Exploring Nature References
Text on the Exploring Nature Website
All the information on this site has been researched and written by the site creator and science coordinator, Sheri Amsel.
Illustrations on the Exploring Nature Website
The more than 5,000 illustrations on the site were illustrated by Sheri Amsel, who holds the copyright for each.
Sheri Amsel Credentials
Sheri Amsel has degrees in Botany and Zoology from the University of Montana 1980, a Master's Degree in Anatomy, Physiology and Biomedical Illustration from Colorado State University 1987. Ms. Amsel interned at the Smithsonian Institute in 1983 in Scientific Illustration, taught anatomy and biology at three colleges from 1990 - 1997. In addition, Ms. Amsel has published more than 15 nonfiction children's books, two field guides for adults, and illustrated a myriad of books and interpretive displays on nature and science topics. Ms. Amsel has done science programming at more than 300 schools nationally, developed more than 20 educational nature trails in New York State, and coordinates school visits to local nature trails for environmental education programs for the Eddy Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation and habitat preservation. For more specific information about Ms. Amsel's background go to Sheri Amsel's resume.
Ms. Amsel created the Exploring Nature Educational Resource website with the hopes of sharing her science and environmental education knowledge and experience with science educators and students worldwide.
Other Contributors to the Site
Dr. Scott Amsel is the website's animal consultant and answers questions for the "Ask the Zoo Vet" database. He has also contributed some animal movies and photographs. Dr. Amsel is an exotic animal veterinarian having received his veterinary degree from Davis Veterinary School in 1984. Dr. Amsel has worked as veterinarian at the Los Angeles Zoo, Disney's Wild Animal Park in Orlando, and the Aviculture Institute. He contributes his expertise to big cat rescue facilities throughout the country, speaks at conferences on tiger care and has worked for the Orangutan Foundation and Earth Trust to help promote the protection of exotic animals around the world.
The site was developed and is maintained by Grayslake Webmasters, Grayslake, IL.
Sheri's Reference Library
USGS Amphibian Species and Identification Guide
Nearctica Natural History -- Turtles
Reptiles & Amphibians In General:
eNature Reptile & Amphibian Field Guides
eNature Mammals Field Guide
Environmental Protection Agency
Some Great Reference Books
Wildflowers & Plants:
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide
Newcomb, Lawrence. Newcomb's Wildflower Guide, Little Brown and Company, 1977
Reptiles and Amphibians In General:
A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians
Conant, Roger. A Field Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians. Houghton Mifflin 1998
A Field Guide to Insects
Borror, Donald J. and White, Richard E. A Field Guide to Insects. Houghton Mifflin, 1970
Birds of North America
Robbins,Chandler S., Birds of North America, Golden Field Guides, St Martin Press, 2001
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies
National Audubon Society Field Guide to North American Butterflies. Knopf; Chanticleer Press Ed edition 1981
Trees of North America
Brockman, Frank C. Trees of North America, Golden Press, 1979
A Field Guide to Mammals
William H. Burt and Richard P. Grossenheider. A Field Guide to the Mammals of all North American, Houghton Mifflin, 1976
Elaine N. Marieb. Human Anatomy and Physiology, Benjamin/Cummings Publishing Company, Inc. 2003