1) I have been creeping up on this for a number of years. I have bird watching journals, for more than a decade, but they are mostly lists. I want to be able to illustrate my bird lists in a more meaningful way. I had a one day bird drawing class a number of years ago, but I haven't continued to practice. I think committing to a course will encourage me to continue to practice, because I know that's the only way to improve.
2) I really enjoyed seeing all the journals from the students. I hope I'll be able to have an exciting trip some day, too. I liked the tiny daily entries on the first page of Holly Faulkner's journal. I like the idea of "just one thing I see today."