something about a bird without
involving Google. Read a field
guide. You will learn something.
4. Create a story as to why a
bird’s feathers are the color they
are. Don’t include any reference
to athletic teams. Come up with
a more descriptive name for your
5. Birds remind us that we
are surrounded by beauty. Don’t
forget to tip them. You can count
on birds if you provide habitat.
Buy a Duck Stamp. Don’t buy
one from a duck. I learned that
lesson the hard way. Buy a state
park sticker. If you aren’t a
member of a birding or nature
group, practice self-flagellation.
6. Peer at an insect through
Lists are important. Birders
keep lists: life lists, world lists,
North America lists, state lists,
county lists, yard lists, year lists,
and list lists.
Here is a list of 20 things for a
birder to do today.
1. Consider whatever bird you
see first each morning to be an
omen of good luck.
2. If you don’t know the first
thing about birding, learn the first
thing about birding. You decide
what that is.
3. See something in a bird at
your feeder that you’ve never
noticed before. Things like that
blue ring around the eye of a
mourning dove. Give yourself
credit for your sharp eye. Learn