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BIRD WATCHING.

ALL ABOUT BIRD WATCHING.

Bird watching (birdwatching) or also known as birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or with the use of binoculars. Birding also includes the auditory component, since birds can be easily and readily detected using the ear than the eye. Most people follow birdwatching as hobby.
Birdwatching can be traced back as early as the Victorian Era in Britain when the study of birds and natural history became fashionable. Collectors would collect eggs, skins and feathers from different colonies. But in the 1800s there was popular call for the protection of birds, this led to the observation on living birds. Meanwhile in the United States, as early as 1889 there is already a field guide written by Florence Bailey entitled Birds Through an Opera Glass. In the early and mid-20th century, the focus of bird watching in the United States was in the eastern seaboard region. Currently, not only are there local birdwatching guides, there are already global guides.
The availability of air travel enable hobbyist and serious birdwatchers to travel different places and observe wild birds in their natural habitat. Birding can also be done in your own backyard or the local park. Birding also includes taking precise note of the minute details that distinguish one specie from the others, and mastering the skills of identifying characteristics for documentation as well as contribution to the body of knowledge regarding winged creatures. This means sitting for hours, frequently crouched and hidden in true bird watcher stance.
Birdwatching is the fastest growing outdoor activity in America. According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 51.3 million Americans report that they watch birds. While in Europe it is considered to be a preoccupation. And more are taking it up all the time. So, why more and more people are taking interest in this activity?
Historically, birds are considered bringers of omens. Ancient Romans believed that the flights and call of birds could foretell the future. Nowadays, modern science still uses birds as future tellers. Changes is bird populations reflect the health of the environment. But most people start birding for simple reasons. Like having fun or creating a connection with the wonders of nature. Birding is also beneficial for your health. The biggest reason for health problems of people nowadays is inactivity. Birdwatching limits your inactive time in front of the television or computer. Birdwatching gets you outside and walking.
Birdwatching is also a great family activity. It unites people across generations. By taking up this activity, you get to be united with your parents, grandparents and children. Some people also go birdwatching for social reasons. Nearly every community has a birding club. Birdwatching is also a relaxing a settling sport. Your mind settles down when you are with a bird. The senses open up, you may even take pleasure in going out alone.
For starting birdwatchers or those who are interested, there are local bird clubs or magazines devoted to birdwatching that can help you started.
Getting a bird book or a field guide will also help you learn more about birdwatching. A field guide is a little book with different bird information.
Birdwatching basics are also available in DVDs or videos but getting outside and looking at the birds will be much better.

BIRD WATCHING.

All About Bird Watching

Bird watching  (birdwatching) or also known as birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or with the use of binoculars.  Birding also includes the auditory component, since birds can be easily and readily detected using the ear than the eye.  Most people follow birdwatching as hobby.

Birdwatching can be traced back as early as the Victorian Era in Britain when the study of birds and natural history became fashionable.  Collectors would collect eggs, skins and feathers from different colonies.  But in the 1800s there was popular call for the protection of birds, this led to the observation on living birds.

Meanwhile in the United States,  as early as 1889 there is already a field guide written by Florence Bailey entitled Birds Through an Opera Glass.  In the early and mid-20th century, the focus of bird watching in the United States was in the eastern seaboard region.

Currently, not only are there local birdwatching guides, there are already global guides.  The availability of air travel enable hobbyist and serious birdwatchers to travel different places and observe wild birds in their natural habitat.  Birding can also be done in your own backyard or the local park.

Birding also includes taking precise note of the minute details that distinguish one specie from the others, and mastering the skills of identifying characteristics for documentation as well as contribution to the body of knowledge regarding winged creatures.  This means sitting for hours, frequently crouched and hidden in true bird watcher stance.

Birdwatching is the fastest growing outdoor activity in America.  According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 51.3 million Americans report that they watch birds. While in Europe it is considered to be a preoccupation.  And more are taking it up all the time.

So, why more and more people are taking interest in this activity?

