Date: 10/29/18 12:25 pm
From: pdxjmorris . <pdxjmorris...>
Subject: [obol] Trying to Start a Birding Group in SE Portland
Inspired by an exchange I saw a bit ago in OBOL and by a podcast I just
listened to, I have decided to move forward with an idea that has been
banging around between my ears for a while – let's start a local birding
group in SE Portland.

Keeping this brief, the primary benefit of such a project would be the
sharing of knowledge and the community / companionship of other birders.
Besides regular bird walks there are a number of other cool things to do:

- Xmas bird count (probably not this year, but who knows!)

- Big Sits or like activities

- Host local experts for talks or classes

- Communication about local issues and rare bird sightings

- General public and youth outreach

I live out in Lents, near 82nd and Foster, so I have been thinking of this
in terms of I-205 corridor adjacent sites (Mt. Tabor, Foster Floodplain Nat
Area / Brookside Wetlands, Powell Butte, Mt. Talbert, Springwater
Corridor), but there are a number of other wonderful spots to meet for
walks, Crystal Springs being a great example.

Drop me a line at my email address if you are interested. I will set up a
Facebook group in the next day or so (other platform suggestions are
welcome and appreciated) and send interested parties a link. Meetup may be
another option in the near future.

I am open to ANY suggestions and am not wed to any specific vision. My
hope is to bring people together and let those voices guide what the group
becomes. I am new to this hobby (obsession?) – my wife and I started
birding almost exactly a year ago – and I would love to glean some of the
voluminous knowledge which is certainly present in our community and help
spread word about joy of birding!

Thank You,

Joseph Morris


Join us on Facebook!