural heritage resources of America’s public lands.

Public Library of Science
http://www.plos.org/
PLoS is a nonprofit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.

Quality of Life Coalition
http://www.qolhouston.org
Houston's QLC is dedicated to creating a community that is clean, green and economically prosperous; that is environmentally and aesthetically appealing; and that offers healthy recreational opportunities to individuals and families throughout our city.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
http://www.railstotrails.org/index.html
RTR is a nonprofit organization working with communities to preserve unused rail corridors by transforming them into trails, enhancing the health of America's environment, economy, neighborhoods and people.

Recreation.gov
http://www.recreation.gov/
Recreation.gov integrates reservation is intended to enhance customer satisfaction with recreational experiences on public lands owned by the U. S. Government. It integrates reservation services formerly known as the National Park Reservation Service and the National Reservation Recreation Service.

Resources First Foundation
http://www.resourcesfirstfoundation.org
RFF was formed to promote and design conservation and education tools and solutions to promote conservation and restoration activities for fish, wildlife and other natural resources primarily on privately owned lands across the United States and in Southern Africa.

Rio Brazos Audubon Society
http://www.riobrazosaudubon.org/
The Rio Brazos Audubon Society serves the Brazos Valley of Texas, promoting enjoyment of birds and other wildlife in their natural environment. A chapter of the National Audubon Society, we invite you to participate in our scheduled field trips and activities to explore and encourage wilderness and natural beauty in our environment.

Rock Art Foundation
http://www.rockart.org/
RAF is a Texas non-profit organization established in 1991. The Foundation exists to promote the conservation and study of the Native American rock art in the Lower Pecos region of Southwest Texas.

Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
http://tinyurl.com/lyydf
Satellite Images of Sea Surface Temperature of the Gulf of Mexico

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/park/sanjac/
The San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site holds a significant responsibility to preserve the proud history of the State of Texas and the United States. The famous Battle of San Jacinto that brought TEXAS its independence was fought on this site. Because of the great importance of the Battle to the course of history, the Battleground is of state, national and international significance, a fact that is attested to by the site's National Historic Landmark status.

San Jacinto Museum of History
http://www.sanjacinto-museum.org/
The San Jacinto Museum of History is operated by the San Jacinto Museum of History Association — a non-profit organization — in association with the Texas State Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Sea Center Texas
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/visitorcenters/seacenter/
SCT houses graphic displays, aquaria and educational displays of the marine life of Texas bays and Gulf Waters. Here, visitors learn about stewardship of the environment and its occupants. A collection of fiberglass replicas of state record saltwater fishes including a blue marlin, shark, dolphin, and tarpon hover overhead in the lobby.

Sea Shell Searchers of Brazoria County
http://bcfas.org/museum/SSSBC/SSSBC.html
The Sea Shell Searchers meet the first Tuesday of every month, September through May, at 7:30 p.m. in the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science located at the Center for the Arts and Sciences, 400 College Drive, Clute, Texas.

Sea Turtle Inc.
http://www.seaturtleinc.com/
STI was founded in 1977 by Ila Loetscher, better known as "The Turtle Lady of South Padre Island." STI was formed to aid and assist in the protection of Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle - and to ultimately restore the ridley population to a level that will ensure its survival.

Sea Turtle Restoration Project
http://www.seaturtles.org/
STRP fights to protect endangered sea turtle populations in ways that meet the ecological needs of the sea turtles and the oceans and the needs of the local communities who share the beaches and waters with these gentle, beautiful creatures.

Sierra Club
http://www.sierraclub.org/
The Sierra Club's members are more than 750,000 of your friends and neighbors. Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America's oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.

Sigma Xi
http://www.sigmaxi.org/
Sigma Xi was founded in 1886 to honor excellence in scientific investigation and encourage a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers in all fields of science and engineering. Today, it is an international, multidisciplinary research society whose programs and activities promote the health of the scientific enterprise and honor scientific achievement.

Smithsonian Institution
http://www.si.edu/
The Smithsonian is committed to enlarging our shared understanding of the mosaic that is our national identity by providing authoritative experiences that connect us to our history and our heritage as Americans and to promoting innovation, research and discovery in science. These commitments have been central to the Smithsonian since its founding more than 155 years ago.
—Lawrence M. Small, Secretary of the Smithsonian

Society for American Archaeology
http://www.saa.org/
The mission of the Society for American Archaeology is to expand understanding and appreciation of humanity's past as achieved through systematic investigation of the archaeological record. The society leads the archaeological community by promoting research, stewardship of archaeological resources, public and professional education, and the dissemination of knowledge. To serve the public interest, SAA seeks the widest possible engagement with all segments of society, including governments, educators, and indigenous peoples, in advancing knowledge and enhancing awareness of the past.