Historically, birds are considered bringers of omens.  Ancient Romans believed that the flights and call of birds could foretell the future.  Nowadays, modern science still uses birds as future tellers.  Changes is bird populations reflect the health of the environment.

But most people start birding for simple reasons.  Like having fun or creating a connection with the wonders of nature.  Birding is also beneficial for your health.  The biggest reason for health problems of people nowadays is inactivity.  Birdwatching limits your inactive time in front of the television or computer.  Birdwatching gets you outside and walking.

Birdwatching is also a great family activity.  It unites people across generations.  By taking up this activity, you get to be united with your parents, grandparents and children. Some people also go birdwatching for social reasons.  Nearly every community has a birding club.

Birdwatching is also a relaxing a settling sport.  Your mind settles down when you are with a bird.  The senses open up, you may even take pleasure in going out alone.

For starting birdwatchers or those who are interested, there are local bird clubs or magazines devoted to birdwatching that can help you  started. Getting a bird book or a field guide will also help you learn more about birdwatching.  A field guide is a little book with different bird information.

Birdwatching basics are also available in DVDs or videos but getting outside and looking at the birds will be much better.

BIRD WATCHING.

All About Bird Watching

Bird watching (birdwatching) or also known as birding is the observation and study of birds with the naked eye or with the use of binoculars. Birding also includes the auditory component, since birds can be easily and readily detected using the ear than the eye. Most people follow birdwatching as hobby.

Birdwatching can be traced back as early as the Victorian Era in Britain when the study of birds and natural history became fashionable. Collectors would collect eggs, skins and feathers from different colonieees. But in the 1800s there was popular call for the protection of birds, this led to the observation on living birds.

Meanwhile in the United States, as early as 1889 there is already a field guide written by Florence Bailey entitled Birds Through an Opera Glass. In the early and mid-20th century, the focus of bird watching in the United States was in the eastern seaboard region.

Currently, not only are there local birdwatching guides, there are already global guides. The availability of air travel enable hobbyist and serious birdwatchers to travel different places and observe wild birds in their natural habitat. Birding can also be done in your own backyard or the local park.

Birding also includes taking precise note of the minute details that distinguish one specie from the others, and mastering the skills of identifying characteristics for documentation as well as contribution to the body of knowledge regarding winged creatures. This means sitting for hours, frequently crouched and hidden in true bird watcher stance.

Birdwatching is the fastest growing outdoor activity in America. According to a survey by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 51.3 million Americans report that they watch birds. While in Europe it is considered to be a preoccupation. And more are taking it up all the time.

So, why more and more people are taking interest in this activity?

Historically, birds are considered bringers of omens. Ancient Romans believed that the flights and call of birds could foretell the future. Nowadays, modern science still uses birds as future tellers. Changes is bird populations reflect the health of the environment.

But most people start birding for simple reasons. Like having fun or creating a connection with the wonders of nature. Birding is also beneficial for your health. The biggest reason for health problems of people nowadays is inactivity. Birdwatching limits your inactive time in front of the television or computer. Birdwatching gets you outside and walking.

Birdwatching is also a great family activity. It unites people across generations. By taking up this activity, you get to be united with your parents, grandparents and children. Some people also go birdwatching for social reasons. Nearly every community has a birding club.

Birdwatching is also a relaxing a settling sport. Your mind settles down when you are with a bird. The senses open up, you may even take pleasure in going out alone.

For starting birdwatchers or those who are interested, there are local bird clubs or magazines devoted to birdwatching that can help you started. Getting a bird book or a field guide will also help you learn more about birdwatching. A field guide is a little book with different bird information.

Birdwatching basics are also available in DVDs or videos but getting outside and looking at the birds will be much better.

THE HEART OF AMERICAN CHARITY.

The Heart of American Charity

There is something very unique about the heart of what it is to be an American that results in Americans being the most charitable people in the world. That is not just a generous exaggeration. Documented studies have shown conclusively that Americans give far more to charity and to help out their fellow man in times of trouble than any other private citizenry in the world. Just consider these statistics.

