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Observation Logs

Based on samples from several books I have created loose-leaf observation log sheets to help record observing sessions.  There are two sheets, one for just narrative log entries, the other with a sketching area.  I would recommend printing with a laser printer or, if you must print with an inkjet printer, make copies on a copy machine.   Inkjet printouts tend to smear when covered with heavy dew.


Both the narrative log sheet and sketch log sheet in PDF format.  Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader (available at to view or print.  Can be printed and hand written or completed on the screen and printed.


Both the narrative log sheet and sketch log sheet in Microsoft Word format.  Narrative log sheet automatically repeats session information on the top of successive pages.  Requires MS Word to view, print or edit.  If you do not have MS Word, try Google Docs (search at or Open Office (

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