Society for Ecological Restoration
http://www.ser.org/
SER is a non-profit organization infused with the energy of 2300 members — individuals and organizations who are actively engaged in ecologically-sensitive repair and management of ecosystems through an unusually broad array of experience, knowledge sets and cultural perspectives..

Society for Historical Archaeology
http://www.sha.org/
Historical archaeology is the study of the material remains of past societies that also left behind some other form of historical evidence. This field of research embraces the interests of a diverse group of scholars representing the disciplines of anthropology, history, geography, and folklore. In the New World, historical archaeologists work on a broad range of sites preserved on land and underwater.

Solar Views
http://www.solarviews.com/
Presents a vivid multimedia adventure unfolding the splendor of the Sun, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and more. Discover the latest scientific information, or study the history of space exploration, rocketry, early astronauts, space missions, spacecraft through a vast archive of photographs, scientific facts, text, graphics and videos.

Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program
http://www.gsmfc.org/seamap.html
SEAMAP is a State/Federal/university program for collection, management and dissemination of fishery-independent data and information in the southeastern United States. The organizational structure of the program presently includes three operational components, SEAMAP-Gulf of Mexico, which began in 1981, SEAMAP-South Atlantic, implemented in 1983 and SEAMAP-Caribbean, formed in 1988.

Southeast Phytoplankton Monitoring Network
http://www.chbr.noaa.gov/PMN/
SEPMN is an outreach program with the ultimate goal of linking laboratory scientists to the general public. Traditionally scientists rarely interacted with the public they serve. The link SEPMN provides, fosters a more informed public while providing qualitative data to scientists.

Southeastern Rare Plant Information Network
http://www.serpin.org/
Conserving rare plants in the Southeastern United States will require a concerted, creative, and coordinated effort. SERPIN is designed to aid and promote such teamwork.

Steven Upperman's Nature Photos
http://upperman.smugmug.com/Nature
A local site maintained by TMN-COT member Steven Upperman of Houston.

Storm Water Management Joint Task Force
http://cleanwaterways.org/
Storm water runoff from urban areas can carry pollutants and trash into the storm water drainage system. Water that flows down the drains in our homes first goes to sewage treatment facilities before it's released to bayous and rivers. But, water that flows into our storm water drainage system, along with other substances it collects, goes directly into our bayous, rivers, and ultimately into Galveston Bay. Unlike sewage, storm water receives no treatment.

Student Conservation Association
http://www.thesca.org/
Each year, SCA members help to protect vital habitats, threatened wildlife, and other at-risk resources in our nation's parks, forests and urban green spaces. This unique experience instills an ethic of conservation and inspires lifelong stewardship that benefits our members, our society and our environment.

Surfbirds.com
http://www.surfbirds.com/index.php
We're a group of birding friends from Britain and America who decided to team up on an international birding website. Bringing the best birding articles from both sides of the Atlantic onto one website, we hope to have created something unique.

Surfrider Foundation Texas Chapter
http://www.surfrider.org/texas/index.html
Our chapter is comprised of people who are deeply concerned about Texas beaches. We work for oil companies and engineering firms; we practice law and medicine; we build homes and businesses; we go to school; w count dollars and sense. We learn, we teach, and we raise families.

Tagging of Pacific Predators
http://topp.org/
TOPP began in 2000 as one of 17 projects of the Census of Marine Life, an ambitious 10-year, 80-nation endeavor to assess and explain the diversity and abundance of life in the oceans, and where that life has lived, is living, and will live.

TeamQuail
http://teamquail.tamu.edu/home.php
Protecting Texas' Quail Hunting Heritage

Texans for Alternatives to Pesticides
http://www.nopesticides.org/
TAP seeks to educate the public and public officials about the harmful effects of pesticides, and about saver alternatives for use in schools, homes, and public areas.

Texas 4-H
http://texas4-h.tamu.edu/
Learning by doing, and is available to all boys and girls in the 3rd through 12th grades, from urban, suburban and rural areas. First, an adult leader brings together youth that have common interests. Second, the youth choose one or more projects. Projects are chosen from among 100 project areas offered, or if you don't see the one you like, you can create your own project. Third, the group enrolls as a club, and fourth meets together to learn and have FUN. Clubs are able to explore 4-H activities, events and trips. In 4-H there are events happening all year round.

Texas A&M University
http://www.tamu.edu/
Welcome to Texas A&M University. TAMU was dedicated on October 4, 1876 as Texas' first public institute of higher learning. It is the nation's seventh-largest university by enrollment, with 44,435 students in fall 2004. It ranks in the top 20 in enrollment of National Merit Scholars, about 600. TAMU operates on a 5,200-acre main campus, including a 434-acre Research Park, with branch campuses in Galveston and the Persian Gulf state of Qatar; University centers are located in Mexico City and Castiglion Fiorentino, Italy. TAMU is the home to the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, open since 1997.

