Birding, like so many other activities which must be committed to completely to be experienced fully, requires passion. One must be passionate to stand on a barren seashore facing a howling winter wind just to glimpse the silhouette of a distant alcid or to wade waist-deep in a fetid swamp in pursuit of a bird history tells you may be gone forever. One must be passionate to try to puzzle out the imperceptible differences between scaup or sandpipers or juvenile Selasphorus hummingbirds. Passion, commitment, or insanity…call it what you will but recognize that you may have healthy doses of this quality if you’ve been birding for a while.

Mary Ann has abundant passion. Based on her blog, Five Wells, she’s deeply interested in politics, philosophy, and writing. She also exhibits an abiding love for the natural world, one so strong that she was willing to embrace the challenge of hosting an international birding blog carnival.  Give thanks for her gracious presentation of I and the Bird #37.

Do you write about birds or birding with verve and zeal? Don’t keep your infatuation to yourself. The next I and the Bird will be hosted by none other than Duncan of Ben Cruachan Blog. If you wish to be a part of this historic event (and how could you not?) send your link and summary to me or Duncan (djfraser AT bencruachan-dot-org) by December 12 for publication on the 14th.

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.