|Some pages from my March 2017 Nature Journal|
It seems that I have been keeping a nature journal forever.......some years much more intensely than others.
|My Nature Journal from 1986|
|My Nature Journal: unfinished bird sketch dated 1980|
|My Nature Journal dated January 1986|
These sketches (below) were done from photographs after the event as a way of recording what we did, where we went and all of the birds that we saw that day.
|My Nature Journal: Birding at Mud Lake|
|My Nature Journal: Birding at Shirley's Bay|
My Nature Journal Sketch Book
I have dedicated the Fabriano sketchbook (that I purchased at the beginning of this year) because I have decided to stop using it as my daily sketchbook.
I have found the Fabriano Venezia sketch book is too heavy to carry in my sketch bag; the book does not stay flat when open and requires many clips and I am disappointed in how the cotton paper holds my many mediums (watercolour, gouache, graphite, ink etc.)
So this book has been re-purposed into my 2017 Nature Journal! It will make a perfect book for scribbling my nature notes in as well as pasting sketches that are cut out from my other sketch pads like this cardinal below, that I originally sketched on a mixed-media pad.
|Today's sketch to record the Northern Cardinal that I saw while dog walking|
My Nature Journal Field Guides
Below are some of the Ottawa reference books and materials that I have on hand to add information to my sketch notes. Of course the internet is an amazing resource as well.
|My field guide home library|
My Nature Journal Links for Ottawa
One of the first activities I did in my Nature Journal this year was to map out the trees in my neighbourhood where I walk regularly. To do this I needed online help from the City of Ottawa's Tree Inventory where every tree (that the City of Ottawa is responsible for) is mapped and named (in Latin) with the radius of the tree trunk! I love this resource!
To see this resource and other Ottawa specific resources that I find helpful, please look at my link list below. (I will be adding to it as I find new links so keep checking back)
|In Early spring, the buds begin to swell. Its fun to look for them on daily walks.|
- City of Ottawa's Tree Inventory
- Ottawa Field Naturalist Club
- Ottawa Field Naturalist Club Bird Sightings Reports (Weekly)
- Ottawa Bird Checklist (OFNC)
- Ottawa Falcon Watch
- Neily World - detailed birding guides for Ottawa
- Ottawa Bird Count
- Safewings Ottawa
- Friends of Gatineau Park
- Ottawa Chapter of the Ontario Archaeology Society
- Ontario Field Ornithologists
|John Muir Laws: The Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling|
Nature Journal Links
- Sierra Club: Making Your Own Nature Journal
- Sierra Club Nature Journal Template (pdf)
- Mother Nature Network - How to keep a nature journal
- Susan Leigh Tomlinson: How to Keep a Naturalist's Notebook
- Smithsonian: Introduction To The Nature Journal (pdf)
- Cathy Johnson: Field Sketching and Keeping a Nature Journal (pdf)
I will be posting some of my 2017 Nature Journal pages here on my blog. If you will be nature journaling and/or blogging your nature adventures in Ottawa, please add your link in the comment section below.
Likewise, if you have interesting links you would like to share on Ottawa-Gatineau natre and sketching opportunities, please add that in the comment section below as well.