If you’ve been impressed by Rick Remington’s amazing photos of the encounter between a Snowy Owl and a Peregrine Falcon along Chicago’s Lakefront, you might say, “Wow! How lucky he was to see something like that!!!”
And you’d be right, of course. But birders are lucky! We share experiences like this all the time, believe it or not.
As incredible as this event was, and as much as Rick deserves huge credit for his great photography, birders see exciting things every day. In real life, not just on a computer screen. Probably not far from where you live.
Sure, it’s not always two spectacular raptor species dueling. It might be something more low key and touching like a male and female Forster’s Tern exchanging a bright silvery minnow as part of a graceful courtship ritual, or the siren song and bold colors of a Rose-breasted Grosbeak perched high in a bright green oak. But it’s a rare day out birding that doesn’t produce something wonderful and amazing.
And there’s something that makes all this beauty and excitement even better. That’s the fellowship of a community of amazing, fun people who have also had the good fortune to be birders. People who can not only share your discoveries, but who can help you have them more often.
The ABA provides you with access to a treasure trove of information about how and where to find, enjoy, and protect the wild birds all around you, as well as ones in places far from your home.
But be careful! A lot of us find that once our eyes have been opened to just how cool birds are and how much fun birding is, there’s no turning back! But then, I can’t think of any of us that would have it any other way.
Books and websites can give you a lot of very helpful information. But in birding, like so many things in life, nothing beats having friends who can show you the way. For birders, that’s the ABA. Join us, and I guarantee you access to a whole wide world of incredible birding experiences.
Jeffrey A. Gordon President American Birding Association Colorado Springs, CO www.aba.org
PS: I want to thank North American Birding Blog mastermind (and ABA member and web developer!), Greg Neise, for getting Rick’s photos out to such a wide audience of potential new birders. Strong work, Greg! I also want to thank him for the opportunity to issue this invitation to all of you. Hey, Greg! Let’s go birding sometime!Share on Facebook