We’re going big with next month’s installment of I and the Bird.   The family Ardeidae consists on long-legged, long-necked, long-beaked, water birds called waders in North America or maybe just herons, egrets, and bitterns everywhere else.  It’s a massive family with worldwide distribution, so I’ll be expecting a tsunami of submissions for this one.

Tricolored Heron - Brevard Co, FlTricolored Heron, photo by Nate Swick

I expect I’ll get a ton of Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, and Green Herons – and if you’ve got some really gorgeous photos of them, or interesting posts about them, definitely send them my way – but photographic priority will be given to those Herons, Egrets, and Bitterns that are not native to North America.  I’m looking for diversity people!

Deadline for submissions will be the end of the day March 12 for publication on March 14.  Send those posts to naswick AT gmail.com and be sure to put “IATB” in the subject line.


Written by Nate
Nate Swick is a birder. He grew up in the midwest but currently makes his home in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife and two young children, who are not yet aware that they are birders too. He has a soft spot for Piping Plovers and loves pelagics even when his stomach doesn’t, which makes him the quintessential Carolina birder. Nate is the editor of the ABA blog, host of the American Birding Podcast, and author of two books, Birding for the Curious and The ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas.