The nature blogging world is full of givers. You know what I mean by that… people who give unstintingly of their time, passion, and expertise. After all, in many ways, blogging is the worst kind of job, one with daily deadlines and correspondence but little to no pay. The benefits can be awesome though!

It should come as no surprise that nature bloggers are so generous with their time and thoughts since that seems an essential element of naturalist culture. In the world of bird watching, for example, experienced birders lead free trips to share both birds and the knowledge that must be passed on to future generations of nature lovers. Time and time again, naturalists on- and offline give, and in giving perpetuate a grand tradition. Amber Coakley of Birder’s Lounge is, in this sense, a true naturalist. Amber contributes so much to our international community from excellent posts on her blog to support for new nature initiatives and causes. She’s even produced a new nature blog carnival, House of Herps, which I can assure you is a major undertaking!  Amidst all of this, she still finds time to offer one of the greatest gifts of all, a sunny spring edition of I and the Bird #121!

In this community, you get what you give. Give a link to your best post about birding or wild birds to the host of the next I and the Bird and you’ll get entrance to a vast, global group of nature lovers who may very well love your writing. Our next host is Chuq Von Rospach of Chuqui 3.0 so send your links and summaries to me or Chuq (chuqui AT me DOT com) by March 30 for the 4/1 edition.

Written by Mike
Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but he's also a traveler who fully expects to see every bird in the world. Besides founding 10,000 Birds in 2003, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.