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Field Guide Receives Award

Dec 08, 2017 02:02PM ● Published by Kathleen Maris

Photo: Dr. Jon Storm (left) receives the William F. Palmer Award from the South Carolina Science Council.

A free, online field guide produced by a group of University of South Carolina Upstate faculty members and one student has received the William F. Palmer Award from the South Carolina Science Council.

The award was announced in November during the science council’s annual conference.

The e-book, titled “Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont,” includes entries on organisms – from birds to slime mold and more – that are found in the Piedmont region of the Carolinas and Georgia. It is available for download at no cost, according to Dr. Jon Storm, who said he realized the need for such a book after taking his young daughters on nature walks.

“I wanted to create an easy-to-use field guide that would help the general public identify common, distinctive organisms they might find in this region of the country,” Storm said.

Storm’s collaborators on the field guide included Dr. Briget Doyle, Julie Smoak, Melissa Storm, and student Rachel Furman.

The guide has a range of information on organisms and how to recognize them in an outdoor setting.

“The field guide includes animals such as birds, snakes, turtles, mammals – plus fungi, plants, slime molds; rocks and minerals; various animal sounds that you might hear for birds and insects; natural-history oddities that you might find out in the woods like deer bones or animal skulls,” he said.

The guide is available for download at uscupstate.edu/fieldguide, and is also optimized for viewing on a tablet. There is no charge to download the guide.

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