Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Crossley Bird ID Guide Give-Away

Princeton University Press is celebrating their new facebook page for birds and all other things in nature by giving away posters and signed copies of The Crossley ID Guide.

Richard Crossley has now spoken at well over 20 societies and groups, but if you missed your chance to get a signed copy at one of those events, this is a great opportunity.

On Halloween, they will give away two different prizes – first up is an autographed copy of the book with a poster of the kestrel plate; the second is a poster of the Black-throated Blue Warbler plate. Both posters are professionally printed and gorgeous. They would be a treat for any birder to hang in their den or office.
All you have to do to be entered in the giveaway is to become a fan on the Princeton Birds & Natural History facebook site:

My guess is that we’ll see additional giveaways for other bird and nature books in the future, so if you become a fan you will be eligible for those, too. They’ll also be posting bird/nature specific material there so it’s a great way to keep up to date on what’s coming up in our natural history books.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What's in a Name?

Dawn at Sweet as Cinnamon has such imagination! 
She wants to know how we came to name our blogs!!

A few years ago, I was wintering in Maine
with my sister, The Fern Lady. 

A grad student, a mom and wife, and employed part-time, she was a very busy girl.  I was learning the names of plants and making cards from the pictures she had taken over the years, and driving her crazy!  So, she decided to keep me busy and out of her hair.  She had heard about Etsy from a friend who makes the most amazing pottery and came to the conclusion that I should open a little shop and sell my cards.  We labored for hours, trying to come up with a name. 

Finally, she popped up with the fact that growing up and being the younger sibling, every time our mom addressed her, she'd always start with my name, so she would hear "K-Holly".  It was perfect, and we named the Etsy shop KaHolly. 
Then came the blog to promote the store! 

Sadly, the Etsy store went on permanent vacation at the end of the winter months,
never to open again, and
KaHolly morphed into a nature blog.

And you know what?  Her little scheme didn't work.  I bugged her twice as much because she was then the photographer as well as the botanist!! 
And she had all the computer smarts!

How did YOUR blog get it's name?  Dawn is giving away some beautiful fabric to one lucky winner that links up to her post.  {If you are a nature blogger and you want to play, and you win,
you can send the fabric to ME!!:)}