Backyard Naturalist

BN-CCoogan-copy2As a lifelong amateur naturalist, I’ve filled many journals with sketches, observations and research notes, in my quest to better understand and enjoy the amazing array of wildlife, flora, habitat and phenomena that I encounter everywhere everyday.

I began writing and illustrating the “Backyard Naturalist” column for the Times Union newspaper in July 2006, in hopes that it would inspire a broad range
of the population to also observe, enjoy and share my interest in the natural world.

Compilation books of the column are available for purchase. Some sample pages are displayed below.

Mocking Bird - Backyard Naturalist - Carol CooganPileated Woodpecker - Backyard Naturalist - Carol CooganWoolly Bear Caterpillar - Backyard Naturalist - Carol CooganWild Turkey - Backyard Naturalist - Carol CooganMuskrat - Backyard Naturalist - Carol CooganFossils - Backyard Naturalist - Carol CooganPigeons - Backyard Naturalist - Carol CooganEvergreens - Backyard Naturalist - Carol Coogan

Here are a few sample page spreads from Volume II.Gray Squirrel - Backyard Naturalist - Carol CooganKatydidGrasshopperCricketTadpoles - Backyard Naturalist - Carol Coogan

Here are a sample page spread from Volume III.Rooster - Backyard Naturalist - Carol Coogan