Date: 6/29/18 9:21 am From: peter barnes <pbarnes123...> Subject: [obol] Re: How should birders organize: Finding birding buddies
Paul, I think that this is a great idea that would benefit many of us. Wish
I had a suggestion about how to organize it.
On Fri, Jun 29, 2018 at 9:13 AM, <adamus7...> wrote:
> Birding Friends,
> Two aspects of the recent OBOL discussion centered on (1) how to encourage
> and support more young (and/or new) birders, (2) how to strengthen the
> sense of “community” among Oregon birders.
> As Courtney Jett posted yesterday when describing the BBS route she and I
> ran, one way to encourage new-ish birders is by more-established birders
> volunteering to help simply with logistics and protocols. In her case, she
> needed someone to accompany her when doing BBS routes this time of year.
> There may be other young/new birders like her. I actually found her to be
> mostly better than me in calling out species of birds and separating
> singing individuals when a multitude are singing simultaneously at the
> height of the early-morning din. Amazing for someone who just started
> birding a few years ago and besides, she is congenial company and
> enthusiastic about birding.
> Some birders like to bird alone, some prefer to bird with one or two other
> birders, others prefer to participate in or lead organized tours. Many of
> us do a little of each, depending on how sociable we feel at the moment,
> how much we want to learn from others, what are our birding goals (if any),
> and other factors. I sense a need for better ways for birders to ask, on
> an impromptu basis, who’s available to go birding with. A couple of times
> in the past I’ve done that via OBOL because so many birders read it daily,
> allowing for quick response if anyone’s interested in joining up with me.
> But it felt a bit awkward because I view OBOL as being more for
> information-sharing. Might OBA (or other) create a website where someone
> looking for a birding buddy on a particular day in a particular region
> could ask, perhaps anonymously, and then be connected immediately with
> experienced birders who’ve been favorably reviewed in the past, sort of
> like an Air B&B? I know there’s an international web site for that sort of
> thing (www.birdingpal.org) but not sure it would fit all our needs, like
> the situation Courtney faced where she just needed an assistant willing to
> do a BBS route with her. Anyways, it might be one small step towards
> further enhancing the connections and sense of community among Oregon
> birders, and especially between newer and more-established birders. Ideas,
> Paul Adamus