How to be a Birder part 19
Hint # 19 Join in Birding Forums on the Internet (eg Birding-Aus)
Birding Forums on the internet are another excellent way to learn about birds. They are also great places to find out about excellent birding spots. The exchange of information can be an excellent way to learn and expand your knowledge. I subscribe to three currently:
- Birding-Aus (birds in Australia)
- Canberra Birds (birds in the Canberra, Australia, region)
- BirdChat (birds in the USA)
I also subscribe to a number of news groups that have regular posting of bird sightings and details of upcoming excursions.
An important aspect of any kind of forums on the internet is the community that is developed over time. The wonderful thing about Birding-Aus, for example, is the willingness of various correspondents to share their knowledge of birds and birding information with others on the list of subscribers. The ability to ask for help is a powerful tool. Help is usually only a mouse-click away.
Forums are only valuable if a range of people contribute to the discussions. Some people prefer never to contribute. I would encourage new members of any forum to read the various postings for a few days or even weeks before making their first post. This is to get a feel for the types of postings relevant to that particular forum.
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