Birdwatching Journals Preserve Your Birdinding Experiences
If you have never considered keeping a birdwatching journal, maybe now is a good time to reconsider. Author Rick Chapo explains how to keep a birdwatching journal and why.
Author: Rick Chapo
Bird Watching is a great way to escape the rat race and be one with nature. Alas, your bird watching experiences can fade with time. The best way to prevent this is to keep a bird watching diary for your sightings and trips.
Bird Watching Journals
Take a minute to give some consideration to your most recent
bird watching experience. What sticks out in your mind? Now
think about the first time you ever went bird watching.
Undoubtedly, you remember few things about the geography, people
you went with, every bird sighted and so on. The experiences
you've forgotten are lost to time.
If you had kept notes, this wouldn't be the case.
There are famous instances of people keeping journals throughout
time. Of course, Anne Frank's Diary is the best example. In her
diary, Anne kept a running commentary of the two years her
family spent hiding from the Nazis. While your bird watching
experiences better be more lighthearted, keeping a journal will
let you remember them as the years pass.
A good bird watching journal combines a number of characteristics. First, it should be compact so you don't have
to take up unnecessary space for other things.
Second, it should have a case to protect it from rain, spills and so on.
Third, it should contain blank areas to write your notes.
Fourth, the journal should contain cue spaces to remind you to
keep notes on specific bird things.
These should include:
Who you went birding with,
Where you stayed and if you enjoyed it,
Who you met and contact information for them,
The geographic and weather conditions, and
The birds you sighted and added to your life list.
At the end of the trip, you should be able to get the following
from your journal:
Contact information for other bird watchers and people you
Enough detail to provide you or a friend with a guide if you
travel to the location a second time.
Memories to reflect upon years later, and
Something to pass on to your children and grandchildren.
To get the most out of your bird watching journal, you should
write in it during and immediately after birding. Every sighting
brings new experiences even if you?re just sitting in your
Bird watching is a great way to commune with nature. Make sure to preserve the experience.
About the author:
Rick Chapo is with NomadJournals.com - Read more bird watching articles on NomadJournalTrips.com.