The only thing nice about the 11th hole at the Packsaddle Ridge Golf Course near Harrisonburg, Virginia, is the view. The uphill par 5 seems to last forever, especially if, like me, the most difficult aspect of your game is working the fairway. But the reward after chipping up onto the green may be worth it, as the views of the Shenandoah Valley are just breathtaking. And, at least I had one breathtaking moment during my game today.
One of the most gratifying aspects of the Virginia Working Landscapes bird survey is learning to identify a variety of birds. I’ve always considered myself an avid birder and consistently work to name new species I see, whether in my backyard or out and about. As a volunteer for this project, I feel compelled to learn even more, including the challenging aspect of identifying birds simply by hearing their songs and picking out specific calls even amongst the vast chorus heard […]