A fresh look at Christmas Bird Counts
This light-hearted article shares the perspective of a nonbirder who participated in this year's count at Sand Lake National Wildlife Refuge, northeast of Aberdeen, S.D.
11:05 a.m.: The best part of the morning is starting to happen. Marcia and Jay have spotted a bald eagle from a long way away. Soon, we are following two bald eagles for about 30 minutes while Marcia and Jay tell me great stories about their experiences with these majestic birds.Let's make more of an effort to consistently invite local mainstream media to birding activities during 2007 so that more nonbirders can learn about this passion.
I learn even more about eagles - and Marcia and Jay. As we end our morning by pulling up to refuge headquarters, it hits me how much passion Marcia and Jay have for their jobs and wildlife. I admire them and what they do.