•Send us your nature photos and sightings at info@thenaturalistsnotebook.com. We'll post the best of them here or on our popular Facebook page, which has become a hub for nature lovers from around the country and world.

•We're gearing up our interactive nature-and-science space in Northeast Harbor to open for the season on July 14! We'll re-open our larger, award-winning Seal Harbor space in 2017 (we're busy researching and building installations for it now).

•Check our new Complete Guide to Bernd Heinrich's Books, the first piece in our Great Nature/Science Books section and the only place where you can see all of Bernd's books and read his account of how he came to write them.

•We've launched our new How to Draw section, which will be growing in the weeks ahead. Have some fun and try learning how to draw a raven with Bernd Heinrich or an evening grosbeak with Luke Seitz. Send us what you draw so we can share it!


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NOTEBOOK PHOTO OF THE WEEK

FIFTEEN FEET FROM A POLAR BEAR : We just returned from two weeks exploring the Arctic, an amazing experience that included this close-up encounter with the Far North's most iconic species.  I was safely looking down at this female polar bear from the bow of our ship when I took the photo. She had made her way to the edge of the pack ice, about 600 miles from the North Pole, to check us out. She literally sniffed the hull of the ship. I'll be sharing many more photos and details on our blog.