Handbook of Nature Newsletter – January 2016

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter January 2016 @handbookofnaturestudy button

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter

January 2016 – Birds


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Contents of this edition of the newsletter include:

  • Bird related resources and articles with a contribution from Shirley Vels of Under an English Sky.
  • Starling bird study and notebook page
  • Bird Tally List printable

Resources for your Nature Library: I have started to build a nature library store on Amazon that will feature by category my favorite nature study books and resources. Take a look and see if there is anything you would like to put on your wish list for your family’s nature study library: Handbook of Nature Study Nature Library Suggestions on Amazon.com. Note this is my affiliate store to items I personally recommend and have read or seen in person.

 Outdoor Hour Challenge January Printables for Members @handbookofnaturestudy

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  1. Hello!
    What a great idea!

    I would be very interested in the books that you will be reading. Will you share with us any titles?
    I will make my own list of nature study goals now. :-)

    Greetings from Germany,

    • Barb McCoy says:

      I am going to share the list of nature books next week so stay tuned for that. I’m so glad that you are going to create a list of nature goals for your family and I wish you all the best in 2016!

  2. Elissa Ikeda says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I live in Northern Thailand, so it’s not always easy for me to connect with the Handbook of Nature Study & Burgess since those are all based on North America (though we love them both).

    Saw the starling activity in the newsletter and wondered, do we have starlings close by? Well, I decided to start by listing the birds I do observe regularly around our garden…and the first one I listed is a myna. They are around all of the time, chatting sometimes, other times squabbling. And I found out today that myna’s are in the starling family. Which can explain how mynas are such good mimickers. One time we met a myna in a cage who was able to speak Thai! It greeted us and asked us if we had eaten…over and over.

    I’ve followed you about a year now, just want to thank you for gradually moving me closer to my nature study goals for myself and my family. (When we return periodically to the US, we are in Southern & Central California and always spend some time in Yosemite.) Looking forward to another year of nature study and getting a little further with my goals…now that I’m following your model and actually setting some :)

    • Barb McCoy says:

      Waving to you in Thailand….yes, mynas and starlings. There will be an official challenge here on the blog later this month so stay tuned. :)

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