Dear fellow birders,
My belief is that the more we watch, photograph, study and enjoy individual birds and groups of birds, the better for all birds, all wildlife and all humans.
To act on that belief, I’ve also created this site and is affiliated Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest pages and grown them organically to over 80,000 followers, and over 10 million views/month. These like-minded people are my partners, pals and collaborators.
All the content on this site is original and designed to document the lives of birds and to support hundreds of birding festivals, groups, organizations, guides, tour companies and academic and field researchers.
Birders are everywhere and engaged
The Top Birding Tours “Klout Score,” a metric that ranks our social-media influence, is higher than that of any other birding publication, group, guiding service, tour company, ornithologist, or bird-conservation organization in the world except BirdLife International, the National (U.S.) Audubon Society and Mark Avery. I hope this algorithm-generated score reflects something deeper – our shared commitment to birds, wildlife, our planet, and a responsibility to do what we can to protect the biosphere.
That’s about it.
How we travel to our birding destinations is important, too. The Union of Concerned Scientists has a handy-dandy guide called Getting There Greener, that provides analysis — peer-reviewed by experts — of the highest- and lowest-carbon modes of vacation travel. I encourage birders to make the get-there-greener pledge.
For two people traveling a distance of 1,000 miles or more, maximize these modes of travel:
- Best mode: motor coach
- Hybrid car
- Fly economy nonstop
- Train (diesel)
Minimize these modes of travel:
- Worst mode: Large SUV (12 mpg)
- Fly first-class nonstop.
- Typical SUV (18 mgp)
- Typical car (23 mpg)