||We are a proud
Fledging Birders Institute
|Bringing the joy AND BENEFITS of birding to our youth - to promote their healthy development and bird conservation.
|Fledging Birders Institute P.O. Box 1774 Bellmawr, NJ 08099
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|A Focus on Diversity: Changing the Face of American Birding
How will this event make a difference?!
The movement to get new and diverse
audiences interested in both birding and
nature-based recreation in general will yield
many benefits for the following parties:
Minority communities: Recruiting "new
birders" from broader swath of our population
will deliver the profound developmental benefits
of birding and nature to those new recruits. This
- stress relief
- increased physical activity
- positive social interaction
The cognitive processes involved with birding
can be of particular help to youth and seniors.
Besides, birding is great fun that everyone
the American birding community: With a larger segment of our population birding,
the birding community will become more dynamic - more eyes in the field mean more
birds being found! This broader birding audience would also lead to more involvement
in birding clubs and organization memberships.
THE BIRDS themselves! - As more people become aware of their local/regional
birds, they will develop a deeper appreciation for those species and the habitats on
which they depend for nesting, foraging, and migration. This appreciation is the critical
foundation for a basic conservation ethic and, ultimately, a person's sense of
the natural world: Birds are THE gateway drug for an addiction to nature. Once
under the power of birds, many people branch off into other natural fixes -
butterflies/odonates, "herps", botany, etc. The appreciation to conservation to
stewardship hierarchy unfolds again - this time to the benefit of nature in the broader
Society as a whole: As more people become concerned with environmental issues,
their combined voices can lead to increased habitat preservation and environmental
conservation. In time, this will deliver health dividends to all citizens.