Join the ABA at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Harlingen, Texas for a family bird walk on November 5, 2016!
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A seventeen-year-old young birder learns--the hard way--what a challenge it can be to stand up for birds.
Calling all Wisconsin young birders! There's a new club in town!
I was one of 8 young birders who attended the Western Field Ornithologists (WFO) conference in Billings, Montana in 2015.
This year I was lucky enough to get an internship with the New York City Parks Department. Officially, I worked with the Natural Resources group, which involved a lot more than birds.
For so many of us, birding and writing go hand in hand. You can’t have one without the other. You observe a cool bird behavior or discover a new field mark, and you’re compelled to write about it. Birding and field ornithology are fundamentally about sharing, and the written word is the way so many of us communicate.
Recognizing that there are no such things as right and wrong, here are some thoughts for what you might include in your field journal (and field notebook!). But remember, it’s your field journal so you can do what you want.
Fact: Careful observations and sketches help you really learn birds.
It’s all very well showing some of my notes from recent years (Part 2), when I’m an experienced birder, but what did my notes look like when I was a teenager? It’s pretty clear, however, that I wouldn’t have come close to winning any Young Birder of the Year field notebook competition!
A field notebook is, well, what it says: a notebook you carry in the field (in my case, 24/7 in my pocket, with 2 pens), where you can write down birds as you see them. It’s the raw data of your field journal.