One of the books I’m reading right now is called To See Every Bird on Earth. I have to admit that the first thing that attracted me to it was the cover, very cool. It’s written by a son, Dan Koeppel, about his father’s obsession with birding and "listing," where you document every bird that you see (or in some cases, hear). According to the book, there are currently about 9600 different bird species in the world and there are some people who have dedicated their lives to try and see as many as they can. A select few have seen more than 8000! I had no idea that anyone did this sort of thing but I find it really intriguing; I have no plans to pursue all the birds in the world but I did think it would be fun to see how many of Idaho’s birds we could see. The U.S. has over 800 species of birds and Idaho has close to 400. I printed off a list of all the birds in Idaho and started a photo album, instead of a list, here on my blog to document it. I’d like to use all my own photographs too. This is a long-range goal but I’m hoping that by having it here on my blog it will help to keep me motivated.