For many, New Years is a time for making resolutions. For me, it’s a great time for reflecting on what I’ve accomplished in the past year and setting intentions and goals for the new year to come in terms of nature study. Below is a run down of how I did on my 2017 goals and what I hope to accomplish in 2018.
My goals for 2017 included:
- Post to Seashore to Forest Floor regularly. — I managed to post new blog content at least once a week all year.
- Attend more expert lead naturalist walks. — I participated in the Hitchcock Center for the Environment’s Nature All Year Program, as well as various local programs led by MassAudubon, local land trusts, conservation commissions, and other organizations.
- Explore as many natural places in Massachusetts as I can (my unwritten goal for this was 52 different locations – essentially 1 new place a week). — I explored 67 different conservation areas, parks, forests, beaches, and other natural spaces. Click here to see the map of all the places I visited.
- See three species of birds that I’ve wanted to see for years. — I found all three: Wood duck (Aix sponsa), Woodcock (Scolopax minor), and coming in just under the wire with a December 31st sighting at Duxbury beach, a Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus).
Snowy owl at Duxbury Beach
For 2018, I plan to continue posting to the blog regularly and exploring new places, but I also have two additional nature study goals I hope to achieve:
- I was inspired by Lara Gastinger’s perpetual nature journal and have decided to start my own. To learn more about what a perpetual natural journal is, as well as to see my entries so far, check out the Perpetual Nature Journal page.
- I am working on starting a Cape Cod based year-long nature study course and/or club. More details soon.
A rhododendron in progress from my Dec 24 – 31 perpetual journal page.