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9 minutes ago, Kevin said:

Well, we didn't have such good luck here, not a bit of snow to be seen.

The roads and driveways are clear; they stayed warm enough to melt what fell on them.  The snow itself is the dry, powdery kind that doesn't pack, so it's not good for snowmen, snowballs, etc.

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10 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

The roads and driveways are clear; they stayed warm enough to melt what fell on them.  The snow itself is the dry, powdery kind that doesn't pack, so it's not good for snowmen, snowballs, etc.

Well, it was cold this morning, but by 2 pm. I was in a t-shirt and sandals. 

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A nice amount of ice, with some snow on top here, it looks like heaven to a Texas boy, for a day or two anyway. Some family friends are coming over soon, and some sledding will start!

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10 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Cookie sheet.  Inner tubes.  Some garbage can lids.  Large, flattened cardboard boxes.  Automobile hoods, if you have one lying around...

A tarp works great for little kids - only problem is that I have to be the motor 😄

We were at my parents house a few weeks ago and sent my 3 year old daughter down alone - unfortunately she went much further than anyone else had gone  ... right off a 6-8' drop off into the road and that right as mommy walked out of the house 😫  She was OK but left both of them tramatized.

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12 hours ago, Kevin said:

A nice amount of ice, with some snow on top here, it looks like heaven to a Texas boy, for a day or two anyway. Some family friends are coming over soon, and some sledding will start!

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That's quite the rope swing! 

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This post was recognized by Kevin!

"Thanks so much for getting the young Whatbirders Birds of the World!"

Liam was awarded the badge 'Great Support' and 5 points.

Hey YBs.

Who here doesn't have a subscription to Birds of the World? I'm going to try to get a year's access for any young birder who is interested. 

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That's fair. I love how Birds of the World offers you all the details you could need about a species. It's really useful for academics like me doing research and diving deep into the ecology of the species.

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1 hour ago, Liam said:

That's fair. I love how Birds of the World offers you all the details you could need about a species. It's really useful for academics like me doing research and diving deep into the ecology of the species.

It's also a treasure trove of detailed information that simply isn't available normally if you're looking to find specific details. E.g. how many eggs in a clutch, how many clutches each year, etc. 

That said I think it's the kind of resource that's most useful after you've had some experience wading through technical materials. There's a steep learning curve to learning what kind of details are essential and what can be skimmed over; which words need looking up and which can be glossed from the context; how to navigate through a page of detailed info to pick out the relevant section for a close read. I'm not saying by any means it's inaccessible without formal training, but rather that it gets easier with time and experience.

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7 hours ago, PaulK said:

There's a steep learning curve to learning what kind of details are essential and what can be skimmed over; which words need looking up and which can be glossed from the context; how to navigate through a page of detailed info to pick out the relevant section for a close read

That's a skill I never mastered in college.  Reading for pleasure was one of my primary entertainments growing up, and I can't get out of the habit of reading every word.  It would take me two or three times as long to get through assigned material as other students.

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2 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

That's a skill I never mastered in college.  Reading for pleasure was one of my primary entertainments growing up, and I can't get out of the habit of reading every word.  It would take me two or three times as long to get through assigned material as other students.

Same for me! I didn't learn how to do this until long after.

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