Happy Poetry Friday!
Brrr, our temps are plummeting here in Chicago, but along with that we’ve received a lovely sprinkling of snow…
windy, snowy, “brave
irene” kinda day, with pine
© 2020 Michelle Kogan
I’m going to try to participate in this years Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). It starts on Valentine’s Day, Friday February 14th and runs through February 17th. The count is run by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, along with additional sponsors both US and international. Any one can participate. The organizers are interested in all us citizen scientists collecting data on wild birds from our backyard and surrounding bird-nature filled areas. You can make hand written recordings and mail them in, or transfer them to your computer at the Audubon site, or get the eBird app (I’m trying the App, this year) and record them on your smart phone or iPad. They are interested in whatever wild birds you see, from common house sparrows, cardinals, crows, to some of our more elusive birds.
I don’t know how many years I’ve been interested in birds, perhaps my entire life. I write about them and create art with them in efforts to raise more awareness about both endangered birds and birds in general. The fall issue of Audubon’s 2019 magazine is a guide to what we can due to help all the birds that we are in danger of loosing due to climate change. There are 389 birds that we may loose, and of these we may be able to save 290 of them if we can act and help slow and limit the warming of our earth’s climate. Here’s a haiku from a new bookmark in my online Etsy Shop in support of the Baird’s Sandpiper which is listed as threatened, due to climate change, it’s also on Audubon’s list.
surface pecks for insects
hugging shallow banks…
© 2020 Michelle Kogan
Wishing all a very Happy Valentine’s Day, Happy Bird Counting, and remember to keep all our Lovely Birds in your heart…
Lovely Linda Baie, at her blog Teacher Dance is hosting our Roundup for this weeks Poetry Friday, thanks Linda! Linda is sharing lots of “sugary love” in images and poems, so meander over and check out her poetry offerings and many more…
Visit Renée LaTulippe’s site No Water River to find out more about what Poetry Friday is.
Wow! The bookmarks are stunning! Who can resist “brave Irene kind of day?” I’ve never visited Chicago. I need to at some point…even in winter!
Thanks Linda! Come anytime after May through October when our weathers more inviting…though whenever you visit there’re always places to go and things to see!
I always love your illustrations and accompanying poems, Michelle. I especially like the love birds. Oh, that snowy video is so beautiful. Tomorrow, we are having a very cold day.
Thanks Carol! We are having a very cold day tomorrow too low of 13 so I imagine the wind chill will be even lower. Bundle up or stay inside if you can–The weather and I will greet each other early on as I have a class to teach in the morning…
These are lovely, Michelle. The bird count sounds so interesting. I’m sure your observations are going to inspire more lovely poetry.
Love that “Brave Irene” kind of day. That storm visited us Wed.night & we are supposed to have some warmer temps today! I saw that issue of Audubon, too. There are so many that need us. I’m not doing the bird count this year, but have in the past, Michelle. Thank you for doing your part! And, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thanks Linda, I hope my counting helps. Have to still figure out how to add sound recordings and pics on the app…
Thank you for sharing the lovely video. We haven’t had more than a dusting of snow here so I’m glad your shared your snowy morning with us. Your art and poems are always amazing. Good luck with your bird count! Happy Valentine’s Day!
Thank you for sharing your love of birds, your poems and art. I have always loved birds and when I was a child often saw red winged black birds on our street, cardinals and blue jays. Thank you for reminding me.
Thanks for this lovely post, Michelle. Enjoyed the snowy video (Brave Irene day!), your stunning bookmarks and Lovebirds painting. Wow! I’ve heard of the bird count but have never participated. I do love watching the birds around here, though.
Thanks Jama! I braved the weather for .61 miles according to my new eBird app and saw about 53 house sparrows on Friday, with lots of singing and a handful of flights. Will try again today…
Beautiful post, Michelle. I have a tribute to robins on my blog today as I love birds also. Thanks for reminding me of Brave Irene… nice!
Thanks Karen—I definitely will stop by your tribute post!
Love the art, the birds and the “wiggling magic”! Happy Valentine’s!
Thanks Brenda, belated Valentines Greetings to you! I’m a bit behind had dental surgery last week and the pain has been more than I anticipated. Hope you are doing okay.
Hope you’re all better soon. I have knee surgery in a few days. I’m dreading it as fiercely as I’m able. 🙂
GBBC sounds really interesting. The art work looks really great. Thank you for sharing!
I love “pine/wiggling magic” and your beautiful bookmarks. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve fallen in love with birds. I spend hours watching them at home and out and about and never fail to be amazed at how much I’ve missed through the years.
Michelle I loved the reference to “brave irene” in your poem. As I watched your video I thought about the quiet of snow. I think it’s one of the things I love most about snowy days and nights.
I agree with others here – those bookmarks are gorgeous!
I am in the process of planning a quilted wall hanging for the entry way to our house. I’m planning on filling it with all kinds of birds. I need to track down that fall issue of Audubon’s 2019 magazine for research!
Thanks Cheriee! The Audubon issue is available on their website, I think it’s also on eBay. Your quilt sounds lovely ! 😊
Lovely prints and lovely words. We have only had one measurable snowfall here in southern Indiana, and now that it is mid-February, I really don’t want any.
Thank you for your beautiful art and your thoughtful activism!
I’ve been watching birds this weekend, too! ❤ Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Yay, wish I could watch them there with you…