Texas A&M University Galveston
http://www.tamug.edu/
The Ocean is our classroom. Students at TAMUG study ocean-oriented academic programs in transportation, science, engineering, business and liberal arts at the by-the-sea campus. Research and public service, as well as most student activities, involve the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay, which border the Island campus.

Texas A&M Agriculture Program
http://agprogram.tamu.edu/
Texas A&M AgriLife: The Agriculture Program consists of five units:
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Texas AgriLife Research
Texas AgriLife Extension Service
Texas Forest Service
Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory


Texas AgriLife Extension - Brazoria County
http://brazoria-co.tamu.edu/
Brazoria County Extension Service works with communities, groups and individuals to improve the quality of their lives by providing them with research-based information to meet their needs. We are your local link to the vast resources of the Texas A&M University System. The Brazoria County Commissioner's Court funds and supports the Extension Service along with state and federal funds.

Texas Amphibian Watch
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/learning/texas_nature_trackers/amphibian_watch/
Texas has a diverse set of species, the greatest abundance and diversity in the relatively wet habitats of the eastern third of the state. ... Some frogs, including the "true frogs" (such as Bullfrogs and Leopard Frogs), are basically tied to permanent wetlands, whereas others, like the true toads can use wetlands which are more seasonal in nature.

Texas Aquaculture Association
http://www.texasaquaculture.org/
TAA is an association of entities with an interest in aquaculture that spans commercial production of shrimp, redfish, tilapia, channel catfish, hybrid striped bass, baitfish production, production of stocker fish, production of ornamental fish, and pond and lake management.

Texas Archaeological Society
http://www.txarch.org/
The Texas Archaeological Society promotes study, preservation and awareness of Texas archeology. The Society encourages scientific archaeological exploration and research, the preservation and conservation of archaeological materials and sites, and the interpretation and publication of the data attendant thereto.

Texas Association of Museums
http://www.io.com/~tam/
TAM is a nonprofit organization established for educational purposes, to provide a network among museums, to improve the level of professionalism within the museum community, to encourage the use and enjoyment of museums by all Texans, to serve as an information clearinghouse for and about museums, and to serve as a liaison between museums and museums-related agencies and organizations.

Texas Beach Watch
http://www.texasbeachwatch.com/
Coastal residents and tourists seek out Texas beaches and bays for fishing, swimming, wildlife viewing, picnicking, camping, boating and other activities. Tourism is big business in Texas and coastal communities rely on their beaches and bays to attract tourists, who spend billions of dollars each year. As a result, ensuring public access to the shoreline is of central importance to a coastal community’s ecotourism economy.

Texas Beyond History
http://www.texasbeyondhistory.net/
TBH is a public education service of the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin , in partnership with 12 other organizations. Begun in 2001, its purpose is to interpret and share the results of archaeological and historical research on the cultural heritage of Texas with the citizens of Texas and the world.

Texas Birder
http://www.texasbirder.net/
Gary Clark has been writing and studying nature most of his adult life. In 1999 he began writing the weekly nature column for the Houston Chronicle. Kathy Adams Clark has been a professional nature photographer since 1995. Her photos illustrate Gary's words each week in the Houston Chronicle nature column. Together they form a team that has received high acclaim. Learn more about them on this site.

Texas Birding Hotspots
http://www.camacdonald.com/birding/ustexas.htm
A list of links to birding sites in Texas.

Texas Birds
http://www.texasbirds.info/
Texasbirds.info serves the backyard bird enthusiast of Texas. If you enjoy feeding and watching birds in your yard or local park then we hope to provide you with information to enhance the enjoyment of your hobby.

Texas Cave Management Association
http://www.tcmacaves.org/
TCMA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and management of Texas cave resources. TCMA supported by a wide cast of contributors, all of whom serve vital roles in preserving our Texas caves. Our membership includes landowners, scientists, land stewards, cavers, school officials, teachers, and kids.

Texas Center for Policy Studies
http://www.texascenter.org/
TCPS brings together the people and the information necessary to ensure that growth and development in our region enhances, rather than diminishes, the quality of life for all residents.

Texas Coastal Management Program
http://www.glo.state.tx.us/coastal/cmp.html
The purpose of the Texas CMP is to improve the management of the state's coastal natural resource areas and to ensure the long-term ecological and economic productivity of the coast.

Texas Coastal Program
http://www.fws.gov/texascoastalprogram/
The Coastal Program depends on collaboration with many interested parties -- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists in other programs, staff at other federal and state agencies, national, state and local conservation groups, industry representatives, local officials, and willing landowners. By sharing biological knowledge, offering technical assistance in identifying and designing restoration projects, identifying habitat protection opportunities, and by providing federal matching funds to implement projects. Texas Coastal Program biologists play a vital role in supporting and implementing coastal conservation initiatives that succeed through partnerships.

