Some days, all seems right with the world. We’ve all had that experience, a sharpening of the senses and shift of perception where we recognize how rich, sweet, and fraught with dynamic potential everything in our life really is. Those are the days you ask yourself: “Can my pillow be any softer?” “Can this coffee be any more delicious?” “Could 10,000 Birds get any better?”
I can’t speak for your coffee, except to recommend organic, shade grown beans, but I can tell you one thing… 10,000 Birds just got a whole lot better.
This site has been around since August 2003, a pretty long time for a birding blog (you can read the 10,000 Birds origin story at the Bird Watcher’s Digest website.) Since then, I’ve written roughly 1,000 posts, received about as many comments, overseen 50 editions of I and the Bird, and met, online or in person, a growing contingent of outstanding nature bloggers. I’ve also, if you’ve been following along, seen hundreds of amazing new birds along with all kinds of superb flora and fauna. 10,000 Birds has become exactly what I wanted it to become.
Of course, now that this site has met, even exceeded my original expectations, I’m ready to take it to a new level. Better content, greater interactivity, who knows what’s possible… but I can’t get 10,000 Birds there myself. Fortunately, some of my favorite bloggers harbor similar outsize ambitions. So say hello to the new voices at 10,000 Birds:
I’m sure most of my readers know Charlie Moores, world birder extraordinaire. His extensive body of work at Charlie’s Bird Blog firmly establishes that, as a bird watcher, writer, photographer, and blogger, he is truly unparalleled. His additional work as the co-founder of Birds Korea illustrates the intensity of his commitment to conservation. His presence here alone is enough to establish this blog as essential daily reading, especially once he gets used to calling the site ‘10,000 Birds.’
As if Charlie coming on board wasn’t enough excitement, we’re also being joined by the indefatigable Corey Finger of lovely dark and deep fame. New York birders know Corey primarily as a blur criss-crossing the Empire State in pursuit of a Big Year worthy haul of sightings. Readers know him as a skilled writer and birder with an incredible passion for natural history. And I should note that he’s been hip to our shared purpose here far longer than he’s been a blogger, coining the words, “If 10,000 Birds isn’t about bringing people together in the shared joy of avian adventures then I don’ know what is.” almost two full years ago.
Obviously, I am completely thrilled to be sharing 10,000 Birds with two good friends and outstanding bloggers. How about you? I know the transition from a single voice to multiple ones is a dramatic change. Please use this thread to share your thoughts on the move and let us know how we’re doing.