• Beth
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      I bought a new home approximately four years ago and the builder removed nearly all of the natural habitat in the neighborhood. I've since planted many trees, shrubs, and flowers and have enjoyed watching the birds build nests in the magnolias, the bees feed on the lantana and holly, the American goldfinches eating the coneflower seeds, and the morning doves sunbathing on the fence. I have northern cardinals that swoop in for a quick snack, hummingbirds that adorable the crapemyrtles and (the dreaded) mockingbirds that can't seem to remember where they build the nest (so they build another one and another one and....) My hope is to use my nature journal to document the changes in the yard as it matures, capture the seasonal (and permanent) visitors, and enjoy the habitat I've created. I live in a city with high growth and we are constantly intruding on the natural world. Planting my pollinator-friendly yard and watching the visitors come and go has been so rewarding (and feels a little redemptive). I'm planning on using my nature journaling as a way to really appreciate the space throughout the year. Thanks to Liz, I've also recaptured my joy in drawing but have almost always done black and white sketches. I am looking forward to adding some color, learning new techniques and just tap into my creative mind.
    • Erin
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      1. I am trying to be more present in my daily life, living in a more mindful and meditative way. At the same time, I'm following another course of study that makes me want to connect more deeply with animals and the living world around me. I thought perhaps learning to draw them and capture them descriptively in words would help expand my creativity and my attention, as well as helping me develop patience to spend the time getting the little details right. 2. I want to learn to paint things... I don't have any experience with paints, so I'm starting out sketching. But I'm looking forward to painting. I want my journal to combine art and words to paint the full picture of the experiences I have. I am a writer, and want to improve my writing by paying attention to the details in a way I feel can be achieved by drawing and painting. The first journal in the video struck me, as a combination of art and words that seemed very satisfying to me. 3. I would love to add creative writing into my journal. Poetry, storytelling, dreaming... so along with the lyric and detailed description through words and art, I can evoke the spiritual or emotional experience of what I see.
    • Susan
      Participant
      Chirps: 9
      I suppose the idea is really a romantic one.  In my minds' eye it just seems to be a great way of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of the 21st century and communing with nature.  I also want to capture the beauty of what I see and what appeals to me.  I have very little art experience, so it's a bit intimidating.  More like a dream than anything else.  But I'm also hoping the drawing will help me truly see and be able to identify what I'm looking at and help me to learn more about the natural world around me.
    • Richard
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I was inspired by some of the great ones. First Henry Thoreau but most recently John Muir. I have been writing for years but have always desired to sketch in my journals. I am not retired nor am I a young student. Older but still running my business. But I was impressed by the comments of spending a long time observing. One journalist said she watched a hummingbird for 1 1/2 hours! I realized life is moving quickly for me and I do not want to miss things. Many had simple sketches and a few notes but it flooded their memories. I loved that. I am ready to begin my greatest adventures!
    • V L
      Participant
      Chirps: 10
      1.  I have always liked to draw, but not done any drawing in a long time.  I was really inspired to start nature journaling by a planned trip to Australia.  I am not a photographer and get impatient with the process, but I wantb to be able to document the trip and "own" the birds I see. 2. I want to develop my drawing skills and learn about using watecolor.  And I like the idea of combing words with drawings  - of noting observations and questions.
    • Robin
      Participant
      Chirps: 8
      I had been closing in on retirement for some time, and every time a Cornell Lab Nature Journaling class notice came across my email, I promised myself that as soon as I retired, I would take the class. Well, I finally retired in June! I am attracted to the journals that are more colorful and "busy." I also like the close-up detailed drawings of individual flowers and birds, rather than landscapes. I have never really drawn or painted, but I have kept word journals for many, many years, especially when I go on trips, and I am looking forward to enhancing my words with pictures.
    • Kim
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I live near Yellowstone National Park and the surrounding beauty has inspired me. Nature journaling will help me record the details of what I experience each day or week. I love that each journal is personal to the individual.
    • Kayla
      Participant
      Chirps: 19
      I started nature journaling because I really love to paint and see wildlife. I also really love the idea of being able to explore, document, and draw what I see each day. Nature and painting are both a big part of me, so I figured why not start a nature journal. The ideas and approaches I want to try are just leaving the imprint of the bird, and the very last journal in the video. It was so beautiful, clean, and organized. I really hope I can create something beautiful with my own spin on it. I really appreciate the creation of this course, and I can't wait to watch the other videos.
