Richard Crossley– author of The Crossley ID Guide The Ohio Young Birders Club was invited to meet field guide author Richard Crossley who presented at the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Tuesday night in Columbus, Ohio. He discussed his life and bird identification plus signed books (included Birdfreak’s!). Dakota traveled with fellow Ohio young birder Kayla
Sammie is the Birdfreak Team’s Illinois young birder. She attended the Bald Eagle Watch Weekend at Starved Rock State Park in Northern Illinois. She writes: Yesterday, on Saturday, January 28, I went with my grandma, grandpa, and sister to Starved Rock State Park for their annual Eagle Watch Weekend. We woke up earlier than we
The upcoming Big Sit benefits kids and conservation The Ohio Young Birders Club is agian gearing up to sit all day for conservation – this time in Port Clinton, Ohio. Last year, they raised $3,400 for habitat conservation on Middle Bass Island. This year’s big sit is October 16th and proceeds will go to help
While at the Midwest Birding Symposium in Lakeside, Ohio last weekend the Birdfreaks’ Mom netted two LIFERS: a Greater Black-backed Gull and a Bonaparte’s Gull. I don’t always give gulls a lot of credt: I tend to look through them to find terns and “better” birds. One of a “million” Ring-billed Gulls around Lakeside, Ohio
During the Biggest Week in American Birding, Dakota and I had the opportunity to take two brand new birders out for the first time. Our friends Brit and Kris (ages 14 and 12) decided to tag along for a day of extreme birding. Dakota and Kris posing for a birder shot We took off around
All birds have unique characteristics, but some species have the perfect blend of charisma and character to convince young (or new) birders to really get into it. If a bird has this perfect mix of traits we call them a CHARACTER BIRD. When you are teaching a young birder, it helps to get them motivated
Section 4 — Going Beyond Birding The natural world is overflowing with fun and interesting things to discover. Birds are often easily observed but it is also important to spread the focus in as many areas as possible. Sometimes it will be difficult to find birds but that doesn’t mean you need to stop being
In an effort to drastically improve and enhance the Birdfreak Guide to Taking Kids Birding (a handy PDF we created in January 2008) we decided to overhaul it completely. We have been working diligently on crafting what will hopefully become a small book. We have changed the name of this “guide” to Take Kids Birding!