Birders are a curious lot. At the end of the day, when the binoculars are on the shelf, and the lists have been counted, sometimes we wonder where it all came from. That happened to me in 2011. So I put together this documentary and called it "How Many Birds Do You Need? All You Can Get." The title is a somewhat mangled quote from Elliot Coues, America's 19th Century bird honcho. The video is presented in five parts that describe events that occurred as birding grew from an obscure pastime for artist-scientists to a major 21st Century sport.
Part I is a brief introduction to what birding is, for the uninitiated, or if you just want to see one man's opinion of what we do.