Potentially Useful Organizations and Web Sites Related to Ecology:
iNaturalist is a crowd sourced biodiversity database created and maintained by professional and citizen scientists. The two primary goals for iNaturalist are:
1) to connect people to nature, and
2) to "generate scientifically valuable biodiversity data from personal encounters".
iNaturalist "works" by people (i.e. you!) posting "observations" that include who they are, what they saw, where they saw it, and evidence of what they saw. Site curators then review these recorded observations and add additional taxonomic information.
The iNaturalist website makes it very easy to explore these crowd sourced data in many interesting ways. For example, you can explore observations by geographic location, organism, species, the people who made the observation, the people who identified the organism in an observation.
A VERY Small Sample of Periodicals Accessible From Ladd Library: