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History Link offers a large historical database and website containing essays, pictures and links related to the history of Seattle and King County since the mid 19th century.
Rainier Vally Historical Society has essays, pictures and links related to the history of Rainier Valley.
The Seattle Municipal Archives has a wonderful on-line collection of historical Seattle photographs, including views of Seward Park dating back to the beginning of the last century.
A number of interesting websites devoted to the February 28, 2001 6.8
Nisqually Earthquake have appeared in the aftermath of the "not as big
as it could have been" one. Two are standouts: the site sponsored by the
Geophysics Lab at the University of Washington contains a wealth of technical information; and the
The Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network , part of the University of Washington's Geophysics Program, maintains a number of instruments in Washington State for detecting earthquakes. These instruments help geologists locate and measure the motion of earthquakes and help in assessing earthquake hazards.
The USGS also maintains a site with great information on Mount Rainier and the other Cascade volcanoes.
Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians
In addition to the wonderful natural history collections at their physical location on the University of Washington Campus, the Burke Museum offers three on-line collections that are well worth visiting for information about mammals, reptiles and amphibians in Washington State. Of the three, Mammals of Washington is the most comprehensive. All of the species you might encounter in the state are listed. Each listing includes photos, an account of the animal's natural history and geographic distribution, links to other sites offering related information and, in some cases, video and sound. Reptiles of Washington and are similar in scope and while neither is complete as of March 2001, both contain solid information about these sometimes overlooked inhabitants of Washinton State.
TWEETERS is the best source of local birding information available. The site is host to a birding discussion list and has a remarkable number of interesting birding links.
BIRDNOTES, hosted by Don Baccus, is a web-based birding data collection site. You need to register to add your sightings to the database, but anyone can use it to download site-specific lists and other information.
Michael Hobbs volunteered his time to proof the Friends of Seward Park bird checklist. He also maintains the Marymoor Park birding site.
The Washington Chapter of the Audubon Society offers classes, outings and a wealth of information on local birding.
Mostly Local Wildlife Cams
Seattle's Falcon Research Group has a camera that monitors a downtown Peregrine Falcon nest.
The Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife maintains a streaming video Bald Eagle nest cam in Kent, Washington.
For more information on Barred Owls check out the other coast Barred Owl nest cam.
The University of Oregon's Trees of the Pacific Northwest contains well written essays on conifers and easy-to use illustrated keys for the identification of native trees.
The Central Puget Sound Chapter of the Washington Native Plant Society sponsors walks and field trips for people interested in the native flora of Washington State.
Portland, Oregon's No Ivy League has great information on the perils of English Ivy.
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