I wish I could say this was my idea. It isn't. (But to my knowledge the title is my idea). Audubon California has a weekly survey. Each Friday they ask online readers to tell them the identity of of the first bird they see each Friday Morning and let them know your city. You can submit your answers until 12 noon (PST) and then they share the results on their blog - The Audublog. That's it. It's quick, easy, and fun. Click here.
|Me & a fledgling baby goldfinch. Fell out of the tree and one to one of my campers (Summer 2010). I had to take take some pictures with it...it's like a local urban wildlife celebrity. J|
But other than fun, another reason to do is to get you to start to deliberately taking notice of the wildlife around you. And that's what I inspire you to do everyday. We can't begin to make our communities safer and cleaner and greener until we take stock in what we have - the good and the bad. And Urban wildlife is all good.
All all bird life counts, as they say:
And if you don't see a Bald Eagle or a California Condor, don't worry. That's not what this is all about. This is about celebrating the common right alongside the rare and unusual.Don't worry if you don't know the name of the bird you saw. Make note of the bird's characteristics -- size, color, general shape. You can use that info to look up the bird's identity on the Audubon's online bird guide. Then complete the survey.
If you want to follow all of the First Bird Friday! excitement, then check out the Audubon California on Facebook, their blog, or Twitter @AudubonCA hashtag #firstbird.
And yes, I've submitted my answer....American Robin. I spotted it on a little patch of ground (cause it's snow all over the place here in St. Louis, MO) at Hazelwood East Middle School by a Paper birch tree.
Fellow nature bloggers, help spread the word. Readers, tell me in comments what you saw and visit their site to submit your answer.