While the headline is accurate, it also works with the pun that I intended. Except, I took the bird instead of the legislature. That is: I decided to write an article about a fascinating program called “conservation birding” instead of finishing up on Plan B in the legislature’s Great Power Play.
Why? Two reasons.
I needed to take a short break from writing about the sleazy machinations of the Arizona legislature, for the sake of my own sanity.
Second reason: I had to pay some bills. OnEarth pays me to write. The Phoenix Sun costs me money to write and publish. Until someone sends me a living wage to produce this site, I have to make a living elsewhere.
Fortunately, the article was a joy to write. That little fellow above is from the piece, which also contains a video of a bird with far more extravagant plumage.
Here’s the opening of the article. If you like it — and if you, too, need a break from the snakes in Arizona (the kind that instead of rattling, gives speeches) — I invite you to click on the link and read the full story.
Then, tomorrow, I hope both of us are up to returning to the Arizona Houses of Horror, aka, the State Legislature.
The American Bird Conservancy
If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of American birders, The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has a suggestion for your summer vacation: spend your time and money investing in “conservation birding.” You can see some of the most spectactular birds in the Americas (like the Yellow-scarfed Tanager, above) while helping to prevent their extinction.
ABC has partnered with bird conservation organizations in a dozen countries to set up thirty-six preserves covering a quarter-million acres of unique and critical bird habitat for more than 2,000 species. Eighteen of the preserves offer on-site lodging.
“Visiting birders can provide a source of direct financial support to the reserves,” said Mike Parr, VP of ABC, at the project’s recent unveiling, “helping them become self-sufficient and sustainable in the long-term.”