Compiled by Aidan Place
August is a hot month. As such, it is the time of year that makes you want to sit inside all day and blast air conditioning in your face. Or at least that’s what it makes me want to do. Regardless of the sometimes unbearable temperatures, August can still produce some good birds. The first passerine migrants are starting to pass through on their way to their wintering grounds; and shorebirds are starting to appear at a mud flat near you. August can also produce some good blog posts. Following is a compiled list of young birder blog posts from the month of August.
John Mark Simmons at Two Birders and Binoculars discusses how to understand the concept of a subspecies:

This week we will be discussing a somewhat confusing topic for many birders. Understanding how subspecies work and how they come about is great knowledge to learn and to spread to other birders.

Charlotte Wasylik at Prairie Birder talks about how best to pack for a birding trip:

One of the most important things to do when it comes to packing your optics is to keep them with you in your carry-on luggage. Don’t take the chance of your cameras, binoculars, and scope getting damaged, stolen, or lost in your checked luggage. Last year when I went to Long Point for the workshop and again this year, I packed my scope, cameras, binoculars, and new iPad in my backpack. There’s just not enough room in my backpack for my tripod, and it’s pretty sturdy and not as desirable to thieves, so I packed it in my suitcase with my clothes.

Jacob Cooper at Zugunruhe visits Puerto Rico and experiences some bad roads and good birds:

A far cry from the steep rainforest laden hills of the northeast, the southwest was a nice mix of mangroves, montane dry forest and deciduous tropical lowland forest. By looking at the books and comparing the maps, we could tell that this was the place for most of the Puerto Rican endemics we were still missing. Getting there, however, was far less simple.

Sam Brunson writes a post at the ABA Blog about his experience at Camp Colorado:

The moment the plane’s landing gear touched the runway, a seemingly 144+ hour birding marathon began. I had never birded in the western bastion for birds of Colorado, and couldn’t wait to start seeing all the birds, going to all the amazing locations, and getting to know all the leaders and my fellow campers. I knew before going that the trip was going to be amazing; however, it turned it out to be more than just amazing. Camp Colorado was the experience of a lifetime.