The annual birding festival held at Dead Horse State Park begins today. The event is affectionately known as Birdy Verde, and hundreds of birders and nature lovers will show up for workshops, lectures, sightings, hikes and more for the next 4 days.

I probably will not be attending. My friend Jean will be driving a van for tourists at the park, and she says it can be very hectic. I know Charley back in Indiana would love to be here.