‘Tis the season for exploration! Summer is here and our environment is bursting with life, from backyards to deep woods to coastlines and beyond. There is no better time to get out and observe the changes happening in nature, and one of the best methods is by keeping a nature journal.
Biologists and naturalists—like the scientists at Manomet—use some form of nature journaling or note keeping as a way of recording observations about the natural world. Keeping a record of your observations in nature can help answer a lot of questions, like what kinds of wildlife use certain habitats and at what times of year, how weather affects plant growth or animal behavior, and so much more. Think of a question and start observing to see if you can find out an answer!
In addition to answering scientific questions, nature journaling can be a great way of connecting to the natural world.