BOOK: Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World

I love books that combine fun artwork with good information. Here’s a new guide that does just that:

Julia Rothman, Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World (North Adams, MA: Storey Publishing, 2015, 224 pp).

Publisher’s description Art and science mingle in Julia Rothman’s fascinating visual tour of the natural world. If you’ve ever wanted to see how mountains are formed or wondered about the life cycle of a mushroom or the different types of feather on a bird, you’ll delight in exploring Rothman’s drawings, diagrams, and dissections. Her spirited exploration of earth and water, flora and fauna will open your eyes to new views of nature’s wonders.

Check out this post about the book and author from PBS Newshour featuring a bunch of images from the book, including this rotting log:

Tucked in among several illustrations of animals, Rothman includes objects like a rotting log, which wouldn't necessarily receive a lot of attention of a nature walk. Excerpted from "Nature Anatomy" by Julia Rothman. Used with permission of Storey Publishing

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

It’s time to register for summer camps!
Nature-based summer break camps in the Portland area

The Tillamook Forest Center is back open for the spring – check out their upcoming events

Hike series with the Forest Park Conservancy

Hike series with Portland branch of Hike It Baby

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Summer nature programming  from THPRD

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

November-June | Lunch with the Birds! | Hillsboro Parks & Recreation

Nov. 12-Aug. 29, 2015 | Exhibit: In the Footsteps of David Douglas | Washington County Museum

Feb. 1-July 11 | Exhibit: Portland’s Rivers: Contemporary Art Views | Pittock Mansion

May | American Wetlands Month | EPA

May-August | Amazing Arthropods (programs with The Bug Chicks) | Multnomah County Library (various)

May 20 | Madrona Park Nurse Log Dedication | PP&R Neighborhood Tree Stewards

May 21 | Official unveiling of great blue heron statue, 2:30pm | Corner of SW Vermont Street and Bertha Boulevard (Hillsdale)

May 21 | Nadaka Basic Birding Class | Audubon/Friends of Nadaka Nature Park

May 21 | Evening Canoe the Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

May 23 | Damselflies + Dragonflies at Fairview Creek Headwaters | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

May 23 | Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area Outing | Outdoor Afro

May 27-June 4 | 29th Annual Great Blue Heron Week | Audubon Society of Portland

May 30 | Discovery Hike: Firelane Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

May 30 | Book talk: Nikki McClure on In | Powell’s City of Books

May 31 | Talk: Christine Colasurdo on 35 Years later: Mt. St. Helens eruption | Garden Home Community Library

June | Great Outdoors Month | American Recreation Coalition

June 6 | National Trails Day | American Hiking Society

June 6 | State Parks Day (free day use & camping) | Oregon State Parks

June 6 | Family Nature Fest | Columbia Springs

June 13 | National Get Outdoors Day | GetOutdoorsUSA!

June 13 | 2015 National Get Outdoors Day | Fort Vancouver

June 3 | Discovery Hike: Habitat Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

June 10 | River Professors: History of the Tualatin River | Tualatin Riverkeepers

June 13 | Explorando el Columbia Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 13 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

June 13 | Marshall Park Playground Dedication | Portland Parks & Recreation

June 14 | Guided Nature Walk: Wild in the Wetland! | Friends of the Refuge

June 15-21 | National Pollinator Week | Pollinator Partnership

June 20 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

June 20 | Dedication of Roger Tilbury Memorial Park (nature play area) | THPRD

June 21 | North Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

June 23 | Bring Your Own Boat Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 23 | Vancouver Lake Community Paddle | Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership

June 27 | Great American Backyard Campout | NWF

June 27 | 26th Annual Tualatin River Discovery Day | Tualatin Riverkeepers

July-August | Tall ship visits to ports in the Columbia River Gorge | Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain

July 7 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

July 10 | Moonlight Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

July 11 | Firsthand Oregon: Pika Discovery and Viewing | Oregon Wildlife

July 18 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

July 18 | Sunset Paddle | Tualatin Riverkeepers

July 25 | Guided Nature Walk, 9:30am | Tualatin Hills Nature Park

July 26 | Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

August 8 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

August 11 | Lecture: Kristin Ohlson on The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet | Friends of Family Farmers

