Sunday, September 25, 2011

Birding Organizations

Many birders belong to one or more organizations devoted to the conservation and/or enjoyment of birds. I came across a column through a twitter post that has some good pointers for deciding which birding organizations to join. After all, we all only have so much discretionary income. Birding organizations not only support the study and conservation of birds but are a good source of interesting information about birds and connections with other birders, who can help us learn to be a better birder.

I agree with many of the points made in the article and realize no article can list every worthwhile organization. Personally, I have been a member of both the Audubon Society and of the American Birding Association. They have fallen by the wayside as part of budget tightening. However, I do have a lifetime membership in the Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) and have been a member of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for many years. I like the TOS because of its local focus and the sanctuaries (although over focused in east Texas). I like Cornell primarily because of all of the citizen science projects. For regular readers, you know I am involved with Wild Bird Rescue and the North Texas Bird and Wildlife Club in Wichita Falls.

What birding organizations do you belong to and why?

Good birding!

3 comments:

Nest Recorder said...

Hi Penny - I'm a member of the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology). I'm a member because they use a core service of voluntary field workers across the UK to gather information through surveys and regular counts on which to issue facts, not opinions on which Governmnet's, RSPB etc can then shape their Conservation policies around.

prateek_sethi said...
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Penny Miller said...

Glad to hear from you--your reasons for being a member of the BTO are very similar to mine for the Cornell Lab. I lived in England for 4 years in Bedfordshire and was a member of the RSPB during that time. Thanks for your response!