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:
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 [image: Inline image 1]