2017: Naturalist Goals

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Snow Goose | Rockland, ME | 3 Jan 2017

Here are my naturalist goals for the next turn of the seasons. I plan to...

...explore each of the following locations in northern York County, at least once per season:

California Fields Wildlife Area in Hollis
Sawyer Mountain Highlands in Limerick/Limington
Waterboro Barrens Preserve in Waterboro/Shapleigh

...obtain equipment (field recorder and microphone, for starters) to record and share high quality sound recordings of birds, insects, ocean, etc.

...photograph at least 2 of the 5 birds who I've seen but not yet photographed (Dovekie, Tundra Swan, Prothonotary Warbler, Purple Gallinule, and Northern Bobwhite).

...complete 3 or more Moon Challenges.

...consume a diversity of wild foods by focusing on a different plant, seaweed, fish, shellfish, insect, mushroom, or mammal, each week of the year.

...hike 10+ miles along the Appalachian Trail in Maine.

...and continue to publish my weekly Nature Notes, but on Mondays (instead of Wednesdays), and with a new format; each post will feature one photo (and perhaps an audio clip), three phenology notes, my wild edible of the week report (see above goal), moon challenge updates (when applicable), and finally a nature challenge of the week (for you, the reader).

2 thoughts on “2017: Naturalist Goals”

  1. I love the idea of having specifically naturalist goals for the year! I’m going to make a list of mine. The one I’m most excited about is getting out to the woods every weekend of April and May to catch as many Spring ephemerals as possible. Thanks for the idea.

    I’m looking forward to reading your updates, especially your wild edible of the week.

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