Following are some prominent and mostly trustworthy resources to assist you in news reports, legal issues, reference resources (for species and ecosystems threatened or endangered) and more:
For even more resources, you may also want to consult the appropriate pages of:
Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online resource of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan
The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.
The Birds of North America is acknowledged as the preeminent source of life history information for the over 750 species of birds that breed in the United States and Canada. Maintained by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in partnership with The American Ornithologists’ Union, this comprehensive resource is authored by experts on each species. Each species account includes information on systematics, distribution, identification, behavior, breeding biology, and conservation.
An interactive encyclopedia of life-forms worldwide.
The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. Hosted by the USDA.
Provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated to determine the relative risk of extinction, the main purpose of the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List being to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency of the US federal government within the US Department of the Interior dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats
The Knowledge Network for Biocomplexity (KNB) is an international repository intended to facilitate ecological and environmental research.