Friday, December 29, 2006

A fresh look at Christmas Bird Counts

Did you -- or will you -- participate in a Christmas Bird Count? (The count season will end on Jan. 5.) Did your Audubon chapter invite a reporter from a local newspaper or television station to join a team?

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.

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.
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.


Blogger elizabird said...

Yes this is very important. We made sure we had our count covered in the media. It also helps as far as access this year and next.
Our reporter came to our dinner. She brought good beer and enjoyed the comaradrie. She may have even had some fun!
Her deadline was today. Well see how she spins it.

January 03, 2007 3:00 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Way to go!

January 03, 2007 5:11 PM  

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