Community Bulletin Board – April 18, 2010

Thank you to everyone who’s sent in notices to be pinned to the board this week! Keep ‘em coming!

We’re starting to approach spring festivals and other celebrations of nature. If you know of an event in your area, please send it in so we can share it with other bloggers!

Don’t be shy! If you have contests or promotions, want to share a new project you’re involved in, share a cause you believe in, have items you wish to sell, want to solicit feedback from the NBN community, or anything else that might be of interest to our members, don’t hesitate to email me!

Submissions can be sent to canadianowlet [at] gmail [dot] com, with the subject line “NBN Bulletin Board”. Don’t forget to include your blog’s name and URL. The weekly board will be posted every Sunday.

Festivals and Events

If you’re anywhere near Miami, Florida, on April 30 and May 1, Jason of Cephalopodcast suggests you might consider swinging by Biscayne National Park. National Geographic and the National Park Service are sponsoring an annual BioBlitz in a different national park every year leading up to the NPS centennial in 2016, and this year it’ll be at Biscayne. It’s a 24-hour biological inventory extravaganza, where participants try to document every living species in the park – a big job, to be sure! Bioblitzes are incredibly fun as you get to meet new people, find species that are new to you, and learn things you didn’t know before about the biological diversity of parks and the best way to protect them. For more information, including how to sign up to participate, visit the Nat Geo BioBlitz webpage, or the NPS page for Biscayne.

Alan of Birds ‘N Such shares with us the Great Dismal Swamp Birding Festival which, despite its name, is actually a great deal of fun. Although a small festival, it’s been growing in numbers and popularity each year, and is a great opportunity to see a wide variety of birds. It runs from May 6-8 (that’s a Thurs-Sat), at the height of songbird migration. There will be bird banding demonstrations, guided bird walks, workshops, talks, exhibits, and family activities such as nature crafts. If you’ll be in southeastern Virginia be sure to check this one out. For more information, feel free to contact Alan at his blog or alan DOT pulley AT gmail DOT com, or check out the festival brochure (more on the Great Dismal Swamp itself here).

Contests and Promotions

Have you ever flipped through your Sibley Guide to Birds or your Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior and thought one of those paintings would look really good on your wall? Well, here’s your chance to own a Sibley original – without having to sell a kidney, and you’ll be supporting bird conservation in the process. Pop over to 10,000 Birds and read all about their current contest to win an original painting of a Spoon-billed Sandpiper painted and donated by David Sibley. Valued at US$1500, this beautiful work could be yours for the measly sum of just US$25 – the cost to sign up for a 10,000 Birds Conservation Club membership. And as if that weren’t enough, every single penny of your $25 membership fee will be put toward conservation projects for critically endangered birds. Once you’re a member, take a few minutes to answer their “skill-testing” questions (that’s online research skills they’re testing) and you’ll be entered to win this fabulous painting. Couldn’t be easier!

Amber of Birder’s Lounge is continuing her photo ID challenge for 2010 under the name Challenge for Charity. Try your hand at identifying a series of photos; the person with the most correct receives a $10 donation to the charity of their choice.

Every Thursday, Kate of Adventures of a Free Range Urban Primate hosts a Life Photo meme, a chance for nature blogs to link and share images and posts on a variety of different themes celebrating the diversity of life. Submitting your link is quick and easy, and the submission form will always be included in the Thursday post. For examples from previous weeks, click here; for a list of 2010 themes by week, click here.