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 > > > > 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...> > 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...>