Date: 6/29/18 12:05 pm From: Philip Kline <pgeorgekline...> Subject: [obol] Fwd: Re: How should birders organize: Finding birding buddies
Hi Katie. I'm not sure where you live, but there is a birds and beers
group that meets up every month or two in the Portland area. It's
predominantly younger birders (20 and 30 somethings).
You can request to join the facebook group birds.beers.pdx to get info.
On Fri, Jun 29, 2018, 11:41 AM Katie McInnis <katminrin...> wrote:
> 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 (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
> Katie Rinaldi, DVM, CWR