A E-book for Starting Birders
Written by Conor Gearin
That is BirdNote.
After numerous birding adventures of her personal, Sharon Stiteler — who’s also called Birdchick — determined to jot down a e-book that would function a enjoyable introduction for starting birders.
Sharon Stiteler: A mistake that typically will get made with new birders is that we need to inform them every little thing, and it may be simply overwhelming. I attempt to inform individuals funny-slash-interesting issues about birds.
Sharon compares the scale and form of every chicken species within the e-book to on a regular basis objects as a reminiscence support. She likens a Ruby-throated Hummingbird to a jalapeno, for instance. Sure hawks remind her of a distinct sort of meals.
Sharon Stiteler: The primary time I ever held a Sharp-shinned Hawk, it was so small and I am like, you’re identical to a Baskin-Robbins ice cream cone. And yeah, it is simply one thing just a little extra relatable than “9 inches.”
Helpful phonetic pronunciation guides break down find out how to say every chicken’s identify.
Sharon Stiteler: Effectively, everybody, once they begin birding, they do not know find out how to pronounce issues, and I used to be the identical and I known as avocets “a-vo-kets” for years, after which I heard somebody say it and I am like, oh sure, after all. So simply attempting to degree the taking part in subject and attempt to forestall individuals from feeling foolish once they’re round different birders.
[American Avocet calls, ML 130732, 0:15-0:18]
Sharon’s purpose is to maneuver readers to plan their subsequent journey and deepen their data.
Sharon Stiteler: My hope with this e-book is that it’s going to encourage individuals to purchase different books as a result of I like chicken books. I can by no means have sufficient chicken books.
Study extra in Sharon Stiteler’s e-book, North American Bird Looking ahead to Newcomers: Area Notes on 150 Species to Begin Your Birding Adventures. Discover a hyperlink on our web site, BirdNote dot org.
Senior Producer: John Kessler
Content material Director: Allison Wilson
Producer: Mark Bramhill
Managing Producer: Conor Gearin
Bird sounds supplied by The Macaulay Library of Pure Sounds on the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, New York. American Avocet ML 130732 recorded by D. Herr.
BirdNote’s theme was composed and performed by Nancy Rumbel and John Kessler.
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