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Clifton Forge, Virginia

Field Guides

There is a wide variety of field guides available for nature study. The Field Ecology staff have found the books below a valuable resource for field work and general interest. Obviously, this is not an exhaustive list!


Herps (Reptiles and Amphibians, including Salamanders)

Jeffrey C . Beane, et al. Amphibians and Reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia, 2nd Ed. The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. ISBN-13: 978-0-8078-7112-6


Woody Plants: Trees, Shrubs, & Vines

Virginia Department of Forestry. Common Native Trees of Virginia. 2012

Virginia Department of Forestry. Common Native Shrubs and Woody Vines of Virginia. 2014

David Allen Sibley. The Sibley Guide to Trees.Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. ISBN-13: 978-0-375-41519-7

L. Katherine Kirkman, Claud L. Brown, and Donald J. Leopold. Native Trees of the Southeast: An Identification Guide. Timber Press, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0-88192-828-0



David Allen Sibley. The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America. Alfred A. Knopf, 2003. ISBN-10: 0-79-45120-X


Aquatic Invertebrates

J. Reese Voshell, Jr. A Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America. The McDonald and Woodward Publishing Company, 2002. ISBN-10: 0-939923-87-4



William C. Roody. Mushrooms of West Virginia and the Central Appalachians. The University Press of Kentucky, 2003. ISBN-10: 0-8131-9039-8



National Audubon Society. Field Guide to North American Wildflowers - Eastern Region - Revised Edition. Knopf, 2001. ISBN-13: 978-0375402326.

Lawrence Newcomb. Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.Little, Brown and Company, 1977. ISBN-10: 0-316-60442-9

Dennis Horn and Tavia Cathcart. Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians. Lone Pine Publishing, 2005. ISBN-13: 978-1-55105-428-5

Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny. A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North-central North America. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1968. ISBN 0-395-91172-9


Dragonflies and Damselflies (Odonata)

Giff Beaton. Dragonflies & Damselflies of Georgia and the Southeast. The University of Georgia Press, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0-8203-2795-2


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