Keeping a nature journal is one of the best ways to improve your birding skills. While online platforms such as ebird help you sort and manage your species lists while contributing to citizen science, they can not help you see more deeply and remember your experience more vividly. This is the magic of a paper notebook and pencil. By keeping field notes the old fashioned way, you will get more out of every birding experience. Learn strategies to improve your fieldnotes. Bring a pencil and paper and be ready to practice.