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Time to send in your Conservation Milestones!

First, if you didn’t see the inaugural Conservation Milestones in the May 2014 Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community, take a moment to read them here. Dare you not to be inspired!

And now, we’re doing it again! If you know someone who has gone out of their way to help bird conservation, please tell us about it.

This is a twist on the familiar listing “milestones” feature that appears regularly in Birding. The idea behind Conservation Milestones is to highlight people who tackle projects that build a better future for birds—backyard birdscaping, education efforts, monitoring projects, self-directed research, local land conservation, grassroots campaigns, bird-themed events… No project is too small!

Discover Birds

Cyndi Routledge and Vickie Henderson created a popular activity book about birds for kids. Image courtesy © Tennessee Ornithological Society/Vickie Henderson.

For instance, in 2012, Tennessee birder Cyndi Routledge had a fun idea for the Tennessee Sandhill Crane Festival: To keep kids entertained, she envisioned a coloring book to pass out at the event. She contacted local artist Vickie Henderson, who agreed to create illustrations for a 12-page booklet about cranes. The Tennessee Ornithological Society voted to print 1,000 copies of the coloring book, Discover Birds, and it proved so popular that the book was soon expanded to 36 pages with information compatible with local schools’ core curriculum standards. Discover Birds has since been distributed to classrooms in several states and even in other countries, with more than 10,000 copies in print—an amazing milestone! All because Cyndi had a good idea, and acted on it. You can learn more about the project here.

Have a milestone to share? Please send a 250- to 350-word description to Conservation Milestones Editor Noah Strycker at noah.strycker AT gmail.com. Attach several photos to help illustrate the story (high resolution if possible), and include the photographer’s name and caption information. You can nominate someone else, or tell us about your own project! These milestones will be published in the 2015 issue of Birder’s Guide to Conservation & Community. The sooner we hear from you, the better. To be included, we must receive your information no later than November 1.

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