Date: 6/29/18 11:42 am
From: Katie McInnis <katminrin...>
Subject: [obol] Re: How should birders organize: Finding birding buddies
I agree this is a great idea! As a newer birder I often read about all the
cool routes and counts people are doing and would love to be involved!
Unless things are posted on OBOL though, I don't really know where to find
what is available. I also find it somewhat intimidating to run a route on
my own when I haven't experienced how the process usually works.

I also love going birding with others, but the two main groups in my area
go out on Wednesdays, which eliminates the chance for me to go due to work.
It would be great to know if people were looking for a birding partner on
other days.

I don't know what the best way to organize this would be, but a google site
might be something to consider. I believe whoever creates the site can
share it with a select group of people, so it could be shared with all who
are on OBOL or whoever wants to be part of it. I believe there is a
calendar feature that people might be able to post availability on as well.
Just a thought.

One other thing I've been thinking about is that there are a lot of
meetings like Audubon and Birders nights, but I'm wondering if maybe more
casual meet ups might be fun? Something like Birds and Beers, where people
could meet and chat at a different brewery once or twice a month. I think
it would be a great way for people that are newer in the birding community
to get to know those already established in it. Does anything like this
exist already?

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 ( 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,
> anyone?
> Paul Adamus
> Corvallis

Katie Rinaldi, DVM, CWR

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