Have you ever tackled a project so ambitious, yet potentially ill-advised that, when the dust finally cleared, you still couldn’t believe you nailed it? The whole 10,000 Birds team has got to be wearing sh*t-eating grins right about now because we actually did it… POOP WEEK was awesome!

Our collective goal was to examine every area in which excrement impacts avifauna and their observation. While I’m trying to keep the scatological humor to a minimum, I’ve got to tell you we’ve got some serious shite here…

The Poo Ponds
What unsavory sorts will you find hanging around your local sewage plant? How about birders?

How Do You Spell “Shitepoke?”
Which groovy-necked bird suffers from such a colorful but unfortunate moniker?

The Scoop on Poop, or, Why I Post Photos of Defecating Birds
Which illustrious American pelagic trip leader has a penchant for photographing pooping birds and why?

Poop Week Quiz
How did our resident quizmaster come up with such a devious puzzle and what does Q87.2 have to do with it?

Does a Birder Poop in the Woods?
…and if nobody is there to smell it, does it have a stink? Ever want to share your worst birding/nature and pooping-related story?

Enlightenment through bird poop
Do you know how the sublime glory of bird poop can transform your life?

What is Bird Poop?
What’s up with that car-crusting stuff anyway and what does a cloaca have to do with it?

Days of Guano
When will Survivor force contestants to band seabirds on the Farallones Islands? Would anyone survive?

What Do Nesting Birds Do With All That Poop?
And aren’t you glad you don’t have to do this for your kids?

Poop From The Front End Of The Bird
How does something cool related to owls suddenly become a little bit disgusting or maybe even cooler?

Birding the Great German Poo Trail
Why are German sewage plants less interesting for birding than Australian ones and where does the outhouse in the Greifswalder Oie fit in?

Kitty City Poo
Is the furthest inland Kittiwake colony in the world compatible with the aspiration for an outstanding urban waterfront? What do you think?

My Loo List
Why do the fates conspire to shower blessings upon us when we are least prepared to enjoy them? What’s more important… toilet paper or a camera?

Birding Cyprus’ Sewage Pools
Why would you be better off visiting Cyprus’ sewage pools than sampling its local cuisine?

Ever wonder why the United States passed the Guano Islands Act in 1856?

Whitewash the truth
Why, amidst an Arctic expanse of snow and ice, would you want to look for even more white stuff?


Even if you never asked yourself these questions before, you can’t ignore them now! Kudos to all of our inspired contributors, true pioneers of poop one and all. Enjoy this true embarrassment of riches… and don’t forget to flush!

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.