The birding scene in North America is primarily state/province based, reflected in the vibrant listserv culture that the birding community has created and nurtured. But stuck as we are in our ruts, we miss opportunities to share information across those lines.
To use my own home state as an example; birders from all over the east coast come annually to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, but they might not know the inside spots for target birds or the current conditions that make the difference between finding precisely what you’re looking for and driving around aimlessly for hours (we’ve all been there). It would be helpful to be able to reach outside of our listserv communities to pass on intel on those little known birding spots, those bird-friendly restaurants, the people to ask or the guides to use.
With that in mind, the ABA is trying something new in the way we communicate with each other. We’re piloting a pair of new Facebook groups aimed at building new lines of communication and foster new connections outside of those traditional state/county/metro communities. It’s an experiment to be sure, but one we think will pay dividends. After all, birds have little respect for arbitrary boundaries, there’s no reason why we should be beholden to them either.
We know that there are some people out there who are not big fans of Facebook. We accept that and understand that hesitations are not entirely unjustified. But those of you who are active users know that although there are some concerns, it’s an effective tool for communicating with people from all over the world. We’re hoping to leverage that into something good for the ABA and the birding community.
Come join us.