A policeman saw a truck driving down the road with the back full of penguins. He pulled it over and, not getting a satisfactory explanation from the driver and being concerned for the welfare of the birds, suggested that the driver take the penguins to the zoo “right now!”  The driver agreed that was a good idea. Next day the cop saw this same truck going down the road with the penguins still in the back but this time the penguins were all wearing sunglasses. He pulled the truck over again and said,”I thought I told you to take those penguins to the zoo.” The driver smiled at him – “Yeah, that’s right, thanks for the suggestion. We went and we had a helluva good time. We’re going to the beach today!

The original Greenbirding logo from the old website

The original Greenbirding logo from the old website

Some years ago this domain (www.greenbirding.ca) was the home of a site promoting the virtues of “Greenbirding” which in essence was and is the idea that we probably don’t have to add yet more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere to see lots of good birds. A small, but important, idea which many birders follow to this day by leaving their cars at home and using their feet and cycle wheels in pursuit of birds around their birding patches. In time it became evident that once the idea was out there, a formal grouping of greenbirders with their own forums and website really wasn’t necessary. The sort of people who think this is a good thing are the sort of self-motivated conservationists who can get themselves organized … and anyway, they were and are all far too busy writing their own Greenbirding blogs!

The cover of the last edition of the Bigby newsletter from 2010 - click to download a copy

The cover of the last edition of the Bigby newsletter from 2010 – click to download a copy

So Dr. Bigby (coincidentally sharing the name of the challenge that has become known as a Big Green Big Year, or BIGBY) wandered off to look at birds on his patch, while retaining ownership of the domain “just in case”.

And now, a few years on and thanks to a superb web hosting deal, we are back … but this time simply as the good Doctor’s personal blog. Somewhere to ramble inconsequentially on matters mostly conservation-associated but not exclusively so. Birds will feature prominently. You do not have to be a birder, green or otherwise, to find something interesting here .. at least, that’s the hope.

For now, let me draw your attention to three excellent Greenbirding-related things:

  • The Green Birding book … if you haven’t got a copy yet check it out here (print and ebook formats)
  • The Green Birders’ Facebook page here
  • For Canadian birders – the “Canada Goes Birding” green birding contest being organized by Bird Protection Quebec as part of their 2017 centenary celebrations. This is for birders throughout Canada – bird for an hour, a day or a year and prove that your province has the best birders. Details here (English) et ici (Francais)