While by no means an exhaustive list, this should provide some useful links to information and organizations involved with birds and other wildlife, conservation and the environment.
Birds & Birding
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Extensive site on birds, bird watching and more! A great resource.
Macauley Library (Cornell Lab)
World’s largest archive of wildlife sounds and videos.
Madrone Audubon Society
Sonoma County’s Audubon chapter. Field trips, bird counts, local conservation efforts and more.
National Audubon Society
Clearinghouse for bird news, environmental issues and more.
Hosts and promotes birding events and natural history lectures in Sonoma.
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory
Marin Headlands-based citizen-science program to track the annual Golden Gate Raptor Migration.
NestWatch (Cornell Lab of Ornithology)
Great source about building and installing birdhouses and nest boxes. Features downloadable construction plans and placement instructions for many different species; interactive tool to determine likely birds for your region and habitat.
Bird Feeding Basics (Audubon.org)
Choosing a feeder, seed types, feeder location, cleaning and maintenance.
More Feeding Basics (Cornell Lab)
Attracting Birds to Your Yard (Cornell Lab)
Great info on food, nest boxes, landscaping and more to create a bird-friendly habitat.
Put Yourself, And Your Yard, On The Map (Cornell Lab)
Great info on a citizen-science project called YardMap helps you get the most from your yard, all while helping scientists collect data about how gardening practices affect birds.
Creating a Healthy Yard (Audubon)
Outdoor spaces that benefits humans, wildlife and the environment.
Cats Indoors! (American Bird Conservancy)
Presenting alternatives to letting cats exercise their natural predatory instincts on birds and other wildlife.
Reducing Threats from Cats (Audubon)
Some simple suggestions to protect wildlife from free-roaming domesticated cats.
Fellow Rescue & Rehab Organizations
International Bird Rescue (SF Bay Area, Los Angeles)
Specialists in treating injured, orphaned or oiled seabirds and aquatic birds.
Native Songbird Care & Conservation
Sebastopol-based organization dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of wild native passerines (songbirds).
Oiled Wildlife Care Network (UC Davis)
Statewide collective of wildlife organizations and rehab centers, regulatory agencies and academic institutions working to rescue and rehabilitate oiled birds and mammals.
Sonoma County Reptile Rescue
Conservation and education about our local reptiles, and the folks to call for safe rattlesnake removal and relocation.
Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue
Petaluma-based wildlife rescue and rehab center.
Marin County-based wildlife rescue and rehab center.
Audubon Canyon Ranch (Madrone & 3 other Bay Area Audubon chapters)
Administers Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma County and two preserves in Marin.
Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation
Works to preserve the Laguna’s health and natural resources.
Promotes stewardship, volunteerism and getting kids and adults outside to enjoy the natural wonders of Sonoma County.
Sonoma County Conservation Action
Champions open space protection and environmental issues in Sonoma County, encouraging grassroots involvement in County planning and political processes.
Sonoma County Regional Parks
Want to enjoy some of Sonoma County’s regional parks, campgrounds, beaches, playgrounds and trails? Start here.
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Partners with the California State Parks (Russian River District) to run visitors centers and environmental education programs in Guerneville and the Sonoma Coast.
Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly Point Reyes Bird Observatory)
Marin County-based research and conservation organization.