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Watching nature : a beginner's field guide
Russo, Monica.
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Publication Information:
New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [1998]

Physical Description:
96 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Describes how to make close-up observations of nature and how to record what you see, including recognizing field marks, identifying plants, noting characteristic sounds, and watching specific animal activities.
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Includes index.
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QL60 .R87 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
QL60 .R87 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Here's nature like you've never experienced it before! These glorious photos and illustrations, and descriptive text will open your eyes to the wonders of the outdoors. Get tips on finding the hidden treasures that those who aren't in the know might miss. Become an expert at seeing that shy creature behind the bush or that rare leaf. Just follow the methods here for developing your observational skills. Uncover clues to an animal's presence, know sounds and markings for classification, establish landmarks, and attract wildlife to your garden. Keep records of your adventures, make field sketches, or take outdoor photos. Your enjoyment of nature will keep on growing! Sterling 96 pages (all in color), 8 1/2 x 10.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 6^-10. This guidebook, with an attractive and clearly designed layout, will be a fine companion for the beginning naturalist on a field trip. Eschewing scientific language and intimidating classification throughout, Russo opens with a lesson in animal identification, explaining how to recognize an animal by a field mark, an eye-ring, a peculiar posture, a tail movement, or a manner of walking--details at the heart of wildlife watching. In another lesson, she discusses looking for clues to wildlife activity, such as castings left by owls and hawks, evidence of digging, tracks and scat, and holes and hideaways. Besides the useful tips for honing observational skills, she includes instructions on how to make a personal record of observations, helpful cautionary advice, and a host of fascinating facts. This is an excellent book, with wonderful color photographs, sure to entice the reader into getting the most out of the sensory beauty of the natural world. --Shelley Townsend-Hudson

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-A fascinating introduction to observing nature and discovering clues about animals and plants. The book encourages beginners to "open their eyes" and identify signs of wildlife, and explains how to keep a journal to record observations. The description of identifying characteristics is especially helpful, e.g., field marks; behavioral activities of animals; and details of texture, color, shape, size, and patterns for plants and trees. There are also chapters on summer sounds made by birds, insects, and frogs, as well as sights to look for in various habitats. The full-color photographs are especially attractive and useful in identification. Appropriate sites around the world are mentioned for types of wildlife viewing. Good safety tips are included, as well as how to use binoculars, magnifiers, and field guides. There's a wealth of information here for budding naturalists.-Marion F. Gallivan, Gannon University, Erie, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 5
Introductionp. 6
chapter 1 Wildlife Watchingp. 7
How Do They Do It?p. 7
Field Marks on Birdsp. 7
The Shape of Thingsp. 8
Measuring Upp. 8
The Right Movesp. 9
Butterflies, Moths, Beetles, and Other Insectsp. 9
Reptiles and Amphibiansp. 10
You Do It All the Timep. 11
Special Effectsp. 11
On the Movep. 11
Starting Smallp. 12
Have a Seat!p. 13
Three's a Crowdp. 13
What's Going on Here?p. 14
Is This Really Happening?p. 14
It's Professionalp. 15
chapter 2 Landmarks and Highlightsp. 16
Trailside Landmarksp. 16
Smaller Cluesp. 17
Among Rocksp. 18
Diggers and Dustersp. 18
Holes and Hideawaysp. 19
Tracksp. 20
Cocoon and Chrysalis Huntp. 20
Feathers on the Groundp. 22
Insect Wingsp. 23
chapter 3 Flowers, Trees and Lichensp. 24
Food and Shelterp. 24
Just Read the Label!p. 25
Out on Your Ownp. 26
Create Your Own Imagep. 27
Looking at Leavesp. 27
Just Treesp. 30
Ornamental and Exotic Treesp. 31
Not Just Leavesp. 32
Looking at Lichensp. 32
Try This!p. 33
chapter 4 Sounds of Summerp. 34
A Natural Backgroundp. 34
Bird Songsp. 34
Start Listening Right Nowp. 35
Draw Your Own Sonogram!p. 36
Don't Be Fooledp. 37
Insect Soundsp. 37
Other Insect Noisemakersp. 38
Frogs and Toadsp. 40
Patience and Stealth Neededp. 41
Wetland Walksp. 41
chapter 5 Waterways and Seashoresp. 42
Swamps, Bogs, and Pondsp. 42
Wetland Wildflowersp. 43
Small Wondersp. 43
Life on the Edgep. 44
Keep an Eye on the Skyp. 45
Look Down at This!p. 45
Beachside Botany: The Shore and Coastp. 46
Not Just Dune Grassp. 46
Walking the Linep. 46
Be Careful!p. 47
Watching Water Birdsp. 47
Look at Those Legsp. 48
The Shorebird Migrationp. 49
Go on a Whale-Watch Cruisep. 49
Be on the Alert!p. 51
chapter 6 Winter Wondersp. 52
Observing Mammalsp. 52
Detective Workp. 53
The Right Trackp. 54
Try It Yourselfp. 54
As Clean As Snow?p. 55
Construction Sitesp. 55
Winter Birdsp. 56
Starting a Feeding Stationp. 57
Be Patientp. 58
Trees in Winterp. 58
No Snow at All?p. 60
chapter 7 Backyard Sanctuaryp. 61
Water Worksp. 61
Flowers Are Foodp. 62
Try This!p. 62
A Note of Cautionp. 64
Building a Brush Pilep. 64
Nesting Boxes for Birdsp. 65
Butterfly Roosts, Bat Houses, and Bee Boxesp. 65
Backyard Surprisesp. 66
Don't Get Distractedp. 68
A Bird's-Eye Viewp. 69
chapter 8 The Naturalist's Notebookp. 70
Making Memoriesp. 70
Field Notesp. 70
Getting Startedp. 72
Pens and Pencilsp. 73
Wired?p. 73
Just the Factsp. 73
Symbols and Signsp. 75
Be Objectivep. 75
chapter 9 Tools of the Tradep. 76
Binocularsp. 76
Closer and Closerp. 78
How to Use Magnifiersp. 78
Take a Look!p. 79
Field Bagsp. 80
Field Guidesp. 80
Trail Guides and Mapsp. 80
You Are Not Alonep. 81
Special Eventsp. 81
On Alert!p. 82
chapter 10 Country Comfortsp. 83
Get Comfortable!p. 83
Pay Attention to Your Feetp. 83
Special Needsp. 84
Handling Heat and Coldp. 85
Safety First!p. 86
Refreshment Timep. 86
The Battle Against Bugsp. 86
Don't Get Stung!p. 87
Tips on Ticksp. 88
Weather Conditionsp. 88
A Separate Sportp. 88
chapter 11 Saving Itp. 89
Keeping Memories on Paperp. 89
Outdoor Photographyp. 90
Seashells by the Seashorep. 93
Collecting Leavesp. 94
Legal Souvenirs?p. 95
Indexp. 96