* When the tragic tsunami hit Asia and devastated so many countries, American private citizens gave 1.78 billion dollars in relief above and beyond what the U.S. Government gave to help bring relief to the suffering. This size of donation just on the private sector side dwarfed even the best of what other developed nations could contribute.

* Only a few months later when a terrible earthquake devastated Pakistan, American rallied again giving 78 million dollars to aid the suffering there.

* When hurricane Katrina and Rita devastated the US coast states, Americans from all over the nation responded with 3.12 billion dollars and relief efforts are still underway to reach out to those displaced by that terrible storm.

These are just a few of the hundreds of examples of charity that Americans give willingly every year whenever the need is great. Americans donate an estimated one quarter of a trillion dollars to charities such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and The American Cancer Society. And the amount that Americans give through their places of worship exceeds the gross national product of all but the most prosperous of nations.

These figures stand in direct contrast to the idea that Americans are selfish and spoiled as some would like to maintain. But the reasons for how deeply the belief in giving to others in need is engrained in the American psyche are diverse and an important part of the American dream and how this country came to be.

Part of the reason lies in the immigrant heritage that is what virtually everybody who makes up this great country can call their linage. That is because when we all go back to our roots, we all started out with a dream and this great country to grow that dream in. And all along the way, we helped each other. So we have a generational debt to pay back to all who pitched in and helped our ancestors establish this great country.

But it’s more than that. Our zeal to help others doesn’t stop at our shores. Americans give more than any other nation to help out others in need around the world. Our instinct to give is stronger than even our national politics as we will give generously even if an enemy of America is hurt by storm or disease. When it comes to helping out our fellow man, we put aside national animosities and reach out. That is a people who have that kind of deep empathy for others. That is what it means to be “an American”.

That empathy for people of all races and colors, nationalities and countries of origin is very natural for Americans to feel. We are a people made up of the immigrants from all lands. And so when we reach out and aid others who are suffering, we all feel like we are touching our own family that way. That is the heart of what makes American charity so amazing and so generous.

And even if the countries we reach out to don’t always appreciate what we do, Americans will always be a people who will not sit by and let others suffer. We have that deeply held national conviction that we are all going to get through this life together. And that is just another in the many reasons why America is the greatest country in the world.
The Heart of American Charity

There is something very unique about the heart of what it is to be an American that results in Americans being the most charitable people in the world. That is not just a generous exaggeration. Documented studies have shown conclusively that Americans give far more to charity and to help out their fellow man in times of trouble than any other private citizenry in the world. Just consider these statistics.

* When the tragic tsunami hit Asia and devastated so many countries, American private citizens gave 1.78 billion dollars in relief above and beyond what the U.S. Government gave to help bring relief to the suffering. This size of donation just on the private sector side dwarfed even the best of what other developed nations could contribute.

* Only a few months later when a terrible earthquake devastated Pakistan, American rallied again giving 78 million dollars to aid the suffering there.

* When hurricane Katrina and Rita devastated the US coast states, Americans from all over the nation responded with 3.12 billion dollars and relief efforts are still underway to reach out to those displaced by that terrible storm.

These are just a few of the hundreds of examples of charity that Americans give willingly every year whenever the need is great. Americans donate an estimated one quarter of a trillion dollars to charities such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and The American Cancer Society. And the amount that Americans give through their places of worship exceeds the gross national product of all but the most prosperous of nations.

These figures stand in direct contrast to the idea that Americans are selfish and spoiled as some would like to maintain. But the reasons for how deeply the belief in giving to others in need is engrained in the American psyche are diverse and an important part of the American dream and how this country came to be.

Part of the reason lies in the immigrant heritage that is what virtually everybody who makes up this great country can call their linage. That is because when we all go back to our roots, we all started out with a dream and this great country to grow that dream in. And all along the way, we helped each other. So we have a generational debt to pay back to all who pitched in and helped our ancestors establish this great country.

But it’s more than that. Our zeal to help others doesn’t stop at our shores. Americans give more than any other nation to help out others in need around the world. Our instinct to give is stronger than even our national politics as we will give generously even if an enemy of America is hurt by storm or disease. When it comes to helping out our fellow man, we put aside national animosities and reach out. That is a people who have that kind of deep empathy for others. That is what it means to be “an American”.

That empathy for people of all races and colors, nationalities and countries of origin is very natural for Americans to feel. We are a people made up of the immigrants from all lands. And so when we reach out and aid others who are suffering, we all feel like we are touching our own family that way. That is the heart of what makes American charity so amazing and so generous.

And even if the countries we reach out to don’t always appreciate what we do, Americans will always be a people who will not sit by and let others suffer. We have that deeply held national conviction that we are all going to get through this life together. And that is just another in the many reasons why America is the greatest country in the world.
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THE AMERICAN EXPERIMENT.

The Great American Experiment

There is a tremendous reverence and respect for the founding fathers of America in our country. These brave and brilliant men forged a constitution and made a reality a new nation that was more than just another new country. It was and is a country the likes of which has never been seen on earth before.

But what is not commonly known is that those very same founding fathers viewed this new society and the government they put in place to protect it as a great experiment. And it was an experiment that even the founding fathers did not know for sure would actually work.

So much of how America is set up as a society from the federal government to the powers of the state to the rights and powers of the citizens was very new when America was first starting out. Nothing like it had ever been done in any of the societies from which our founding fathers emerged. This thing called “The Great American Experiment” consisted of some core values that we now consider to be the normal things of the society in which we live including…

* The reach of the government will be kept away from the religious life of its citizens. .

* That the rights of the individual are paramount even over the rights of the government. Those rights they came down from God, not from man.

* The founding principles of the society were not just based on man’s philosophy but on the natural law of nature and of God.

* Government must be constructed to keep human leaders from abusing their power. This is done through a carefully set up system in which no one section of the government can get too powerful.

* The ultimate “bosses” of government and of society are the American people themselves. If government officials ever go against the will of the citizens, they should be removed and replaced with representatives who know how to follow the will of the people.

These ideas that sound basic to us but were nothing short of revolutionary at the time our country was founded. But as we look back, we can see that in the minds of our founding fathers was a concept so above and beyond any other former government before it that it was certain to create a virtual utopia compared to the social systems of its time.

To be sure, there have been struggles as the American experiment slowly became the great country that we know it to be today. There were a lot of changes that had to happen. Slavery had to go away and we had to recognize the rights of everybody to vote, to work side by side and live in equality. But through it all the concept of power residing with the people has endured and prospered to the point that few in America can imagine it any other way.

Over our history, the American system of social order and government has been challenged by opposing systems of thought. Communism was more than just a dread enemy to be fought overseas. There was a real movement here in America to get that system of government in place here. But, as always, the wisdom of the people prevailed and democracy won out over a totalitarian system that would remove rights from the individual and give them to the state.

Even within our government from time to time we see movements to take power away from people. The system of fifty autonomous but unified states adds another layer to an already brilliantly designed system of keeping the federal government in a servant’s role and keeping the power where it belongs, with the people. So we can expect that we will see more movements come and go that go against the founding principles of the great American experiment.

But we have good reason to feel confident that because the American people have solemnly and seriously kept America on track with the vision of the founding fathers for over two hundred years, their wisdom will prevail again and again. The American experiment will continue to show itself not to be an experiment any longer but a beacon of democracy to shine around the world.
The Great American Experiment

There is a tremendous reverence and respect for the founding fathers of America in our country. These brave and brilliant men forged a constitution and made a reality a new nation that was more than just another new country. It was and is a country the likes of which has never been seen on earth before.

But what is not commonly known is that those very same founding fathers viewed this new society and the government they put in place to protect it as a great experiment. And it was an experiment that even the founding fathers did not know for sure would actually work.

So much of how America is set up as a society from the federal government to the powers of the state to the rights and powers of the citizens was very new when America was first starting out. Nothing like it had ever been done in any of the societies from which our founding fathers emerged. This thing called “The Great American Experiment” consisted of some core values that we now consider to be the normal things of the society in which we live including…

* The reach of the government will be kept away from the religious life of its citizens. .

