For this website to become more useful to backyard naturalists, these kinds of volunteers are needed:
Good backyard naturalists with expertise in at least one aspect of Nature
Hackers & programmers who can:
keep the thousands of pages of code updated
help keep the site online as service providers come and go, search engine algorithms change, coding requirements evolve, attempts are made to hack pages, etc.
Scientists, artists, sociologists and others who can take a broad view and help guide the site's evolution.
The site pays for itself with referral fees from Amazon.Com automatically placed into a bank account in the US. Someone needs to monitor the site's accounting, making sure the domain is secured with timely payments, see that servers are paid, and that the servers don't sneak in extra charges, which certainly happens.
Some features of this website, particularly the encoding, are a mess. Back in the 1990s it was begun as a personal website by Naturalist Jim Conrad who at that time was a hermit living in the woods of Mississippi, with limited computer resources, and doing HTML code one keystroke at a time. In later years Jim tried to keep things updated but the site grew too big and cyberspace and society changed too fast for him to keep up. Besides, he was more interested in plants and animals than doing HTML and worrying about Google's latest algorithm.
Now this website is transitioning from Jim's personal domain to one kept going by individuals everywhere. The first of these volunteers is Bea Laporte in Ontario, Canada, who can be thought of as the site's transition coordinator as Jim fades from the scene. (Jim was born in 1947 and at this age is getting hermit urges again... ) Bea needs help. By the way, Bea is a self-taught butterfly and moth enthusiast who began in her own backyard. Check out a page that Bea put together on how to grow caterpillars. That's just one of several excellent pages Bea has contributed. Also there's K.B. Jinan's thoughtful piece on Nature Sensitization for kids.
So, if you think you can help, write to Bea at bea(at)backyardnature.net. (And if you become a regular helper, you can have a backyardnature.net address like Bea's, too.)