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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Behind The Scenes At Camp Birdie

By Laura Doering
Join in on Laura's fun and experiences of bird ownership, and share in her adventures as the editor of BIRD TALK, the world’s most widely read pet bird magazine, in Wayward Feathers.

Laura and Jessica at camp
Editor, Laura Doering and associate editor, Jessica Pineda read camp letters. 

Laura's campfire
Laura Doering gets the fire ready!

Camp leaders Jessica, Laura, and Melissa
(Left to right) Jessica Pineda, Laura Doering and Editorial Director Melissa Kauffan (with her dog, Tampa Bay) get ready to start answering letters!

Today we took Camp Birdie from the virtual world to the real world. Well, sort of. We filmed our “Ask A Camp Birdie Counselor” segment (where we answered some camper e-mails). Of course, we didn’t have time or resources to drive up to the mountains or even the local KOA campground, so we created our own camp ground in Melissa Kauffman’s backyard. Melissa, in addition to writing our "Life in the Bird House" blog and our editorial director, is also our go-to-person for filming in a home setting, such as some of our “Cooking with Bird Talk” segments and “Taming of The ’Tiel.”

It was a trial-and-error shoot, but fun to do. First, we had to create the camp scene in Mel’s suburban backyard. Fortunately, we didn’t have to contend with putting up the tent (thanks Scott, Mel’s hubby for doing that the night before). We did have to literally extinguish the camp fire because, at 3 o’ clock in the afternoon, it was too darn hot to try for this authentic affect.

We flubbed the first take but came away with lots of outtake material! Stay tuned for the final video, which is set to go up on Camp Birdie the last week in August.

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What fun...Looks like you had a blast getting Camp Birdy all set up & doing the shoot. I'm looking forward to seeing all the questions the campers came up with & your video taped answers. Sould be very interesting...& informative, I'm sure!
Linda, Toronto, OH
Posted: 8/8/2009 9:15:37 AM
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