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  Link   Allpet Roaches
This site is dedicated to all roach (Blattodea) enthusiasts. Goals are to promote the hobby & provide info & photos on all the roach species available.
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  Link   ALPHA Canine Sanctuary
A no-kill haven for homeless dogs. The 20 acre ranch, which opened in 1995, is nestled in the foothills above Bakersfield. Founded by Marilyn & Glen Stewart, who live on site.
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  Link   American Arachnological Society (AAS)
Founded in August 1972 to promote the study of arachnids, to achieve closer cooperation & understanding between amateur & professional arachnologists. AAS sponsors annual meetings. Membership is open to all.
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  Link   American Mule Association
Dedicated to building the reputation & integrity of mules throughout the United States.
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  Link   American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Founded in 1866 as the 1st humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. The Society was formed to alleviate animal cruelty & injustice.
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  Link   American Tarantula Society
Dedicated to furthering education about tarantulas, scorpions & other arachnids. Membership includes everyone from professional arachnologists to kids of all ages.
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  Link   American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign
Dedicated to preserving the American wild horse in viable free-roaming herds for generations to come, as part of our national heritage. Its grassroots efforts are supported by a coalition of over forty organizations.
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  Link   Amphibians & Reptiles websites
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  Link   Animal Legal Defense Fund
For more than a quarter-century, the Animal Legal Defense Fund has been fighting to protect the lives & advance the interests of animals through the legal system.
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  Link   Animal Shelters in Kern County
Kern County owned Animal Shelters in Bakersfield, KRV, Mojave & Ridgecrest.
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  Link   Arachnology Home Page
The Arachnological Hub of the World Wide Web with 2,500+ links to sites with info & pictures of spiders & other arachnids.
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  Link   Bakersfield Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
An independent, non-profit organization founded in 1949, advocates the general welfare & humane treatment of animals through shelter, prevention of pet overpopulation & adoption.
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  Link   Bat Conservation International
Devoted to conservation, education & research initiatives involving bats & the ecosystems they serve. A staff of 39 biologists, educators & administrators, supported by 14,000+ members in 70 countries.
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  Link   Beetles Website
For researchers & museum workers, ecologists, environmentalists interested in the observation &/or collecting of insects & beetles.
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  Link   Biogeography of the Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
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  Link   BLM Wild Horse & Burro Management
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  Link   Butterflies & Moths of North America
A searchable database of verified butterfly & moth records in the United States & Mexico. This site includes dynamic distribution maps, photographs, species accounts & species checklists for each county in the U.S. & each state in Mexico.
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  Link   Butterflies & Moths of Southern California
Photographs by Michael L. Charters.
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  Link   Butterflies of America & the Interactive Listing of American Butterflies
A comprehensive online resource devoted to American butterflies that will include information on the geographic distribution, geographic variation, taxonomy, systematics, identification, ecology & bibliography for all butterfly taxa in the region.
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  Link   Butterflies of Kern County
146 species are currently on this list which is the work of Alison Sheehey & Ken E. Davenport. Photographs by Alison M. Sheehey. Subspecies, distribution & status from K. E. Davenport. 2000. Checklist of Butterflies of Kern and Tulare Counties.
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  Link   California Golden Trout
Info about the California Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus aguabonita aguabonita).
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  Link   California Grey Squirrels AKA Western Grey Squirrels
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  Link   California Reptiles & Amphibians
An illustrated atlas documenting California's diverse reptile & amphibian fauna, promoting awareness, appreciation & understanding of indigenous reptiles & amphibians & their natural habitats in California & beyond.
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  Link   California Turtle & Tortoise Club
Since 1964, dedicated to turtle & tortoise preservation, conservation & education also promoting & facilitating the care, rescue & adoption of native & nonnative species of turtles & tortoises.
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  Link   California Turtle & Tortoise Club Kern County Chapter
Non-profit organization devoted to educating people on the health, care, maintenance & well being of all turtles & tortoises with a primary focus on the threatened Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) & it's natural habitat in Kern County.
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  Link   California Turtle & Tortoise Club Yahoo Group
Public online forum to talk with California Turtle & Tortoise Club members about turtles & tortoises in a friendly atmosphere. Questions & discussions are allowed on any noncommercial turtle & tortoise related topic.
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  Link   Cats & Wildlife: A Conservation Dilemma
By John S. Coleman, Stanley A. Temple & Scott R. Craven providing surprising facts concerning the contemporary dilemma posed by free-ranging domestic cats in the United States.
