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  • Antiques
  • Birdwatching
    • All About Birds This site features the browsable Online Bird Guide, a guide for bird species identifications and in-depth information, including sounds, video, and distribution maps. (LII)
    • Audubon's Birds of America online version. (LII)
    • Avibase-The World Bird Database this online database may be the largest one available for the general public (SR)
    • Birds, Birds, BirdsHome Page of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service Birds Pages, a bureau in the Department of the Interior. Our mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Source: El Dorado County Library What's Hot on the Internet, Week of August 2, 2004.
    • Online Guide to Eastern Shorebirds [Flash] lots of information on shorebirds.
    • Bird Central photos and natural history of 406 of the 600+ species found in the lower 48 states.
    • Bird Checklists of the United States
    • Great Backyard Bird Count from the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology
    • Celebrate Urban Birds “Celebrate Urban Birds!” kicks off May 10–13, and continues through the following months with activities such as gardening, bird watching, art, and science. These events will raise awareness about birds in the city­and fuel scientific studies about how birds use urban habitats. The project is sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
    • Checklist of Michigan Birds from the University of Michigan.
    • eBird visitors can enter their own bird observations, or access the entire historical database to find out what other users of the eBird site have to say about their own bird watching forays.
    • GeoBirds Billed as “your online birding community”, the site contains sections like “What bird was that?”, “Share”, and “Learn”. Also includes an online field guide. (SR)
    • Michigan Birding
    • Ornithology.com lots of information on all kinds of birds. (LII)
    • Ravens facts and folklore on ravens and crows. From PBS. (LII)
    • 50states.com/bird: Official State Birds the official bird for each state, with family genus. (LII)
    • The Virtual Birder features images and range maps for dozens of birds, simulated birding tours of North American birding hot spots, photo galleries, and Rare Bird Alert (RBA) transcripts and regional info for North American states and provinces. (LII)
    • World Database of Bird Species You can search for detailed information on Species, Sites and EBAs, see examples of recent analyses and download subsets of the database. (RB)
  • Puzzles
    • One Across Help with crossword puzzle clues, also has other word play information. (RB)
    • Word Navigator Solve Word Puzzles and Crosswords with Ease at WordNavigator.com! (WIL)
    • NPR Sunday Puzzles the weekly on-air quiz from New York Times Crossword Puzzle editor and Weekend Edition puzzle master Will Shortz. (LII)
    • Crossword Puzzles over 32,000, divided up into several categories, including large, medium, small, and very small. (RB)
    • The New York Times: Crosswords/Games Free content from The New York Times includes a free weekly crossword puzzle from the online archive (updated every Monday), a daily sudoku puzzle, and articles about crossword puzzles, bridge, and chess. Also includes links to the Learning Network with crosswords for young solvers (with puzzles on topics such as American history, geography, and science), and a daily news quiz. Also includes links to related sites. Additional material is available for a fee. (LII)
    • Daily Sudoku 'The object of this puzzle (popular in Japan, and spreading through the UK and the U.S.) is to insert the numbers in the boxes to satisfy only one condition: each row, column and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 through 9 exactly once. ' (LII)
    • Sudoku Classic Archive of sudoku puzzles, published six days a week, ranging from easy to difficult. (LII)
    • Web Sudoku The rules of Sudoku are simple. Enter digits from 1 to 9 into the blank spaces. Every row must contain one of each digit. So must every column, as must every 3x3 square. This site features billions of interactive games with easy, medium, hard, and evil levels of difficulty (users can receive hints). The site also supplies puzzles for newspapers, magazines, and other media for a fee. (LII)
  • Crafts
    • Building Musical Instruments Within categories that include flutes, guitars, and keyboard instruments, visitors can learn how to make wind chimes, banjos, a tinwhistle, and a dulcimer. (SR)
    • Batik Guild
    • Counted Cross Stitch, Needlework, and Stitchery Page lots of information on needlework. (LII)
    • Craftster.org users can view completed projects that they may want to try out, ask questions of other craftsters, and offer suggestions to inquiring minds. (SR)
    • All Free Crochet Free crochet patterns, tutorials, etc.
    • Crochet Pattern Central a variety of patterns and crochet information. (RB)
    • Fave crafts 1000's of free craft projects, home decor ideas and DIY tips.