Texas Coastal Watershed Program
http://www.urban-nature.org/
The Texas Coastal Watershed Program is part of Texas Sea Grant and Texas AgriLIFE Extension, and is affiliated with the national NEMO organization. The TCWP provides education and outreach to local governments and citizens on the impacts of land use on watershed health and water quality.

Texas Coastal Wetlands
http://www.texaswetlands.org/
The Texas Gulf Coast has some of the most abundant and diverse wetlands in the world. Unfortunately, very few of the more than 5 million people who live on or near the coast have any idea what kind of wetlands are near them and why they are important.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is the environmental agency for the state. The TCEQ has approximately 3,000 employees, 16 regional offices, and a $463.9 million annual appropriation budget for the 2005 fiscal year. Most of the budget is funded by program fees.

Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection
http://wfscnet.tamu.edu/tcwc/tcwc.htm
The Natural History Collection at Texas A&M University

Texas Education Vacation
http://www.texaseducationvacation.com/
A site where Texas parents and Texas school kids can discover how to combine the fun of a Texas school field trip or Texas family vacation with hands-on learning opportunities. The Texas educational resource for finding Texas attractions and Texas events that provide not only the excitement of travel, but also offer hands-on learning experiences that supplement the TEKS curriculum Texas kids are being taught in the classroom.

Texas Entomology
http://texasento.net/
Compiled by Michael Quinn, Invertebrate Biologist, Wildlife Diversity Program, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Texas Escapes
http://www.texasescapes.com/
Travel and History Columns: History, Humor, Topical and Opinion. Over 1800 Texas Towns & Ghost Towns

Texas Fire Ant Project
http://fireant.tamu.edu/
Thousands of fire ants live in each mound of soft soil. If a mound is disturbed in any way, hundreds of ants rush out in seconds, climb on whatever disturbs them, including humans, and begin stinging. Each ant hangs on with its mandibles and can sting many times. Stings immediately burn like fire (hence the name "fire ant"). The site then swells to about a half-inch across and can itch for hours. Then, usually overnight, small pustules form that can burst and become infected until they heal days later.

Texas Firest Trails
http://www.texasforesttrail.com/
Experience the saga of the struggle for independence and learn about the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in battlefields and settlements throughout the Texas Independence Trail Region. Discover the story of Texas and visit Spanish missions and historic towns. Experience the colorful diversity and wealth of cultures that make this heritage region unique.

Texas Forest Service
http://txforestservice.tamu.edu/
Texas Forest Service provides statewide leadership to ensure that the states trees, forests, and related natural resources are protected and sustained for the benefit of all.

Texas Freeways
http://www.texasfreeway.com/
TexasFreeway.com was launched by native Houstonian and then-Austinite Erik Slotboom on July 17, 2000. The web site originally consisted of only a few web pages, but was greatly expanded during the next two years, with most content added in 2001. Erik's goal was to build the ultimate web site about Texas' highways and freeways, including both modern and historical content.

Texas General Land Office
http://www.glo.state.tx.us/
From the earliest days of the Republic, the challenges the GLO has faced have been as diverse as the millions of acres of land the agency manages. Through the years, the land office has seen its role in state government expand to include responsibilities our state's founding fathers could have never envisioned.

Texas Historical Commission
http://www.thc.state.tx.us/
The heritage of Texas is as rich and diverse as its people and its landscape. Texas' cultural resources range from the remains of prehistoric Native American campsites to grand Romanesque Revival courthouses. Our diversity is our greatest strength, but it can also be a formidable preservation challenge if it means disparate groups working toward different goals.

Texas Historical Foundation
http://www.texashistoricalfoundation.org/
Since 1954, the Texas Historical Foundation has published the stories of our history and people and helped fund projects that save Texas buildings and culture. THF is one of the only groups in the state that carries on its mission without taking state or federal funds. We are Texans helping preserve Texas.

Texas Independence Trail Region
http://www.texasindependencetrail.com/home/index.asp
Experience the saga of the struggle for independence and learn about the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice in battlefields and settlements throughout the Texas Independence Trail Region. Discover the story of Texas and visit Spanish missions and historic towns. Experience the colorful diversity and wealth of cultures that make this heritage region unique.

Texas Indians
http://texasindians.com/
This site is written primarily for kids in the fourth grade to the eighth grade. I started this site in response to the many questions I get from kids over the Internet from another web site, Texas Archeology E-Journal. The kids asked some pretty good questions, but I could tell they aren't using very good sources - that is, sources suitable for kids.

