About Journals of a Naturalist

Journals of a Naturalist is a blog that I started to share my experiences with nature. I am an avid birder, but on my adventures I see so much more than just birds. I wanted a platform to not just share the photos that I take, but the stories that go along with them. There is so much around us at all times and I hope to inspire others to get out there and see it with my photos and stories. The experiences that I share can be had by all, you just have to get out there. So please join me on a wildlife adventure and prepare to have your own.

Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) through some sunflowers

About the Author

My name is Austin Roe. I am studying fisheries, wildlife and conservation at Kansas State University, mostly focused in ornithology (the study of birds). I chose this major because I grew up hunting and fishing and I want to protect the wildlife that provides us with the opportunities to enjoy these past times. To have the chance to raise my children in a similar way that I was raised requires the existence of game animals.

Since I’ve began studying the natural world I have become more and more curious about the things that I see and I like to tell the stories of my time spent in the field. Odd behaviors are my favorite things to observe because when you tell people about them you always get the same reaction, “No way, they were doing that?!”

I enjoy being a naturalist because being able to identify the plants and animals around you is very important to seeing the impacts on the world that we have as a society and that you have as an individual. Once you can see how you are impacting the world around you, you can adjust your life in ways that are more impactful than just recycling or changing your diet. Wildlife needs a human voice and with this blog I hope to motivate others to also be a voice for the wild things of this world.

Holding a Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus) During winter banding
If this is what you’re seeing in the field then it’s probably me.

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