A Message from Wendy Clark, BWD Publisher and Director
Dear Friends: How are you faring during our global pandemic? We hope you are safe, sequestered, and staying healthy amid this unprecedented time in our world’s history. The staff at Bird Watcher’s Digest has avoided COVID-19 so far, and we are taking sensible measures to stay safe during the crisis.
We thought we’d connect with you regarding our State of the Union at BWD. Although things are certainly far from normal for us right now, we are holding steady. When Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued a mandatory stay-at-home policy, we quickly made adjustments to work remotely, and our cheerful and productive staff connects many times throughout the week via teleconferencing and a constant stream of messages. I’m proud of this team for not missing a beat, nor have they uttered a single complaint about our new paradigm. I’m honored and proud to be working alongside them, even during this challenging time for our nation and world.
Bird Watcher’s Digest / Watching Backyard Birds
We are happy to announce that our two print and digital magazines, Bird Watcher’s Digest and Watching Backyard Birds, continue to be published on schedule!
The May/June issue of BWD is one of the best issues I’ve read in a decade, and the stunning cover features my favorite bird: scarlet tanager. BWD will be mailed to our subscribers in mid-April, as expected. The June issue of Watching Backyard Birds is also on track for publication in early May, so you will have lots of good reading coming your way soon.
Remember that those who subscribe to BWD in print have free access to the digital edition as well! Those of you who subscribe digitally will receive your new issue on schedule as well. If you’d like to subscribe to Bird Watcher’s Digest or if you’d like to give a gift subscription, you can subscribe online HERE.
In addition to Bird Watcher’s Digest, now is a great time to enjoy its sister publication, Watching Backyard Birds! Like me, you’re probably enjoying your own backyard birds even more than usual these days. You can subscribe to WBB HERE, and you might consider a gift subscription for a friend, perhaps someone who is just starting to appreciate backyard bird watching.
Because of Ohio’s strict stay-at-home policy, we are not able to provide shipping for Redstart Birding, our optics and gear company, at this time. We will resume shipping as soon as the policy is lifted and it is deemed safe for us to be back in our office in Marietta, Ohio.
If you’d like to support this 13-person business during the pandemic, would you consider purchasing a gift card from Redstart Birding? They are available online, and you can use the gift card at a later time to buy the best birding optics and gear within your price range. We’d be happy to help you with that decision.
Please note that we are still answering calls for Redstart Birding Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. eastern time. Please call us at 833-262-1568 to talk about birding optics and gear, or visit RedstartBirding.com anytime!
Three Reader Rendezvous have been postponed until 2021, and we’re working to reschedule these tours on similar dates.
We were scheduled to be in Asheville, North Carolina, in April; Tawas, Michigan, in May; and in the Pantanal in Brazil beginning in late June. If you were scheduled to attend one of these events with us, events manager Emily Nichols will be in touch with you regarding rescheduling. We appreciate your patience as we manage these unexpected and unavoidable changes.
We are waiting to make decisions on our tours to Australia in September, Cape May in October, and New Mexico in early December 2020. We’ll be in touch with you regarding these long-planned and anticipated events when we have a better idea about the safety of domestic and international travel in the months to come.
We will be launching a new list of tours for 2021 and 2022 this summer! I’m sure we’ll all be eager to travel again as soon as we know it’s safe to do so. After staying put for so long, the thought of traveling to a beautiful, birdy destination sounds ideal! If you’d like to learn more about BWD’s Reader Rendezvous birding tours, you can join our VIP email mailing list HERE.
Finally, we want you to be aware that we’re working hard to produce lots of great content during this time of quarantine.
More than ever, we all need to stay connected (virtually, not physically), and we need to fill our lives with positive, encouraging messages. We are publishing new content nearly every day right now through our eNewsletter, our blog, our eBlasts, our podcasts, and on social media. We hope you’ll stay in touch with us through these free, easy-to-access channels, and share your thoughts and experiences with us!
At Bird Watcher’s Digest, WE ARE HERE FOR YOU now and always. You—our friends, fans, and supporters—are in our thoughts, and we hope you’re able to enjoy some appropriately socially distant birding as migration builds in the coming weeks!
Please stay in touch with us, and remember that birding makes life so much better, even during a pandemic!
Cheers from Marietta, Ohio,
Director and Publisher
Bird Watcher’s Digest
Comments From Readers
Thank you Wendy! I agree with your last line sentiments. Birding does enhance life under trying circumstances. Flocks of robins are here and Osprey have returned to their nests here in southeast Connecticut. One of my regular pleasures is walking, and each day I go out lugging my old camera in hopes I might actually focus on a bird. Today it was a pair of recently arrived osprey and a sparrow, perhaps a marsh sparrow. So many people are walking, walking dogs, and riding their bikes, which is good, but it is not so easy to stop and photograph birds as they are constantly reacting to the clamor. The osprey were adding sticks to their nest and the sparrow was foraging on the shoreline. Thank you for all that you do to steward the living organisms that share this planet.
Thank you for the cheery note during this crisis. We all need a positive spin on life. I’m enjoying watching as new birds arrive and how vibrant some colors are becoming.
Thank you for this message and may you and yours be well!
—Mollie, grateful subscriber
Thanks for all you do for us!
About the Author
Wendy Clark is the president and publisher of Bird Watcher’s Digest, a career communications specialist, and an avid birder. She has three children and two grandchildren, and lives in Marietta, Ohio.