    • The Fiber Equipment and Barter Page for the sale, wanted, and barter of used looms, spinning wheels and other fiber equipment related to spinning, weaving and hand knitting, fiber stash reductions, and breeders selling their own fiber. (LII)
    • Cross-Stitching.com from Britain, lots of free stuff for cross stitchers. (LII)
    • Drying Flowers and Foliage for Arrangements Detailed instructions for drying and preserving flowers through a variety of methods, such as air-drying, pressing, burying, microwave drying, and preservation with glycerin. Includes lists of flowers suitable for each method. From the University of Missouri Extension. (LII)
    • DIY: Do It Yourself Network the place to look for projects that you can do yourself. (LII)
    • FabricLink Some say that the binding relationships between individuals are the fabric of human society, where others are more interested in, well, actual fabric. For those who are interested in the wide world of fabric and related topics, the FabricLink website is a fine place to learn about various fabrics, their care, fabric products, and the latest in fabric industry news and innovation. (SR)
    • Guild of Book workers information for people who are interested in bookbinding, conservation, printing, papermaking, calligraphy, marbling and artist¹s books.
    • HGTV: Crafts a wide variety of “how-to” projects (SR)
    • Knit, Crochet and More: The Internet Site of the Craft Yarn Council of America (CYCA) basics, free patterns, discussion groups, special programs. (LII)
    • Knitting Help Although experts say the Continental knitting method (holding the yarn in your left hand) is faster, holding the yarn in your right hand (called English) is the most popular method in the States. English is also the easiest style for kids to learn. Knitting Help showcases both schools with their how-to-knit videos, found in Getting Started, Basic Techniques and Advanced Techniques. They also host a very active discussion forum, a few pages of free patterns, and a glossary of knitting abbreviations. (STN)
    • Knitting Pattern Central Knitting Pattern Central is an online directory featuring thousands of links to free knitting patterns, currently with over fifty categories from which to choose, including hats, sweaters, afghans, ponchos, mittens and gloves, kitchen items, toys, and much more. Another fun section is Tips ‘n Tricks with over eight pages of reader-submitted knitting tips. (STN)
    • Knitty: Little Purls of Wisdom The web-only knitting magazine for knitters with a fresh attitude. (LII)
    • All Free Knitting  free knitting patterns, reviews, and tutorials.
    • Stef Thornton's Craft Page lots of links to many different crafts, including machine knitting, crocheting, and sewing.
    • Make Stuff lots of instructions for making crafts and other stuff. (LII)
    • Medieval Knitting Annotated links to websites about period knitting. (LII)
    • Paper Crafts
      • Paper Toys Paper stuff for kids and grown-ups. Discover the wonderful world of paper folding and construction. (LII)
      • Guild of American Papercutters Organization for this paper craft, in which a creative artistic design [is] executed from paper with scissors or a knife. Features a gallery of papercutting images, a papercutting FAQ, and a large collection of links representing papercutting traditions from many countries and cultures. Some additional information only available to members. (LII)
      • History of Japanese papermaking, or washi
      • The Robert C. Williams American Museum of Papermaking The Web site for this museum presents an illustrated history of paper and paper technology, covering topics such as the invention of paper, early paper machines, watermarks, modern paper mills, paper recycling, and Japanese papermaking (washi). Includes images of items from the museum's collection, newsletters, and related links. From the Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech. (LII)
    • Polymer Clay Central to promote Polymer Clay in every way, shape and form imaginable, throughout the world, and to do this in a safe, respectful and welcoming environment. (LII)
    • Robert Sabuda.com: Simple Pop-Ups You Can Make! This site provides patterns and detailed instructions, illustrated with photographs, for making more than a dozen pop-up cards. Includes cards for Christmas, Halloween, Valentine's Day, and Thanksgiving. From a pop-up card engineer and author. (LII)
    • Learn Pysanky Ukranian Easter Egg decorating. (LII)
    • Quilt Blocks
    • Quilt Index aggregates resources from four separate archives: the Michigan State University Museum, the University of Louisville Archives and Records Center, the Illinois State Museum and the Tennessee State Library and Archives. (RB)
    • FaveQuilts  hundreds of free quilting patterns and tutorials
    • The Home Sewing Association helpful information about all aspects.
    • AllFreeSewing  expert tips to project ideas for every style and skill level
    • Scrapbooking 101 this website offers some introductory materials on how to get started with the creative process involved in making a scrapbook. (SR)
    • Digital Scrapbook Place Free tutorials for a variety of techniques.
    • Scrapbook.com Articles, galleries, classes and more.
    • Scrapbooking.Com Articles, bulletin boards, directories, etc.
    • Scrapbooking Material about making scrapbooks and related crafts. Features articles on topics such as scrapbooking basics (supplies, inspirations, and layouts), why people make scrapbooks, and mother-daughter scrapbooking. Also includes a link to a digital scrapbooking community forum with a gallery of designs. From the Kaboose Family Network. (LII)
    • The Joy of Handspinning lessons on spinning, use of different spindles and wheels, etc. (LII)
    • Annie's Online Stitch Reference.
