Once a Month Nature Journal Project Out My Window – From the Archives

Once a Month Nature Journal Project

Out My Window – From the Archives

I spend a fair amount of time looking out my window each day once the temperatures drop and the ground is covered in snow and/or ice. Making this a habit has helped me learn that there is usually something of interest going on outside if I just take a few minutes to slow down and observe carefully.

From the original post:

“This month try to create at least one nature journal that features something you see out your window. Pull up a chair and get comfortable, noting something of interest that catches your attention. It could be the clouds, the bare branches of a tree, the birds in your feeder, or the landscape view from your window.”

Nature Journal Out Your Window @handbookofnaturestudyHere are a few ideas for nature journal pages you can create after looking out your window:

  • Weather Study
  • Bird Count (remember the Great Backyard Bird Count is coming)
  • My Favorite View
  • Living Things in My Yard
  • Squirrel Watch (notebook page in Member’s Library)

Any of these ideas are appropriate for any season!

Handbook of Nature Study Newsletter February 2015 Nature Study in Winter coverThere is also a notebook page included with the February 2015 newsletter with the theme: Nature From My Window. This makes it super easy to create a nature journal that incorporates a view from your window.

Nature Study Out the Window printable

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Complete list of all the Once a Month Nature Journal Project Ideas

Getting Started with Nature Journals

Click over to my nature journal page for many more nature journal ideas.



Outdoor Hour Challenge: Scarlet Saucer Nature Study

Outdoor Hour Challenge

Scarlet Saucer Nature Study

For many families, this is a perfect time to get out and look for fungus in the woods.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Scarlet Cup Fungus @handbookofnaturestudy

View the original challenge here: Outdoor Hour Challenge – Scarlet Saucer.

The scarlet saucer is easy to recognize and you can make it a fungus hunt to capture your child’s interest. Use the information in the original challenge to learn more about the scarlet saucer or if you want to make it a broader study of fungus, members can download the March 2013 newsletter for a fungus grid study and some coloring pages.

Handbook of Nature Study March Newsletter CoverIf you have access to the Winter Nature Study Continues ebook, there are two notebook pages to choose from for your nature journal.

Outdoor Hour Challenge Winter Nature Study Continues ebook

Fungi Photo Hunt Notebook Page

Alternate activity: Look for the Fungi Photo hunt printable in the Member’s Library.

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Great Backyard Bird Count 2021 Coming Soon!

What? The Great Backyard Bird Count
When? February 12-15, 2021.
Who? Anyone around the world!
How? Count birds in your yard and at your feeders. Report the data to the Great Backyard Bird Count.


Need some more information?
Great Backyard Bird Count

Video: Great Backyard Bird Count

Get prepared with printable checklists for your area…by zip code or town name.

The list below includes the top ten birds counted in the Great Backyard Bird Count in 2020. I would suggest taking a look at the list and use the links to decide if you have any of these particular birds in your local area.

Several of the birds are found on the east coast so make sure to scroll down to “similar species” if you live in other areas to determine if there is a similar bird for you to watch out for in your backyard count.

Top Ten Birds Reported in the Great Backyard Bird Count 2020

1. Northern Cardinal

2. Dark Eyed Junco

3.  Mourning Dove

4.  Downy Woodpecker

5.  Blue Jay

6.  House Sparrow

7. House Finch

8. American Crow

9. Black Capped Chickadee

10. Red-bellied Woodpecker

If you want to start keeping a list of birds you observe, you may wish to visit this entry on:

10 Ideas for a Bird Life List.

Cornell Bird Coloring Book Dove

Download the Cornell Feeder Bird coloring book. The image above is an example that I completed for the mourning dove.

Download and save the Cornell Feeder Bird coloring book. This book has many of the most common birds you’ll see in your backyard and it makes a perfect complement to your family’s bird nature study.

Learning About Birds 3D cover

Learning About Birds ebook Bird List @handbookofnaturestudyDon‘t forget about the Learning About Birds ebook in the Member’s Library.