In an environmental studies course on the natural history of Missouri, Dr. Jan Weaver encourages her students to keep a daily journal of nature observations, complete with a date, location, description (including drawings, if applicable) and one or several questions about that observation. Over time, this information can be very useful for building knowledge about plants, animals, geology, water systems, weather and many other features.
In an ideal world, I would venture out often to find rare or at least more natural features than what’s in the city. However, since Mizzou is a botanic garden, we can see an impressive a variety of plant species right here on campus, which is great for busy college students! Here are some observations I made for the class last week. Please leave a comment if you can answer any questions.
That’s all for now! If you have any answers, or want to make some natural history observations of your own, feel free to leave a comment or even make your own blog post! Footprint is always open to new contributors.