ANSS logoEphraim Lawrence (E L) Palmer was most well-known for his books such as Field Book of Natural History (1949), his weekly radio

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle by Hope Sawyer, Insert #19

show This Week in Nature of the 1940s – 1950s, and his writings and contributions in the monthly publication of Nature Magazine including the 100+ Natural History Inserts.

Each 8-page insert is inclusive of and focuses on a distinct and specific topic of natural history. Palmer often wrote a ‘School Page’ article to accompany the Natural History Insert of that particular issue giving teachers the tools and lessons he/she needed to include the information in both the classroom and related field studies.

The ‘School Pages’ are not included in these archives.

It is significant to note and remember that Nature Magazine was a monthly publication. You will often find these inserts in the binders and on library shelves in schools, libraries, nature centers and outdoor/environmental education centers today.

Spiders

Spiders by Velma Knox, Insert #22

Missing Natural History Inserts:

  • #103 “Common Perch and Bass”
# Title Date
Nature in the School Jun. 1928
Conservation Education in the Schools Nov. 1939
1 Some Common Fresh-Water Insects Oct. 1938
2 Weeds Above the Snow Dec. 1938
3* The Sky at Night (reprint see #68) Feb. 1939
4 Some Common Reptiles Apr. 1939
5 Some Common Food and Game Fishes Jun-Jul. 1939
6 Some Common Rocks and Minerals Oct. 1939
7 Domestic Mammals Dec. 1939
8 Some Common Marine Animals Feb. 1940
9 Upland Game Birds and Waterfowl Apr. 1940
10 Atlantic and Gulf Coast Shells Jun-Jul. 1940
11 “Nuts” Oct. 1940
12 Our Fur-Bearers Dec. 1940
13 Deserted Deserts Feb. 1941
14 Marshes and Their Environs Apr. 1941
15 Weed Patches and Waste Places Jun-Jul 1941
16 Our Fruit Stores Oct. 1941
17 Circus and Zoo Dec. 1941
18 Rooting in the Root Cellar Feb. 1942
19 Let’s Pray for the Preying Birds Apr. 1942
20 Our Feathery Plant Friends – THE FERNS Jun-Jul. 1942
21 The Spirit of Fall Flowers Oct. 1942
22 Along Came a Spider Dec. 1942
23 Hello! Do You Hear Me? Feb. 1943
24 Some Western Birds Apr. 1943
25 Living Out Jun-Jul. 1943
26 The Tie That Binds Oct. 1943
27 Evergreens Forever Dec. 1943
28 Your Yarb Garden Feb. 1944
29 Universal Star Chart Apr. 1944
30 Some Common Amphibians Jun-Jul. 1944
31 Cereals and Kindred Grasses Oct. 1944
32 Some Eastern Birds in Winter Dec. 1944
33 Some Eastern Ornamental Trees Feb. 1945
34 Pacific Coast Shells Apr. 1945
35 Some Common Mushrooms Jun-Jul. 1945
36 Household Enemies on the Home Front Oct. 1945
37 He Who Runs May Be Read Dec. 1945
38 Marine Algae or “Seaweed” 1946
39 Some Common Eastern Spring Flowers Apr. 1946
40 They Are Shore Birds 1946
41 Some Butterflies and Moths Oct. 1946
42 Cactuses Dec. 1946
43 Pioneer Plants … Liverworts, Mosses, Club Mosses and Their Allies 1947
44 Warbler Time 1947
45 Common Galls of Woody Plants 1947
46 Tempus Fugit or Age Please 1947
47 Chick, Chick 1947
48 Grasshoppes and Their Kin Feb. 1948
49 The Family Flower Garden Apr. 1948
50 Beetles 1948
51 Fly Time Oct. 1948
52 Christmas Plants Dec. 1948
53 Birds in Guilded Pages 1949
54 Some Common Woods Jan. 1950
55 Formulas, the Poetry of Science Mar-50
56 Pond-Surface Plants May 1950
57 A Few Sparrows Aug-Sept. 1950
58 Poisonous Flowering Plants Nov. 1950
59 Mollusks of Land and Fresh Waters Jan. 1951
60 On The Level Mar. 1951
61 Some Flavors and Scents May 1951
62 Some Birds of the Sea Aug-Sept. 1951
63 What House Plants Tell Nov. 1951
64 Dogs
65 Winter-Buds and Twigs of some common, opposite-budded, woody plants Mar. 1952
66 Moles. Shrews and Bats May 1952
67 Wasps, Bees, Ants and Their Kin Aug-Sept. 1952
68* The Night Sky (reprint of #3) Nov. 1952
69 Fresh-Water Algae Jan. 1953
70 Some More Water Insects Mar. 1953
71 Some “Game” Birds May 1953
72 “Bugs” Aug-Sept. 1953
73 Winter Buds and Twigs Nov. 1953
74 Some Large Marine Fishes Jan. 1954
75 Babes of the Woods – Woody Plant Seedlings Mar. 1954
76 Feathered Plebians May 1954
77 Wild or Tame Aug-Sept. 1954
78 4 D in Biological Education Nov. 1954
79 Aquarium Fishes Jan. 1955
80 Feathered Tree Cleaners Mar. 1955
81 Cats, Domestic and Wild May 1955
82 Underwater Pond Plants Aug-Sept. 1955
83 Halloween: Its Natural and Unnatural History Nov. 1955
84 Marine Mammals Jan. 1956
85 Consider the Lilies Mar. 1956
86 Minnows May 1956
87 Goldenrods and Asters Aug-Sept. 1956
88 More Cone-Bearers Nov. 1956
89 Insect Life in Water Jan. 1957
90 More Song Birds Mar. 1957
91 Plants That Produce Oil May 1957
92 Snakes Aug-Sept. 1957
93 Fifty Years of Nature Study and the American Nature Study Society Nov. 1957
94 More Amphibians Jan. 1958
95 Liberty Hyde Bailey – The Builder Mar. 1958
96 The Buttercup Family May 1958
97 Two Great of Fifty-Eight – Theodore Roosevelt / Don Carlos de la Torre Aug-Sept. 1958
98 The Last Weeds of Summer Nov. 1958
99 Turtles Jan. 1959
100 Natural History Changes Mar. 1959
101 Know Your Funguses May 1959
102 The Legumes – Our Hope for the Future? Aug-Sept. 1959
103** Some Common Perch and Bass
104 Horsetails and Club Mosses
105 Little Climates
106 The Marsh – A Pageant of Natural History
107 Life at Timberline

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