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How to Keep a Naturalist's Notebook

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  58 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A one-of-a-kind, art-filled how-to guide geared to wildlife students and naturalists, based on the author's college course. Pages from actual field notebooks clearly illustrate what works and why. Hints and advice for outdoorspeople with even limited artistic skills. For nature-lovers, birders, and students of wildlife and biology, keeping a field notebook is essential to ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Stackpole Books (first published December 15th 2009)
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Susan Tweit
Nov 24, 2010 Susan Tweit rated it really liked it
Are you a backyard birdwatcher curious about the lives and habits of your feathered friends? A hiker who wonders about the world you ramble through? An artist or writer seeking to learn more about nature?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, Susan Leigh Tomlinson's book is for you. This thoughtful and elegantly written guide shows you to how to dip beneath the surface of the natural world through keeping an illustrated field journal. We journal about our lives, why the other species ar
Apr 20, 2015 josh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Naturalists, birders, outdoorsmen, etc
Recommended to josh by: Acorn Naturalists
A nice read with a lot of illustrations to show how exercises can progress. Good information and a primer on techniques ~ I'm looking forward to trying out the practices to see if I can finally start to sketch well enough to maintain a journal while doing naturalist things / volunteering in the parks.
Nov 13, 2014 Luke rated it liked it
Shelves: environment
Good practical advice on learning through sketching and documenting the natural world.
Aug 04, 2016 Jamie rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature, drawing
Now this is what I'm talking about: you want to learn to keep a nature journal? -- here's the book for you. Lots of can-do attitude, but also the specifics of how to go from zero drawing experience to being a competent field naturalist. Lots of exercises (and I mean lots and lots, I'm still working my way through them.) Lots of examples of notebook pages from her students who are not professionals (not even aspiring professionals). If you wonder how you can learn about the nature around you, thi ...more
Oct 22, 2010 Christian rated it really liked it
Shelves: nature
If only I had more time.. started and stopped, as I realized this is not the book for a busy city boy. A country cottage and retirement might be the ticket to picking this book up again... it is after all a manual for observing nature and keeping a notebook of your observations. Good stuff.
Mar 02, 2016 Frank rated it really liked it
Very good. Great tips.
Dec 20, 2013 Andria rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, identification
This was the text for a class given by the author. I learned so much about myself and nature drawing throughout the course. Great explanations.
Oct 14, 2012 Artsnacker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: journaling
This is one of my favorite drawing/journaling books. Lots of useful nuggets to help with drawing and recording nature.
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