Being: Conscious, mortal existence; life.
Every month we welcome two families, two people, two voices to share their stories in whatever way they chose. We hope that you find joy in their daily lives, and their simple habit of just being.
It has been, by all accounts, a banner birding year so far here in Vermont. An unusually warm winter, coupled with the fifty-pound bag of black-oil sunflower seed I snagged on sale last fall has meant that many of our backyard bird friends were visible and active at our feeder all winter long. Plus, the large lake in our area remained largely unfrozen throughout the winter, meaning that some of the larger birds that live nearby decided to forego their usual winter vacation plans as well. We’ve seen everything from blue herons to bald eagles in the last few months, and being the unapologetic bird nerds that we are, the excitement level has been pretty high around here.
I noticed one morning recently that my daughter had begun waking early some days to sit by the living room windows and make sketches of birds at the feeder. This gave me the idea to create a birding journal for her, and the two of us started talking about what she thought should be included in such a book. She wanted a space for recording basic information about birds that she’s seen, as well as a place to make a sketch. I suggested an area for taking notes on any related research that she decides to do, and she agreed that this sounded like a good idea. We also included some pages for her to use to begin her own “life list”- the list of bird species spotted over the years that serious birders keep.
In the end, we came up with a design for a birding journal that is equal parts practical and aesthetically pleasing, with the added bonus of being really, really easy to put together. I’ve laid out the project in a handy little birder’s book PDF for you all, so that you can print out the page templates for your book and follow along with a photo tutorial as you put the birding journal together.
Get started right away and you’ll be out in the yard or the woods with your small people and some binoculars before you know it!
This month we welcome Annie of the blog Bird and Little Bird . Annie is the mama of two young children, and along with her blog, she is also the creator of the incredibly popular Alphabet Glue e-magazine. We look forward to having Annie with us in the coming weeks, and we hope that you will join us here every Wednesday for Annie’s words, photographs and reflections.