Even if you're not a fan, you probably know that tonight is the final season premiere of Lost on ABC. Few shows have had more hype, especially in recent years. This week's highlighted design is based on the fictional Dharma Initiative from Lost. On the show, the black and white octagonal logos represent different stations on the Island, as well as personnel functions.
This design, Dharma Initiative Birder, was made for the Island's ornithology team and comes with the label "Avian Behavior Scientist." The icon for this function is a silhouetted crested bird and a pair of binoculars.
Shown here on a fitted t-shirt in white, this original birder pop culture design is available on a wide variety of different apparel styles and other gift items.
Here’s a list of current (as of February 1st) 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
Duncraft is hosting a caption contest on Facebook. Post the winning caption and win at $10 Duncraft Gift Coupon. A winner will be picked on February 5th. New caption contests start each Monday.
Enter to win a $250 Duncraft shopping spree. Submit your entry by 30 April 2010. Details at Duncraft’s Backyard Birding Blog.
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.
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. There's usually one or more giveaways going on at any one time. This is a fantastic initiative by 10,000 Birds and as a proud member of the Conservation Club I invite you to sign up too.
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!)
This week's highlighted shirt is called Go Pelagic. The design is done in shades of sea blue and there is an ocean surf background to the word PELAGIC.
This is great for birders that love looking for sea specialties from a boat. The seafaring birdwatcher design is shown here on a junior spaghetti tank top.
Good Birders Don't Wear White: 50 Tips From North America's Top Birders edited by Pete Dunne. First published 2007.
I was reminded to write this short review from a recent Facebook meme, whereby one takes a certain line from a certain page from the nearest book and posts it as a status update. Mine was "Never go out with someone who has been looking for the Mangrove Cuckoo for twenty years with no success." This line is from Don and Lillian Stokes' hilarious essay Follow These Rules to See a Mangrove Cuckoo.
Good Birders Don't Wear White is a fun collection of short essays on birding by some of the top names in the field. I'm still a new birder so I kind of expected to pick up some tips reading these essays, but many of the pieces are more humor oriented than practical. I should have realized - a blurb on the back reads "In these 50 light and fun original essays..." I found most of the more practical tips kind of obvious, but the essays are all very well written and in fact birding humor is great, too. I enjoyed this book as a very light, easy read.
The fifty essays are grouped into categories including backyard birding, listing, and identification. My favorite ones usually included a bit of practical advice told in an engaging way, like Bill Thompson III's piece on keeping optics clean. Even if I couldn't relate to or benefit from the advice in every article, it was still interesting to read what were very often personal birding anecdotes from well-known names in the birding community like Clay Sutton, Sheri Williamson, Ted Floyd, Lang Elliott, and Julie Zickefoose.
I give Good Birders Don't Wear White 3 and a half Goldfinches out of five.
In honor of the excellent Nature program that ran this week, Hummingbirds: Magic In The Air, this week's highlighted shirt is made for hummingbird fans.
The Original Hummer has a cute small illustrated hummingbird drinking nectar from a red flower. The design is shown here on a junior ringer t-shirt.
This week's highlighted t-shirt design is a listing of birding-related tags. A listing of keywords like this is sometimes called a tag cloud.
Birding Tag Cloud features words like binoculars, twitcher, lifelist, feathers, avian, and scope, among many others. The text cloud design for birdwatchers is shown here on a women's classic tee in charcoal heather.