Date: 6/17/20 11:23 am
From: Teri Martine <terimartine...>
Subject: [Tweeters] Beyond rare ...
Thank you Whitney Neufeld-Kaiser for your June 14 post to Tweeters about the intersection of racism and birding, and promoting awareness and discussion. Thank you Kaeli Swift and the other admins and moderators of the new “West Coast Birders” group on Facebook, described as: “... a community of people who share a love for birds and a desire to make birding accessible, safe, and enjoyable for everyone. This site serves as both a celebration of West Coast birds and a place to 'find common cause in a bird' as noted in the Birds of North America conversation between Jason Ward and Dr. Drew Lanham. We invite your West Coast bird photos, stories and questions, as well as your reflections on how we can do better for both our birds and our birders.” I appreciate this approach, as well as the transparency on the site about who is involved. If you haven’t yet, check out West Coast Birders at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2405914046366868/members <https://www.facebook.com/groups/2405914046366868/members> The "Birds of North America with Jason Ward” conversation (referenced above) is part of his fine series of short episodes, at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZVnnAt5_5lbqaQNNg-LEPwdRbj_nf5hU <https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZVnnAt5_5lbqaQNNg-LEPwdRbj_nf5hU> I hope our passion for birds encompasses more than the latest rarity, ID questions, and pretty photos.

Teri Martine
Seattle


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