Orion Magazine – 9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher

In this month’s November/December 2013 issue of Orion magazine, professor of wildlife ecology Drew Lanham, Clemson University, recently published an essay titled 9 Rules for the Black Birdwatcher. Admittedly, the title gave me pause, such that I did a double-take (Orion and Onion are, after all, not so dissimilar words at a glance). As I read Lanham’s nine prescriptions for the black birder (“Carry your binoculars—and three forms of identification—at all times”), I couldn’t help but recall my innumerable tragicomical run-ins over the years between the law and myself – gearing up for fieldwork by a car on a roadside in the middle of nowhere (drug deal), watching breeding junco pairs through binoculars on a University of California campus (pervert), or creeping along a rooftop in search of a bird nest (jumper). And I’m a birder/naturalist of the white male variety.

You can read Lanham’s original Orion essay here, as well as his recent November 3rd, 2013 interview on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered here.

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  1. #1 by sandersdrdirt@comcast.net on November 13, 2013 - 9:10 am


    Have you got all of the obits. and tributaries for Dr. Bob? International and US. Anna Rose says she has seen some from Europe and Asia. Ted Papenfus may have all of them.


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