Natural History Collector: Hunt, Discover, Learn!

Natural History Collector: Hunt, Discover, Learn! by Michael Sanchez

Expert Tips on how to care for and display your collections and turn your room into a cabinet of curiosities

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781631593673
Publisher: Quarry Books
$19.99 / £12.99
Loaded with hands-on, kid-friendly projects, Natural History Collector: Hunt, Discover, Learn! will teach budding nature collectors techniques for cleaning, caring for, and displaying discovered treasures.

Coming home from the beach or a walk in the woods with a fine collection of rocks, shells, pine cones, and seed pods is easy. The trick is knowing what to do with them once you get them back to your room. The real fun comes from identifying, preserving, and displaying your treasures!

Natural History Collector: Hunt, Discover, Learn! is full of hands-on, kid-friendly projects for the budding naturalist. The opening chapter introduces kids to different ways of creating their personal field guides for keeping track of what they see, when and where they see it, and what makes it interesting. They’ll move on to techniques for cleaning and caringfor treasures, such as drying flowers, pressing leaves, and desalinizing rocks and shells.

The book’s drawings and photographs will help kids discover what to look for when they examine feathers, seeds, and minerals (and recognize the difference between sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic). Extra projects focus on display; making shadow boxes, creating collectors’ cases from egg cartons and candy boxes, labeling, hanging, and mounting collections.

Michael Sanchez is an educator at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque. He became interested in nature, "bugs", seashells, and dinosaurs from a very early age and went on to get a degree in biological anthropology from the University of New Mexico. Mike loves to share his passion for the wonders of nature with people of all ages. His hobbies include collecting seashells, drawing, and scuba diving. He and his wife have two grown children and share their home in Albuquerque with a really big dog named Tripp.

Format: Paperback / softback, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781631593673
Size: 8.5 in x 10 in / 215.9 mm x 254 mm
Published:
Introduction
Curioser and Curioser
Keeping Track of Your Collection
Project: How to start and keep a field notebook 
Storing Your Collection
Cataloging Your Collection
 
1. Collecting Rocks and Minerals
   What are rocks and what are minerals?
   Where to look and what to collect
   How to clean and care for your collection
   Project: Make a display board
   Interview with a Budding Scientist
   Geodes and crystals: Why some rocks get all the bling
   Project: Grow your own crystals
   Epsom Salt Crystals
   Table Salt Crystals
 
2. Collecting Animal and Bird Tracks
   Keeping Records in Your Notebook
   Where to Look
   Collecting tracks with a camera
   Tips for photographing tracks
   Project: Making casts of tracks
   Casts in soil
   Casts in snow
   Make a track album
   Displaying your collection of tracks
 
3. Collecting Seashells
   Meet the mollusks
   Two familiar types
   How to build your collection
   Caring for your collection
   Project: Turn a pizza box into a collector's shadow box
   An Interview with collector Tom Eichhorst
 
4. Collecting Fossils
   What are fossils?
   Identifying your fossils
   How to collect
   How to clean fossils 
   Displaying and storing your collection  can we get photos of these?
   Keeping records
   Project: Model magic
   Collector Mary Anning
 
5. Collecting Insects
   The age of insects
   What defines an insect
   Identifying insects
   Where to look
   Supplies
   Killing insects
   Mounting and displaying your collection
   Project: make a plant and insect display box
   Caring for your collection
   What to know about buying insects
   An interview with Dr. Ayesha Burdett
 
6. Collecting Plants
   Start by looking locally
   How to collect: Part 1
   How to collect: Part 2
   Preserving your plant collections
   Pressing and mounting flowers and leaves
   Project: Pressing plants
   Project: Mounting dried and pressed plants
   Drying thicker plants and Leaves
   Drying delicate flowers
   Preparing pine cones
   Organizing your collection
 
Appendix
   About the N. M. Museum of Natural History and Science
   Resources
   Acknowledgements
   Index
   About the Author