* That the rights of the individual are paramount even over the rights of the government. Those rights they came down from God, not from man.

* The founding principles of the society were not just based on man’s philosophy but on the natural law of nature and of God.

* Government must be constructed to keep human leaders from abusing their power. This is done through a carefully set up system in which no one section of the government can get too powerful.

* The ultimate “bosses” of government and of society are the American people themselves. If government officials ever go against the will of the citizens, they should be removed and replaced with representatives who know how to follow the will of the people.

These ideas that sound basic to us but were nothing short of revolutionary at the time our country was founded. But as we look back, we can see that in the minds of our founding fathers was a concept so above and beyond any other former government before it that it was certain to create a virtual utopia compared to the social systems of its time.

To be sure, there have been struggles as the American experiment slowly became the great country that we know it to be today. There were a lot of changes that had to happen. Slavery had to go away and we had to recognize the rights of everybody to vote, to work side by side and live in equality. But through it all the concept of power residing with the people has endured and prospered to the point that few in America can imagine it any other way.

Over our history, the American system of social order and government has been challenged by opposing systems of thought. Communism was more than just a dread enemy to be fought overseas. There was a real movement here in America to get that system of government in place here. But, as always, the wisdom of the people prevailed and democracy won out over a totalitarian system that would remove rights from the individual and give them to the state.

Even within our government from time to time we see movements to take power away from people. The system of fifty autonomous but unified states adds another layer to an already brilliantly designed system of keeping the federal government in a servant’s role and keeping the power where it belongs, with the people. So we can expect that we will see more movements come and go that go against the founding principles of the great American experiment.

But we have good reason to feel confident that because the American people have solemnly and seriously kept America on track with the vision of the founding fathers for over two hundred years, their wisdom will prevail again and again. The American experiment will continue to show itself not to be an experiment any longer but a beacon of democracy to shine around the world.

THE ENVY OF THE WORLD.

The Envy of the World

Every country has a culture. When we think of “culture” we think of the exotic dress and rituals of ancient China or Japan. Or we might think of England or Scotland with their quirky approach to food, dress and customs. Or we might think of the music of Africa or the Caribbean or the alluring appeal of South America. As Americans we are endlessly fascinated with the cultures of the world.

But something we don’t always realize is that the American culture itself is the envy of the world for it’s excitement, it’s fun and the diversity that makes living in America such a pleasure. Yes, America does indeed have a culture and it is a culture that is unlike anything else in the world. But it is a culture we see having a huge influence on other cultures around the world. Because in the countries of Asia, South America, Australia and even the Middle East you see people, especially young people, emulating how Americans look, talk, eat and view the world. To be sure, culture may be America’s greatest export.

Perhaps the one area where we see the greatest copying of our culture is in the area of sports. Americans love of sports reflects our admiration of people who are competitive and people who are winners. Because if anything, Americans think of themselves as winners. And the world sees that and says, “That is how I want to be too.”

Music too has become a part of our culture that is so vibrant, so dynamic and so exciting that each musical movement that starts here sweeps the world. When Rock and Roll began to dominate American culture, we could not contain it’s influence within our borders. Instead it spread like a virus all around the globe. Before long it wasn’t just Americans that were singing “I wish they all could be California girls”. That wonderful and very American song was being sung in every culture from Berlin to Baghdad and from Paris, France to Pretoria, South Africa.

There are so many interesting and fun parts of American culture that have caught on worldwide that it’s sometimes impossible to separate popular culture of the world from the American origins that set those trends in motion. The internet has only accelerated that process. Even in closed or restrictive societies like Iran and China, because young people can get access to videos, news feeds, popular television, movies and music from America over the internet, they too become addicted to want to be part of “all things American”.

Besides the various genres of culture such as clothes, music, movies and sports, there is a certain “attitude” that speaks to the world. It is an attitude that is distinctively American. There is a cockiness, a self assured bravado, an almost obnoxious assurance that we are universally liked and that we will always be universally successful that appeals to those outside our culture that find themselves wanting to be like us.

