In the past two years, the Core Team has traveled to Hong Kong, Toronto, Quebec, Alaska, Virginia, and Vermont, not to mention all over New York and Pennsylvania. Undoubtedly, I am leaving out a bunch of key places, but just think of all the birding opportunities that we missed. We are chagrined to look back and wonder who was gliding overhead or pecking the ground about our feet. And that’s just the last two years!

In fact, for three whole decades we have been walking around, going places, seeing sights, driving back and forth across the country, paying no attention at all to our feathered friends. Don’t let it happen to you. Don’t be like we were: clueless to our surroundings, thinking all birds pretty much looked and acted alike. Time’s a-wasting; get yourself a field guide (just click on our Amazon link) and binoculars and enjoy the natural wonder, as was pointed out in reason #2, that is all around you. If you don’t, you’ll regret it later. Someday, you will be sorry you didn’t start sooner.

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.