DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS — Solstice is on Sunday, and Birdstack is throwing a party.
Birds of the Solstice is a call to observe the birds around you during solstice, to write down their names, to think about their lives and how they intersect with your own.
Years ago, during the darkest days of winter, my Scandinavian and Germanic ancestors offered grain to the birds that were hardy enough to endure harsh European winters. That’s part of my heritage; it’s in my blood.
But my experience is different now, at least superficially. What about yours?
Sometime within 12 hours either side of solstice, bird. Not sure when that is exactly? No fear, Birdstack has an official timetable, ideas, and submission guidelines. The meme is open to everyone, not just to Birdstack members, though Birdstack would certainly be a good place to record your solstice birds. There’ll be a compilation page posted by the end of the year … and I hope to see your contribution there.
Personally, I’m hoping to see participation from every continent. It’s a big goal that we might not reach this time around, but let’s try. Grab a graphic and help promote the event on your own website or blog. You can copy and paste the following code snippets.
Banner (500px by 110px):
<a href="http://birdstack.com/solar-birding"><img src="http://birdstack.com/images/solstice-banner.jpg" alt="Birds of the Solstice" title="Birds of the Solstice, a Birdstack community project" /></a>
Button (165px by 165px):
<a href="http://birdstack.com/solar-birding"><img src="http://birdstack.com/images/solstice-button.jpg" alt="Birds of the Solstice" title="Birds of the Solstice, a Birdstack community project" /></a>
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