Good birders don’t wear white shoes after Labor Day…

I’ve been having fun the last couple of days designing custom items for the Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory’s new gallery on Zazzle (a print-on-demand company similar to Cafe Press).  Zazzle offers a wide range of products to customize, including T-shirts, caps, tote bags, mugs, mousepads, notecards…and Keds shoes.

Shoes? I wasn’t expecting that, but after looking at a few examples created by other customers my brain began to churn. About an hour later I had designed this:

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Like ’em, ladies? You can have a pair of your very own, and proceeds will help SABO help birds. (Sorry, dudes, they’re only available in women’s sizes.)

I and the Bird #90 is up!

Jeff Gordon is hosting the latest edition of I and the Bird, with a seasonally appropriate theme: Christmas Count Tally Rally.

My first CBC of the season is Monday, in the beautiful and birdy Sulphur Springs Valley (Elfrida). Someone else will probably get assigned to the plum territory that includes Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area (with its Sandhill Cranes, waterfowl, Barn Owls, Vermilion Flycatchers, etc.), but roaming the back roads can be pretty productive (if not quite as heart-poundingly exciting as watching thousands of cranes spiral in for a landing).

Whether you’ll be trudging through ice and snow dressed like the Michelin Man or counting birds from a comfy chair, steaming mug in hand, thanks to everyone who contributes to the largest citizen science effort in history!