Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Boy Scouts Make Great Beginning Birders

It has been a long time (about two months) since I posted to my blog. Lack of birding experiences is the main reason. I have a new job that involves a lot of travel and a company car (!!) and am getting ready to have my mother come live with me permanently. This has sucked up a lot of my free time, so birding has taken a back seat. But how could I pass up another opportunity to show young boys the joys of watching birds and help them earn their nature badges at the same time?

My friend, Kathy, has a son who leads a Boy Scout troop and they asked me to do a presentation on identifying common backyard birds.

Here I am with my cool raptor t-shirt from Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. God only knows what I was saying when I did this with my arms...

I asked the boys if they thought birders were nerds or were cool. One of them said, "Well, the t-shirt doesn't help the image"! Wow - cheeky little Scout.

I am passionate about birds. Can you tell?

Don't they look riveted? Actually, they asked lots of insightful and pertinent questions.
Their favorite bird (out of the 20 birds we reviewed)? The tufted titmouse. *sigh*. Boys will be boys.


Anonymous said...

Sounds like it was a lot of fun* =) and they sound like funny kids too* loved the shirt comment*
btw, Did I tell you I have it in red? ;P

dguzman said...

Hey, I don't wanna point fingers or anything, but somebody's lost some weight since last we met, and it sure ain't ME.... ;)

Lookin' good, Beth! It's so cool that you're getting out there and spreading the knowledge. Nice!