We want to hear from you!
Do you have a cool story about birds and your connection with them? If so, we'd love to hear from you. You don't have to be a bird expert, although if you are, that's OK, too. The main thing is — we'd love to know what inspires you about birds and why. Which ones? Do they affect your mood? Connect you to nature? Bring back memories?
New Zealand Robin / Toutouwai - Jon Sullivan, Flickr CC
Or maybe you or someone you know are doing something incredible for birds, something that would inspire others to take similar action. Whatever the reason, take a minute or two and send us your story as an audio postcard. We may share it on our website, in social media … or even on the air!
Jot down a couple of notes about what you might like to talk about, the story you want to tell. It doesn't have to be complete. It's more a way of making sure you know what you want to say before you start. Then...
Find a recording location without too much background noise if you can, one that’s sheltered from the wind. (That last bit's really important. And keep in mind that while you may not even be able to hear the wind, the microphone will.) You can include natural bird sounds if you'd like, but you don't have to.
Open the memo recorder on your smartphone.
Hold the phone about 12 inches away from your mouth, relax, and speak in a normal voice, like you're talking with a close friend who's standing right next to you.
Record your story (2 minutes max) and save the sound file to your phone.
Have a listen to it and see what you think. If you don't like it, have another go.
Once you have a version you like, use the transfer icon on your phone to email your file to us, with "Audio Postcard" in the title.
We look forward to hearing from you. And thanks!