Texas Invasives
http://www.texasinvasives.org/
TIO is a product of the Pulling Together Initiative, a Texas-sized partnership to manage non-native invasive plants. The Pulling Together Initiative is a collaborative project between the Texas Forest Service, the Forest Health Protection branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, the Central Southwest Gulf Coast Information Node of NBII at the Houston Advanced Research Center, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Texas Land Trust Council
http://www.texaslandtrusts.org/
TLTC was formed in 1999 in partnership with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to serve as a support association for all land trust organizations in Texas. Today the Council is an independent organization which continues its work to promote and sustain the conservation efforts of Texas land trusts.

Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network
http://www.tmmsn.org/
TMMSN is a nonprofit volunteer-based organization dedicated to the understanding and conservation of marine mammals. The Network rescues and rehabilitates marine mammals that strand along the Texas Coast, providing food, medical treatment and 24-hour-a-day observation.

Texas Master Naturalist Program - Cradle of Texas Chapter
http://grovesite.com/tamu/tmn
The Cradle of Texas Chapter is based in Brazoria County. We meet at the County Extension office in Angleton at 9:00 am on the second Wednesday of each month. Our membership is composed of people from diverse backgrounds with different experience, different expertise and different needs. Yet we are pulled together with the desire to positively affect our natural environment and our natural ecology.

Texas Master Naturalist Program - Home
http://masternaturalist.tamu.edu/
The home page of the Texas Master Naturalist Program at Texas A&M University.

Texas Mid-Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex
http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/texasmidcoast/index.htm
TMCNWRC it a unit of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Southwest Region 2. It administers the following properties in Brazoria and Matagorda Counties: Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge; San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge; Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuge. These refuges form a vital complex of coastal wetlands harboring more than 300 bird species. They serve as an end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neotropical migratory songbirds tired from a 600-mile Gulf crossing from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

Texas Natural Resource Server
http://texnat.tamu.edu/
TEXNAT's primary purpose is to serve as an information database for those individuals interested in natural resource management of Texas rangelands. This information will include, but not be restricted to, pertinent research and extension publications, management tips, common range plants, special educational programs and symposium proceedings.

Texas Oak Wilt
http://texasoakwilt.org/
Within these pages you will find an array of oak wilt resources covering everything from oak wilt biology to diagnosis, treatment, and management. Clicking the banner will return you to the Oak Wilt Information Partnership home.

Texas Online
http://www.tshaonline.org/
Welcome to The Texas State Historical Association and TSHA Online, a digital gateway to Texas history. Here you will experience a vast storehouse documenting the rich and complex history of the state through innovative online features and content.

Texas Organization of Wildlife Management Associations
http://www.towma.org/
The purpose of TOWMA is to promote coordination between members of wildlife associations by providing a forum for exchange of ideas and information. This forum helps maintain interest among existing co-ops and provides support for establishment of new associations.

Texas Ornithological Society
http://www.texasbirds.org/
The Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) was founded in 1953 as a nonprofit organization. The purpose of the Society is to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge of birds; to encourage specifically the observation, study and conservation of birds in Texas; to encourage the formation of local birding clubs; and to stimulate cooperation among professional ornithologists.

Texas Outside
http://www.texasoutside.com/
Information on hiking, biking, camping, boating, fishing, sailing, hunting, parks, hotels, golf, retirement, scuba diving, and just about anything else you can do outside in the great state of Texas

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages Wildlife Management Areas throughout the state. The following WMAs are located in or near Brazoria County:
................•  Justin Hurst WMA (formerly Peach Point WMA)
................•  Matagorda Island WMA................•  Nannie M. Stringfellow WMA

Texas RICE
http://www.karankawa.com/rice.htm
The Texas Rice Belt is an environmentally important part of the coastal prairie of Texas. From Port Arthur to Port Lavaca, it occupies land area within 18 counties of the upper Gulf Coast. Not only is this area valuable for its agricultural production, but it is also vitally important to the delicate ecosystems of five of the state's seven major river basins. These bays and estuaries provide the spawning and breeding grounds for hundreds of fish and bird species.

Texas Rivers Protection Association
http://www.txrivers.org/
Texas rivers have always flowed through the land and lives of the people who depended on them for food, agriculture, recreation and transportation. But now, most of our rivers have been dammed, diverted, polluted, channelized or fenced in.

Texas Sea Grant
http://texas-sea-grant.tamu.edu/
Texas Sea Grant is headquartered in College Station and is part of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University. Texas A&M was designated a Sea Grant College in 1971, becoming one of the first four state programs established under the National Sea Grant College Act of 1966. Faculty at institutions throughout the state of Texas who have expertise in the marine environment are eligible to submit research proposals.

