Date: 9/8/18 4:17 pm From: Barbara Volkle <barb620...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Why do you bird?
Thanks to Dave Gibson for the following post.
Barbara Volkle Northborough, MA <barb620...>
From: David Gibson <20cabot...> Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2018 15:10:23 -0400 Subject: Why do you bird?
Hi fellow birders. And thank you, Barbara.
I've become interested in this topic of late and have begun to write about it--and want to explore it further. But I need your help. You're the subject experts!
Why do you bird? What is it about birding that seizes your interest and claims your time? Is it the aesthetics of birding? Is it the thrill of the chase? Is it the opportunity to be one with nature (if for only a brief moment)? Is it the challenge/the intellectual exercise of it all/the opportunity to learn and broaden your horizons?
Is it the confidence you feel when you can ID everything--or almost everything--by sight, and maybe by sound? Is it the recognition you receive as the local birding expert? Is it the numbers aspect--the lists and counts, the surveys and censuses. And related to that, is it the opportunity, and perhaps your ability, to gently one-up the competition?
What is it for you? I'd love to know. We're all pursuing this wonderful hobby: the world's greatest, by our accounts. But I want to know why. And I hope that with what I learn from you, I'll be able to provide some answers in a feature story I'll be writing for a national birding magazine. If I do hear back from you (and I hope I do), your answers, your story could become part of that story.
Please respond to me privately (20 cabot [at] gmail [.com]). As I've done, I'll respond to each reply. Even if you only feel like sending me a bullet point list, a signature, and your best wishes, that'd be fine. Some in other states have done just that.
Thanks so much. I appreciate your help. And I look forward to hearing from you. Dave Gibson, Chesapeake, VA
Dave Gibson www.elizabethriver.org/wildlife-reports