Birding club thoughts

by John Briggs on May 3, 2007

in Blog

The idea of starting a birding club in the area has been discussed several times with a few friends of ours, and now I believe it is time to ask our readers if anyone would be interested in such a venture.

Starting a birding club in our area can be a very rewarding project. Making new friends, learning about birds and sharing experiences are just a few of the benefits a club can provide.

We are open to any and all suggestions to make this work. Field trips, public bird walks and guest speakers are just a few of the rewarding experiences a birding club can bring.

I will gladly provide the web space for a birding club and will advertise the club’s existence (and what it stands for) on a regular basis and via a variety of channels.

Some thoughts: Maximize access to club activities. Move indoor meetings and field excursions meeting points around the area to allow those who live on the fringe areas to participate. Schedule field trips for Saturdays and Sundays to take in different work patterns of members and sometimes schedule mid-week evening outings.

Build confidence in birdwatching newcomers. Welcome newcomers to club meetings by assigning experienced members to talk to them. Also assign a member with good people skills and birding experience to be ‘field mentors’. Advertise field outings as being suitable for ‘beginners’. Increase recreational birdwatching activity.

Creation of a club newsletter, field trips to noted birding hotspots and setting up local ‘user-friendly’ bird counting scheme i.e. a gardenwatch. Undertake training sessions for the various bird-counting schemes, such as the GBBC, Breeding Bird Survey, etc. Get new members to accompany experienced survey workers to de-mystify the process of survey work.

There are so many things a local birding club can bring to beginners and the experienced alike! Let’s hear from you and get the ball rolling. Simply click on “Leave a passing comment” at the end of this article and let us know what you think and if you would participate.

Happy birding!

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