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  Link   The Cat People
Founded in 1990 in Bakersfield, the mission of The Cat People is to reduce cat overpopulation, through spay/neuter programs & compassionately manage feral cat colonies.
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  Link   Cesar & Ilusion Millan Foundation
The Foundation's primary goal is to provide financial support & rehabilitation expertise to shelters throughout the United States, better enabling them to maintain the highest standards of care & assistance to animals under their protection.
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  Link   The Desert Tortoise Council
A private, nonprofit organization made up of 100s of professionals & lay-persons from all walks of life, from across the United States & several continents sharing a common fascination with wild desert tortoises & the environment they depend upon.
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  Link   Desert Tortoise Natural Area
39½ square miles of prime natural habitat set aside for the desert tortoise, the preserve boasts a rich flora & fauna representative of the ecosystem of the NW Mojave Desert on the western edge of the Rand Mountains in eastern Kern County.
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  Link   Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee
Non-profit organization formed in 1974 to promote the welfare of the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) in its native wild state with a deep concern for the continued preservation of the tortoise & its habitat in the southwestern deserts.
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  Link   Domestic Cat Predation in California
Most of California's endangered birds & land mammals are vulnerable to domestic cat predation. Although loss of habitat due to human development is the main cause of wildlife population declines, large numbers of pet, stray, & feral cats roaming the
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  Link   DogFriendly.com
Publishes world-wide pet travel guides for dogs of all sizes & breeds.
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  Link   Dragonflies of Kern County
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  Link   Electronic Resources on Lepidoptera (Butterflies & Moths)
This site offers both information about butterflies and moths as well as a comprehensive set of pointers to other sources of electronic information on lepidoptera.
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  Link   The Entomological Society of America
The world’s largest organization serving the professional & scientific needs of researchers, teachers, extension service personnel, administrators, marketing representatives, research technicians, consultants, students & hobbyists interested in bugs.
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  Link   Facility for Animal Care & Treatment (FACT)
FACT's mission is to serve as a wildlife rescue, conservation, & education project for CSU Bakersfield. Local wildlife, especially birds of prey, and endangered species, the school and the community have benefited from FACT since 1975.
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  Link   Feline Conservation Center
Non-profit organization founded in 1977 to care & support of the exotic cats. Long-term goals include a natural history museum & public education programs & maintaining a nonbreeding zoo & research facility in Rosamond, CA.
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  Link   Golden Trout Project
Trout Unlimited, California Trout & the Federation of Flyfishers are assisting the California Department of Fish and Game & the U.S. Forest Service in a collaborative effort to protect & restore the California Golden Trout.
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  Link   The Great Outdoors is No Place for Cats
Outdoor cats face an extraordinary array of dangers. According to The Humane Society of the United States, free-roaming cats typically live less than 5 years, whereas cats kept exclusively indoors often live to 17 or more years of age.
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  Link   Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
Only member of the dog family that can climb trees. Smaller in size than the Coyote, usually 32 to 45” long & weighs 7 to 11 lbs. Habitat: Chaparral, wooded areas & among boulders on the slopes of rocky ridges in canyons & open desert.
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  Link   HERP-ECOLOGY C.A.R.E.S. (California Amphibian Reptile Educational Society)
A subgroup of HERP-ECOLOGY (an organization promoting stewardship & protection for reptilian wild life), CARES teaches people to better understand reptiles & amphibians by working with schools, private clubs, civic, youth organizations.
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  Link   High Sierra Wild Horse Sanctuary & Gentling Center
Established to help provide a safe haven or temporary home for horses when their owners are faced with unforeseen circumstances or horses that are in need of quality care when found abandoned, abused or in need of a loving home.
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  Link   How to Make Your Outdoor Cat a Happy Indoor Cat
An outdoor cat can become a content indoor pet. Some make the transition gradually, bringing cats inside for increasingly longer stays. Others bring the cat in for good. The key is to provide lots of attention & stimulation while the cat is indoors.
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  Link   Insects on the Web
This site aims to help you really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent & to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.
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  Link   Kern Canine Activities
Open to purebreds & mixed breeds. Monthly meetings, member barbecues & get-togethers & playdates at the dog park to have fun with our dogs & get to know one another. Weekly events posted on a calendar.
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  Link   Kern County Animal Control
View adoptable animals or lost & stray animals & shelter locations.
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  Link   Keystone Conservation
Formerly Predator Conservation Alliance. Works to protect &restore native predators &their habitats in the Northern Rockies &Northern Plains. We pioneer innovative solutions that help people & wildlife coexist.
