Add your voice to Birds of the Solstice

2008 December 17
by David J. Ringer

DUNCANVILLE, TEXAS — Solstice is on Sunday, and Birdstack is throwing a party.

Birds of the Solstice

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>

Related posts:

  1. Solstice means beginnings
  2. Birds of the Equinox starting soon!
  3. Birds of the Equinox online
  4. Birding on the winter solstice
  5. Solstice dawn
4 Responses
  1. December 18, 2008

    Ok, so the beginning is at 6:04am on Sunday for us Texans, continuing ’til 6:04am on Monday. I’m glad you posted that chart, because my calendar says “Winter Solstice” 6:04am, so that would have meant we were to go from 6:04pm on Saturday to 6:04pm on Sunday. But I guess that’s actually the BEGINNING of the Solstice. Which still doesn’t really make sense why they’d list it that way, but I guess that’s what you get for trusting public Google calendars.

  2. December 18, 2008

    ARGH. Ok, I get it now. We ARE 6:04 pm Saturday to 6:04 pm Sunday. Dunno why my braim finds these things to be so confusing.

  3. david permalink*
    December 18, 2008

    Yep, Texans can participate from 6:04 pm Saturday to 6:04 pm Sunday. Have fun. :)

  4. December 25, 2008

    Ooops, bit late for me now :S
    Anyway, ¡¡¡Feliz Navidad!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!
    Hugs from Peru,
    Mel

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