Sally Teschon passed along a delightful article by Eli Knapp, about a dad teaching his kids to be birders. It was published in New York State Conservationist Magazine.
Here's a sample:
Indigo Bunting (photo: Laurie Dirkx)
Quite simply, my kids are immersed in my love of birds and birding. Every day of their lives, they've been surrounded by feeders, bird houses, binoculars, posters, lists, carvings and field guides.
I even named my daughter "Indigo" after one of my favorite birds, the indigo bunting.
"No more birds, Dad!" Ezra sometimes shouts from the back seat after I slam on the brakes and crane my neck to get a better look at a raptor flying overhead.
My wife's subtle smirk at such back seat directives confirms her assent. There's a time for birding and a time to refrain from birding.
And driving, I'm learning, is a time for the latter.
The link is here.