Ten Secrets to Never Having a Slow Day in the Field [Video]

By Michael O’Brien and Louise Zemaitis
February 6, 2014
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For every bonanza day you have when birds seem to be dripping out of the trees, there seem to be plenty when the woods and fields are just… quiet. But there’s still lots to see and appreciate, according to Michael O’Brien and Louise Zemaitis, two expert naturalists from Cape May, New Jersey.

Last Monday, they gave a seminar here at the Cornell Lab in which they described the things they do to find richness in even their slowest outings. With tips like noticing behavior, appreciating subtle beauty, and reveling in abundance, they said, every day is different, and everywhere you go something amazing is happening.

Watch this archived video of Michael O’Brien’s and Louise Zemaitis’ seminar for the full 10 tips and plenty of beautiful photos:

O’Brien’s and Zemaitis’s talk took place on Feb. 3, 2014. It was part of the Cornell Lab’s long-running Monday Night Seminar series, a long-standing tradition established decades ago by Lab founder Dr. Arthur Allen. If you enjoyed this seminar, check this page for our list of future speakers—we’ll note which upcoming talks will be livestreamed—or come visit us in person! If you missed any talks, please see our index of archived livestreamed seminars.


  • Cassandra

    Thank you.
    I have a question about how birds know there is feed on the ground and what kind of feed it is.
    Not that long ago i purchased basically chicken feed with sunflower seeds in it.
    I was SUPER SURPRIZED maybe a month later, after seeing Dives, Eurasian Collared Doves, Dark Eyed Juncos, some Quail…to see my all time favorite Flickers eating the feed off the ground!
    I coukd not believe my eyes and a couple show up every day. These are the Northern Red variety. I never knew they ate off the ground, and wonder how they came to do it. There is a lot of corn in the feed so i think that is what they like. But how do they know it is there on 7 sq ft of ground, in five acres in the woods? Thank you!

  • Are the guest speaker open to the public? Would you allow us to do an article on the live steaming of the speakers?