    • Weaving information on weaving. (RB)
    • Woodworker's Central [QuickTime] designed to provide a source of online information on a wide array of subjects related to this activity. (SR)
    • Yarn Standards Standards and Guidelines for Crochet and Knitting. (LII)

     

  • Gardens and Lawns
    • Aboutflowers.com All about cut flowers. From the Society of American Florists.
    • Butterfly Gardening a host of original material and websites dealing with the creation and maintenance of butterfly gardens and habitats.
    • National Chrysanthemum Society primarily for the amateur gardener who enjoys growing chrysanthemums
    • American Community Gardening Association: Learn Background about community gardens, [a]ny piece of land gardened by a group of people. Features profiles of U.S. community gardens (browsable by geographic location), a guide to starting a community garden, audio of gardening teleconferences, a best practices series covering topics such as children's gardening and saving seeds, a FAQ, and other related publications and links. From the American Community Gardening Association.
    • Frost Dates Selector average first and last frost dates for the United States.
    • The Helpful Gardener An abundance of gardening tips are presented in this collection of articles on topics such as bonsai, native plants, roses, perennials, and other gardening subjects. Includes a message board. From a garden designer who specializes in Japanese and native gardens. (LII)
    • HGTV: Home and Garden Television information for the home and garden. (LII)
    • Home Gardening ecologically sound, science-based practices. (LII)
    • GardenGuides This site has guide sheets and tips on many types of garden plants.
    • The Garden Helper lots of information on gardening. (LII)
    • The Garden Watchdog: Guide to Gardening by Mail The site lists and ranks over 3,000 vendors that sell gardening products by mail and on the Web. (LII)
    • Gardening and Health Collection of fact sheets on gardening health and safety topics, such as plant allergies, power tool safety, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, heat stress, sunburn and skin cancer, and protecting your hands, feet, knees, and back. From the Virginia Cooperative Extension. (LII)
    • Gardening Launchpad a subject index to gardening. (RB)
    • Gardener's Path gardening on a budget, organic gardening and lots more. (LII)
    • Garden Web this site has user forums, directories of gardens and societies, a plant database, glossary, contests, exchanges, articles, etc.
    • Horticultural Pictures pictures, commmon names, latin names (RB)
    • The Japanese Garden features interactive tours of gardens in or near Kyoto, Japan. (LII)
    • All About Lawns this is a commercial site that has information about caring for and maintaining lawns. (LII)
    • Month by Month Planting Calendar This site presents lists for each month of flowering plants that may be planted in gardens in the United States. (LII)
    • General and Specialty Mail-Order Seed Sources Compiled by the Cooperative Extension, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (LII)
    • Mad About Moss: The Simple Art of Moss Gardening This article describes one gardener's experience replacing a lawn with a moss carpet. Describes conditions for moss growth, starting and maintaining a moss garden, and related topics. From the newsletter of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. (LII)
    • USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map 'This interactive document from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows 10 different minimum temperature zones in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, each of which represents an area of winter hardiness for the plants of agriculture and our natural landscape. It also introduces zone 11 to represent areas ... that are ... essentially frost free. Also includes information about the creation of the map, and indicator plant examples for selected woody plants.' (LII)
    • Plant Information Online Use Plant Information Online to discover sources in 1043 North American nurseries for 106825 plants, find 373367 citations to 139286 plants in science and garden literature, link to selected websites for images and regional information about 12163 plants, and access information on 2438 North American seed and nursery firms. Plant Information Online is a free service of the University of Minnesota Libraries. (LIB)
    • Plant Swap A completely free site for gardeners to organize community plant swaps (where they trade or give away plants they have propagated in their gardens).
    • PondInfo Lots of information for starting and maintaing a water garden.
    • EveryRose: The Rose Reference Database (LII)
    • Our Rose Garden Includes tips for selection, site selection and bed preparation, planting, pruning, and pest and disease protection. Features photos, videos, diagrams, and links to related resources. From the University of Illinois Extension. (LII)
    • Saving Seed from the Garden Tips for saving seeds from flowers and vegetable plants for preservation and future planting. (LII)
    • Gardening: Small Space Plans and ideas for gardening in small spaces, including containers, small lots and courtyards, side yards, and decks. Some articles include before-and-after photos and specific plant suggestions. From the website for HGTV. (LII)
    • SelecTree: A Tree Selection Guide With information on more than 1,400 trees, this tree selection guide features options for searching, browsing by common and scientific names, and generating a list of trees that match a set of attributes (such as height, fragrance, and water and soil requirements). Tree profiles include photographs, growth habit, pest and disease problems, and more. From the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute, based at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly).
