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Volunteer Resources

Each volunteer or potential volunteer has many resources available to them at the Ivy Creek Foundation. Primary among those are the other volunteers. Each person has unique knowledge and expertise which we regularly share with each other. Their backgrounds may range from Master Naturalist training, Tree Steward training, PVCC coursework in ornithology and natural history, and many other areas from their personal work life.

Additionally there is training which can vary from a brief introduction to many hours. For example nature guide training can take 6 to 8 weeks while trail volunteers mostly require a strong pair of hands and a willingness to get dirty.

Websites
Flora and Fauna of Ivy Creek
Bird Calls: Red-bellied Woodpecker.
Frog IQ Quiz
Snakes
USDA Plants
Lichens
Mycotrophic Plants

Basic Resources
Barn Volunteer Manual
Ivy Creek Guide Manual
Common Native Trees of Virginia, Virginia Department of Forestry
Ivy Creek Handouts: Ferns, Mosses, Grasses, etc.
Golden Books for Reptiles, Insects, Ferns, etc.
Peterson’s Field Guide for Birds

Ivy Creek Website
ICNA Flora & Fauna
Natural Area Rules
ICNA Trail Maps
ICNA Chronicles
Education Building
Barn at River View Farm
Take A Walk
RMNA Flora & Fauna
RMNA Trail Maps
RMNA Chronicles

Advanced Resource Books
Mammal Tracks & Sign, Mark Elbroch
Bird Tracks & Sign, Mark Elbroch
Animal Skulls, Mark Elbroch
Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders, George Constantz
Mountains of the Heart: A Natural History of the Appalachians, Scott Weidensaul
Among the Bears, Benjamin Kilham
Seeing Trees: Discover the Extraordinary Secrets of Everyday Trees, Nancy Ross Hugo and Robert Llewellyn

Organizations
National Association for Interpretation – http://www.interpnet.com/
North American Association for Environmental Education – http://www.naaee.org/
Irvine Nature Center – http://www.explorenature.org
Sabino Canyon: The Web of Life at http://sabinocanyon4kids.com/.
Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists http://www.scvntucson.org/
Leave No Trace: Center for Environmental Ethics – http://www.lnt.org/.
Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Initiative – http://www.virginia.edu/ien/vnrli/index.html

News
Bats and the mystery of declining population
Bats – print version