And why shouldn’t we carry a certain amount of attitude with us wherever we go? Americans are outgoing and friendly because that is the nature of our country. Will Roger’s trait that he “never met a man he didn’t like” is very much a down home American trait. That attitude is a natural outgrowth of the spirit of cooperation and good will that is how America ticks.

While in some of our more urban cities, that spirit becomes sophisticated and street wise, it comes out especially in times of crisis. They say in some of the biggest emergencies of recent history including 911 and Katrina, in the heart of the horror, the people did not panic but quietly went about helping each other. If anything screams out “American”, it is that kind of attitude.

We can be proud of our culture because it is so uniquely us. And we can be proud that others envy us and want to adopt our music, our styles and even our attitudes. In the right kind of way, it is how we really do go about “exporting America” as the whole world looks on and begins to be infected by this wonderful culture and this infectious “attitude” that is what it means to be “an American”.
The Envy of the World

Every country has a culture. When we think of “culture” we think of the exotic dress and rituals of ancient China or Japan. Or we might think of England or Scotland with their quirky approach to food, dress and customs. Or we might think of the music of Africa or the Caribbean or the alluring appeal of South America. As Americans we are endlessly fascinated with the cultures of the world.

But something we don’t always realize is that the American culture itself is the envy of the world for it’s excitement, it’s fun and the diversity that makes living in America such a pleasure. Yes, America does indeed have a culture and it is a culture that is unlike anything else in the world. But it is a culture we see having a huge influence on other cultures around the world. Because in the countries of Asia, South America, Australia and even the Middle East you see people, especially young people, emulating how Americans look, talk, eat and view the world. To be sure, culture may be America’s greatest export.

Perhaps the one area where we see the greatest copying of our culture is in the area of sports. Americans love of sports reflects our admiration of people who are competitive and people who are winners. Because if anything, Americans think of themselves as winners. And the world sees that and says, “That is how I want to be too.”

Music too has become a part of our culture that is so vibrant, so dynamic and so exciting that each musical movement that starts here sweeps the world. When Rock and Roll began to dominate American culture, we could not contain it’s influence within our borders. Instead it spread like a virus all around the globe. Before long it wasn’t just Americans that were singing “I wish they all could be California girls”. That wonderful and very American song was being sung in every culture from Berlin to Baghdad and from Paris, France to Pretoria, South Africa.

There are so many interesting and fun parts of American culture that have caught on worldwide that it’s sometimes impossible to separate popular culture of the world from the American origins that set those trends in motion. The internet has only accelerated that process. Even in closed or restrictive societies like Iran and China, because young people can get access to videos, news feeds, popular television, movies and music from America over the internet, they too become addicted to want to be part of “all things American”.

Besides the various genres of culture such as clothes, music, movies and sports, there is a certain “attitude” that speaks to the world. It is an attitude that is distinctively American. There is a cockiness, a self assured bravado, an almost obnoxious assurance that we are universally liked and that we will always be universally successful that appeals to those outside our culture that find themselves wanting to be like us.

And why shouldn’t we carry a certain amount of attitude with us wherever we go? Americans are outgoing and friendly because that is the nature of our country. Will Roger’s trait that he “never met a man he didn’t like” is very much a down home American trait. That attitude is a natural outgrowth of the spirit of cooperation and good will that is how America ticks.

While in some of our more urban cities, that spirit becomes sophisticated and street wise, it comes out especially in times of crisis. They say in some of the biggest emergencies of recent history including 911 and Katrina, in the heart of the horror, the people did not panic but quietly went about helping each other. If anything screams out “American”, it is that kind of attitude.

We can be proud of our culture because it is so uniquely us. And we can be proud that others envy us and want to adopt our music, our styles and even our attitudes. In the right kind of way, it is how we really do go about “exporting America” as the whole world looks on and begins to be infected by this wonderful culture and this infectious “attitude” that is what it means to be “an American”.