Naturalist Watch

Hello everyone!

#optoutside hike on the C&O Canal on this Black Friday

I’ve decided to start publishing a list of 10 links relating to nature and the outdoors that I hope you will find interesting and fun. The links will be news articles, videos, podcasts, training, newsletters or anything that I come across that I find particularly helpful in my quest to learn more about nature and become a more seasoned naturalist. I wish I had thought of the idea myself, but I learned about doing these lists through two other bloggers that I follow. Joshua Becker from Becoming Minimalists has his Weekend Reads and Tammy Strobel from Rowdy Kittens has her Weekly Happy Links. I don't always have a lot of time during the week to read, so having curated content on topics I enjoy really helps maximizing my time! I haven’t come up with a good name for these types of posts yet (does it need one?), but for the moment, they are going to be called Friday Nature Links because I’ll attempt to post every Friday!

Below are 10 nature links that I found interesting for this Thanksgiving week. I hope you enjoy them!

  1. Picked up the latest Habitat Herald from the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy over the past weekend. The article on Barn Owls was great!
  2. A 3-day Freshwater Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification workshop for $30. Wha?!
  3. Will be looking at where my avocados come from because of this New York Times article: Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico
  4. This is just wild! Recorded Songs Get Birds to Take Roads Less Traveled
  5. Totally attending this webinar: Projected expansion of the Southern Pine Beetle into northern forests
  6. Will be auditing this MOOC coursera class in January 2017: Mountains 101
  7. Looking for adventure inspiration? Check out this list of 10 of the best women-only activity holidays
  8. Looking for some interesting outdoor-related reads now that the Winners of the 2016 National Outdoor Book Awards have been announced
  9. I’m looking at some of these gift ideas for bird lovers.
  10. In my quest to discover new places in the area and meet like-minded folks, I have found the hiking group Washington Women Outdoors. They seem to have a pretty active schedule and I plan on trying one of their adventures soon!

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think!