5 Charming Things Thursday

In an effort to make my blogging a more regular thing, I figured I’d introduce a weekly series where I share 5 charming things I’ve found lately that I’m loving or inspired by. Just a simple listicle of lovely things. Thursdays are always a hard day for me – They are probably my busiest days at work and Thursdays just have that nearly-at-the-weekend-but-not-quite-there kind of bitterness and I for one, could certainly have them improved by a bit of charm. So here goes nothing.
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Nature Apps – Merlin Bird Identifier

Nature Apps – Merlin Bird Identifier

Hey friends! Today I wanted to share some details about my favorite nature app of the moment – Merlin Bird Identifier. Merlin was developed by the bird experts at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and is able to draw from their extensive research database in order to make the process of identifying birds in your area a breeze! I downloaded it about six months ago and it’s my go-to tool for learning about the various east coast birds that I had never seen before moving to Brooklyn.

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Nature Reads – H for Hawk

Just before last December, I read Helen Macdonald’s acclaimed book H is for Hawk. As far as naturalist books go, this one is something special, because it not only breaks down some of the realities of falconry and training a goshawk – a topic which I never even gave a moment of thought – but it also explores the emotional depths of grief as the author poignantly describes her struggle to grapple with her father’s unexpected death.

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House Plants for a Brown Thumb

House Plants for a Brown Thumb

As much as I long to be a legit plant person and fill my home with so many lush ferns and flowers that the term “jungalow” would actually be appropriate, the truth is, I’ve always had a bit of a brown thumb. Inevitably, I would purchase a new plant with such enthusiasm and a belief that “this time would be different,” and yet within days, the sad plant would be withered from either a lack of nutrients or simply a lack of skill on my part. I wanted to change.

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Let’s Talk Turkey

Let’s Talk Turkey

It’s Thanksgiving tomorrow, so I thought it only fitting I take a few minutes to talk about the holiday’s top bird.

While pretty much everyone has their attention on how to cook turkeys – and believe me, I have seen some absolutely delicious looking recipes out there – I wanted to get some insight into turkeys themselves – what do they eat, what’s their day to day like, what do they like to do for fun, and how did they become to be the animal associated with this American holiday.

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Notes from the Feeder: A Brooklyn Bird Hot Spot

Notes from the Feeder: A Brooklyn Bird Hot Spot

One of the things I love most about our apartment building is the back garden. From our kitchen, we can look out on a quaint patch of land that’s always teeming with birds. As such, I decided to set up a bird feeder on the fire escape just outside the window. I didn’t expect our feeder to become a new bird hot spot, but I’ve gone through an eight-pound bag of bird seed in a matter of days! Our feeder has been getting plenty of customers!

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