Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Take the Pledge!! Pledge to Fledge

Howdee all,

 

I have taken the Pledge

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Will you?

August 24th to August 26th 2012

This is the first International event!

Take Part!

Please spread the word! Lets make this an amazing event!

Blog about the event! Talk about the event…let others know about this event!

Then….

Share your Birding adventures with others.

Birders who Blog, Tweet and Chirp_20090613_060

 

On August 24th to August 26th, 2012, birders across six continents will inspire a broader public appreciation for birds by bringing friends and other non-birders out to truly see and enjoy birds for the first time.  These birders will share their efforts with the world through photos, videos, and stories on the Pledge to Fledge (P2F) website and social media channels. Be a part of P2F 2012 and make your “Pledge to Fledge” a new birder TODAY!

 

P2F is an international grassroots campaign to introduce friends and acquaintances to the vibrant pursuit and observation of wild bird species.  It is a terrific opportunity to share your love for birding with others, and to help people discover the allure of birds while connecting with the natural world around them.

P2F is designed to help birders effectively recruit their non-birding friends, nurture them toward becoming a casual birder, and then, ideally, into a citizen concerned about bird conservation and the environment.  YOU have the capacity to enhance the lives of birds and people alike – simply by sharing your enthusiasm for birds!

 

Here are a few suggestions of what an individual can do for the event

• Go Birding with friends, family and other non-­‐birders at a local park or nature reserve.
• Host "feeder party" to let others witness your backyard buffet in action.
• Help a neighbor or friend set up a feeder station in his or her yard.
•Volunteer to read children's book at your local library (Example: Lynne Cherry's Flute's Journey, Jane Yolen's  Bird Watch or Owl Moon).
• And
more…

 

Check out this PDF for suggestions for Bird clubs, Organizations, Nature Centers, Parks and Wildlife refuges.

On the website you will find ideas for Educators and Parents.

There is advice on How to Fledge a Birder

Birding 101

 

This is the pledge you will take at the website..

 

As a birder, I have savored the sights of nature’s most spectacular works of art. I have felt the pride of discovering a rare bird in my area. At times, my spirit has been soothed by the songs of our winged wonders. I wish EVERYONE could experience these joys.

By building public appreciation for local birds, communities can realize the intrinsic, aesthetic, and ecological value of birdlife and nature in general. This life-fulfilling appreciation also serves as the requisite foundation for bird conservation action.

With this in mind, I make the following  ‘Pledge to Fledge’ . . .

 

“I pledge to actively share my enthusiasm for birds with non-birders by taking them into the field to show them birds and foster their own appreciation for birds whenever possible. I will strive to be friendly, patient, helpful, and welcoming when approached by ‘non-birders’ or asked about birds by acquaintances.  I believe that individual birders, as part of an international grassroots movement, can effect positive and profound change for our shared birds and their future.”

 

So Join me and many others..

Every little bit helps…

 PLEDGE TO FLEDGE

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Please check out The Global Birding Initiative (GBI)

The founders of Pledge to Fledge

The Global Birding Initiative (GBI) is being formed as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the growth and enjoyment of birding through education, sharing, and discovery by creating a dynamic birding network around the world!!!

 

GBI is an online hub for links to information about birding opportunities, festivals, conferences, associations, educational programs, and conservation efforts worldwide. By providing birders with accessible resources and opportunities to help them effectively share their appreciation for birds with others, GBI strives to creatively inspire global interest in birds, birding and, by extension, the natural world. In doing so, GBI encourages birders to generate participation in birding, engender appreciation for birds in individuals and communities around the world, and heighten awareness of bird conservation issues among the general public.

 

Through its flagship program, “Pledge to Fledge,” a grassroots birding outreach movement, GBI mobilizes birders throughout the world to share their appreciation for birds with others.  GBI’s inaugural “Pledge to Fledge” Campaign is set to take flight on August 24th – 26th, 2012.

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