November’s call to action in this Year of the Bird is to go on an assignment with National Geographic’s Share Your Shot—a storytelling community where photographers can take part in photo assignments, get expert feedback, be published, and more. Share your photography to tell the story of the birds in your world.
This action will continue the entire month of November! It is not a contest, but a participatory storytelling assignment. Photographing birds has become key entry point to nature and continues to grow in popularity. In 1908 National Geographic Magazine published an article imploring sportsmen to switch their rifles for cameras. “Shooting” wildlife through a lens was then a novel idea that transformed the way naturalists observe and appreciate nature. The 1908 article was a pivotal point in our appreciation of birds for their own sake and for their conservation. It is that idea we celebrate with this month’s call to action—Share Your Shot (so join the fun)!
CLICK HERE to view the 1908 National Geographic Magazine article “One Season’s Game-Bag With the Camera” by (then former Congressman) George Shiras, III. It should be read as a historical document that introduces a wonderful new concept for that time.
If you haven’t already heard, 2018 is Year of the Bird! The National Geographic Society is celebrating the centenary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with a year-long celebration of birds. Dozens of Year of the Bird partners, including Klamath Bird Observatory, are coordinating Year of the Bird activities.