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It’s Spring! Part Three: Use Your Journal To Record Animals

We’re back! Now that we’re comfortable using our Nature Journals to record plants, we can also use them for animals.

NOTE: NEVER APPROACH A WILD ANIMAL, ESPECIALLY IF IT MIGHT BE SICK. NEVER TOUCH AN UNFAMILIAR PLANT WITHOUT AN ADULT’S PERMISSION.

For example, look at this picture:

Baby birds

(Image credit: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/–YtsXfmyMmI/VW8jdk2lIPI/AAAAAAAACXY/vJeMn8riHvQ/s1600/BabyBirds.png)

What do you notice? Do you know what kind of birds those are? If not, how could you find out?

What is the Mama bird doing? Where does the nest seem to be located? What is it made of?

If this were a real birds’ nest, you could try to observe it over a period of time. That way, you could see how the baby birds grow and change.

On the subject of baby birds, here is some important information about what to do if you find a baby bird that has fallen out of its nest:

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2011/05/24/when-rescuing-a-baby-bird-is-not-the-compassionate-thing-to-do.aspx

Tune in next time to learn how you can fill your Nature Journal with observations without ever leaving the backyard!

It’s Spring! Part Two: Use Your Journal for Plants

Hi Everyone,

Now that we’ve got our Nature Journals, it’s time to fill them up!

You can fill your Nature Journal with things you see on nature walks, or even in your own backyard!

The important thing is to look carefully at the animals and plants you see, and make observations about them.

NOTE: NEVER APPROACH A WILD ANIMAL, ESPECIALLY IF IT MIGHT BE SICK. NEVER TOUCH AN UNFAMILIAR PLANT WITHOUT AN ADULT’S PERMISSION.

You can also check out a nature guide, like this one:

Let's Find It! cover art

(Let’s Find It! My First Nature Guide, by Katya Arnold. E ARN)

For example, look at this picture:

Ruscus aculeatus plant

(Photo credit to: http://www.naturescene.co.uk/flowers/plants/Ruscus%20aculeatus.html)

What do you notice about the plants? Do you see how the grass is long and green? What about the other plants? Why would there still be dead leaves there? Imagine you are standing on the path. What would you smell? What sounds do you hear?

Now focus on one kind of plant. What do the leaves look like? How about the stems? Does it have flowers? What color are they? What do they smell like? You can write down descriptions, draw pictures, or come up with your own way of recording things. Try it in your own backyard, or the next time you go on a nature walk!

Tune in next time for our tips on how to record animals in your Nature Journal, and please come visit the library soon! We would love to have you show us your favorite pages.

It’s Spring! Part One: Nature Journals!

Hello everyone! Welcome back! Now that spring is here, and the world is again bursting with new life, it’s a perfect time to start a nature journal.

A nature journal can be anything from a few sheets of paper paper-clipped together to a spiral-bound notebook or even a homemade book with fancy paper! Basically, just make it whatever you want it to be. ☺

The important thing is for the journal to have a couple of key features.

First, there needs to be blank space on the pages for sketches, dried flowers, or other found items, if you will be including them. (More on that in the next post!)

Secondly, there should also be space to write down your thoughts and observations about the things you see, hear, taste, and smell. (More on that later, too!)

Thirdly, and most importantly, it should be easy to carry around with you. Nature walks are not going to be much fun if you’re always lugging around a giant binder!

You also need a pen or pencil to go with your journal, of course. If you want to sketch, we recommend both.

Check back soon for our great list of fun activities to do with your nature journal, and make sure to come visit us at the library!

National Poetry Month Update

Hi Everyone!

Here’s an update on our magnetic poetry board!

It looks like this:

Magnetic poetry display

That’s a pretty silly poem! Try saying THAT five times fast. 😊

For more on National Poetry Month, please visit:

http://www.readingrockets.org/calendar/poetry

Please come check out the magnetic board and try your hand at a poem!

It’s National Poetry Month!

April showers bring
Poems to the library
Come write your own soon
(This poem is a haiku. For more information, please visit http://www.kidzone.ws/poetry/haiku.htm)

Magnetic poetry display

And make sure to check out some of the awesome poetry books in our display!

National Poetry Month book display

We hope to see you soon!

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