Texas Section Society for Range Management
http://www.rangelands.org/texas/
TSSRM is a section of the Society for Range Management (SRM). The SRM is the professional scientific society and conservation organization whose members are concerned with studying, conserving, managing and sustaining the varied resources of the rangelands which comprise nearly half the land in the world. Established in 1948, SRM has over 4,000 members in 48 countries, including many developing nations

Texas Settlement Region
http://www.texas-settlement.org/
Dedicated to protecting our region's history, culture, and natural attractions while promoting our region as a heritage tourism destination. Aransas, Austin, Brazoria, Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Goliad, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Jackson, Karnes, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria, and Wharton Counties.

Texas State Aquarium
http://www.texasstateaquarium.org/
Our Mission is to provide educationally enriching, entertaining programming to a diverse audience; to develop entertaining interactive exhibits that engage and inspire; to promote and practice environmental conservation and wildlife rehabilitation; to provide first-class guest services; and to operate as a private, self-supporting, not-for-profit organization.

Texas State Genealogical Society
http://www.rootsweb.com/~txsgs/
The Texas State Genealogical Society was founded in 1960 at Fort Worth, Texas. It is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Individuals, Societies, Libraries, Museums and Family Surname Associations may apply for membership.

Texas State Historical Association
http://www.tshaonline.org/
Welcome to The Texas State Historical Association and TSHA Online, a digital gateway to Texas history. Here you will experience a vast storehouse documenting the rich and complex history of the state through innovative online features and content.

Texas State Library & Archives Commission
http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/index.html
From Archives to Genealogy to fun facts about Texas and images of historical artifacts to Talking Books even, our areas of general interest serve the interests of an audience as broad and diverse as Texas itself.

Texas Stream Team
http://txstreamteam.rivers.txstate.edu/
Texas Stream Team is a network of trained volunteers and supportive partners working together to gather information about the natural resources of Texas and to ensure the information is available to all Texans. Established in 1991, Texas Watch (Texas Stream Team effective Feb. 1, 2008) is administered through a cooperative partnership between Texas State university, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Currently, over 1,400 Texas Stream Team volunteers collect water quality data on lakes, rivers, streams, wetlands, bays, bayous, and estuaries in Texas.

Texas Urban Forestry Council
http://www.texasurbantrees.org/
TUFC is a nonprofit organization that serves as a forum for networking, education and advocacy for those interested in impacting the community forests of Texas. We are the only statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering cooler, greener Texas communities

Texas Water Development Board
http://www.twdb.state.tx.us/
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) was created in 1957. Among other things, it provides loans to local governments for water supply projects; provides grants and loans for the water and wastewater needs of the state's economically distressed areas; and provides agricultural water conservation funding and water-related research and planning grants.

Texas Water Resources Institute
http://twri.tamu.edu/
The Texas Water Resources Institute provides leadership to stimulate priority water resources research and educational programs throughout Texas. The Institute is part of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, Texas AgriLife Research, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University and a member of the National Institutes for Water Resources.

Texas Wildlife Association
http://texas-wildlife.org/
TWA was formed in 1985 by a group of ranchers, wildlife managers and hunters dedicated to the conservation, management, and enhancement of wildlife and wildlife habitat particularly on private lands. Texas is 97% private land and over two-thirds of the US is privately owned. Texas hunters, anglers, wildlife watchers and conservationists recognized the necessity of working cooperatively with private landowners on wildlife, habitat and conservation issues.

Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition
http://www.twrc-houston.org/
Our mission is to rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured Texas wildlife; to provide education and instruction in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation; and to stimulate, encourage and support scientific investigation into areas related to management, rehabilitation and conservation of wildlife and its habitats.

Texas Zoo
http://www.texaszoo.org/
Our mission is to promote conservation of not only Texas fauna and flora but also from around the world, through education, preservation and recreation.

Texmaps
http://www.texmaps.com/
Texmaps is the premier source for maps and mapping in South Texas. We publish a variety of Atlases, Wall Maps and Specialty Maps for Corpus Christi, Laredo, Victoria and the Rio Grande Valley. Our state-of-the-art digital mapping system allows us to create Custom Maps for just about any purpose. Webmaster's note: Texmaps also offers aerial photos of the Brazosport area for download.]

Toolbox for the Great Outdoors
http://www.tools4outdoors.us/
Tools for adding resources and partners to your recreation and visitor services programs.

TourTexas.com
http://www.tourtexas.com/
Make the most of your travels through the Lone Star State. Let TourTexas.com guide your family to a dream vacation.

Tracy Herbarium
http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/FLORA/taes/tracy/home.html
The Tracy Herbarium at Texas A&M University came into being in the early 1930's based on early collections of several individuals, including the outstanding botanist-agriculturist, S. M. Tracy, for whom the herbarium is named. Specimens in the herbarium currently total over 200,000 making it the third largest in the state.

