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Get Involved. Donate to ZipcodeZoo. was formed by the BayScience Foundation in 2004 with the goal of creating a comprehensive, accurate and easy to understand online field guide that would be equally valuable to trained scientists and backyard naturalists—a complete catalog of all life on earth. ZipcodeZoo’s focus is applied biogeography — understanding plants and animals in their place, including in your own backyard.

Highlights of this site:

  • ZipcodeZoo is unequaled in its depth and quality of content, delivering nearly 3 million species pages (100 times more than any other online resource) in each of 13 languages, over one million maps, and 300,000 photographs.
  • ZipcodeZoo is not simply a "mashup" of info available elsewhere. The site includes 7,000 statistical analyses and charts showing how a species' numbers are changing relative to the larger population, analyses that show the average altitude/depth where a species is found, and (soon), animated maps showing migrations and changing ranges.
  • ZipcodeZoo works to inform and involve with such things as taxonomic terms that pronounce when the speaker icon is clicked, definitions of terms that display when clicked (or moused over, for short definitions), and that self-pronounce, "interesting facts" at the top of many pages. We have a special outreach to young naturalists through our Rangers program.
  • ZipcodeZoo is a public work in progress. The site includes photos from over a thousand of the world's best wildlife photographers. Our Curators program provides a means for world experts to be involved with content provision and correction.  And we provide Wikipedia-style "Edit this Page" capability on all species pages.
Thanks to the commitment of a dedicated staff of four and a loyal community of users and content contributors, ZipcodeZoo is more than a decade ahead of other similar initiatives. Charitable donations from ZipcodeZoo supporters will enable us to move forward even more rapidly in content creation and quality control. 

The BayScience Foundation is  a Non-Profit Private Operating Foundation, a 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Your donation may be tax deductible.

Click here to get involved by donating to ZipcodeZoo.



Get Involved with The 2050 Project
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The mission of The 2050 Project is to provide accurate, useful, long-range forecasts and information about the future of the planet. Our favored forecast interval is to 2050 and beyond, because we believe that shorter-range forecasts cannot portray the magnitude of our impending problems, and thus can only guide half-steps toward solution.

Click Here to visit the 2050 Project.

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Get Involved with ZipcodeZoo by becoming a Curator
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Curators are professional or advanced amateur biologists with specialized knowledge of a taxonomic group at the family level or below.

Curators are content specialists who work to improve the value of an institution's collections. ZipcodeZoo Curators are professional or advanced amateur biologists with specialized knowledge of a taxonomic group at the family level or below. Curators choose the taxonomic group that they will be responsible for. ZipcodeZoo's Curator program provides an opportunity for our users to share their knowledge of a taxonomic group with the rest of the world. A Curator's duties may include:

  • Identify sources of photos, sounds, video for species within their taxonomic group, and perhaps upload some (using the Upload an Image link at the bottom of each critter page);
  • Review ZipcodeZoo for completeness (eg., missing species or insufficient narrative about a species in the taxon).
  • Review ZipcodeZoo for accuracy (eg., misspelled species names or incorrect claims about taxonomy at and below this level);
  • Contribute to the Critter ID Forum when a photo belonging to their taxonomic group is submitted for identification.

Click here to learn more about becoming a ZipcodeZoo curator.

Hey Kids! Get Involved by joining the ZipcodeZoo Rangers!
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The Ranger Code

I vow to study, learn, and grow in my knowledge of nature, always to ask questions and sometimes to challenge answers. I will treasure and protect the natural world, remembering to treat its plants and animals with kindness. Above all, I promise to work to ensure that all living things and the environment in which they dwell will have a safe and healthy future.

ZipcodeZoo Rangers are young naturalists who value our wild heritage, and are determined to help preserve and strengthen it.

We follow the Ranger Code, and explore, learn, and to act to improve the environment.

We care about all living things, and appreciate the complexity, beauty, and wonder of natural systems. We are looking for more members.

  • Membership in the ZipcodeZoo Rangers is free.
  • Members must be 18 years of age or younger.
  • To join, you must agree to abide by The Ranger Code.

Click here to learn more about becoming a ZipcodeZoo Ranger

Get Involved with Neighborhood Nestwatch
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Neighborhood Nestwatch program

The Smithsonian's Neighborhood Nestwatch program provides an opportunity to be a biologist in your own backyard. Participants learn about birds and help scientists solve critical questions regarding the survival of backyard bird populations.

To understand how backyard bird populations are faring, Neighborhood Nestwatch focuses on two main questions:

  • How successful are backyard bird nests?
  • How long do backyard birds live?

Watching Nests

Neighborhood Nestwatch volunteers work with scientists to find and monitor bird nests and to record and report their observations. Scientists are especially interested in comparing how successful nests are in urban, suburban, and rural backyards.

Watching Birds

Scientists from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center have been marking birds with a unique combination colored plastic leg bands so that individual birds can be identified. Participants keep a watchful eye out throughout the year to identify "their" birds and to report their sightings.

Learn more about The Smithsonian's Neighborhood Nestwatch program here.

Get Involved by supporting the NCLI Act
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Healthier Kids, A Healthier World - No Child Left Inside

The No Child Left Inside Coalition is a broad-based organization made up of more than 300 member groups from across the United States. Our membership, which is growing steadily, includes environmental, educational, business, public health, outdoor recreation and conservation groups. With tens of millions of members represented, the NCLI Coalition speaks for a diverse group of Americans who believe young people should receive a strong education about their natural world.

Click here to get involved with the The No Child Left Inside Coalition.


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