ZipcodeZoo works to bring the natural world to armchair, amateur, and professional naturalists. Our focus is Applied Biogeography: understanding plants and animals in their place, perhaps even your backyard.
Our website includes information on invasive species, species that are threatened, and all species that live in a particular area. Visitors from the U.S. will also see zipcode demographics, local attractions for naturalists, and the local weather.
ZipcodeZoo.com aspires to be a useful Field Guide to plants and animals of the world. Often, to be useful, a field guide must have a sense of where you are and what might be found there.
This site is big. As of Wednesday, October 13, 2010, this site is home to 2,646,557 web pages describing 1,296,614 animals, 1,105,429 plants, 193,534 fungi, 17,562 chromista, 16,529 protozoa, 16,112 bacteria, and 484 viruses. Pages contain 312,846 photos taken by 1,408 photographers, 1,471 sound recordings, and definitions of 236,201 terms. 107,069 Large photos can be zoomed and panned.
We have gathered a total of 127,715,643 field observations from 28,481 data sets and 1,547 data providers which show latitude and longitude, from which we have generated 256,342 State Maps, 1,142,567 Country Maps, 450,685 Google maps showing up to 200 sightings each, and 450,685 Google Earth maps showing all sightings. Click on a pinpoint on one of these maps, and you'll learn more about that observation.
For every professional naturalist who has made a positive identification of some species, there are 10,000 amateurs wondering what they have just seen. There are many books to assist in the task of identification, but most cover species of a wide geographic range -- "Birds of America" -- even though most species occur in smaller geographic ranges. If you are trying to identify something you have just seen, the grand book of everything is too much. Too much information can be cumbersome. For identification, a good field guide could be localized to your back yard.
ZipcodeZoo.com is a project of the BayScience Foundation, Inc., a Non-Profit Private Operating Foundation, a 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. No donations are sought by the Foundation -- it lives on donations from David Stang and his wife. It is an operating foundation, meaning that it does something with its money, rather than simply dispensing it to others. For Stang, the Foundation is a labor of love -- he draws no salary.
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