|Mom and Dad with my nephew Orion|
I am currently working on the 2014 birding season for next year. Meanwhile I'm finishing up the year beyond my expectations. At the beginning of the 2013 year, I wanted to set out and find 150 life birds. Instead, I found over 200 new birds! Sometimes, I needed a birder friend to call on for help:) Currently, I have seen 416 different species around the US, Mexico and Guatemala. My goals were met.
The limitations are always the same....money, time, and of course, a full time job. I think I am getting better with balancing it all out, but I still find myself biting my nails when something new flies into the area that I can't chase while at work. However, the new year looks to be an exciting one.
So I am scheduling various places to study around the US. The prairies, Hawaii and Alaska will have to wait....for now.
In many ways, it's rather strange. The US for me has always been rather...meh!, but by putting the birds into the picture, it has changed my views on my country. And it has opened my eyes to all the cool and wonderful National and State Parks! Plus, being a birder, means you see things that most people never get to see.
In January, I will be working in the grasslands on several projects learning about sparrows. In February, we head to Sandia Crest in New Mexico to find the 3 incredible Rosy Finches. In March, I'm off to Florida to visit a friend and bird along the ocean and water areas. In April, it's off to Rocky Point, Mexico for some fun around the coast. Then in June, I'll be heading off to Maine with Pat for a couple weeks to visit Kathie. So for the first half of the year, it's going to be busy! And of course, there will be budgeting:)
And in between there will be road trips from around the state of Arizona and perhaps beyond.
|Me properly ID'ing a Yellow-rump Warbler |
I'll be releasing two more posts from the 2013 season highlighting some of the fun and spectacular bird events that happened from around Guatemala, Arizona, Colorado and Wisconsin.
As we close out this new year, I'd like to take the time and thank you all for following Las Aventuras. Whether you just read, comment or both on the posts, you encourage me with your kind words of support.
I am currently working on the prototype for my first "coffee table" book. It was exciting to put together and review all the incredible things we've done over this year. Have you done something similar?
|Luna supervises |
So for now, I hope everyone isn't stressing out with the holiday craziness. It will get done. It always does:) Just be careful driving out there.
I'll be closing off the year with 2 more posts and then I'll see you back next year several times a month. We all tend to take a break from blogger in December anyway.
Most of the pics today were taken by the other member of the "Las
Aventuras" team.....Micheal Ada. I wasn't feeling up to photography on
this day. I just wanted to bird and relax:) But I was still demanding:) "Get that angle!" "No!!!! Aim and zoom on this one!" Oh I can be a mess sometimes:)
Setting goals for the new year relaxes my mind a bit. It's all about pushing it to the next step whether it be at home or abroad. And remember......whether it be rain or snow this time of year.........
.....always wear strange non-matching-weather-smart clothing, carry a colorful umbrella on those cloudy gray days......
|My nephews Liam and Sawyer|
.....and make sure you share it with someone you love. Until next next time....