Date: 7/10/20 5:01 am From: Ashley Peele <ashpeele...> Subject: [va-bird] A Glimpse into Childhood Birding from the VABBA2
Atlasers, We’ve been working hard at the Second VA Breeding Bird Atlas project for nearly FIVE YEARS now! As the heat of July settles in around us, we're all probably feeling hot and dusty and a little worn out.
So this week, I want to pause from my usual exhortations of ‘keep birding for the final few weeks of the season’ to share a little palette cleanser with you. If you’re like me, the headlines over the last 4-5 months have ground down your optimism about the state of the world. From the obvious public health crisis to politics to the environment, we see and read much that is discouraging. But now and again, we find a story that brightens our day or week or even month, because it reminds us that the world is still a wondrous, hopeful place.
When VABBA2 writer, Eric J. Wallace, sent me this latest story, I had no idea how much I personally needed such a reminder, but upon finishing the story my watery eyes spoke volumes.
So, enough from me! Please take the time to read Eric and Zoe’s story. I hope you find it as uplifting, as I do…
*Eric** says his nine-year-old daughter’s interest in birding arrived suddenly and unexpectedly. Introducing her to eBird led to tough talks about population decline—and a commitment to atlasing for the VABBA2.*
Ashley Peele, PhD Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas Coordinator Conservation Management Institute - Virginia Tech Office: 540-951-9378 (*Emails preferred. No longer working at office.) Fax: 540-231-7019
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