It’s the day after Halloween and most people are walking around in a candy induced coma, but at least we’re happy. To me, this time of year really starts to happen in fast forward. Next is my birthday (don’t forget to tell all your friends about my charity: water campaign!), then Thanksgiving, and Christmas is here before we know it. The next best thing to do today besides chow down on candy is play Angry Birds. Those mean little birds also happen to be a very popular costume this year. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, consider yourself lucky. It is seriously addicting. On the upside, I am thankful it entertained me on the bus.
My friend Rachael always said she would have chosen to do research with birds if you didn’t have to get up so early in the morning. I agree that birds, especially the pretty ones, would be a great species to study. Before our little jaunt to Canada a couple of weeks ago I would have probably skipped right over the Bird Studies Canada organization, but not anymore. I was pleasantly surprised at all the beauty ‘ole Canada had to offer. BSC works to advance the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds in their natural habitats. BSC thrives off the enthusiasm and contributions of volunteer avid bird watchers and scientists across more than just Canada. BSC makes doing research and bird watching fun, and also not so dang early in the morning. Every year they have a 24-hour Birdathon, Christmas Bird Counts, and a 48-hour Project Feeder Watch program from November to May. We can’t watch all the birds there are at once, but together we can all watch some of them. Even though raptors are little bit bigger and a little less friendly than your average pet store parakeet, the Carolina Raptor Center protects a powerful birds of prey. Founded back in 1981, CRC rehabilitates injured and orphaned birds, and educates the public about how to become stewards of these unique birds. More than 40,000 students are reached through the CRC’s education programs each year, and they have over 35,000 visitors each year to their Raptor Trail where there are more than 25 different species of raptors to see and learn about. CRC also does research on parasitology and poisoning that affect raptors, and new surgical techniques that can help these birds. Leave it to NC to embrace these angry birds.
Bird Studies Canada Donation
Carolina Raptor Center Donation
So here’s to you Angry Birds! You’re right there on our phones when we need to be entertained in the car or avoid that weird person trying to talk to us on the bus. You’re red, yellow, blue, explosive, and shot straight out of a cannon. Just when we think we’ve beat you, you come out with a whole new addition! Maybe that’s why you were so popular at Halloween this year, so we could capture you once and for all. Thanks for keeping our boredom to a minimum, and sucking up the battery life of our phones.