We all know that birders, with our high-priced optics, tendency to travel, and obsession with field guides, spend way too much cash on our hobby. But how much, exactly, do we spend?  And how much would be willing to spend, collectively, to help the birds?  Both of those questions will be closer to being answered in the coming year, at least in the state of Ohio. How?  Well, the first question will come closer to being answered by researcher Philip Xie, who will spend the coming year interviewing birders at six locations along the Lake Erie shoreline.  The second question could be answered by the Ohio Wildlife Legacy Stamp, Ohio birdwatchers’ answer to the Federal Duck Stamp.  Kimberly Kaufman ably and enthusiastically describe the new stamp from Ohio here.

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Written by Corey
Corey is a New Yorker who lived most of his life in upstate New York but has lived in Queens since 2008. He's only been birding since 2005 but has garnered a respectable life list by birding whenever he wasn't working as a union representative or spending time with his family. He lives in Forest Hills with Daisy, their son, Desmond Shearwater, and their indoor cat, B.B. His bird photographs have appeared on the Today Show, in Birding, Living Bird Magazine, Bird Watcher's Digest, and many other fine publications. He is also the author of the American Birding Association Field Guide to the Birds of New York.