Not long ago I had the pleasure of participating in the Super Bowl of Birding, held each year in Essex County, Massachusetts. The event was significant to the NBN in that each of the members of our team were also bird bloggers and NBN members. It was a fun bit of community within the network as a whole of the sort that, in my opinion, the Nature Blog Network is particularly capable of. After all, an interest in the natural world gives each of us a unique perspective on a specific corner of the globe, a front row seat to an exclusive show. The rest of us just love looking through your window from time to time. It was this that led me to meet up with those guys for a great weekend enjoying someone else’s backyard.
So this birding competition was what led me to visit a part of the country that I’d never been to before, the region known as New England in the far northeast corner of the United States. It’s a land of boreal forests and weathered coasts. It’s home to unique mammals and plants and marine ecosystems and fantastic winter birds, and some great nature bloggers in the NBN.
So bundle up and have a look, it’s pretty cold up there this time of year (I found that out too…)
- First up, my esteemed teammate in the 12 hour birding competition, Christopher, who writes over at Picus Blog. He’s as hard core as birders come and usually has nice photos and trip reports of his adventures in Massachusetts and beyond.
- Coming from a more academic perspective is Uncommon Ground, reflections on environment and biodiversity from a biology professor at the University of Connecticut. The distinction between science blogging and nature blogging I often unclear, but when an individual is able to cross back and forth easily, it’s worth a look.
- New England is home to some fantastic scenery and perhaps the best can be found in the rugged coastlines and subtle mountains of Maine. The Wild Edge is there to take advantage of those landscapes.
- And in those stunning landscapes? Plants and animals molded by ice, snow, and one too short summer. Maine Nature Photos is the place to go to enjoy that aspect of New England Life.
- We can’t forget Vermont, and the wonderful birds Andrée gets in her yard, and the fantastic photos she gets of them posted to Barton’s Daily Photo, will make sure you always remember.
- One of the fun things about the NBN, at least for me, is to follow along with those who are just getting the birding bug. BirdingGirl is a self-proclaimed novice Massachusetts birdwatcher, but she’s already got the Ivory Gulls that have been up there this year, which is far more than many more experienced birders can say.
- Birdcams, nature and life on a northern lake are all on the menu at the Sebec Lake Webcam on scenic Sebec Lake, Maine.
- Keeping tabs on the bird sightings of entire state is often a labor of love. But John, the administrator for Birding in Maine not only keeps a blog, but also an informative resource for those interested in taking on this beautiful and very birdy state.
- The Moosehill Journal offers deep thoughts and fine prose on life inspired by the nature around Moose Hill in Sharon, Massachusetts. Many of us enjoy nature influenced writing, few of us are as adroit as Mojoman.
I look forward to a return to New England, and not only for its birds. It’s blogs like the one’s above that make the pull that much stronger.
Did I miss any NBN blogs who hail from the great Northeast? Let me know in the comments and I’ll be sure to correct the ommission.