Summer time and the living is easy — for teachers. We teachers just spend the summer kicking back, eating bonbons, and getting pedicures. So, of course, I volunteered to host I and the Bird in the summertime. Sure, I’m busy with sipping my ice cold iced tea by the cabana but I figured I could squeeze it in between reading that great summertime novel and supervising the pool boy.
And now, back to reality. Sure it’s summer and I’m not working but my two kids need a chauffeur, my husband expects to be fed regularly, my house is a disaster area, I’ve got to plan for next year’s batch of kids, kitchen/dining room remodel isn’t finished, the backyard landscaping has been designated for me to manage, and did I mention my house is a disaster? I know: whine, whine, whine.
Yes, I do have the summer off and yes, I am enjoying it to the fullest. Still, I’m not above taking a shortcut here or there. So, when I learned about Wordle, I was ecstatic. This is great, I thought, now I don’t have to be clever and come up with a witty theme for I and the Bird #78. I can kick back, relax, and let Wordle to the work for me. (Maybe I can squeeze in a pedicure, after all!)
So, Wordle works like this: you take some text (like, say a whole bunch of posts about birds submitted to the world’s favorite birding carnival!) and you tell Wordle to make it pretty. And, it does. You can fiddle with the fonts and colors until you are happy with it and bob’s your uncle (or something like that!). Wordle is a free service and comes with no strings (that I’ve been able to see!). You can take your Wordle results and use them as you will — make t-shirts, make postcards and send them to all your friends and relatives, needlepoint a pillow for your Aunt Clementine, sell them on street corners, or whatever. That’s pretty cool. They’ll even let you use them to illustrate a Blog Carnival! :) Oh, and rest assured I have absolutely no affiliation whatsoever with Wordle except that I think it’s pretty cool and I read the FAQ which is how I know all that stuff.
But, without words, Wordle art is a picture of a polar bear looking the other way in a snow storm (as my unartistic 5th graders used to say to me while staring at a blank piece of paper). So, I am extremely grateful to the contributors to this edition of I and the Bird. You’ve seen their words as art — now go read their posts — see if you can figure out who contributed which words.
IATB #78’s Hard-working Contributors:
- Jeff @ Ecobirder
Love raptors? Click and read about some very cool raptors in Yellowstone! Warning: no mention at all of bears stealing picanic baskets.
- Laura @ Somewhere in NJ
Straight Out of the Field Guide
Every birder dreams of seeing a bird doing exactly what it is supposed to be doing — it makes them soooo much easier to recognize when they do that! Laura got lucky in North Dakota!
- Mary @ Mary’s Corner of the World
Snowy Egrets at Palo Alto Baylands
Great pics of the oh-so-showy Snowy Egret
- Jeff @ Boreal Bird Song Initiative
Sex and the (Bird) City
As if you aren’t going to click on that one no matter what I write about it. Go on then, we’ll wait for you.
- Y C @ Bird Ecology Study Group Blog
Injured Purple Heron: Seven Months On
Amazing report on how a seriously injured bird is surviving its injuries
- Sheri @ Life, Birds, and Everything
The Tragic Tale of the Quelili
No jokes about this one — just go read it and weep.
- The Ridger @ The Greenbelt
Make Way for Ducklings
When good ducks go wrong . . .
- Carel @ Rigor Vitae
What Do Fish Eagles Eat Anyway?
Well, one might imagine they eat fish but one would be surprised!
- Duncan @ Ben Cruachan Blog
That’s A Laugh
A hilarious report on a funny bird.
- Beverly @ Behind the Bins
Beverly comes out from behind her bins to talk about a bird I’d like to see one day
- Seabrook @ The Marvelous in Nature
Home Among the Colewort
Homey bird with a very cool nestbox!
- Robin Andrea @ New Dharma Bums
Our Local Bird Sanctuaries
Sometimes nice things happen to really nice people — who really appreciate their luck!
- David @ Search & Sensibility
I do most of my birding in my own backyard — lots of Chickadees, people! David isn’t like me — he’s daring and adventurous and willing to camp in the rain. But, it pays off!
- Susannah @ Wanderin’ Weeta
Daddy is a Show-Off
Who’s Your Daddy? Oh, he’s the show-off over there!
- Cindy @ Woodsong | Off the Beaten Path
Singing a Consolation Song
Sometimes a consolation prize is all you get and sometimes that’s really, really okay!
- Liza @ It’s Just Me
A Nice Walk in the Woods
Warning: Cameras and exercise are incompatible!
- Mike @ 10,000 Birds
Green Herons and their Groovy Necks
Green Heron necks ARE groovy. After you read this post, promise to go through your photo collection and share great Green Heron shots with Mike!
Can you believe the third anniversary of I and the Bird is here already? Three years of the best bird blogging on the planet deserves something special so instead of talking about birds (boring!) let’s talk about ourselves! For the first anniversary, Mike asked everyone to write about why they bird, blog, and/or blog about birds. For the second anniversary, he urged everyone to summarize why their blogs were must-read material. After all this time, Mike has another question, one that he hopes the hundreds of contributors we’ve had over the years will consider and confront: Why are you still bird blogging? Don’t take this question the wrong way! We want to know what wonderful experiences/insights/interactions bird blogging has rendered unto you over your weeks, months, or years of micropublishing.
What makes this anniversary edition of IATB even more exciting is that it’s being hosted by Charlie Moores, the second-ever host of our favorite blog carnival and someone who helped shape this collaboration from the very beginning. So write a post on your blog tackling this pointed question by Tuesday, July 5 and send your link to Mike (mike AT 10000birds DOT com) or Charlie (charlie10000birds AT googlemail DOT com) for the July 7 edition.