A must-read: Rob Fergus’s “20 Bird Minimum Daily Requirement.” The goal is awesome. The entire post below was copied from Rob’s blog, where you can read this article and more, by clicking HERE. The idea of a minimum daily requirement of birds IS fantastic. It’s an excellent goal for every birder and naturalist to have. It keeps you aware, ever-seeking, keen, and sharp. Two of the most prominent benefits involve getting to know your local birds and their distribution, and increasing your awareness of the brilliance of diversity in your local patch.
Now, in Rob’s words:
“The former Bird RDA is now the 20 Bird Minimum Daily Requirement. This new designation more clearly states the purpose of the distinction–that birders need to see a minimum number of species each day in order to stay sharp.
The 20 Bird Minimum Daily Requirement is useful as a prescription–say you are a bit glum, feeling isolated from the natural world–nothing like a month of making sure to get your 20 Bird Minimum Daily Requirement to boost your spirits.
The 20 Bird Minimum Daily Requirement also helps you better get to know the birds and bird distribution in your local area. In order to get your 20 Bird MDR on your most busy days, you will have to know where to quickly pick up the most common birds in your area.
An effort to get your 20 Bird MDR will also encourage you to more frequently bird your local patch, and even birdy but not spectacular birding spots that are convenient to your home, work, or along your daily commute. With more time in the field, even if just for a short time to get your 20 Bird MDR, your chances of finding unusual or rare birds is increased.
The 20 Bird MDR will also help you better identify the most common birds in your area, as you learn to identify them at 65 mph on the freeway, or by their various calls or songs as you sit in traffic or on your back porch.
If you would like to promote the 20 Bird MDR for birding health, feel free to steal the official 20 Bird MDR image, either in the full or this smaller size, and post them on your blog or other social media site. This is your prescription for more consistent fun and better birding! Enjoy!