I'm in some pretty good company.
As of today, I'm one of the beat writers for the fantastic bird/birding blog, 10,000 Birds. My "beat" is the Canadian Arctic. And while as a bird writer I probably have that niche sewn up, I keep looking at the other beat writers that are also joining 10,000 Birds and wondering what I'm doing being included with them.
About two weeks ago the core team at 10,000 Birds (Mike, Charlie and Corey) announced that they were adding a stable of writers to their team, each assigned a certain beat. Bloggers and birders such as Patrick Belardo, Julie Zickefoose, Christopher Ciccone, Nate Swick, the awesome writing of Carrie Laben, and Jory Langner.
Then they added more the following week. An international bunch (well to me the first bunch are international as well, being as they are all from the US. But seeing as the blog hails from there...) - Dan Rhoads, the incredibly funny Jochen Roeder, International man of mystery Redgannet, Australia's Clare Morton, New Zealand's Duncan Wright, James Currie and Renato Espinosa.
And if that wasn't enough the third and final wave (which includes me) has such fantastic writers and luminaries as David Ringer, Alan Tilmouth, Bill Thompson III, Sharon Stiteler, Larry Jordan, Rick Wright, Robert Gallardo, Dale Forbes and James Wolstencroft (who gives me great advance warning of the return of Northern Wheatears to the Arctic from their African winter homes).
To say I'm honoured to be included with that bunch is an understatement. I'll be writing about the Canadian Arctic (go figure) about once a month. Look for my posts there on the 25th of each month, starting in about 3 1/2 weeks.
It's a long way until Spring, I hope they like Ravens.