My husband and I have been avid back yard birders for years. We plant plants specifically for them and design garden beds to keep them happy. They bring us a lot of joy. We love finding the occasional new bird on our feeder and running to our bird book and marking the entry. Reading that 20 year year old bird book and all of its entries is almost like looking at a family album of sorts. It chronicles the different homes and different states we've lived in and different birds found there. I love to finger thru it on a cold winter's afternoon. It is always by our "viewing window". Whenever we needed more info on a bird we have gone online to the Ornithology department at Cornell University.
DH and I are distraught over what is happening in the Gulf. I know you probably are too. We've all seen the heartbreaking pictures. It is on that note that I am passing on this link to you from Cornell. You may not live in the Gulf but there is still something you can do. We are stewards of the earth and must protect it and its creatures....Bunny and Ernie P.