The Birdist's Rules of Birding

Birdist Rule #23: Identify Your First Song Sparrow

Birdist Rule #23: Identify Your First Song Sparrow

— Once you do, all of those other “little brown jobs” get a little less confusing.
Birdist Rule #44: Learn to Love Landfills and Sewage Treatment Plants

Birdist Rule #44: Learn to Love Landfills and Sewage Treatment Plants

— Ah, the sweet smell of birding success.
Birdist Rule ##79: Think of Something Nice to Say About Mallards

Birdist Rule ##79: Think of Something Nice to Say About Mallards

— Um . . . green is a good color on you?
Birdist Rule #82: Know Your Public Lands

Birdist Rule #82: Know Your Public Lands

— From local and national parks to national wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, these lands were made for you and me.
Birdist Rule #67: Prepare to Have Your Sightings Questioned

Birdist Rule #67: Prepare to Have Your Sightings Questioned

— It happens, but it's also not the end of the world.
Birdist Rule #104: Look at More Than Just Birds

Birdist Rule #104: Look at More Than Just Birds

— There's a whole world of plants and other species that you can also start identifying. What are you waiting for?
Birdist Rule #61: Find Your First Shorebird

Birdist Rule #61: Find Your First Shorebird

— Trust me, look for a Killdeer.
Birdist Rule #2: Don't Be a Jerk

Birdist Rule #2: Don't Be a Jerk

— There aren’t a lot of jerks in birding. Let’s keep it that way.
Birdist Rule #115: Learn to Identify and Differentiate Night-Herons

Birdist Rule #115: Learn to Identify and Differentiate Night-Herons

— Don't panic: There are only two.
Birdist Rule #39: How to Tell Friends and Family That You’re a Birder

Birdist Rule #39: How to Tell Friends and Family That You’re a Birder

— Falling fast and hard for birding can leave some people feeling embarrassed or ashamed. Don't be.