It’s 2020 and time to begin a new birdwatching journal and describing your thoughts about how birds inspire you and relate to your life.
Birdwatching journals differ from field notes because they capture your personal discoveries.
Drawing Inspiration from Nature
Your birdwatching journal is a fantastic way to tap into your creative flow and generate a meditative tranquility through an expressive act.
There’s no right or wrong way to keep your birdwatching journals.
And the benefits are what you take away from observing the beautiful winged wonders of nature.
Intobirds’ Birdwatching Journals
IntoBirds created a line of natural baltic birch wood-engraved 5.5” x 8” journals to help give birdwatchers inspiration.
Each journal ($23) has a beautiful bird laser engraved on the cover and include:
-Barn Owl – symbolic of strength above adversity.
-Eastern Screech Owl – symbolic of watching your path slowly.
-Red-tailed Hawk – symbolic of using the power of vision and intuition in your daily life.
-Northern Cardinal – symbolic of virtue, love, responsibility, and balance.
Our artwork is inspired by vintage designs.
And each journal is created by hand, so it’s stamped with our unique touch of TLC.
intoBirds’ journals are blank white pages of 100% cotton mixed media paper with a vellum finish.
The paper offers you the flexibility to write in ink, colored pencil, crayons, and felt-tipped pens, etc.
You can glue in things you’re finding in nature, or include a quick sketch capturing the moment.
The journals have a natural, unfinished premium baltic birch plywood cover on front and back and are held together with durable wire binding.
We like the 5.5” x 8” size so you can easily take your journal with you on bird walks, store it in your backpack on hikes, and keep it close by for easy access.
Purchase an intoBirds’ journal here.
We donate a portion of every purchase to a bird habitat and conservation organization.
There are No Rules for Journaling
Use your birdwatching journal for detailing how seeing birds make you feel.
Your journal is a great place to keep a list of birds you see throughout the year.
The Audubon’s Great Backyard Bird Count is coming up February 14-16, and your journal is a terrific place to collect all your sightings.
Consider adding the date, location, the weather, what’s in bloom around you, and the birds you’re seeing and what they’re doing.
When you’re writing about a bird, consider adding details like size, color, patterns, sounds, and description about its behavior for future reference.
Don’t Be Afraid of the Blank Page
Let your thoughts take you wherever it goes.
One of the easiest ways to begin journaling is to record your experiences happening in the moment.
Let go of all your self-consciousness, and don’t think.
Write whatever comes to your mind, and you’ll learn to see.
In a short time, your journal is connecting your heart and mind with nature.
And with each sentence and observation, you’re learning how nature works.
Your observations will begin drawing parallels to your own life and family and help you gain a better understanding of yourself.
Through this process, you come to understand that birdwatching is excellent for your overall health and well-being.
Illustrating Your Birdwatching Journal
Consider illustrating your journal with sketches and drawing with a pencil, pen, colored pencil, crayon, felt-tip pen, micron pen, Sharpie, watercolors, or whatever you feel most comfortable using.
Don’t worry if you’re not an artist.
Whether you illustrate your journal with actual drawings of birds or resort to drawing stick figures, the more you draw what you’re observing, the better you’ll become.
Keeping a birdwatching journal makes your interactions with nature and birds more rewarding.
Birdwatching and journaling can be a relaxing, meditative, and cathartic process.
And you’ll look forward to keeping a birdwatching journal for years to come.
Please send us pictures of your style of journaling. We’d love to see it.
Now get out and see birds!