An online resource based on the award-winning nature guide

Seeing The World Through A Naturalist’s Eyes

There are innumerable resources for anyone interested in identifying any part of the natural world — field guides to feathers, fungi, tracks, butterflies, mosses, bird nests — the list goes on and on.  What has been lacking, in my opinion, is an introduction to the art of discovering what it is that you may then wish to identify.

If you are very lucky in your lifetime, you may cross paths with someone who heightens your awareness of the natural world that surrounds you and teaches you how to look at it and ask the questions that will provide you with insight into it.  These are skills that one rarely finds in a book.  To the good fortune of all who open the pages of The Naturalist’s Notebook – An Observation Guide and 5-year Calendar Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You, this book does this and more.  Not only does it present the reader with the keys to observing the natural world around them, it provides the means to record these observations so that the daily details one observes are preserved for posterity and for comparison in years to come.

I can’t think of a better way for a budding or experienced naturalist to start a new year than to open the pages of this book and delve into the words that will allow them to connect themselves more intimately to the world that is right outside their door. Not only would they reap the benefit of the morsels within this book, but all royalties from the sale of The Naturalist’s Notebook are donated to conservation and environmental education. Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and Bernd Heinrich have given the world a true gift – one that could ultimately affect the future of this fragile planet we live on.

NB:  In addition to this publication, Nathaniel Wheelwright has produced an exceptionally informative and entertaining series of short videos about the natural history of eastern North American plants and animals: https://research.bowdoin.edu/nature-moments/.

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9 responses

  1. Sarah Zuccarelli

    I have loved Bernd for years; especially his work on ravens. I am happy to know of this new book. Thank you from my Church of the Natural World where you ring the bells daily for me! 2020 is “perfect vision” when you get your eyes examined. May this be the year that we all see clearly and take the necessary steps to help Mother Earth survive. Pray for rain for Australia with me too. Hopefully, SWZ/NH Please visit and support http://www.chapmansanctuaryvisnywoods.com (‘> ( ) / ”

    January 3, 2020 at 8:16 am

    • Alice

      The unimaginable suffering of the animals is heartbreaking. What a waste of precious life. 😢😢

      January 3, 2020 at 1:16 pm

  2. jonbravo

    Mary, just found the book on Amazon for $12.26 in hardcover

    January 3, 2020 at 11:30 am

  3. So delighted to see this book featured in your daily missives. I gave it to myself in November for my birthday and read it through with the promise to start on January 1st. I have already noticed so many things for the first time. Between you, Mary, and your wonderful blog and these other naturalists and their efforts to educate people like me, I am seeing/hearing/smelling/feeling parts of Nature as never before! Thank you.

    January 3, 2020 at 11:55 am

  4. Looks excellent. I ordered one and may have to order another depending upon how it looks when i get it.

    I continue to enjoy your “Naturally Curious” book every day. I think it is the best nature observation book that I have on my shelves. So much information in such a small space is what I enjoy the most. Thank you!

    January 3, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    • Alice

      One link & so many hours of videos of ‘Nature Moments’ to watch and learn from. The wonder of learning!

      January 3, 2020 at 1:28 pm

  5. Jody Crosby

    Wow Mary thanks for this! This book sounds wonderful and I will keep my eye out for it!
    The videos on the link you sent were fabulous can’t wait to see more! Thanks so much for sharing this info! I love your book and gave several for Christmas gifts !!! Happy New Year!

    January 3, 2020 at 4:40 pm

  6. Gale Harris

    “If you are very lucky in your lifetime, you may cross paths with someone who heightens your awareness of the natural world that surrounds you and teaches you how to look at it and ask the questions that will provide you with insight into it. ” Mary, you have given this gift to me.

    January 5, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    • I am so touched, Gale. Truly. Many, many thanks.

      January 5, 2020 at 3:55 pm

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