Date: 6/22/18 8:37 pm
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: WHY should Oregon birders organize?
I have always considered the Audubon chapters to be the primary outlets for the conservation energy of birders while groups like OBA served our more recreational impulses.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon


> On Jun 22, 2018, at 8:10 PM, Joel Geier <joel.geier...> wrote:
> 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.
> Bottom line, we need to be putting some energy back into the resource
> that we all enjoy. What organization is doing that for birders in
> Oregon?
> --
> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
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