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About This Website

In keeping with the mission, our website is a growing source of natural history information for our region: from Southern California to the tip of the Baja California peninsula and the Sea of Cortés. This function of the website is one that we’ll be building—especially in our Field Guide to the Californias — for years to come.

Terms of Use: Copyright Information

With the exception of photographs and artwork, permission is granted to copy content of this site for private noncommercial use, as long as proper attribution is given. Permission to use photographs and artwork may be sought from the copyright owner. For San Diego Natural History Museum permission and use, see San Diego Natural History Museum digital image policy order form and fee schedule. Credits are listed at the bottom of each page. Some contact information is provided on our Acknowledgements page.

Photos taken at the San Diego Natural History Museum, including the Fossil Mysteries exhibit or other areas of the Museum, may not be used commercially. For media or personal use, photos should be credited as having been taken at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Please send any questions to and include the URL (web address) of the page you are referencing.

A Note for Parents and Teachers

One of our goals is to make this site a tool to help educators and children learn about the natural world around them. Be sure to look over our Kids' Habitat, which has materials developed specifically for children, as well as links to pertinent subjects elsewhere on this site and on the Web. Online Exhibition Guides are also available on our website.

Comments and suggestions are welcome: