Challenge for Charity


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I’ve been thinking about how to write this post for several weeks, and the words, “times, they are a-changin’ ” kept coming to mind. A quick Google search revealed to me that Bob Dylan wrote and performed a song by this name. It sounded familiar, though I didn’t know I had heard it before.

It is time for me to acknowledge that the content of Birder’s Lounge has been changing. New posts have been fewer and fewer. The last “regular” post I started to write is now weeks old and still unfinished. The times are indeed a changin’.

I can hear an owl outside, hooting into the strange, spring-like February night. I smile as I write, choosing to hear encouragement in the owl’s calls.  It is time for me to say that I will not be writing regular posts, though I may resume writing again sometime in the future. I will continue to share photos here at Birder’s Lounge, and perhaps a few accompanying thoughts or comments.

The monthly Challenge for Charity contest will go on hiatus, though my support of the organizations and their missions remain as strong as ever.

To my fellow nature bloggers, I know I haven’t been by in awhile, but I look forward to visiting again and joining in the conversations. I had to write this first, for some reason.

To family, friends, and other followers – thank you for the kind comments and support for Birder’s Lounge.

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Spring is around the corner…and the times they are a changin’.

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Winner - Challenge for Charity January 2011 | Sandy Schriever for DFW Wildlife Coalition

I can’t think of a better way to return to Birder’s Lounge than with the announcement of the winner to January’s Challenge for Charity. Congratulations to Sandy Schriever, who answered every question correctly, and won the Bonus question to boot! Sandy’s charity is DFW Wildlife Coalition, an organization dedicated to helping humans and wildlife coexist in our urban areas. This is certainly a valuable service!

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This is an all-bird edition of Challenge for Charity, a great way to start the new year. Have a look, choose your charity, and submit your answers!

Picture 1 | Titusville, FL

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In this season of charity and gift-giving, it seems like Christmas Day would be a great day to announce the winner of December’s Challenge for Charity contest. Congratulations to Lisa, who correctly answered all questions plus the bonus! Lisa’s charity of choice is the Nature Conservancy, a fine leader amongst the non-profit organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving wildlife and their habitats.

Challenge for Charity, December 2010 - Lisa & The Nature Conservancy

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It is time for the last Challenge for Charity contest for 2010. Many people have given their time and effort to participate in this contest, for no personal reward. The winners are the champions for their chosen wildlife/nature/conservation charities, and the donation prizes awarded to those organizations are a symbol of the contestants’ support of their mission. Thank you, everyone, for caring about wildlife.

Picture 1 | Titusville, FL

Picture 1 Question: Name the two birds in this photo.

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