Date: 1/2/18 9:54 am
From: Douglas Harr <dnharr...>
Subject: [ia-bird] Year of the Bird (not an observation)
If you haven't heard or read of this yet, 2018 has been declared "Year of
the Bird", by a partnership of National Audubon, National Geographic
Society, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and BirdLife International (U.K.).
Given that 2018 is the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act
(currently under political attack), the Year of the Bird must be very
important to all birders and conservationists. To find out more about Year
of the Bird, check out the following websites:

http://www.audubon.org/yearofthebird
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/projects/year-of-the-bird/

One aim of the year is to ask us all to do something for our birds every
month in 2018. Suggestions are available on the above-listed websites.
But good birders and conservationists can think of lots to do without even
having to refer to such a list. Iowa has projects coming up that many of
us can participate in. Examples include National Audubon's Climate Change
bluebird/nuthatch surveys (starting on Jan. 15), the Great Backyard Bird
Count (Feb, 16-19), Iowa's federal Breeding Bird Survey (needs volunteers
to fill in current vacancies--announcement to come later), supporting the
new "Bird Friendly Iowa" program, and much more, plus joining state
organizations like the Iowa Ornithologists' Union, Iowa Audubon, Iowa Young
Birders or a local birding/conservation organization.

The new January issue of National Geographic Magazine features a cover
story about "Why Birds Matter", by author Jonathan Franzen, who also has
written a highly-recommended book by the same title. And, on January 19,
the NatGeo WILD television channel will air "Planet of the Birds"--should
be well worth watching.

Stay tuned for future announcements or stories about Year of the Bird,
which Iowa Audubon will also work to publicize and encourage Iowans to help
save our planet's avian life.

Doug Harr
President & Chief Operating Officer
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