Monday, October 02, 2006


Let's Talk About Birds

I wouldn’t say that I am any more a bird expert than I was when I first came into this internship with BIRD TALK magazine. But, I would say that in the little over three weeks that I’ve been here, I’m learning a lot about birds. I didn’t know how interesting birds were. I guess you could say that I’ve had a first initial bite of that bird bug.

At first I was simply in a rush to learn as much as I could so that when I went to read and edit an article, I would have some clue of what I was reading about. My first day here I must have read at least halfway through “Birds for Dummies”. I learned the basic knowledge that first day. I realized that birds are very intelligent, and have physical and emotional needs just like we do. I’ve been reading a lot more about birds and each species as the team edits through the content that will be going up for the new web site. I think I’ve been learning more from reading the articles and from looking at all the pictures.

I can’t proudly say that I can tell a Conure from a Caique. But I can tell you the difference between a Cockatiel and a Parrotlet. And if you were to put a Green-rumped Parrotlet and a Pacific Parrotlet in front of me, I may or may not be able to tell you which was which based on what colors they were. But hey, you have to start somewhere, right?

I find myself talking about what I’ve learned about birds to anyone. I’ve been educating my boyfriend and some of his fellow Marines over in Japan all about what I’ve been learning about birds. I usually share at least one thing that I’ve learned that day with them. They’re probably wondering if I’ve completely lost my mind, but they do sit there and listen. Either they actually secretly enjoy learning something new too or they just enjoy the cookies I send every month enough that they figure they owe it to me to listen. Either way, I get to talk about birds to someone. I find it exciting to say the least.

I hope that by the end of my internship I’ll have learned a great deal about birds to put to good use one day. Especially if I do, one day, get my own bird.


Greys are the best! Check out Oliver's videos of him talking!

Have a great internship.
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