Bowdoin College biologist Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and best-selling author Bernd Heinrich wrote The Naturalist’s Notebook to teach nature lovers of all ages to be more mindful, curious and knowledgeable about the natural world, no matter where they live, using a calendar-journal format and Heinrich’s classic illustrations as inspiration. Professor Wheelwright’s presentation will describe the origin of the project and the joys, challenges, and fulfillment of keeping a systematic nature journal.
About the book: Become a more attentive observer and deepen your appreciation for the natural world. The
unique five-year calendar format of The Naturalist’s Notebook helps you create a long-term record and point of comparison for memorable events, such as the first songbird you hear in spring, your first monarch butterfly sighting of summer, or the appearance of the northern lights. Biologist Nathaniel T. Wheelwright and best-selling author Bernd Heinrich teach nature lovers of all ages what to look for outdoors no matter where you live, using Heinrich’s classic illustrations as inspiration. As you jot down one observation a day, year after year, your collected field notes will serve as a valuable record of your piece of the planet.
Nathaniel T. Wheelwright is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences in the Department of Biology at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine. He earned his B.S. in Biology from Yale University (1975) and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington (1982).
Following a Carr Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Florida (1982-1984) and a Visiting Assistant Professorship at Cornell University (1984-1986), he joined the faculty at Bowdoin College. As Director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, New Brunswick (1987-2004), he established a long-term, on-going study of the population biology and behavioral ecology of Savannah sparrows and tree swallows and the pollination biology of island plants. His dissertation research on seed dispersal by fruit-eating birds in Costa Rica has led to long-term investigations of the reproductive ecology of tropical trees and the publication with Nalini Nadkarni of Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Monteverde: ecología y conservación de un bosque nuboso tropical (Bowdoin Scholars’ Bookshelf, Book 3, 2014).
Other books by Nathaniel Wheelwright:
Wheelwright, N.T., and B. Heinrich. 2017. The Naturalist’s Notebook: An Observation Guide and 5-Year Calendar-Journal for Tracking Changes in the Natural World Around You. Storey Publishing, North Adams, Mass.
Wheelwright, N.T., and N.M. Nadkarni (editors). 2014. Monteverde: ecología y conservación de un bosque nuboso tropical. Bowdoin Scholars’ Bookshelf. Book 3. 862 pp.
Nadkarni, N.M., and N.T. Wheelwright (editors). 2000. Monteverde: Ecology and Conservation of a Tropical Cloud Forest. Oxford University Press. 573pp. (also: Bowdoin Scholars’ Bookshelf. Book 1.