August 14-16 | Return from the Burn – A Step Back in Time Event | Tillamook State Forest

August 16 | Family-Friendly Paddle | Tualatin Riverkeepers

August 17-21 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 18 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

August 18-22 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 23 | Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

September 12 | 10 Years of Trackers | Trackers Earth

September 20 | Sunday Trailways: Waterhouse Linear Park | THPRD

September 27 | Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

October 3 | Autumn River Paddle Trip | Tualatin Riverkeepers

October 24 | Discovery Hike: Fall Park Tour | Forest Park Conservancy

Oct. 10-Jan. 10, 2016 | Exhibit – Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection | Portland Art Museum

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling):
Nature Days in the Park and Nature Mobile from THPRD’s Natural Resources
Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden
Story and Strolls and Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek State Park
Ladybug Nature Walks with Portland Parks & Recreation
Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Bird Walks for adults and kids through Backyard Bird Shop
Audubon Story Time (1st/3rd Saturdays starting May 2nd
Free field trips with Audubon Society of Portland volunteers
Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA
Tillamook Tales at the Tillamook Forest Center

Did you know?
– $2 admission at OMSI the first Sunday of every month
– $3 admission at the World Forestry Center the first Thursday of every month
– $4 admission at the Oregon Zoo the second Tuesday of every month
– FREE admission at the Portland Art Museum the fourth Friday of every month, 5-8pm
– FREE admission at the Portland Children’s Museum the first Friday of every month, 4-8pm
– FREE admission at the Oregon Historical Society & Museum every day for Multnomah County residents

*My friend Laura posts a monthly listing of kid and family-friendly events of natural, scientific, and cultural interest. May’s list is here.

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Wednesday photo of the week: ladybug nature walk

Ladybug Nature Walk

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BOOK REVIEW: In, by Nikki McClure & Portland book talk on May 30

Readers of this blog know that we love Nikki McClure’s artwork and books. Not only does she live and work in the Pacific Northwest, but her themes revolve around nature. She just published a new book, as author and illustrator, that really speaks to us.

Sometimes it can take a little effort to open that front door and head outside. There are things inside that are nice to do. But once that hurdle is overcome, being outside is wonderful. Nikki McClure’s In (New York: Abrams Appleseed, 2015, 36 pp) follows a young boy, accompanied by his toy giraffe, as a he plays on his own inside, outside, and then back inside again. She uses the words in and out throughout the text, and her papercut scenes of reading, splashing in puddles, and spotting owls at night capture the will of a child exploring and determining their own playtime.

In is a gentle reminder, as parents read to their own kids or kids read it on their own, that all is needed for play is one’s imagination and active bodies. No electronics or over-scheduled afternoons required!

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McClure will be in Portland on May 30th for a book talk at Powell’s City of Books, at 4pm.

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Monday thought of the week: let them look

A thought:

Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.

– David Polis, naturalist

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Wednesday photo of the week: fern girl

Fern girl

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Pledge to Celebrate Kids to Parks Day on May 16th; two ways to win!

If you haven’t seen my posts from March and April about the upcoming Kids to Parks Day from the National Park Trust on May 16th – that’s only five days away! – then you must be living under a rock.

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Anyone who pledges to get outside on May 16th and visit a park (any park will do) will be entered to win a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera. Add your name to the 288,000+ names already signed up!

And I have a giveaway here, too. To enter for a chance to win a prize package from the National Park Trust, please comment on this post telling me about a memorable national park experience, either from your childhood or now with your own child/ren. The prize package consists of a “Buddy Bison” mascot stuffed animal, 2 National Geographic Books (National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks and National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.), a CamelBak BPA- and BPS-free reusable bottle, a T-shirt, and a NPT Park Activity Guide (a $75 value). From the entries I will randomly pick a winner. The contest will be open until Saturday, May 16, midnight PST. If you would like to enter without commenting on the blog, you can send me an email at darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com. Good luck!