TrashBash
http://www.trashbash.org/
Once a year thousands of volunteers gather along the Texas waterways to do their part in cleaning up the environment and participate in the largest statewide event to educate the public about the importance of our water resources.

Travel Texas
http://www.traveltex.com/
TravelTex has made it easy to explore all 267,000 square miles of the Lone Star State. Take a road trip through Texas with our interactive Driving Tours, find an event going on right now, or discover the variety of activities offered in each of the seven Texas regions.

Trees for Houston
http://www.treesforhouston.org/
Magnificent, majestic and absolutely essential to life and the splendor of Houston's landscape. In an urban environment, they clean and cool the air, buffer sound and wind, offer animal habitats, and shade and beautify our environment.

Trinity River Authority
http://www.trinityra.org/
Welcome to the Trinity River Authority of Texas Website. Created in 1955 as a political subdivision of the State of Texas, TRA provides valuable services to the public including wastewater treatment, water treatment, recreation, and reservoir facilities. TRA also serves as a conduit for tax-exempt financing for municipal water and wastewater facilities and industrial air and water pollution control facilities.

Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/texas/trinityriver/index.html
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1994 to protect a remnant of the bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem along the Trinity River. The refuge is currently at 18,500 acres and continues to grow. It is one of only 14 priority-one bottomland sites identified for protection in the Texas Bottomland Protection Plan. Additionally, this refuge is located within the Lower Mississippi Joint Venture Project Area of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan and, as such, is highly valuable habitat for a diversity of waterfowl species.

Trust for Public Land
http://www.tpl.org/
TPL is a national, nonprofit, land conservation organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

TSHA Online
http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/handbook-intro.html
Welcome to TSHA Online (formerly the Handbook of Texas), a digital gateway to Texas history. Here you will experience a vast storehouse documenting the rich and complex history of the state through innovative online features and content.

U.S. Department of Agriculture
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome
In 1862, when President Abraham Lincoln founded the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he called it the "people's Department." In Lincoln's day, 58 percent of the people were farmers who needed good seeds and information to grow their crops. Today, USDA continues Lincoln's legacy by serving all Americans. USDA remains committed to helping America's farmers and ranchers.

U.S. Department of the Interior
http://www.doi.gov/
The Mission of the Department of the Interior is to protect and provide access to our Nation's natural and cultural heritage and honor our trust responsibilities to Indian Tribes and our commitments to island communities.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
http://www.fws.gov/
Our mission is to provide leadership in sustaining and enhancing fish, wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of the American people and to engage citizens in the shared stewardship of our Nation's natural resources.

U.S. Geological Survey
http://www.usgs.gov/
Department of Interior seal As an unbiased, multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, we are dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us.

Union of Concerned Scientists
http://www.ucsusa.org/
UCS is an independent nonprofit alliance of more than 100,000 concerned citizens and scientists. We augment rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.

Universities Space Research Association
http://www.usra.edu/
USRA was incorporated in 1969 in the District of Columbia as a private, nonprofit corporation under the auspices of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Institutional membership in the Association has grown from 49 colleges and universities when it was founded, to the current 100 institutions. All member institutions have graduate programs in space sciences or technology.

University of Texas Marine Science Institute
http://www.utmsi.utexas.edu/
UTMSI has active research programs in marine science disciplines including the physiology, biochemistry and ecology of marine plants and animals; dynamics of marine ecosystems; biogeochemistry; mariculture; toxicology; and environmental monitoring. It is the oldest marine research station on the Texas Gulf Coast.

USDA Farm Service Agency
http://www.fsa.usda.gov/pas/
Stabilizing farm income, helping farmers conserve land and water resources, providing credit to new or disadvantaged farmers and ranchers, and helping farm operations recover from the effects of disaster are the missions of FSA. The Brazoria County office is located in the Wells Fargo Bank Building in Angleton.

USDA Forest Service
http://www.fs.fed.us/
The Forest Service was established in 1905 and is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/
Since 1935, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (originally called the Soil Conservation Service) has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America's private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources. The Brazoria County office is located in the Wells Fargo Bank Building in Angleton.

USDA Rural Development
http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/
Welcome to USDA Rural Development. Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America. Through our programs, we touch rural America in many ways. The Brazoria County office is located in the Wells Fargo Bank Building in Angleton.

USFWS Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
http://federalaid.fws.gov/sfr/fasfr.html
This program is authorized with State fish and wildlife agencies for sport fish management, boating access, and aquatic education projects.

Valley Land Fund
http://www.valleylandfund.com/
The mission of The Valley Land Fund is to preserve, enhance and expand the native wildlife habitat of the Rio Grande Valley through education, land ownership and the creation of economic incentives for preservation.

