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Agricultural Green Plan
Information on wildlife habitat in an agricultural context.

Alliance For The Great Lakes
The Alliance works to conserve and restore the world's largest freshwater resource through policy, education and local efforts aimed at preserving the Great Lakes region as a national treasure. It also works with the region's residents, enhancing their understanding of how they can help, too, drawing on many resources, working with teachers, scientists, economists, legal specialists, government representatives, communities and individuals. The Great Lakes are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world! It's our responsibility to ensure their health. Join the Adopt-a-Beach program to create positive change for your local beach.

Audubon International
Audubon International spearheads education and conservation assistance programs that promote environmental stewardship and sustainability. Programs encourage pro-active, cooperative partnerships among Audubon International, landowners or managers enrolled in the program, and local community organizations. Audubon International believes that such positive relationships form the foundation for sustained conservation action.

Association of State Wetland Managers, Inc.
The Association of State Wetland Managers is a nonprofit membership organization established in 1983 to promote and enhance protection and management of wetland resources, to promote application of sound science to wetland management efforts and to provide training and education for our members and the public. A great source for wetland news, publications, info on seminars and workshops and techniques.

Bird Studies Canada
Bird Studies Canada is recognized nation-wide as a leading and respected not-for-profit conservation organization dedicated to advancing the understanding, appreciation and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, in Canada and elsewhere, through studies that engage the skills, enthusiasm and support of its members, volunteers, staff and the interested public.

Carolinian Canada
Carolinian Canada is a non-profit coalition of over 40 government and non-government conservation groups and many individuals working to conserve the ecological diversity of Canada's most threatened natural region. Find information on habitats and species found in the Carolinian Zone of Canada.

Citizens Environment Alliance (CEA)
The Citizens Environment Alliance (CEA) is a non-profit, grass-roots, international, education and research organization. We are committed to an ecosystem approach to environmental planning and management. The CEA was formed in 1985 by citizens concerned about spills from the (Sarnia) Chemical Valley into the St. Clair River (the Toxic blob), and how those spills affected the region's drinking water. Later, the CEA began to focus on the questions of toxins in the Great Lakes, as well as air quality throughout the transboundary area.

The mission is to promote awareness and protection of the environment through education, research and advocacy. DAS supports local activities to foster the preservation of birds and the clean air, water, wetlands, grasslands, woodlands and other natural resources they depend upon.

Detroit River
In meeting the spirit of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the purpose of the committee is to clean-up, enhance and sustain the ecosystem of the Detroit River and its tributary watersheds.

Ducks Unlimited Canada
Ducks Unlimited conserves, restores and manages wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people.

Ecology and Society
Ecology and Society is an electronic, peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research.

Environment Canada - Ontario Region
Environment Canada is a science-based government department whose business is helping Canadians live and prosper in an environment that is properly protected and conserved. It's our goal to help make sustainable development a reality in Canada and, by doing so, make our country an example to the world.

Friends of the St. Clair River
An all-volunteer registered Canadian charitable organization. Its purpose is to promote conservation, beautification and other environmental activities associated with the St. Clair River and assist in the development and implementation of the St. Clair River Remedial Action Plan.

Friends of the St. Clair River Watershed
The Friends of the St. Clair River Watershed provide fun, educational experiences that engage the community in the protection of their water resources. We promote scientific, volunteer-based water monitoring, watershed stewardship, and the restoration and protection of the St. Clair River and other Great Lakes Areas of Concern.

Great Lakes Information Network
The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America. GLIN offers a wealth of data and information about the region's environment, economy, tourism, education and more. Thanks to its strong network of state, provincial, federal and regional partner agencies and organizations, GLIN has become a necessary component of informed decision making, and a trusted and reliable source of information for those who live, work or have an interest in the Great Lakes region. Regional resources with newsletters from across the Great Lakes region.

International Joint Commission
Canada and the United States created the International Joint Commission because they recognized that each country is affected by the other's actions in lake and river systems along the border. The two countries cooperate to manage these waters wisely and to protect them for the benefit of today's citizens and future generations. Read the quarterly news publication, FOCUS, now available in full English and French versions. Environment Canada for more information.

Lakewide Management Program (LaMP 2000)
A Lakewide Management Plan, or "LaMP", is a plan of action to assess, restore, protect and monitor the ecosystem health of a Great Lake. It is used to coordinate the work of all the government, tribal, and non-government partners working to improve the Lake ecosystem. A public consultation process is used to ensure that the LaMP is addressing the public's concerns.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Our mission is to drive improvements in environmental quality for the protection of public health and natural resources to benefit current and future generations. This will be accomplished through effective administration of agency programs, providing for the use of innovative strategies, while helping to foster a strong and sustainable economy. Features the manual 'Developing A watershed Management Plan for Water Quality" in digital format.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Regardless of the size of your property, whether it is an urban back yard, a "back forty", or more than a section, you can set goals and take the proper steps to improve your property for wildlife. Every piece of property is important to the big picture, and it is not too late to begin improving our land. This guide provides the information you will need to conserve Michigan's plants, animals, and ecosystems.

