Now that Canada, specifically Ontario, has moved to the front of the line when it comes to magnificent commitments to conservation, nature bloggers from the Great White North can speak with greater authority. It’s true and until your country sets aside at least 225,000 square kilometers of prime habitat, there’s really nothing you can do about it.

Fortunately, it is not in the nature of our Canadian colleagues to gloat. No, I expect they’ll just continue with the exceptional observations on flora and fauna we’ve grown accustomed to. They’ll probably keep adding those sweet photos too. Look at Seabrooke Leckie’s blog, the Marvelous in Nature. Seabrooke doesn’t go on and on about how she comes from a culture that prioritizes outsized expressions of environmental
awareness. No, she just writes brilliantly about every bird, bug, bloom, and creepy critter that crawls across her path. And while she does mention her Ontario origins, she does so in a completely modest manner. If you haven’t explored Seabrooke’s site, here’s a great reason to visit – a late but lovely artistic edition of I and the Bird #81.

Your country may be ravaging what’s left of its natural heritage but we won’t hold that against you when you share your best blog posts on birding or wild birds. There’s room enough for all under the I and the Bird tent! Kathie of Sycamore Canyon will be our next celebrated host so send your links and summaries to me or Kathie (kathiesbirds1 AT msn DOT com) by Tuesday, August 19 for the 8/21 edition. Kathie is particularly interested in posts featuring beautiful bird photography or your philosophy of birds or birding – how do you interact with the natural world around you and how that affects your everyday life and thoughts – so try to oblige!

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.