So, you want to be a birder...
That's awesome. I'm on board. But, it's not as easy as throwing on a pair of binoculars and an ugly shirt with 19 pockets. There is some shit you need to know. This is a life-altering decision you're about to make, and before you hop over that precipice, you need to make sure your parachute is loaded.
That's where I come in. I don't know much about much, but I know a bit about what it's like to take your first small step into this new endeavor. Birding is simultaneously invigorating, frustrating, and trivial. You can approach it from a thousand different ways, and there are most definitely right ways and wrong ways to go about it. Birding has its own specific jargon and unwritten rules which are not always conveniently evident. And, birders gossip. Big time. You don't want to be the dude or chick that people are always talking shit about. Believe me, there is shit-talking galore.
That said, I'm here to offer you some tips to help ease that transition for you. Some may sound brilliant and some may sound stupid, but trust me; this is shit you need to know. Sit back, grab a glass of whiskey, and dig in.
Beginning Birder Series: What Kind Of Birder Do You Want To Be?
Rules for the Internet Birder (or, How not to be an Asshole)