Summer Bird Study – Learning About Birds Ebook Special

Learning About Birds 3D cover

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I am hoping that many of you already have this new ebook that features 28 different birds from the Handbook of Nature Study. You can read all about this ebook and download a sample here: Learning About Birds.

Learning About Birds ebook Bird List @handbookofnaturestudy

But if you don’t already have a membership, I hope the $5 discount will help you decide to join and receive not only this ebook but all 20 ebooks available in the Ultimate Naturalist Library!

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Outdoor Hour Challenge – Red Winged Blackbird

Outdoor Hour challenge Red Winged Blackbird @handbookofnaturestudy

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Red-Winged Blackbird

From the Archives and the Learning About Birds ebook

Our new house backs up to a river and that means we have a lot of birds that live along the river visiting our backyard and feeders. The red-winged blackbird is a daily visitor so we’ve had plenty of time to observe it up close. We hear it in the early mornings as the day is awakening.  This challenge is coming at just the right time for us to make a more formal study of this active black bird.

Use the ideas in the Outdoor Hour Challenge linked above or from the ebook. The suggestions will help you get started using the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock to learn more and help your children get to know this fairly common bird.


Outdoor Hour Challenge Bird Nature Study Index of Challenges @handbookofnaturestudy

What should you do if you don’t have any blackbirds to study this week? Pick another bird! There are lots of birds for you to choose from in the OHC archives: Outdoor Hour Challenges – Birds.


Learning About Birds with the OHC @handbookofnaturestudy

If you haven’t taken a look at the Learning About Birds ebook available here on the Handbook of Nature Study, I invite you to click over to see what is included in the book and to download a free sample.

Learning About Birds with the Outdoor Hour Challenge


Also I am highly recommending that you purchase the Bird Bundle from as a great supplement to your study of birds using the Outdoor Hour Challenge. Note: These are affiliate links.

All About Birds Basic Study Notebooking Pages
Birds of North America Notebooking Pages

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Outdoor Mom – June 2017

Outdoor Mom June 2017 @handbookofnaturestudy



Outdoor Mom – June 2017

What a month! We’re still getting acquainted with our new habitat and the weather here in Central Oregon. June started out feeling like early spring to me…cold at night, a few gray days, sprinkles, and the beginning of the wildflower season.

As I was looking at our photos from the first week in June, it seems so long ago! The brittlebush was the predominant flower we saw along the roadsides. There were a few other flowers like the pussypaws and a bit of yarrow.

River Lupine

Now the roads are lined with lupine, daisies, yarrow, and penstemon. We found an awesome patch of river lupine on a walk this last week. There were whole fields full of purple spikes so tall they looked artificial. I could’ve taken a hundred photos! (Make sure to look at our Lupine Nature Study Challenge.)

Oregon sunrise

I can’t describe the feeling of waking up every morning now to a new day. I am eager to throw open the blinds to see what is out on the horizon. Is it a misty morning over the river? Are there deer or elk in the yard? Is it a golden sunrise? Each day has its own gift.

Deschutes sunset

We walk every day in our new neighborhood. My favorite is the sunset walks down behind the house at the river. Over the past month, the grasses have grown from ankle high to pretty much waist high! We can barely see our Labrador as she walks through the grass. The sound of birdsong is a constant feature and I’m trying not to tune it out into the background.

sunriver hiking

We have a weekly routine of going to Sunriver for a walk and a “date”. It could be a cup of coffee or a lunch on the patio of one of the restaurants or a visit to the nature center. It is all such fun. There are so many walking and biking trails throughout the area that we’ll be hard pressed to walk each section before the summer is over but we’re going to cover as much as we can. This coming weekend I am going to Sunriver for the Central Oregon Wildflower Show! I may try to do an Instagram Live session if possible.

Paulina Falls

We have been hiking up at Newberry Volcanic National Monument. We drove up to Paulina Falls and then hiked up to Paulina Lake. It was a really warm day but the sound of falling water and the shady forest trail made it so enjoyable. We did some investigating while we were up there and now have a short list of places to hike and a kayak trip planned.

Rock Garden June 2017

We spend a lot of time in our yard as we see it transforming rather quickly from winter to summer. We are nurturing the rock garden and adding a few new things as we discover what will actually grow in our garden zone. I pretty much find plants that say they are hardy to -20 degrees and figure that should be good enough.

Now that July is upon us, I am anticipating a big trip back east. I was just sent some links to hikes we will be doing in the Hudson Valley of New York and we have a trip to Niagara Falls planned too! As much as I want to go, I am sort of feeling like I would like to stay home to experience a complete July summer in Oregon. I guess that shows I’m beginning to feel more at home here. My husband will be in Oregon and I will have him document the weeks that I’m gone so I can at least see what I’m missing.

I hope you’re having a great summer so far and I look forward to hearing how your outdoor activities have enriched your life.



OHC Wildflower Set 2 @handbookofnaturestudy

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How Do You Join?

Answer all or just one of the prompts in a blog entry on your own blog or right here on my blog in a comment. If you answer on your blog, make sure to leave me a link in a comment so that I can pop over and read your responses.

  • During our outdoor time this week we went….
  • The most inspiring thing we experienced was…
  • Our outdoor time made us ask (or wonder about)…
  • In the garden, we are planning/planting/harvesting….
  • I added nature journal pages about….
  • I am reading…
  • I am dreaming about…
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