Saturday, May 16, 2009

Happy 100 episodes, I and the Bird!

I and the Bird, currently the longest-running nature-related blog carnival, has just celebrated its 100th edition with a mega post over at the Nature Blog Network.

As mentioned on the I and the Bird homepage:
I and the Bird is a carnival celebrating the interaction of human and avian, an ongoing exploration of the endless fascination with birdlife all around the world. It is also a biweekly showcase of the best bird writing on the web published on alternating Thursdays.

There's a submission by yours truly in this latest edition, which is written in the form of an awards show; Call of the Koel wins the Sympathy for the Devil Award.

By the way, I forgot to mention that my post on the native parrots of Singapore appeared in I and the Bird #99, which was hosted over at Migrations.

Blog carnivals are an excellent way to link up with like-minded individuals, writing about a common interest. Being a truly cosmopolitan group, birds can be found virtually everywhere on the planet, and a typical edition of I and the Bird features blog posts by people based in all sorts of places, from the frigid Alaskan tundra to the tropical forests of Sri Lanka. The Bird Ecology Study Group has participated in numerous editions of I and the Bird, and has done much to share information about the behaviour of many Southeast Asian birds. After having followed the blog carnival for years, I decided to join in and do my part in raising the profile of Singapore's avifauna.

There are quite a few other nature-related blog carnivals that one can participate in; these include Scientia Pro Publica, Carnival of the blue, Circus of the Spineless, and Festival of the Trees. Others, like The Boneyard, Linnaeus' Legacy, Oekologie, and Tangled Bank, lasted for a while, but appear to be currently defunct.

Running a blog carnival and maintaining it requires a fair bit of effort and commitment, and 100 editions is a very impressive milestone for I and the Bird. So head down to Nature Blog Network and check out the amazing list of participants in this centenary edition, all of whom have much to share about the unique relationships we have with wild birds.