The University of South Carolina Upstate recently launched the “Field Guide to the Southern Piedmont,” an e-book that features images of more than 700 common organisms found in the Piedmont region of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
A collaborative project from USC Upstate professors Dr. Jonathan Storm, Dr. Briget Doyle, Julie Smoak, Melissa Storm and student Rachel Furman, this guidebook, which can be found at http://www.uscupstate.edu/fieldguide/, was created as a resource for outdoor enthusiasts, schools, and parks and recreation organizations.
“I wanted the field guide to cover the entire gamut of what someone might encounter in nature,” said Storm, associate professor of biology. “We also wanted to create a free resource that would provide a simple way for users to identify and learn about nature.”
An 18-month endeavor, the field guide is divided into 15 categories and highlights amphibians, birds, insects, mammals, reptiles, fungi, plants, rocks and even slime molds. Photos, sound clips and hyperlinks to additional information are also included.
Designed for use on a tablet, the field guide is available to download onto any electronic device. For optimal performance, download the pdf and open it within an e-book app on your tablet or smart phone, or save it to your computer.
“I hope the field guide will help people develop an interest in nature and get outside,” Storm said. “Hopefully it will help educate the next generation of biologists and nature lovers growing up here in the Piedmont.”