Thursday, January 28, 2010

Birding the Appalachian Trail...

No, we are not out hiking the A.T. in search of bumping up our big January, but we are super proud to be featured in A.T. Journeys, The Magazine of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy this month!

Trail Birds

Text and Photos by Warren and Lisa Strobel

A few years ago, while section-hiking a portion of the Trail through Shenandoah National Park, we met a thru-hiker named Matt (we’ve long forgotten his Trail name) who told us something we’d never forget. “Everybody,” he said, “has to hike their own hike.”

We do hike our own hike.

We have walked every mile (595 Trail miles to date) wearing a pair of binoculars.

We not only hike the Appalachian Trail, we “bird” it.

Being avid birders has given us an opportunity to more deeply appreciate the vital habitat of the A.T. and the lands that surround it, and to reconfirm the importance of preserving and
enhancing the Trail.

It’s well known to most everyone familiar with the Trail that it provides a critical corridor for both fauna and flora. But the Trail’s importance to the avian life of North (and even South
and Central) America, is hard to overstate.

The Appalachian Mountains are irreplaceable north-south migratory flyways for raptors and
songbirds, and serve as feeding stops and breeding grounds, as well.

They are the bird equivalent of interstate highway, fast-food joint, and comfy home all in one....

Read the rest of the story here (and see super cute pictures of Cute Husband in the act of birding AND hiking)

We are particularly proud to be associated with the The Appalachian Trail Conservancy and the work they do to protect a corridor of the East Coast for birds and the habitat they depend on.

An organizaton that is largely supported by hikers, but is well deserving of the support of birders for their work in conservation and education.


Kathie Brown said...

Wow, this is wonderful! Congrats on being featured in the article and on working to conserve this amazing trail and flyway!

Dawn Fine said...

Congratulations Dear Birdcouple of the Appalachian Trail..YOu Rock!!