Terrestrial Biology

Vegetation Map of Saipan(pdf)

This is a detailed color vegetation map of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands produced by the US Forest Service.

Posted September 15, 2013

Micronesica Bird Conservation Birds, Bird ID and Avifauna Issies in Micronesia:

Posted May 16, 2013

BirdLife International

Birdlife is a good website to confirm bird identification with photos and for information about individual species.

"BirdLife International is a global Partnership of conservation organisations that strives to conserve birds, their habitats and global biodiversity, working with people towards sustainability in the use of natural resources." - from the website

Posted May 16, 2013

xeno-canto - Bird sounds from around the world

"xeno-canto is a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world. Whether you are a research scientist, a birder, or simply curious about a sound that you heard out your kitchen window, we invite you to listen, download, and explore the bird sound recordings in the collection.

"But xeno-canto is more than just a collection of recordings. It is also a collaborative project. We invite you to share your own bird recordings, help identify mystery recordings, or share your expertise in the forums. Welcome!" - from the website

Posted May 9, 2013

Avibase - the world bird database - Use this link for the Saipan, Tinian and Aguijan Bird Checklist: The world database may also be found through this link.

Posted May 8, 2013


Click link for the 02 April 2013, edited version, a 365 page, 1.33 MB Word Document.

Ed (JFF) notes. A little over ten years ago Dr. Bourquin individually accomplished this incredible 365 page cataloging of the CNMI insects--later to be expanded to include all CNMI terrestrial invertebrates--collection being conserved on the NMC campus, Saipan. Dr. Bourquin hoped the catalog would be published, however, this has not yet occurred (April 2013). As a backup, Dr. Bourquin provided certain individuals with digital and hard copy versions of his work, JFF being amongst these. APASEEM was established after Dr. Bourquin moved to Montana State on the US mainland. As part of our website's Local Organism Identification goals, with Orty's permission, APASEEM is pleased to make this important (minimally-edited) catalog available 

Posted April 17, 2013

Northern Mariana Islands Christmas Bird Count Database Master Checklist, 2012 Click link to download as a Word document.

Posted April 4, 2013