Odonata Season

Every year is marked by different seasons. Some of them are weather dependent (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) and some are wildlife dependent. Migration season has finished here in Iowa and with it comes breeding season followed by fledgling season. These overlap with a couple of others as well, Butterfly and Dragonfly season. This year I... Continue Reading →

Adventures in Grassland Birding

What an amazing birding morning! I've been missing my old birding spots in Kansas lately, not knowing where to go to find the birds in your area is really hard. Luckily there is a trail not far out of town that is bordered on either side by ungrazed pasture, terraces, and waterways where I thought... Continue Reading →

What Makes a Bird…

Where to Start. In this new series of posts, I plan to help people learn the distinguishing traits that make similar species different from one another. This is meant to help beginner birders or someone hoping to brush up on their identification skills. That being said, I thought it would be best to start with... Continue Reading →

Teach a Boy to Fish

There's an old Chinese proverb that says, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." I believe this proverb to be true in more ways than one. There's the obvious way at looking at it where you are literally... Continue Reading →

The Life of a Bird

This blog is called Journals of a Naturalist, but I must admit that I am especially partial to birds. There may be a few reasons for this partiality. For one, birds are everywhere and they like to let you know it by flashing their bright feathers and letting out distinctive calls. Another reason may be... Continue Reading →

Returning to the Basics

I have taken some time off of writing on this blog due to a very busy schedule. Graduating from K-State, applying for jobs, and moving twice all took up a lot of time. Then you tack on the time that it takes to get settled into a new job position and new place of living,... Continue Reading →

Wildlife at the Water Points

4 August, 2019 This past week I was able to assist my wife in running from Marysville, Kansas to Beatrice, Nebraska along a trail that runs along the Big Blue River. I help by stopping at the trailheads in towns that are about 6-8 miles apart by trail and waiting for her to show up... Continue Reading →

Field Season Wrap-up

28 July, 2019 I want to thank everybody for being patient with me while I finished up my summer field work. As I mentioned in the Back Porch Birding Podcast, this post will be quite special. It will have the most photography that I have ever shared in a single post, but before the photos... Continue Reading →

Playing Catch-up

23 June, 2019 I apologize for the long absence, I have been very busy these last few weeks with field work. It's hard to get everything done that needs to be when you only get one day off. Not all of the pictures in this post are from the past week, but may be from... Continue Reading →

Let the Nesting Begin

19 May, 2019 It's finally here! The moment we've all been waiting for! Nesting time is finally here! I've begun to notice a few bird species nesting in and around my yard this past week. The first nest that I found was a Red-bellied Woodpecker ( ). It is right outside the door of my... Continue Reading →

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