Varner-Hogg Plantation State Historic Site
http://www.thc.state.tx.us/hsites/hs_vrnr_hgg_plantation.shtml
VHPSHS is on 66 acres along Varner Creek, 50 miles south of Houston in Brazoria County. The site was donated to the state in 1957 by Miss Ima Hogg, daughter of Texas Gov. James S. Hogg, and dedicated and opened on March 24, 1958. Gov. Hogg bought the property in 1902. While he had initially thought of it as an investment, Hogg soon came to think fondly of the plantation as a second home for his scattered family. Hogg was convinced that the property contained oil in quantities equal to Spindletop, and he drilled several wells trying to find it. He died, however, in 1906, 14 years before his beliefs were vindicated. The West Columbia field was brought in during 1920 and proved very productive, becoming the cornerstone of the Hogg family wealth.

Waterbird Conservation for the Americas
http://www.waterbirdconservation.org/
This independent, international, broad-based, and voluntary partnership was created to link the work of individuals and institutions having interest and responsibility for conservation of waterbirds and their habitats in the Americas.

Waugh Bat Monitor
http://tinyurl.com/y2l3j2
A site devoted to the bat colony living under the Waugh Street Bridge (over Buffalo Bayou) in Houston. The bats drop from the crevices under the bridge, and then fly out towards the east. Viewers on the bridge see them stream out below, not overhead.

Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network
http://www.whsrn.org/index.html
Shorebirds are among nature's most ambitious, long-distance migrants. But their numbers are dropping quickly with some species projected to go extinct within our lifetime. Protecting these birds is an important international conservation priority that requires proactive and coordinated efforts within each of the countries these birds fly through during their vast, pole to pole migrations.

Western History Association
http://www.umsl.edu/~wha/
WHA's purpose shall be to promote the study of the North American West in its varied aspects and broadest sense.

What's that bug?
http://whatsthatbug.com/
If you have discovered some strange looking creepy crawly, take a picture of it and send it to the lovely helpful people at What's That Bug.

Wherigo
http://www.wherigo.com/
Wherigo is a toolset for creating and playing GPS-enabled adventures in the real world. Use GPS technology to guide you to physical locations and interact with virtual objects and characters. Learn more...

Wikimapia
http://www.wikimapia.org/
Satellite images of Earth with "places" defined and described by volunteers.

Wild Texas
http://www.wildtexas.com/
Your guide to Texas parks, travel & outdoor recreation since 1995

Wilderness Society
http://www.wilderness.org/
We're spirited people protecting America's Wilderness since 1935 through the potent combination of science, advocacy and education. We bring to bear our scientific expertise, analysis and bold advocacy at the highest levels to save, protect and restore America's wilderness areas.

Wildlife Conservation Society
http://www.wcs.org/
WCS saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks.   These activities change attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in sustainable interaction on both a local and a global scale.   WCS is committed to this work because we believe it essential to the integrity of life on Earth.

Wildlife Habitat Council
http://www.wildlifehc.org/
The founders of WHC conceived a new and innovative concept of bringing together—conservation and business. This was the first cooperative effort between the environmental community and industry. Today, with our members and partners, we continue to share a vision to conserve and restore natural ecosystems for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

Wildlife Habitat Federation
http://www.whf-texas.org/index.html
WHF is a Texas non-profit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation and re-establishment of crucial upland game habitat vitally needed to sustain healthy populations of quail and other upland wildlife species.

Wildlife Rehabilitation Information Directory
http://www.tc.umn.edu/~devo0028/
Welcome to the source on the web for information on wildlife rehabilitation. Here you will find information on what to do with injured wildlife and who to contact. Information is provided for the public and for the professional wildlife rehabilitator. Many links are provided to sites of interest relating to the field.

Wilson Ornithological Society
http://www.wilsonsociety.org/
The Wilson Society is a world-wide organization of nearly 2500 people who share a curiosity about birds. Named in honor of Alexander Wilson, the Father of American Ornithology, the Society publishes a quarterly journal of ornithology, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology (formerly The Wilson Bulletin), and holds annual meetings

Wolfram Math World
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/
The Web's Most Extensive Mathematics Resource

World Conservation Union
http://www.iucn.org/
WCU is the world's largest and most important conservation network. The Union brings together 82 States, 111 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations, and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership.

World Resources Institute
http://about.wri.org/
WRI is an environmental think tank that goes beyond research to create practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people's lives.

World Wildlife Foundation
http://www.worldwildlife.org/
Known worldwide by its panda logo WWF leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. Now in its fifth decade, WWF works in more than 100 countries around the globe to conserve the diversity of life on earth. With nearly 1.2 million members in the U.S. and another 4 million worldwide, WWF is the world's largest privately financed conservation organization.

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation
http://www.xerces.org/
An international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation




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