Amy
ABOUT ME - My name is Amy and I'm a birder living in central Florida. On this blog I post book and birding product reviews as well as birder gift ideas and announcements related to my birder gift shop on this site. I also have a personal birding blog called Powered By Birds.

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Archive: May, 2010

T-Shirt Tuesday: iBird

Posted on May 18th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday

This week’s highlighted t-shirt design is one of our best-sellers, and in fact we saw this shirt on the boardwalk at Magee Marsh last week during the Biggest Week in American Birding! iBird is available in three different colors (blue, purple, and orange). The blue version is shown here on a basic white t-shirt.


iBird T-Shirt

Book Review: Kingbird Highway

Posted on May 12th, 2010 in Book Review, Books

Kingbird Highway: The Story of a Natural Obsession That Got a Little Out of Hand by Kenn Kaufman. First published 1997.

The back of my Mariner Books copy of Kingbird Highway indicates the category as Travel and Adventures, which perfectly suits this extremely enjoyable, exciting and well-written memoir by noted birder and ornithologist Kenn Kaufman. As most North American birders probably know, Kaufman dropped out of high school to travel the United States in search of birds. But that short, simplistic description of Kaufman’s early years doesn’t begin to cover the fascinating journey on which he takes readers in Kingbird Highway.

While reading of the adventures of a young birder, I couldn’t help thinking about the Young Birder clubs that have recently been established in Kaufman’s current home state, Ohio, as well as Indiana, New York, and elsewhere, including the new club in Illinois. While birders of all ages are welcomed at birding clubs, these organizations aimed at the younger crowd help budding birders meet up with like-minded and like-hobbied friends. During his travels, Kaufman managed to run into birders of his own age, but it took crossing a continent several times to meet up with just a dozen or so. In his youth Kaufman traveled on an extremely tight budget, hitchhiking his way from bird to bird. Times change, and it’s unlikely anyone will be able to accomplish a similar feat in the future. Hopefully Young Birder clubs will help the birding superstars of tomorrow have different, exciting adventures of their own.

Kingbird Highway is a must-read for birders of all levels, especially anyone interested in the listing game. I was fascinated by Kaufman’s insight into big year listing, and how that activity fits into the study and enjoyment of birds, and I think you will be, too. I give Kingbird Highway 5 Goldfinches out of 5.

T-Shirt Tuesday: Birda’s Paradise

Posted on May 4th, 2010 in T-Shirt Tuesday

This week’s highlighted shirt is called Birda’s Paradise. The text is designed to look like label tape stuck across the shirt.

Bird blog & online contests for May 2010

Posted on May 3rd, 2010 in Contest

Here’s a list of current (as of May 3rd) blog & online contests by birders, for birders, and/or offering bird- or birder-themed prizes. Click on the links to learn more, check eligibility, and enter to win! If you are running a contest or know of something that should be added to this list, please let me know by leaving a comment or sending me an email. This is a monthly post appearing on the first Monday of every month. I will add any updates I find during the month as a comment on this post. If you’d like to stay updated, you can subscribe to the comment RSS feed for this post.

CONTESTS WITH DEADLINES near and far

LEFTZ is giving away three cute plush sparrows. Enter by May 20th; see the contest page for details.

Ornithologist and author Glen Chilton is offering a $10,000 reward for finding a previously unknown sample of a Labrador Duck. See Dr. Chilton’s website for all the details. Ends September 1st 2010. Send your claim to IFoundADuck@glenchilton.com.

Enter to win fabulous prizes in Swarovski’s Digiscoper of the Year 2010 contest. Enter your photo by October 31st. Be sure to read all the details on the contest page.

ONGOING CONTESTS of interest to birders

10,000 Birds has recently introduced their Conservation Club, a great way to raise money for bird conservation causes. Members of the club are eligible to enter giveaways offering prizes from Conservation Club sponsors. Have a look at the current and past giveaways, and then sign up!

Each month WildBird on the Fly runs a First Friday fiction contest. If your 500-word story is chosen, you’ll win a recently-published bird book. Submissions are due before 5 p.m. PST on the first Thursday of the month (so the May contest entries are due this Thursday!). See WildBird on the Fly for all the details.

Duncraft hosts a caption contest on Facebook every week. Become a fan of Duncraft to see each contest posting. Enter to win a $10.00 Duncraft Gift Coupon. New caption contests start each Monday.

WildBird on the Fly periodically gives away books and other prizes with fun, short-notice contests. Follow her blog and her Twitter account @WBeditor to get in on the prize giveaways.

Each month the Birds & Blooms website runs the Where’s Webster? contest. Find Webster the duck on the website and enter to win. Prizes vary and the contest runs month to month.

The Eagle Optics Email Contest is ongoing for anyone subscribed to their newsletter. A new winner is chosen every month and prizes vary. Click here for details.

Birder’s Lounge runs a monthly ID Challenge. Contestants play for their favorite bird/nature/conservation charity. The prize is a $10 donation to the winning charity, in the winner’s name. (Thanks to Amber for the details!)