WHY take the time and trouble to do nature journaling???
BECAUSE there are so many beautiful, amazing things to see and discover in nature!!!
One of our own, Garisson Baggett, pictured here, discovered a colorful bird species in his own back yard this month. (This 'discovery' means it was a new bird to Garrison, not a previously undiscovered species.) As the above article discusses, picture taking works hand-in-hand with nature journaling! Both are ways of recording and learning more about the things we see in nature. And those pictures you take can be printed and placed in your journal as part of the growing record of species and events and learning! Here are two pictures Garrison captured of his discovery:
TO DO AT HOME...... find out what this bird is! The bird in Garrison's pictures is about 5-6 inches long and lives in the southern US in the summer. (You can see the blue head, the red breast and belly; what is hard to see is the green back.)
1. What is the common name of this bird species?
2. What is its scientific name (in Latin)?
2. Is this a male or a female of this species? (in this species the male and female have very different coloring.)
3. Where does this species migrate to in the winter months?