Jane Johnson, January 2019 eBirder of the Month
By Group eBird February 26, 2019
Please be a part of us in congratulating Jane Johnson of Tofte, Minnesota, winner of the January 2019 eBird Problem, sponsored by Carl Zeiss Sports activities Optics. Jane’s title was drawn randomly from 1,900 eBirders who submitted at the very least 1 eligible eBird guidelines in January, and in addition took the eBird Necessities course. Jane will obtain a brand new ZEISS Conquest HD 8×42 binocular for her eBirding efforts. Right here’s Jane’s birding story:
We all the time had chook feeders once I was rising up. My first reminiscence of recording chook information was for a junior excessive science undertaking the place I in contrast climate situations with the variety of birds at our feeders. I want there had been eBird again then!
I labored as a medical social employee in Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota for 30 years, throughout which birding was an ideal stress reliever. I volunteered with Osprey and Trumpeter Swan reintroduction tasks there.
After we retired, my husband, Ken, and I moved to Tofte, MN, on the North Shore of Lake Superior. That is an excellent birding space, particularly throughout migration. One of many nice joys of retirement is that I get to go birding day-after-day!
That is once I found eBird. Prepare dinner County, MN was an under-reported space. It appeared like many of the submissions had been for the weird species seen right here. I made a decision to eBird commonly to supply extra information. The barcharts and uncommon chook alerts are fascinating.The month-to-month challenges encourage me to consider my birding in several methods. I additionally love collaborating in Undertaking FeederWatch. Through the winter, after the black bears have gone into hibernation, Ken tends 15 suet and seed feeders round our home. The place we reside, the closest movie show or shopping center is 90 miles away, so birding is our leisure!
For the previous four years, Ken and I’ve volunteered at close by Sugarloaf Cove Nature Middle. I assist with their chook banding program and we each fill feeders there within the winter. Banding is fantastic for enhancing my identifications abilities. There’s nothing like seeing warblers, vireos, flycatchers and thrushes within the hand . . . and, it’s given me a enjoyable group of “chook nerd” mates!
In January, a lot of my birding was feederwatching. Snow depths round four ft, daytime excessive temperatures of beneath zero Fahrenheit and a current knee alternative stored me from going too far. I stored in thoughts the eBird instruction – “we wish your boring checklists.” [Team eBird note: We don’t think there is such a thing as a ‘boring checklist’! Every sighting counts.] Winter highlights have been day by day Pileated Woodpecker visits, a frequent Northern Shrike and a male Ruffed Grouse displaying this previous December.
Ken purchased me my first pair of fine binoculars at the very least 25 years in the past. I’m thrilled to have received this problem and to be receiving an excellent higher pair. Due to eBird and Zeiss for this excellent present!
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