Date: 6/22/18 8:11 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] WHY should Oregon birders organize?
Now that we've thoroughly discussed the "HOW" end of this question, I thought I'd put the "WHY" question out there. Perhaps these issues are more fundamental.
What should be the goals and purpose of a statewide birding organization?
The discussion on OBOL so far has mainly stressed the social aspects. Caleb's post on this was certainly eloquent. A few have also mentioned scientific angles.
I agree, these things are important. But I'm disappointed that no one mentioned bird conservation.
Just speaking for myself, personally, I see no point in putting energy into an organization that doesn't put bird conservation front and center.
This recent article from High Country News provides an interesting and sobering perspective on outdoor recreation in general. Although "birdwatching" gets a favorable mention, I wonder if "birding" as it's practiced nowadays really fits into the preconceptions of the author.