Drawn To Nature

I have a deep appreciation for my Heavenly Father and his wondrous creations!  I enjoy learning as much as I can about his glorious work, and feel deeply connected to him in all that I learn.  To help me with my learning of nature, I enjoy diving into various books and taking up courses offered in our community.  Phinizy has a wonderful Ornithology class being offered, and they adding Dendrology classes to their program!  Both classes are being taught by Ruth Mead!  She is quite the inspiration!!  I find myself so encouraged after each class that I can't help but share the beauty of what I am learning with my family and piano students.  They LOVE it, and it truly opens the minds of my students!!!  (See example on photo directly below)

Another exciting thing that has happened is we now have a Georgia Naturalist Chapter in Augusta!!!  We had quite a turn out indicating the interest in our area.  I look forward to future meetings, field trips and workshops.

I have also been training to assist with classes taught at Phinizy to schools in Richmond & Columbia County and homeschoolers. I enjoy working with kids, and this is going to be a treat!

Kennedy learning her birds and keyboard identification.  ("Place the Northern Cardinal on 'C/Do'.....place the Pileated Woodpecker on 'D/Re'......the Yellow Warbler on 'G/So'", etc.)

Georgia Naturalist Chapter at Phinizy

Training for assisting and teaching nature science classes to  public Schools and home schoolers.

Ornithology Class
In the photos below, we started the course and birding at Phinizy (9/2, 9/9/15, 8 AM).  From there, our birding adventures took place at Pendleton King Park (9/16/15), and Lover's Lane (9/23/15).

9/2/15 Phinizy Classroom

Birds Viewed:
Sept 2, 2015                         
*Great Blue Heron          
*Great Egret                     
-Cattle Egret                   
-Black Vulture                
*Turkey Vulture              
-Morning Dove               
-Chimney Swift               
-Belted Kingfisher 

September 9, 2015  
 -Pied-billed Grebe, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Little Blue Heron, American Crow, Tri-colored Heron, Carolina Wren, White Ibis, Blue-gray Gnat-catcher, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Mockingbird, Common Gallinule, White-eyed Vireo, Mourning Dove, Blue Grosbeak, Chimney Swift, Northern Cardinal, Barn Swallow, Tufted Titmouse, Red-winged Blackbird, Northern Rough-winged Swallow 

(*) Birds seen on both Sept 2 and Sept 9th.

9/16/15 Pendleton Park


Location:  Pendleton Park
Temp:  Overcast, 9 People in attendance.  Saw 20 Kinds of birds.

Birds viewed:
Little Blue Heron, Blue Jay, Canada Goose, Carolina Wren, Domestic White Duck, Eastern Blue Bird, Mallard, American Robin, Red-shouldered Hawk, Northern Mockingbird, Mourning Dove, Brown Thrasher, Red-bellied Woodpecker, American Redstart, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Cardinal, Eurasian Collard Dove, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Wood-Pewee, House Finch.    

9/23/15 (Below) Scenery at Lover's Lane

Birds viewed:

Anhinga, Cooper's Hawk, Carolina Wren, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Blue-gray Gnatcher, Great Egret, Sora, Northern Mockingbird, Little Blue Heron, Killdear, Brown Thrasher, Wood Stork, Rock Pigeon, White-eyed Vireo

Wood Duck, Mourning Dove, Red-eyed Vireo, Mallard, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Northern Parula, Blue-winged Teal, Eastern Phoebe, Northern Cardinal, Black Vulture, American Crow, Red-winged Blackbird, Turkey Vulture, Carolina Chickadee, Common Grackle, Osprey, Tufted Titmouse

Comics Shared at Ornithology Class


Charlene N.K. said…
Wow, you have your hands full with all things beautiful! Sounds like you're living an exciting life filled with adventures.
Yes, nature is such a highly interesting thing to learn. It shows us the marvels of creation which tell us how much our Creator loves us.
Great to hear from you again. ((Hugs))