Have you ever wondered what your voice sounds like to a songbird or how insects perceive their world? Do you think about how your behavior shapes your own experience of nature and nature’s experience of you? The Budding Naturalist’s Guide to the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum helps you build the skills and awareness that will let you “step into nature” and explore the natural lives that flourish all around us. This book introduces some of the birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and tiny creatures that live in the Arboretum and raises thought-provoking questions about them. It helps you notice their presence, identify them, and observe how they live. The book lays the foundation for a lifelong journey of exploration and appreciation of the natural world.