Be Your Own Birder

Disclosure Policy

It would be a wonderful world if all necessities of life were met and no one need worry about money or legalities, but that simply isn’t the case, and proper disclosures are necessary. Thus, please be aware…


Pennies – Photo by brownpau

  • I am a professional freelance writer and editor by craft, trade, and IRS tax forms. To that end, I do write for profit (and only rarely for free, when a good cause cries for good words). For more information about my services, please visit
  • Every word on this blog is written, edited, and occasionally updated solely by me. I do not hire contract writers, nor do I publish press releases or other formulated content. I may use press material as a resource at times, but do not publish it wholesale.
  • I am not a photographer, and thus, most photos on this site are not my own, but are used under appropriate copyright licensing, releases, and permissions from their respective creators. Photographers are noted in photo captions.
  • I do, occasionally, publish reviews of books, feeders, and other related items. Those reviews are from my personal, tangible experience with the items in question and are not boilerplate advertorials, but rather my own opinions and experiences.
  • Items I review may be provided to me at no cost by publishers, retailers, or manufacturers. This in no way influences the content of my review nor the opinions, recommendations, and advice I may express therein.
  • After a review has been posted, the item in question may remain mine for my own personal use. I may also choose to offer it as a giveaway prize or donate it to an appropriate cause or organization. Items are not sold for profit.
  • Advertisements, including banners and links, may lead to affiliate retailers from which I may receive a small stipend should you purchase an item. This does not affect your price on the item or anything else you may buy from that retailer.

Please note that I have no intention of making a mint from this site; I write because I’ve got some small talent for it, I write about birds because I love them, I share reviews because I think readers deserve an unbiased opinion about items, and I tell you all this so you know up front what’s going on behind the scenes.

And there you have the nit-picky. If you have any questions or concerns, I’d be glad to answer (see the About Me page for contact information). Happy birding!