Date: 6/24/18 2:34 pm
From: Alan Contreras <acontrer56...>
Subject: [obol] Re: How should Oregon birders organize? / organizing for conservation
There are also great local groups like McKenzie River Trust. I have done bird surveys on their acquired properties.

Alan Contreras
Eugene, Oregon


> On Jun 24, 2018, at 2:15 PM, Joel Geier <joel.geier...> wrote:
> A couple things:
> Thing #1. Being a "conservation activist" doesn't necessarily mean
> conflict and fighting. Some of the most effective conservation work
> being done nowadays is collaborative:
> - Talking to landowners who are interested in conservation, and
> connecting them with programs that can help them to help birds.
> - Meeting with land managers to make sure they're aware of significant
> habitat on the lands that they're responsible for.
> - Mobilizing volunteers for restoration work at important sites.
> - Building coalitions to expand awareness of the value of bird habitat
> (in economic and social terms).
> - Helping to find ways for bird lovers to contribute to habitat for the
> birds they love (e.g. parking permits, voluntary stamps, birdseed tax,
> etc).
> - Showing up at planning commission meetings to testify in favor of
> natural areas, or to give moral support to others who do.
> These are all low-key types of activities, where generally no one calls
> anyone names or gets punched in the nose.
> Thing #2. Effective conservation organizations can find ways for
> everyone to contribute in a way that they're comfortable with.
> - Not everyone feels qualified to lead field trips.
> - Not everyone is brave enough to ride herd on a group of first-graders
> or (scarier yet) middle-schoolers, and try to keep them focused on
> nature for a couple of hours.
> - Not everyone wants to sit down in front of a microphone and explain to
> your county commissioners why a scruffy-looking patch of land on the
> north side of Coos Bay is important to keep.
> - Not everyone feels comfortable talking to ranchers or farmers to find
> out if they'd be interested in looking into a conservation easement.
> - Not everyone has a back healthy enough to yank invasive weeds out of
> the ground on Skinner Butte.
> - Not everyone is willing to go on camera for a local TV program to
> advocate for birds, and run the risk of having your kids make fun of
> every goofy thing you said.
> But a good conservation organization, with an active membership, can
> find the right people for each of these roles, and many others.
> None of us -- whether Paul, me, or whomever -- is necessarily going to
> want to do all of these things. But working within an effective bird
> advocacy organization, we can contribute to the cause by doing one or a
> few of the things that we're more comfortable with
> --
> Joel Geier
> Camp Adair area north of Corvallis
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