The Winter Nature Journal eBook [first in a series of four] is finally here! It’s a little later than I hoped, but it’s published just in time for Winter Solstice. I hope that my nature loving fans will find inspiration, ideas and information in the book to help propel your nature journaling into 2015. It is available for free to subscribers of Trail Mix Digest, the Happy Trails Wild Tales newsletter. Once you confirm your subscription [from a confirmation email], you will be redirected to download the Winter Nature Journal in PDF format.
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Our 12 days of Christmas in Nature ends with one starry night… whether that night is the Geminids meteor shower this weekend, the dark sky of a new moon in winter, or some other celestial event happening! Bring some hot chocolate!
Geminids in Flight, December 14, 2012. Jeff Smallwood captured eight meteors and five airplanes over the course of 90 minutes. Click on image for a larger version.
Geminids Meteor Shower
From Sky and Telescope:
The Geminids, an impressive annual meteor shower sparked by dust and debris shed from a small asteroid, peaks this weekend.
Geminids can appear anywhere in the sky, so the best direction to watch is wherever your sky is darkest, probably straight up. Small particles create tiny, quick streaks. Occasional brighter ones might sail across the heavens for several seconds and may leave a brief train of glowing smoke.
See more at: Sky & Telescope
We’re nearing the end of the 12 Days of Christmas in Nature. We’ve crafted ornaments, learned ways to stay warm, made trail mix and fed the birds… what better way to settle in for winter than relaxing with a toasty fire?
Craft these fire starters using recycled material
Egg Carton & Dryer Lint Fire Starters
Stephanie, at DIY Ready, shows us how to use
this common household garbage for
a practical purpose, starting fires!
[Read how to do it]
Twisted Newspaper Fire Starter
Martha Stewart, of course, showcases her
fancy recycled newspaper fire starters
in a basket by the hearth.
[Simple instructions here]
Do you have a favorite fire starter that you craft from recycled materials?
On the third day of Christmas, Mother Nature gave to me…. lots and lots of birds! Feeding birds, in the winter, can help them survive and help you bring nature indoors.
Bird Seed Ornaments
Ever thought of decorating a christmas tree for the birds?
This is an easy project to make some decorations that
the birds will appreciate. A few years ago, we made them
using this recipe and gave them
away as simple gifts.
Pine Cones & Peanut Butter Bird Feeders
The simplest of all bird feeder crafts, any age or
attention span can quickly create these from
Green Child Magazine contributor Jennie Lyon.
Orange Bird Feeder Craft
Simple and satisfying, these orange bird feeders
from _ add a splash of summer color
to the winter landscape. Learn how
to make them from Sheri Silver.
Don’t forget to participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count coming this February.