Dr. Rob Dillon, Coordinator

Friday, August 20, 2010

Introducing fwgna.org!

The Freshwater Gastropods of North America project is pleased to announce one of the biggest steps forward in our twelve-year history, http://www.fwgna.org/. Come visit us again, for the first time!

Returning users will immediately appreciate the fresh look and feel of our new website, brought to us by talented designer Steve Bleezarde. Like previous versions of our site, fwgna.org may be entered geographically, by any of the four states currently covered. Users now also have the option of accessing our web resources taxonomically, through either an alphabetical index or a systematic index. The former index includes an extensive list of synonyms, both generic and specific. The latter is sortable by state. Try both of these new portals to see what we mean!

Perhaps a less striking improvement, but certainly as important, is the significant upgrade to our coverage of Virginia. Over 500 new records and six species have been added, bringing the total species indexed on the site to 65. For each of the species confirmed (or reported) for Virginia Atlantic drainages, we have developed one-page species accounts and made them available as pdf downloads. The present renovation of our site was made possible by funding from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, to whom we offer our sincere thanks.

Users entering through the old front door at cofc.edu will be routed directly to the new fwgna.org index page for the foreseeable future. But direct links to older versions of any of the (several hundred!) internal pages will eventually expire, and I’m not sure we’ll be able to redirect users very efficiently. So update your bookmarks!

And keep in touch,