Bushcraft and the Natural World

Online Resources


Animal Tracking

Beartracker’s Animal Tracks Den – An excellent resource for animal tracking information

Earthskills – Excellent information and courses given in Southern California



All About Birds – Cornell’s online guide to birds and bird watching

American Birding Association – Organization devoted to increasing knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding.

Audubon Bird Watching Resource Guide (PDF) – Helpful tips for beginning bird watchers

Audubon Native Plants – Searchable database of best plants for birds in your area 

Binoculars And Beyond: Nine Tips For Beginning Bird Watchers – Tips for beginning birders from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Bird Watching Tips and Helpful Hints to Become a Better Birder – Birding tips for beginners

Code of Birding Ethics (PDF) – The ABA Code of Ethics in a more readable form.

Helpful Birdwatching Tips (PDF) – Practical bird watching tips from Australia

How to Choose and Use Birding Optics (PDF) – Celestron’s tips for buying and using optics for birding

Introduction to Bird IDing (PDF) – Shows pictures/examples from each bird family group.  Includes practice quiz.

Tips and Tricks for Group Leaders (PDF) – Guidelines for leaders of birding walks

What to Notice About a Bird (PDF) – A short pamphlet to get you started on Bird ID


Bushcraft Skills

Backpacker Magazine – Backpacking and modern outdoor skills

Blades and Bushlore – A collegial community of bushcrafters who discuss gear, knives, and outdoor skills

BushcraftUK – UK online community and source of information on gear and skills

BushcraftUSA – Online community and source of information on gear and skills

Primitive Ways – Fantastic articles on  practicing and teaching primitive technology

wikiHow Clouds – A primer on forcasting the weather using clouds



How to Carve Swedish Spoons (Video) – Spoon carving video from the PBS television show, The Woodwright’s Shop

Little Shavers Beginning Carvers – Tips for the beginning carver

Pinewood Forge – Supplies carving tools and carving information

The Simple Art of Spoon Carving (Video) – Spoon carving video by Fine Woodworking Magazine

Woodcarving Illustrated’s Forum – Woodcarving Illustrated’s message board.  Tips for beginners.

Woodcraft – Chain store that supplies carving tools and materials

Wood Identification and Treatment Guide – Technical information about different woods


Equipment Suppliers

Basegear – Outdoor gear

Ben’s Backwoods – Bushcraft equipment

Best Glide – Aviation survival equipment

Cabela’s – A large retailer of outdoor gear

Campmor – Outdoor clothing and equipment

Cool Clothing USA – Moisture wicking clothing

County Comm – Retail and wholesale equipment and supplies

Field Notes – Waterproof writing notebooks

Lifeview Outdoors – Equipment, apparel, good instructional DVD for beginners

REI – A large retailer of outdoor gear

Sierra Trading Post – Outdoor clothing and equipment

Survival Resources – Some interesting outdoor/survival equipment

Survival Straps – Paracord bracelets

Uncle Sam’s Retail Outlet – Surplus government equipment

US Cavalry – Tactical apparel and equipment

Vermont’s Barre Army and Navy – An assortment of outdoor gear and military surplus


Jobs in the Outdoors

California AEOE Jobs Board – Jobs site run by the California Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education

Conservation Jobs Board – Helps conservation professionals discover employment opportunities in the United States

Experiential Education Jobs Board – Jobs board hoasted by the Association for Experiential Education

National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) – Nonprofit global wilderness school that trains outdoor guides

Outdoor Ed Jobs Site – Outdoor education jobs site run by

Outdoor Industry Association Career Center – Jobs board hosted by the Outdoor Industry Association

Outward Bound Employment Page – Employment at Outward Bound

The Student Conservation Association – Student internships to work in parks, public lands and urban green spaces


Knives and Cutting Tools

DLT Trading Co. – Knives and cutting tools

Knifeworks – Knives and cutting tools

Knives Ship Free – Knives and sharpening supplies

Korin – Sharpening stones and supplies


Knots and Lashings

Animated Knots – Animated instructions for how to tie knots

Knot So Fast – Hands-On Knot Tying Race Game

Video: Super Easy Paracord Bracelet Instructions – Make a paracord breacelet or handle

Video: Paracord Doughnut for Storage – One method to store 550 paracord compactly

Video: Paracord Bundle for Storage – Another method to store 550 paracord compactly


Leatherwork – Education, entertainment, and fellowship

One Stop Candle – Short tutorial articles

Pro Leather Carver’s Supply – Leathercraft tools and patterns

Tandy Leather – Leathercraft supplies and leather


Natural World

California Herps – A Guide to  the Amphibians and Reptiles of California

CNPS Where to Buy – Where to buy native plants in California

Forager’s Harvest – Samuel Thayer’s website on foraging

Here We Go A-Spidering – How to identify spider webs in the field (spidering) – Information on Lyme Disease

MykoWeb – Terrific site to learn about mushrooms

Online Jepson – California plant information from Berkeley’s online Jepson manual

Santa Cruz Pumas – Information about Mountain Lions

North American Mammals – Create your own field guide using the Smithsonian’s tool

Wildcrafting – Search edible plants by state


Preparedness and Safety

Emergency Essentials – Vendor of food for extended storage

Equipped To Survive – Reviews, Information on outdoors gear, survival equipment and techniques

Redflare – Emergency Supplies


Wild Edibles

Acorns and Eat ‘Em – PDF of wonderful book on acorns by Suellen Ocean

University of Michigan Native American Ethnobotany – A Database of Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples, Derived from Plants.

Wildcrafting – Search edible plants by state


 Worthwhile Blogs

A Waterman’s Woods – Pictures, poems, and a very good list of bushcraft blogs

Dipper Ranch – Describes the author’s adventures and the natural history of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Master Woodsman – Wilderness survival and outdoor living skills, well presented

The Bushcraft Report – A collection of bushcraft and wilderness blogs gathered into one place



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