    • Mark
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      I am trying to connect my ongoing coursework at the Denver Botanic Garden's School of Botanical Art and Illustration to a daily practice of observation and sketching.  I saw this course and felt that it would start me working on a new habit.  The habit of slowing down and watching the world around me.  I work in the Information Technology field and it feels like we are running at full speed all the time.  I am hoping to take a breath and record those little daily miracles that surround us via this class.
    • Lynne
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I too love both art and nature (particularly birds) and want some direction on how to enjoy both and create a memory. I am curious as to how you get a bird to sit still long enough in order to sketch it! I would like to experiment with pencils, colored pencils and watercolors
    • Arleene
      Participant
      Chirps: 20
      In my younger years I loved drawing for pleasure and did a lot of it. I did sketches with pencil non coloured and coloured. I have not done this in years and as I was looking at the courses on Bird Academy I noticed this one. When I retired I was gifted a sketch book and pencils but haven't used them yet. I have never sat out in nature and sketched I mainly sketched from pictures. However I love being outside and spend much time outside on backpacking and biking trips, birdwatching, gardening, etc.. I feel this course will be a great course for me to take to bring my love of sketching back into my life. All the journals were interesting, I liked the fact that I can make the journal my own and change how I organize it etc as the mood strikes me. I do like the ones that have the date, place, time and weather indicated for each drawing, as well as the field notes. I found them interesting to read. I feel this would help me recognize a bird, flower, etc..  next time I saw it and it tells a story with pictures and words. Also I feel it will slow me down and make me more aware of my surroundings and the details with in it.
    • Phoebe N
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I have been keeping written journals of our travels, but don't usually illustrate them.  Now that I have turned 80 I find that 'sit-down' activities are much more appealing, and I love being outdoors.  There are so many possibilities for sketching birds and plants anywhere. I watched a doe give birth to her fawn in our paddock several weeks ago and wished I had been able to record it on paper.  I'm hoping this course will help me gain the skills to do  that.
    • Charlotte
      Participant
      Chirps: 3
      I work in conservation on some of our UK reserves. The monthly journal really called out to me as a goal. It would be fantastic to get monthly memories of how the reserves change throughout the year!
    • Sylvia
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I'm a gardener, birder, beach naturalist, mushroom hunter and all around nature nerd. I'm also a mindfulness practitioner and I love the idea of bringing all of these things together through nature journaling. I'm drawn to the idea of a monthly entry as goal and hope I can learn to use watercolor effectively because I love color!
    • Sylvia
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I am a naturalist, and help with monitoring Eastern Bluebird nests, and banding the young birds.  Although I trained as a wildlife biologist, I work as a teacher/tutor.  I like photographing landscapes, waterscapes, plants, and close-up details of plants, and see how things change over the various seasons.   I also love birding, and would enjoy learning how to draw or sketch birds.  I am interested in learning to sketch bird postures, silhouettes, and details, so that a particular species will be recognizable.  I also want to have fun with it! I enjoyed seeing all of these various artists/journalists' nature journals.  Each has a different technique, and great ideas.  I would like to combine sketches with detailed observations.  I liked the idea of using a page for a particular date, or for a month.   I also liked the idea of using "zooms" or insets, to show a particular detail. Since I am not an artist, I wish to learn the basic techniques for pencil/pen sketching, as well as water colouring.  Water colouring is challenging, as the paints can bleed or run.  So I would wish to learn how to work with water colours correctly.   (I am from Canada, so you will see Canadian spelling!  I see it's trying to correct me on "colours"!) Sylvia
    • Kelly
      Participant
      Chirps: 4
      I'm really interested in tracking the changes of native plants throughout the year. I know I'm looking for a balance of written notations and images, but haven't worked out how to include the progression through time. I'm considering having a page dedicated to a specific plant that I revisit throughout the year. Then I can come back to that space different times throughout the year and add drawings next to other dates for easy comparison.
    • Barbara
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I am a WV master naturalist & enjoy spending time outside in the woods around my property. I want to try nature journaling to help me become more observant and also improve my drawing skills. I liked Shayna's style.
    • linda
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      To be more aware and learn to focus more on my surroundings. To look and examine and to have fun with it.