If you’re in the Portland area, you can find a park to visit using the map tool from The Intertwine. There are also a few events going on at some local parks and natural areas: Grand Opening Celebration at Kʰunamokwst Park; Audubon Story Time: Birdsongs at the Audubon Society of Portland; Cully Critter Cruise with the Columbia Slough Watershed Council; Children’s Nature Fair at the Leach Botanical Garden; and Tualatin River Bird Festival at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.

If you like to share images on social media, use the hashtag #kidstoparks (or #buddybison if he’s in your photo). NPT is on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

And just for fun, here are some photos from our trip to Crater Lake National Park last summer:

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Monday thought of the week: for it all to mean anything

A thought:

Let the water flow back, but let us be allowed to step into it as well, as we surely have and must for it all to mean anything. Let us and our children put our fingers into the world and raise nature tables inside and out. Only so long as we can make contact with the remaining quasi-wild places and only so long as the names we have given them and their inhabitants carry on being operative, might we continue to be able to “lie down in the word-hoard” as Seamus Heaney put it in his poem “North.”

– Tim Dee, “Our Bleak Exile of Nature,” The New York Times (May 1, 2015)

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Upcoming nature events in Portland

It’s time to register for summer camps!
Nature-based summer break camps in the Portland area

The Tillamook Forest Center is back open for the spring – check out their upcoming events

Hike series with the Forest Park Conservancy

Hike series with Portland branch of Hike It Baby

Hike series with Friends of the Columbia River Gorge

Hike series with Oregon Wild

Summer nature programming  from THPRD

The Bug Chicks programs at Multnomah County Library locations

Free Skills Series from Rewild Portland (every month)

November-June | Lunch with the Birds! | Hillsboro Parks & Recreation

Nov. 12-Aug. 29, 2015 | Exhibit: In the Footsteps of David Douglas | Washington County Museum

Feb. 1-July 11 | Exhibit: Portland’s Rivers: Contemporary Art Views | Pittock Mansion

May | American Wetlands Month | EPA

May-August | Amazing Arthropods (programs with The Bug Chicks) | Multnomah County Library (various)

May 4-10 | National Wildflower Week | Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

May 9 | International Migratory Bird Day | Environment for the Americas

May 9 | Guided hike at Camassia Natural Area | Nature Conservancy of Oregon

May 9 | Brownie Day: The Wonders of Water at Greenway Park | THPRD

May 10 | East Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

May 10 | Free admission for Mother’s Day | Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

May 10 | Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Ridgefield NWR & Cathlapotle Plankhouse | FRNWR

May 10 | Nature Days in the Park: Roger Tilbury Memorial Park | THPRD

May 10 | Family Nature Walk at Elowah & Upper McCord Falls | Friends of the Columbia Gorge

May 10 | Guided Nature Walk: Sproinggg! Spring has Sprung! | Friends of the Refuge

May 12 | Nature Night: A Tale of Two Puffins | Audubon Society of Portland

May 15 | Kids Nature Night Out: Treasure Hunt | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 16 | Kids to Parks Day | National Park Trust

May 16 | Grand Opening Celebration | Kʰunamokwst Park

May 16 | Audubon Story Time: Birdsongs | Audubon Society of Portland

May 16 | Cully Critter Cruise | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

May 16 | Children’s Nature Fair | Leach Botanical Garden

May 16 | Tualatin River Bird Festival | Friends of the Refuge

May 16 | Firsthand Oregon: Native Turtle Habitat Tour | Oregon Wildlife

May 16 | Winter Steelhead Release | Tillamook Forest Center

May 17 | Honoring Our Rivers student showcase | Powell’s City of Books

May 17 | Metro Annual Trails Fair | Metro/American Trails

May 17 | 10th Anniversary Celebration & Farm Tour | Sauvie Island Center

May 17 | Nature Studies: Birds of Cooper Mountain | Cooper Mountain Nature Park

May 21 | Official unveiling of great blue heron statue, 2:30pm | Corner of SW Vermont Street and Bertha Boulevard (Hillsdale)

May 21 | Evening Canoe the Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

May 23 | Damselflies + Dragonflies at Fairview Creek Headwaters | Johnson Creek Watershed Council