Michigan Natural Features Inventory
The Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) program conducts field surveys to locate and identify threatened and endangered species and communities throughout the state, created and maintains a database of all relevant species and community locations, provides data summaries and analysis in support of environmental reviews, and provides biological expertise to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Visit DNR for information on MNFI.

National Council for Science and the Environment
The Council envisions a society where environmental decisions are based on an accurate understanding of the underlying science, its meaning, and its limitations. In such a society, citizens and decisionmakers receive accurate, understandable, and integrated science-based information. They understand the risks, uncertainties, and potential consequences of their action or inaction. Visit the National Library for the Environment, an easy-to-use single-point entry to environmental information and data.

National Wetlands Inventory
The National Wetlands Inventory (NWI) of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service produces information on the characteristics, extent, and status of the Nation's wetlands and deepwater habitats.

Natural Heritage Information Centre
The Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC) compiles, maintains and provides information on rare, threatened and endangered species and spaces in Ontario.

NatureServe Canada
NatureServe Canada provides scientific information about Canada's species and ecosystems to help guide effective conservation action and natural resource management. A part of the international NatureServe network, it is a leading source for reliable information and analysis on the distribution and conservation status of Canada's plants, animals, and ecological communities. NatureServe Canada works in close partnership with key federal and provincial agencies as well as international and multi-lateral initiatives concerned with environmental protection.

Nature Conservancy of Canada
For over 40 years, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has been working to protect Canada's most threatened natural habitats and the endangered species that call them home. NCC is Canada's only national charity dedicated to preserving ecologically significant areas through outright purchase, donations and conservation easements.

Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials
The University of Connecticut's Nonpoint Education for Municipal Officials (NEMO) is an educational program for local land use officials that addresses the relationship of land use to natural resource protection. The site features innovative techniques to teach local officials about the sources and impacts of nonpoint source (NPS) pollution, how different land uses affect water quality, and what towns can do to protect water quality. The unique educational approach of the project is to use geographic information system (GIS) technology to simplify and explain the complex relationship between land use to water quality.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
The ministry is committed to protecting and managing the province's natural resources, or its "natural capital", and making the interest from that capital available for individuals, communities and economies that depend on it. In doing so, the Ministry contributes to the environmental, social and economic well-being of the people of Ontario, meeting not only today's needs, but also ensuring these resources are available for future generations.

Ontario Woodlot Association
The Ontario Woodlot Association (OWA) is a non-profit organization with a network of regional chapters located across the province. The OWA brings woodlot owners together to share ideas and learn about forest management. OWA promotes sustainable forestry practices in private forests to ensure the viability of these forests for future generations.

Royal Ontario Museum - species at risk
'Explore Ontario's Biodiversity' website is a public programming initiative of the Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Royal Ontario Museum. The aim of the site is to provide Ontario citizens with access to the latest and most authoritative information about the distribution and status of Ontario's wildlife. The 'Explore Ontario's Biodiversity' project has three main components: Ontario Field Guides; Ontario's Species at Risk; and The ROM Collections.

Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association
The Sarnia-Lambton Environmental Association's mission is to be recognized by members, regulatory agencies, and the community for excellence in promoting and fostering a healthy environment consistent with sustainable development.

Society for Wetland Scientists
The SWS is a non-profit organization founded in 1980 to promote wetland science and the exchange of information related to wetlands. The Society continues to grow with members from most states and provinces in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and many other countries. The Society holds an annual meeting for the presentation of scientific and technical information, for field trips to local wetlands, and to support student wetland research. Wetland management tools, links, careers and workshops, the site features a Canadian Chapter link that highlights wetland news and wetlands in Canada.

University of Guelph - College of Biological Sciences
This Web site provides links of interest and information on botany and zoology for habitat restoration and conservation.

U.S. Department of the Interior - Great Lakes Science Center
The Great Lakes Science Center exists to meet the Nation's need for scientific information for restoring, enhancing, managing, and protecting living resources and their habitats in the Great Lakes basin ecosystem.

U.S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office
The Great Lakes - Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario - form the largest surface freshwater system on the Earth. The Great Lakes National Program Office oversees and helps all Great Lakes stakeholders work together in an integrated, ecosystem approach to protect, maintain, and restore the chemical, biological and physical integrity of the Great Lakes.

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service - Great Lakes - Big Rivers Region 3
The Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Region manages 1.2 million acres in refuge land and water on 46 national wildlife refuges and 9 wetland management districts, including more than 240,000 acres in waterfowl production areas.

USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
The mission of the Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is to develop research information on the quantitative ecological requirements for sustainable wildlife populations, design and conduct studies of numbers and distribution of flora and fauna including identification of change resulting from habitat loss and modification and disseminate the latest in technical information and research findings such that interested audiences benefit to the maximum extent possible.

Wildlife Habitat Council
The Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) is a nonprofit, nonlobbying 501(c)(3) group of corporations, conservation organizations, and individuals dedicated to protecting and enhancing wildlife habitat. Created in 1988, WHC helps large landowners, particularly corporations, manage their unused lands in an ecologically sensitive manner for the benefit of wildlife.

Wild Ones
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities.

World Wildlife Fund
Founded in 1967, World Wildlife Fund Canada has become one of the country's leading conservation organizations, enjoying the active support of more than 50,000 Canadians.