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Avalonia Animal Booklet

A 38-page guide to animals that inhabit Avalonia preserves, loaded with photos, habitat/diet information and fun facts!

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Created by 4 students of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment (GNCE) class of 2021
Joanna Rucker
Lily Hacket
Naveen Gooneratne
Morgan Maccione

Birds

Apps

Audubon Bird Guide: North America iTunes | Google Play Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab iTunes | Google Play

Insects

Online Resources

Amazing Bees – Bees for Kids –  and parents, students and teachers

Teaching Kids About the Importance of Honeybees

Buzz About Bees – the wonderful world of bees…

A Guide to Bringing Up Bees in Your Own Backyard

Games

Aphid Eater – feed the ladybugs and save the rose in this quick game  

Plants

Online Resources

Go Botany New England Plant ID Trees with Don Leopold – youtube video series Where Do Plants Grow?  

Apps

Leafsnap (iOS only) – submit your photo for identification New England Plant ID (iOS only) – over 3,300 searchable species of plants found in the New England area  

Forest

Online Resources

A Walk in the Woods – Nice virtual tour through the woods (requires Flash – click the Next button at bottom of page to advance). Discover the Forest – Find forests and parks near you  

Freshwater

Books

Field Guide To the Animals of Vernal Pools 2001 by Leo Kenney (Author), Matthew R. Burne (Author) This guide provides an introductory reference to the specialized creatures that depend upon vernal pools. Dozens of close-up color photos of bugs, salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles and snakes of New England. Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool 2006 by Doug Wechsler (Author) With facts and stunning photographs, Doug Wechsler takes young readers to a vernal pool in a forest to show how wood frogs, tree frogs, salamanders, and other creatures survive and thrive. The Secret Pool 2013 by Rebekah Raye (Author), Kimberley Ridley (Author) The voice of a vernal pool shares its secrets through the seasons, and sidebars provide fun facts on its inhabitants and the crucial role these small, often overlooked wetlands play in maintaining a healthy environment. Salamander Dance 2016 by David FitzSimmons (Author) This book follows the annual life cycle of spotted salamanders. From shimmering eggs and wriggling larvae to metamorphosis and hibernation, these ephemeral wetlands are alive year-round.

Saltwater

Books

The Secret Bay 2015 by Kimberley Ridley (Author), Rebekah Raye (Illustrator) Narrated in the poetic voice of the estuary itself, and accompanied by natural-history sidebars about estuary plants, animals, and cycles, this nature book is from the author and illustrator of The Secret Pool.

Geology

Books

Icebergs and Glaciers (May 25, 1999) by Seymour Simon Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers (Sep 11, 2012) by James Balog and Terry Tempest Williams Glaciers (Big Buddy Books: Planet Earth (Library)) (Sep 1, 2010) by Marcia Zappa Glaciers 101: Alaska to Antarctica an ice field guide (Apr 11, 2013) by Spencer Brown Cecil the Pet Glacier (Aug 14, 2012) by Matthea Harvey and Giselle Potter

Gardening

Online Resources

Think Garden – a video collection My First Garden – A guide to the world of fun and clever gardening  

Organizations

Online Resources

Children & Nature Network Bumblebee Conservation Trust Kids Gardening – Helping young minds grow  

Activities

Online Resources

EcoKids Get Outside – Click the bubbles on the landscape for activity ideas that will help kids connect with nature. Maggie’s Earth Adventures Nature Sound Map – Explore our world for interesting sounds! Oil Spill – Which material do you find cleans up an oil spill the best? Web Rangers – from the National Park Service Where Do Plants Grow?

Comprehensive Learning

Technology

Games

Natural Resources – See how good you are organizing resources by category.

For Parents

Message Regarding Coronavirus

Our trails remain open to the public, but we request that you avoid any gathering beyond immediate family and carefully observe social-distancing protocol. All public events are cancelled until further notice, and our office is closed.

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