Monday, November 25, 2013

Looking back on 7 years


Ruddy Turnstone



Hard to believe it has been seven years since Birdcouple the blog first got up and running. In November 2006, George W. Bush was still President, our boys Mitch and Adam were in their teens still, and Lisa and Warren were still fairly new. (It always feels new, babe). We had probably just hiked 200 miles of the Appalachian Trail, not the nearly 1,200 we have done today.

That's a long run for a blog, and we intend to keep it going.

A lot has changed indeed, but we think blogs still very much have a place in a social media space crowded with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, SnapChat, etc.  You can of course check us out on Twitter and Facebook, too.

Our focus will always be the same:  love of nature and each other; the joys of birding, traveling and hiking; and most of all, the urgent need for conservation.

With that preamble, we'd like to dedicate this post to all the wonderful friends and colleagues who have helped share the journey:

To best birding buds Paul Baicich and Peter Kaestner (and the Kaestner clan!) who have been our guides and mentors...

To Ross Geredien, who does so much for conservation in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County...

To Dan Haas, the funnest (and funniest) birding companion ever, and a great musician...

To Tim Carney - go with that big year - and the great new generation of young Maryland birders...

To Carlos Bethancourt and the great gang at Canopy Tower in Panama...

To Dave and "The Doodles" in Ohio

To Leslie Starr and Joe Turner, our partners in this year's Rarity Roundup...

And to Maryland birders across the state - they are the best in the land - including Jim Stasz, Jim Brighton, Bill Hubick, Matt Haffner, Mark Hoffman, Ron Gutberlet, Mikey and Jo Lutmerding, Leo Weigant and Karen Caruso, Joe Hanfman, Kevin Graff, Fred Shaeffer, Jeff Shenot, Jeff Culler and so many more...

It's been a great adventure so far. You never know who you will meet or what you will find: 




Brant

All friends and treasures we never would have met without birds!  Birding has introduced us to an amazing set of people who we, likely, would have never met without sharing an interest in seeing and conserving birds and bird habitat. 

With such good friends, who could imagine a happier (bird) couple?



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