Date: 1/2/18 11:43 am
From: Nelson, Kim <kim.nelson...>
Subject: [obol] Re: CBC Etiquette
Thanks for this Dawn. Harassment and bigotry have no place in birding and on CBCs.

Oscar and Hendrik, I am horrified that someone would treat you so disrespectfully. I am so sorry this happened to you!. Know that you are loved and appreciated.


S. Kim Nelson

From: <obol-bounce...> [mailto:<obol-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Harris, Dawn
Sent: Tuesday, January 02, 2018 11:34 AM
To: OBOL <obol...>
Subject: [obol] CBC Etiquette

As the coordinator for the Yaquina Bay CBC I am very upset and profoundly disappointed at the way Oscar and Hendrik were treated after this year's count. I offer them my most heartfelt apology and hope they know that the couple who passed out the brochure to them in no way represents the views and opinions of anyone else involved in the count.

The Yaquina Bay CBC enthusiastically welcomes Oscar and ALL birders back to our count. However, individuals who make use of CBC gatherings to harass other birders based on their ethnicity, color, National origin, and/or sexual orientation will not be welcomed back. Simply put we come together to bird....not to force our beliefs on others. Furthermore, this type of behavior serves to drive away volunteers which is counter to the purpose of the CBC which serves to bring birders together in the spirit of collecting data to assess the health of bird populations and help guide their conservation.
Dawn Harris

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