Happy New Year! I offer this seasonal greeting not just in the spirit of holiday cheer, but also as a pointed reminder: we have crossed the threshold into a new year. Stop dwelling on the old one and get down to the business of making the most of this one. The window for bragging about your Best Bird of the Year 2010 is closing rapidly!

The time has come to look forward to another astounding annum of avian observation. Robert Mortensen of Birding is Fun! has just the thing we need to anoint this new year:  an informative edition of I and the Bird #141 brimming with tips on how to have more birding fun in 2011. What more could you ask for?

Now that you’re properly prepared to make the most of your birding year, let’s talk about your bird-blogging year! That’s right… I know you either have a blog (possibly untended and ignored) where you share your deepest thoughts on birding and wild birds or aspire to start one.  If you’re looking for a reason, look no further than the highly intelligent and attractive audience that comprises the I and the Bird community. Be a part of that community by sharing your best writing and enjoying the work of others. Our next outstanding host will be Connie Kogler of Birds O’ The Morning. Send your links and summaries to me (mike AT 10000birds DOT com) or Connie (zblueheron AT gmail DOT com) by January 18 for the 1/20 edition.

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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.