Natural History Journey Begins

I having been birding for several years now and have gone through many phases of birding. From the learning phase to listing phase to Big Day phase to traveling phase and everything in-between. Except as readers know I skipped the “chasing” phase, which I sometimes regret because of the social aspects of “chasing”. But through every phase it was about birds. Well it’s time to make a change. And start what I’m calling the Natural History Journey.

Mike has often pointed out other natural things besides birds but I never took an interest. With my limited time in the field I wanted to spend as much of it as possible with birds. This on hindsight was probably wrong.

But it is time to make a change. Several things probably contributed to the need to change. Maybe Mike’s constant telling me to look in a certain tree for a bird and I didn’t know which one he meant. Or maybe recently seeing extinct species at the National Natural History Building. Or reading about the loss of land in our bird’s winter homes.

But probably the realization that all natural objects are related.

And I need to know what those objects are and how they interact.

Natural History Journey
Seriously, about the only relationship I know between a tree and bird are in the Midwest Yellow-throated Warblers breed by water with an abundance of Sycamore trees. A large Sycamore in my “backyard”.


A Yellow-throated Warbler obviously not on a Sycamore Tree. No light green, smooth bark. See, I’m already learning.

This blog’s focus will still primarily be on birding but will also discuss other organisms I discover on my Natural History Journey. Like trees, shrubs, butterflies, moths, insects, rocks, and anything else I find interesting in nature.

So bear with me if you already know these things and if not, hopefully I’ll peak you interest.

But first I have to return the “unnatural” rental car I used for work last week.