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  Link   Lifesavers Wild Horse Rescue
Nonprofit whose mission is to prevent American Mustangs from suffering abuse, neglect & slaughter. Rescues Mustangs, rehabilitates & trains them & places them into new homes. Aims to educate the general public on wild horse protection & preservation.
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  Link   Little Kern Golden Trout
Info about the Little Kern Golden Trout (Oncorhynchus aguabonita whitei).
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  Link   Managed Cat Colonies: The Wrong Solution to a Tragic Problem
Stray cats (abandoned or lost) or feral cats (descendants of strays living in the wild) are estimated 60 to 100 million & often lead short, miserable lives & can wreak havoc on wild birds & other wildlife already under siege from many other threats.
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  Link   Marietta Wild Burro Range
The 68,000-acre range is home to approximately 85 burros. The burros roam freely near the ruins of the historic Nevada mining town of Marietta & the seasonally changing Teels Marsh.
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  Link   The Mountain Lion Foundation
A nonprofit conservation & education organization dedicated to protecting the mountain lion & their wild habitat to ensure that our wildlife heritage endures for future generations.
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  Link   North American Butterfly Association
Largest group of people in North America (Canada, United States, & Mexico) interested in butterflies. Membership-based not-for-profit organization working to increase public enjoyment & conservation of butterflies.
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  Link   North American Butterfly Photos
Site maintained by Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland, who are retired, live in an RV & travel continuously. Site includes butterfly photos they’ve taken throughout the Continental United States, Canada, Alaska & Mexico.
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  Link   People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
The largest animal rights organization in the world, PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement & protest campaigns.
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  Link   Predator Defense
To protect native predators & create alternatives for people to coexist with wildlife.
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  Link   The Scorpion Files
Information about scorpions to both scientists & others seeking information about these interesting arachnids. Presentation has a popular science profile to make it available to all types of information seekers.
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  Link   Southern California Butterflies
Site maintained by Dennis Walker in Long Beach, including links, books, a gallery of his fine butterfly photos, including: Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, Riodinidae, Nymphalidae & Hesperiidae.
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  Link   UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program (UC IPM)
Focuses on prevention of pests through biological control, habitat manipulation & use of resistant varieties. Pest control materials are selected to minimize risks to human health, beneficial organisms & the environment.
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  Link   UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program page on California Ground Squirrel
CA ground squirrels devour vegetable seedlings; damage shrubs, vines & trees by gnawing bark, girdling trunks, eating twigs & leaves & burrowing around roots. They also eat the eggs of ground-nesting birds & limit attempts to attract quail.
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  Link   UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program page on Moles
Moles create shallow tunnels just below the surface where they capture worms, insects & other invertebrates. They can eat some roots, bulbs & other plant material, but greatest problem is their burrowing, which dislodges plants & dries out roots.
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  Link   UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program page on Pocket Gophers
5 species of pocket gophers are found in CA. Rarely seen feeding at the edge of an open burrow, pushing dirt out of a burrow, or moving to a new area, gophers for the most part remain underground in a burrow system wrecking havoc to crops & gardens.
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  Link   UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program page on Rattlesnakes
California’s only native venomous snake, rattlesnakes are an important part of the ecosystem, feeding on rodents, birds & other small animals. 6 species are found in the state. Their size may vary, but adults can reach 6 feet in length.
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  Link   UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program page on Tree Squirrels
There are 4 species of CA tree squirrels. 2 species are native & 2 are introduced from the eastern US. They eat a variety of foods including fungi, insects, bird eggs & young birds, pine nuts & acorns, plus a wide range of other seeds.
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  Link   UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program page on Voles (Meadow Mice)
Voles (aka Meadow Mice) cause considerable plant damage in California. The most widespread is the California Vole, found in the Owens & Central valleys & the coast range. The Montane Vole infests NE California & the Eastern Sierra slope.
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  Link   Web Images of North American Moth Species
Links to photos of nearly 6,300 Moth Species.
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  Link   Wildlife Conservation Network
Dedicated to protecting endangered species & preserving natural habitats. Partners with independent conservationists around the world who live & work with local communities & are exploring new ways to resolve the conflicts between people & wildlife.
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  Link   Wildlife Habitat Council
Nonprofit group of corporations, conservation organizations, & individuals dedicated to restoring & enhancing wildlife habitat. Helps large landowners manage their unused lands in an ecologically sensitive manner for the benefit of wildlife.
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  Link   ZipcodeZoo
ZipcodeZoo works to bring the natural world to armchair, amateur & professional naturalists. Focus is Applied Biogeography: understanding plants & animals in their place, perhaps even your backyard.
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