    • Sally
      Participant
      Chirps: 1
      I liked the idea of making a commit to journaling by Month because Nature changes each month.  Journaling has been a part of my life in the past and so has drawing but I want to upgrade my practice.  I have tried watercolor pencils and brushes.  I will try both again.  I did find a mechanical pencil and will try that.  I like the idea. Documenting the item and then coming back with added research appeals to me.  Adding the place is a good idea.
    • Marc
      Participant
      Chirps: 16
      Hey Marc here, I have been big into journaling and love going out into the field with my daughter and identifying everything we can with iNaturalist. I have also been pressing flowers from my garden and presenting them in my journal too. Citizen science is pretty awesome. I really like nature and I use to draw when I was a kid (not very well and probably not so much now), and engineering sketches for work,  so why not get into field journaling that I can share with my friends and family and show them a hobby I truly enjoy! I actually was really into the first journal with the flora exploding from the boxes and notes all around it. Maybe I’ll try that style but I’m sure I’ll make my own style who knows.
      • Arleene
        Participant
        Chirps: 20
        Oh pressing flowers, great idea, adding leaves or interesting feathers would be cool too. You made me realize that the journal does not just have to be about drawing but one can use any medium that interests them at the time of discovery!
    • Jacqueline
      Participant
      Chirps: 14
      I became interested a few months ago after putting up a couple of birdfeeders in the backyard and then trying to identify the birds as they came to feed. I have been an instructor for marine education on a barrier island for school groups, so I am very familiar with our coastal birds here in North Carolina. But backyard birds (inland birds too) not so much. so after observing birds more carefully for colors and shapes and habits for ID ( using eBird and Merlin)I started to really pay attention to what was round.  While out on hikes and runs through local parks and trails, I would come along some flower or bird and stop to take a picture and try to ID it, if I didn’t know it. Or just take a picture of it because I wanted a record of it.  I saw a short video of you talking about nature journaling and just thought it would a good next step.  I guess you can say, I am inspired by nature and Liz. Oh, and Robert Johnson.  He has an exhibit of his work in gauache & colored pencils of North Carolina natural habitats at our local art museum. His notebook with field sketches and notes that are used, are displayed for each particular work.So, I am a beginner with no drawing skills, ready and eager to get started. My style is not set.  I like your and one of the first girl’s( Shanya)preference for page set up.  We’ll see.    
    • Leslie
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      Greetings,  For my nature journal the approach I intend to blend into my recordings will be modeled after Shanya Muller's journaling style - how her journal is organized into boxes and the order in which she records her observations - recording data, such as date, weather, time, place, then observing and sketching either a specific species or landscape.  I am an educator and students that go through our program at Wind Dance Farm & Earth Education Center keep nature journals and each year I explore how to expand on their recordings.  Currently they record meta data, such as date, time, location, weather, clouds, then they sketch, write scientific and common names, and write three reflections:  What I noticed, what I wonder, and what it reminds me of.  I am almost embarrassed to say that I don't keep a nature journal, yet I expect it of my students.  Time for that to change.  I am looking forward to this class and incorporating what I learn into my own life and sharing new guidance for students who move through our program.  You may appreciate what we do at our center and I invite you to visit our website winddancefarm.org.  Thank you for offering this course and onward I go!
    • cynthia
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I began creating a nature journal with my granddaughter, inserting leaves, feathers, flowers, pine needles, etc. noting date, place, then drawing maps of our walks.  I took the bird watercolor course and loved it.  I have always kept travel journals with semi-cartoonish maps and drawings.  This course is exactly what I need to improve my skills, eye, and enjoyment of journaling, now to share with my granddaughter!
    • jennifer
      Participant
      Chirps: 2
      I love the outdoors and I'm intrigued to learn how to draw nature. We have local woods where I walk at least weekly and I enjoy seeing all the many changes the seasons bring to the landscape, the flora and fauna and I would love to document these changes and the wonder I see in some small way.
    • Dominique
      Participant
      Chirps: 21
      1 I discovered nature journaling just recently, having taken an interest in birds during pandemic lockdown (bird watching from my balcony and getting familiar with garden birds). 2 I’m impressed with the beauty if the journals and i really like it when the journal shows landscapes and plant as well as animals. It’s a good idea to show the whole scene and also small details (like a flower bud or bird’s beak) i.e. show things at different scales. I’ve only just started journaling with plants and birds, but I want to try to include landscapes and rocks (geology). So far I’ve been using ink pen and watercolor pencils, and I look forward to gaining confidence through this course.