thanks for the reply
insertBird is supposed to be a variable
what works is
result=conn.Execute("INSERT INTO birds VALUES('"+insertBird+"')");
// value in insertBird does to database :-)
result=conn.Execute("INSERT INTO birds VALUES(\""+insertBird+"\")");
// also value in insertBird goes to database :-)
so another question is, does it matter which of the 2 ways above are used since they both seem to work?
is one syntactically better or more likely to keep me out of trouble?