My Nature Connection Journal

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Welcome to my nature connection journal. My intention behind this journal is to keep a record of the encounters I have with non-human species. This is my first attempt at recording these encounters in this format. As a result, I will be using this experience to learn the most useful way to track this information. I welcome any thoughts. ideas, and strategies you have used in your personal nature connection journey.

There are three sections in this journal: Bird Connections, Animal Connections, and Plant Connections. When possible I will link a Connection to a blog post that would have more information. This journal will start on April 22, 2021 in honor of Earth Day.

Bird Connections

DateCommon NameScientific NameFamilySeenHeardConnection Made
4/22/2021Downy WoodpeckerDryobates pubescensPicidaeXWatched at feeder
4/22/2021Blue JayCyanocitta cristataXXCorvidae Family–at Feeder
4/22/2021Dark-eyed JuncoJunco hyemalisXXOn ground near feeder
4/22/2021Black-capped ChickadeePoecile atricapillusXXtrees, feeder- NW Post
4/22/2021Common GrackleQuiscalus quisculaXXIcteridae family-NW Post
4/23/2021Red-winged BlackbirdAgelanius phoneniceusXX
4/23/2021Red Breasted NuthatchSitta canadensisXX
4/24/2021American RobinTurdus migratoriusXX
4/24/2021American CrowCorvus brachyrhynchosCorvidaeXX
4/24/2021Common RavenCorvus coraxCorvidaeXX
4/24/2021Wild TurkeyMeleagris gallopavoXXIn neighbors field. Bone found on walk
4/24/2021Hairy WoodpeckerDyobates villosusPicidaeXX
4/24/2021Turkey VultureCathartes auraX
4/25/2021Chipping SparrowSpizella passerinaXX
4/25/2021Mourning DoveZenaida macrouraXX
4/25/2021Ruffed GrouseBonasa umbellusXXDrumming,
4/26/2021Common RedpollAcanthis flammeaX
5/1/2021White Throated SparrowZonotrichia albicollisXX
5/1/2021Yellow-bellied Sap SuckerSphyrapicus varius Picidae XX
5/2/2021Evening GrosbeakCoccothraustes vespertinusXX
5/3/2021American GoldfinchSpinus tristisXX
5/3/2021Wilson SnipeGallinago delicataScolopacidaeXEarly morning before the sunrises/NW Post
5/3/2021Northern CardinalCardinalis cardinalisXX
5/3/2021American WoodcockScolopax minorScolopacidaeXEarly morning calls
5/4/2021European StarlingSturnus vulgarisSturnidaeX
5/5/2021Canada GooseBranta canadensisAnatidaeXXIn fields and flying overhead
5/6/2021Barred OwlStrix variaStrigidaeXXHeard on walk/seen driving to work

Animal Connections

DateCommon NameScientific NameSeenHeardTrack/SignFamilyConnection Made
4/22/21Red SquirrelTamiasciurus hudsonicusXXX Rodent/ 
NW Post
4/24/21Eastern Gray SquirrelSciurus carolinensisXXX Rodent/ 
5/3/21GroundhogMarmota monaxXRodent/ 
5/3/21White-tailed DeerOdocoileus virginianusXSign of foraging/carcass

Plant Connections

DateCommon NameScientific NameFamilyConnection Made
5/1/2021Virginia WaterleafHydrophyllum virginianumEdible
5/1/21Trout lilyErythronium americanum
5/1/21Blue cohoshCaulophylumm thalictroides
5/1/21Dutchman’s BreechesDicentra cucullaria
5/1/21Red TrilliumTrillium erectumaka: Stinking Benjamin
5/2/21Marsh MarigoldCaltha palustris
5/4/21Christmas FernPolystichum acrostichoidesDryopteridaceae
5/6/21Interrupted FernOsmunda claytonianaOsmundaceae
5/6/21Sensitive FernOnoclea sensibilisOnocleaceae
5/5/21Tamarack TreeLarix laricinaPinaceae
5/6/21Fox GloveDigitalisPlantaginaceae

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