New Printables for Members – Scat and Caches

Now available in the Ultimate and Journey level memberships:

1. Animal Scat Notebook Page: We often come across animal scat during our outdoor time. This notebook page will help you record your observations.

2. Hoarding and Caches Notebook Page: Use this page to research more about animals who cache food.

(See the end of this post for more information on how you can become a member.)

Note: If you have any subjects you would like me to create nature notebook pages for, please let me know in a comment here on the blog or in an email: [email protected]

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Print a complete list of printables available in the Ultimate and Journey level memberships by clicking the button above.

Join Us Ultimate Naturalist January 2020

Use the discount code NATURE5 for $5 off an Ultimate Naturalist Library membership!


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Members also have access to the Nature Planner pages in their library. Print out this month’s page and use it to stimulate your weekly nature study time.

Brand New! Outdoor Hour Challenge-Rabbitbrush Nature Study

Forest Fun – Rabbitbrush Nature Study

Brand New! Outdoor Hour Challenge

Our habitat here in Central Oregon is filled with lots of rabbitbrush. Use a field guide or the link below to determine if you have access to rabbitbrush in your neighborhood.

  • There is a range map found here: USDA rabbitbrush.  Look for rabbitbrush in grasslands, open woodlands, dry open areas with sagebrush, among junipers, and at the edges of ponderosa pine forests. Bloom time is from July to October.

Rabbitbrush collage

Note: If you don’t have rabbitbrush, you can substitute a study of goldenrod this week.

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Please note that I will not be posting the complete challenge here on the blog, but you will find the detailed challenge in the Forest Fun ebook that’s available both in the Ultimate Naturalist and Journey level memberships. Sign into your account and download the ebook for the details, more links, a coloring page, and notebook pages.

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We are working through the Forest Fun ebook which is a brand new series of nature studies featuring things you might find in the forest. It’s not too late to join us by purchasing an Ultimate Naturalist or Journey level membership.

Topics in this ebook include:


Skunk Cabbage


Common Raven

California Quail

Western Tanager

Black Bear





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If you don’t have a membership yet, you can click the graphic above and join today for immediate access to the 24 ebooks and so much more! Remember that all levels, even the Discovery level membership, include access to all of the archived newsletters!


Outdoor Mom – February 2020

Outdoor Mom – February 2020

Hibernation, Bird Counts, and Garden Plans

During our outdoor time this month we went
There have been no great trips out and about this month….spending most of my days inside, looking out at the wintery landscape. Don’t get me wrong. We have sunshine but it is COLD!

This winter I’ve been more of a hibernator than in years past.woodstove february 2020

Maybe it’s my age or the weight of the responsibility I’m under, taking care of elderly parents, but I enjoy the warmth and rejuvenating powers of sitting by a warm woodstove more than bundling up and going out in the freezing temperatures.

LIttle Deschutes River Feb 2020

I don’t think I’ll always be this way; it’s just a season of something different for us here in Central Oregon.

The most inspiring thing we experienced was…

I have to admit that the most inspiring and interesting thing we’ve done is to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count. The juncos took the prize for the most birds of any species. But the chickadees, nuthatches, and house finches have been the most consistent visitors to our feeders this season. The most surprising visitors we had were three red-winged blackbirds! They made an appearance one morning up on the tall bird feeder…I can’t believe how early they are this year, almost a full month before I expected them to arrive. We also had a few varied thrushes to count and flickers, downy woodpeckers, and hairy woodpeckers. Under the feeder we had mourning doves and collared doves that duked it out with the gray squirrels for the seeds on the ground.

Great Backyard Bird Count 2020

  • Northern flicker-1
  • Downy woodpecker-1
  • Hairy woodpecker-2
  • Mourning dove-6
  • Collared dove-2
  • Red-breasted nuthatch-1
  • Pygmy nuthatch-4
  • House finches-6
  • Dark-eyed juncos-30
  • American robin-2
  • Varied thrush-2
  • Mountain chickadee-5
  • California scrub jay-4
  • Red-winged blackbirds-3


In the garden, we are planning/planting/harvesting…

It’s time for planning new garden beds to be filled with plants that will attract birds, bees, and butterflies. After our success in growing quite a few colorful and habitat friendly flowers, we’re going to expand our wildflower meadow and increase the number of sunflowers and bird/bee attractive plants.

Renees GArden sunflowers

I love Renee’s Garden seeds and each year I order some old favorites and a few new things to test out in our yard. I’ve long had a relationship with this awesome seed company and this year they are sending me the following seeds to try as part of their media partnership.

Beekeeper’s Mix – This is a mix we had last year under our sunflowers and they were so pretty!

Seeds for a Hummingbird Garden – This will be a new mix of flowers that will go in one of my garden boxes. I’m anxious to see if they flourish here in Central Oregon.

Seeds for a Butterfly Garden – Another new mix for us to experiment with this summer!

Butterfly Monarda – I’m going to add this packet to my wildflower garden to add a little height and color.

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Want to join in the Outdoor Mom post?

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 month 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…
  • One last image…