Date: 9/9/20 1:04 pm
From: 'Mike Sefton' via Birders <birders...>
Subject: [birders] Non-bird: Hurricane Birding Round-up, Becoming an Unintentional Birder, 5,000 eBird Checklists!
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> Date: September 9, 2020 at 2:32:31 PM EDT
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> Subject: Flight Calls #298: Hurricane Birding Round-up, Becoming an Unintentional Birder, 5,000 eBird Checklists!
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> Becoming a Birder, Unintentionally, on the American Birding Podcast
> The path to becoming a birder is as much as about coming to grips with what is happening to you as it is about finding increasing joy in birding. We all may end up in a similar place but our paths to that place are as individual as we are. Toronto writer and lecturer Julia Zarankin didn’t mean to become a birder, but 10 years on here she is. She recounts this odd journey in a new memoir, Field Notes from an Unintentional Birder, out in September in Canada and in October in the United States. She joins host Nate Swick to talk about how she came to call herself a birder.
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> Subscribe to the podcast at Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, and Google Play. You can also find every episode of the American Birding Podcast on our podcast homepage.
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> A Round-up of Hurricane Laura Waifs
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> Weather, and its effects on birds, has long been a key point of focus for many birders. From monitoring wind speed and direction to the positioning and timing of various low pressure systems and fronts, many in our community could be thought of as amateur meteorologists. We rely on weather forecasts to inform us on how to plan each birding day during key times of the year.
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> Laura's landfall near the Texas/Louisiana border as a major hurricane was one of the meteorological events of 2020. While incredibly destructive, the storm spread seabirds from Oklahoma to Ontario as it weakened in the middle of the continent. Nathan Goldberg shares a round-up of the birding highlights of Hurricane Laura and serves as a useful primer for hurricane birding more generally.
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> We hope that those birders and ABA members in the path of the storm are recovering, and were able to take advantage of this literal windfall of seabirds in unexpected places.
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> 5,000 Consecutive Days of eBird. Now What?
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> As of today, Tues., Sept. 8, 2020, I have submitted at least one complete eBird checklist per day every single day since Mon., Jan. 1, 2007, a run of 5,000 straight days. Why? How come? What has motivated me to do this? I’m going to rattle off four explanations that don’t really answer the question, and then I’ll reveal what I think is the real answer.
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> A Black-chinned Hummingbird highlights what, on a normal day, would be a fairly inconsequential eBird checklist. But for Birding editor Ted Floyd, it's a milestone. 5,000 consecutive days of eBirding. What does it mean? Where does he go now? Find out in his latest essay at How to Know the Birds.
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> You can find all of Ted's essays at the How to Know the Birds hub at the ABA website.
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