Diagramming Bald Eagles: My Nature Journal Project

While I’ve been interested in nature journaling for years, I’ve struggled to develop a good journaling habit. I am lucky enough to live on a lake, which seems like an ideal place to observe nature. But in fact, most of the birds and animals I see are so far away it’s hard to make out details, even with binoculars. Cold weather and poor health have made it hard to get outside where I might get a better look. Then two pieces of advice changed everything for me.

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Permission to Err: Counting for eBird

On December 29th, there were thirteen bald eagles in sight all at once, the most I’d seen on the lake at the time. Excited by the high numbers, I posted about it on Facebook. A friend asked if I was sending my data in to eBird, and I had to confess I wasn’t.

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5 Ways to Bird Without Leaving the House

My health has held me back lately, keeping me indoors when I’d like to be getting outside. We’ve also had some intensely windy days plus the usual bitter winter weather. I wrote about birding indoors in 2018 and decided to update my suggestion list to help myself keep birding despite these limitations.

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Making A New Year's Birding Goal

I don’t do New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to review my life and think about the things I want to do more often. Whether I call them goals or intentions doesn’t matter. I challenge myself in a way that will help me to do more, and this year, I want that challenge to be about birds.

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What I Learned by Drawing Ravens

Our recent vacation to Utah was an opportunity for me to keep up with my goal of drawing daily, so I carried my nature journal everywhere I went. I drew landscapes, dinosaur tracks, and ancient artifacts, but the most educational session of the trip was the time I spent drawing a common raven (Corvus corax). I learned lots about ravens and one very important thing about drawing.

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