Date: 6/22/18 8:50 pm From: Joel Geier <joel.geier...> Subject: [obol] Re: WHY should Oregon birders organize?
I understand that this has long been the mind-set. But if eBird is tracking county/state listing records, and local Audubons are also running field trips that provide opportunities for social interaction among birders, what's the role for a statewide birding organization? I don't know the answer to this question, just raising it.
On Fri, 2018-06-22 at 20:37 -0700, Alan Contreras wrote:
> 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 > > <acontrer56...> > > www.alanlcontreras.com > > > > > 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. > > > > https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.8/recreation-your-stoke-wont-save-us > > > > 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 > > > > > > > > POST: Send your post to <obol...> > > JOIN OR QUIT: http://www.freelists.org/list/obol > > OBOL archives: www.freelists.org/archive/obol > > Contact moderator: <obol-moderators...> > > >