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Nature Journal
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Nature Journal is an innovative presentation of the best columns and photographs from L. J. Davenport’s popular column in Alabama Heritage magazine. Readers of the magazine have come to relish his artful and often witty descriptions of common species encountered in the Alabama outdoors. But Nature Journal is designed to be much more than a mere collection of entertaining essays; it is also an educational tool—a means of instructing and encouraging readers in the art of keeping a nature journal for themselves.

 

Each of the 25 chapters is a self-contained lesson in close observation of species morphology, behavior, and habitat; research in the literature; nondestructive capture of the subject by photography or drawing; and written description of the total observed natural phenomenon. At the end of each account, stimulating questions and gentle directives guide the reader into making his or her own observations and recordings.

 

This book is intended for broad nature-study use in Alabama and throughout the southeast by the general reader and nature enthusiast alike, as well as visitors to museums and outdoor centers, and students of nature and nature writing at the high school and college levels. Beautifully designed to look like a personal journal, it is a perfect gift and treasured keepsake for all lovers of the natural world.  

 

Publication supported in part by Samford University  

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-1
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. 2-11
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xv-19
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-4
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  1. 1. Bioblitz: The Walls Of Jericho
  2. pp. 5-14
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  1. 2. The Soldier Fish
  2. pp. 15-22
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  1. 3. Great Blues
  2. pp. 23-30
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  1. 4. Doodlebugs and Ant Lions
  2. pp. 31-38
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  1. 5. Fence Lizards
  2. pp. 39-46
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  1. 6. The Wheel of Life
  2. pp. 47-54
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  1. 7. Giant Swallowtails and Metamorphosis
  2. pp. 55-62
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  1. 8. Luna Moths and Pheromones
  2. pp. 63-70
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  1. 9. Bolas Spiders
  2. pp. 71-78
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  1. 10. Pink Moccasins
  2. pp. 79-86
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  1. 11. Jack- (or Jill-) in-the-Pulpit
  2. pp. 87-94
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  1. 12. Birding Dauphin Island
  2. pp. 95-102
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  1. 13. Shark’s Tooth Creek
  2. pp. 103-110
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  1. 14. Sex and the Single Freshwater Mussel
  2. pp. 111-120
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  1. 15. Periodical Cicadas
  2. pp. 121-128
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  1. 16. Opossums
  2. pp. 129-136
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  1. 17. Brown Pelicans
  2. pp. 137-144
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  1. 18. Neither Spanish nor Moss
  2. pp. 145-152
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  1. 19. Flounders and Other Flatfishes
  2. pp. 153-160
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  1. 20. Liverleaf and the Doctrine of Signatures
  2. pp. 161-168
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  1. 21. Green Tree Frogs
  2. pp. 169-176
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  1. 22. Cedar Apple Rust
  2. pp. 177-184
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  1. 23. Gopher Tortoises
  2. pp. 185-192
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  1. 24. The Siren’s Song
  2. pp. 193-200
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  1. 25. Lessons in Morelity
  2. pp. 201-208
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 209-254
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