May 23 | Smith and Bybee Lakes Wildlife Area Outing | Outdoor Afro

May 27-June 4 | 29th Annual Great Blue Heron Week | Audubon Society of Portland

May 30 | Discovery Hike: Firelane Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

May 30 | Book talk: Nikki McClure on In | Powell’s City of Books

May 31 | Talk: Christine Colasurdo on 35 Years later: Mt. St. Helens eruption | Garden Home Community Library

June | Great Outdoors Month | American Recreation Coalition

June 6 | National Trails Day | American Hiking Society

June 6 | State Parks Day (free day use & camping) | Oregon State Parks

June 6 | Family Nature Fest | Columbia Springs

June 13 | National Get Outdoors Day | GetOutdoorsUSA!

June 13 | 2015 National Get Outdoors Day | Fort Vancouver

June 3 | Discovery Hike: Habitat Hike | Forest Park Conservancy

June 10 | River Professors: History of the Tualatin River | Tualatin Riverkeepers

June 13 | Explorando el Columbia Slough | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 14 | Guided Nature Walk: Wild in the Wetland! | Friends of the Refuge

June 15-21 | National Pollinator Week | Pollinator Partnership

June 20 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

June 21 | North Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

June 23 | Bring Your Own Boat Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

June 27 | Great American Backyard Campout | NWF

June 27 | 26th Annual Tualatin River Discovery Day | Tualatin Riverkeepers

July-August | Tall ship visits to ports in the Columbia River Gorge | Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain

July 7 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

July 10 | Moonlight Paddle | Columbia Slough Watershed Council

July 11 | Firsthand Oregon: Pika Discovery and Viewing | Oregon Wildlife

July 18 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

July 26 | Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

August 8 | StoryWalk at Spring Garden Park | Capitol Hill Library

August 11 | Lecture: Kristin Ohlson on The Soil Will Save Us: How Scientists, Farmers, and Foodies Are Healing the Soil to Save the Planet | Friends of Family Farmers

August 14-16 | Return from the Burn – A Step Back in Time Event | Tillamook State Forest

August 17-21 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 18 | StoryWalk at Midland Park | Midland Library

August 18-22 | Paddle Oregon | Willamette Riverkeeper

August 23 | Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

September 12 | 10 Years of Trackers | Trackers Earth

September 20 | Sunday Trailways: Waterhouse Linear Park | THPRD

September 27 | Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways | Sunday Parkways

October 24 | Discovery Hike: Fall Park Tour | Forest Park Conservancy

Oct. 10-Jan. 10, 2016 | Exhibit – Seeing Nature: Landscape Masterworks from the Paul G. Allen Family Collection | Portland Art Museum

Regular nature outings (check websites for seasonal scheduling):
Nature Days in the Park and Nature Mobile from THPRD’s Natural Resources
Honeybee Hikes at Leach Botanical Garden
Story and Strolls and Guided Nature Walks at Tryon Creek State Park
Ladybug Nature Walks with Portland Parks & Recreation
Puddle Stompers at Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge
Bird Walks for adults and kids through Backyard Bird Shop
Audubon Story Time (1st/3rd Saturdays starting May 2nd
Free field trips with Audubon Society of Portland volunteers
Tadpole Tales with Columbia Slough Watershed Council
Farm Fridays at Zenger Farm
Second Saturdays at the Water Resources Education Center in Vancouver, WA
Tillamook Tales at the Tillamook Forest Center

Did you know?
– $2 admission at OMSI the first Sunday of every month
– $3 admission at the World Forestry Center the first Thursday of every month
– $4 admission at the Oregon Zoo the second Tuesday of every month
– FREE admission at the Portland Art Museum the fourth Friday of every month, 5-8pm
– FREE admission at the Portland Children’s Museum the first Friday of every month, 4-8pm
– FREE admission at the Oregon Historical Society & Museum every day for Multnomah County residents

*My friend Laura posts a monthly listing of kid and family-friendly events of natural, scientific, and cultural interest. May’s list is here.

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Wednesday photo of the week: the catch

Kids Fishing Festival

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