    • Vegetable Gardening in Containers This illustrated article provides ideas for growing vegetables in containers such as pots and planter boxes. Discusses crop selection, growing media, fertilization, water, light, and diseases and insects. Includes planting charts and sample vegetable varieties for containers. From the Texas Cooperative Extension, Texas A&M University. (LII)
    • Wild Ones Handbook
      A Voice for the Natural Landscaping Movement
    • Woody Plants The University of Illinois has created this fine database for use by students, avid gardeners, and just about anyone with an interest in woody plants. The database contains copious amounts of information about woody plants found in the northern portion of eastern North America (SR)
    • Yardcare.com A good basic lawn care site. (LII)
  • Photography
  • Other Hobbies
    • Aviation Home Page over 7000 links to aviation links in a variety of categories, including Ground Support, Reference, Training, and Flight Simulation. (RB)
    • Beehoo World's Beekeeping Directory. (LII)
    • Botany.com everything you always wanted to know about plants, searchable by common or botanical name, and category
    • Arab Gateway: Calligraphy learn about arab calligraphy. (LII)
    • The Washington Calligraphers Guild brief histories of calligraphy and penmanship, an exhibit of calligraphy samples, images of winning calligraphy pieces from the Graceful Envelope contest, and a bibliography of resources on calligraphy technique, Asian and Middle East calligraphy, handwriting and penmanship, and related topics. (LII)
    • Chessopolis chess information site (RB)
    • Chess Here.com ChessHere.com is an easy to use online chess server. Chess Here has rich features, is browser-based, multi-lingual, customizable, and free.
    • Collectors.org the Official Website of the National Association of Collectors (LII)
    • The Drachen Foundation This organization is devoted to the increase and diffusion of knowledge of kites worldwide. The About Kites section of the website features kite basics (types of kites and how and in what winds they fly), discussion of kite building materials, and kite history resources that describe the Eastern and Western origins of kites, and highlight significant events during kiting's long history. Also includes reports from research projects, description of archive collections, and related material. (LII)
    • FMJD (World Draughts Federation) Website for this international sport body uniting national draughts [checkers] federations. Includes links to groups around the world and other resources for this board game that is known as checkers in the U.S. and draughts elsewhere. Also provides international statutes and bylaws, listing of world title winners, results of competitions, and related information. Translations are slightly uneven in some areas, but understandable. (LII)
    • How to do things Articles on how to do a variety of things.
    • Pastimes and Paradigms: Games We Play the evolution of games since 1800 ... includes a wide variety of antique and contemporary games, as well as rare books on rules, strategies, and recreation. (LII)
    • Geocaching Geocaching is an entertaining adventure game for gps users. Participating in a cache hunt is a good way to take advantage of the wonderful features and capability of a gps unit. The basic idea is to have individuals and organizations set up caches all over the world and share the locations of these caches on the internet. GPS users can then use the location coordinates to find the caches. Once found, a cache may provide the visitor with a wide variety of rewards. All the visitor is asked to do is if they get something they should try to leave something for the cache.
    • Letterboxing North America (LbNA) explains the origins of letterboxing, gives instructions for beginners, lists clues to letterbox locations in every state and Canadian province, and has links to related sites. Similar to geocaching, but without the use of global positioning system (GPS) tools. (LII)
    • Waymarking This site, which bills itself as a scavenger hunt for unique and interesting locations in the world, allows users to add photographs and descriptions of locations as designated by a waymark, a physical location on the planet marked by coordinates (latitude/longitude) and [which] contains unique information defined within its waymark category. Site is browsable by categories or waymarks (and often by postal code). Categories include castle, firehouse, and art museum. (LII)
    • Magic Tricks. Com Everything you always wanted to know about Magic.
    • Medieval Names Archive This collection of articles on medieval and renaissance names is intended to help historical re-creators to choose authentic names. (LII)
    • New York Times Book Review
    • Fabric Origami Instructions for preparing fabric to make origami boxes and ornaments. Features ideas for embellishing techniques, such as stamping, beading, gold leaf, and laminating. Includes a bibliography and an image gallery. (LII)
    • 3-D Papercraft free origami projects from Canon.
    • International List of Scale Model Related Web sites In addition to the (over 6000) site listings, the site also offers modeling news headlines, some classified message boards, a mailing list, and a set of pre-formatted search forms at the bottom of the front page. (RB)
    • The Skydiver's Enclave among other things, this site has over 1,300 annotated skydiving links (LII)
    • The Unicycle Page everything you need to know about unicycles (LII)
    • American Woodworker Magazine selected articles from this woodworking magazine including a collection of building projects (such as a cabinet, garden bench, and table), product reviews and buyer's guides, and workshop tips. (LII)
    • Woodnet: The Woodworker's Online Resource this site contains a number of useful resources for woodworkers.
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