Do you remember what it was like the first time a 'bird' grabbed you, and,
before you knew it, you were slipping inexorably into becoming a lifelong
Often birding is introduced to new birders-to-be by experienced birders.
One remembers the people who changed your way of life as much as you
remember that first incredible spark bird. Would you not like to be the vehicle
that inspires someone to take up the passionate hobby of birding that may
change them forever?!
Well the Pledge to Fledge (P2F) Initiative encourages exactly that. We try
and inspire birders to combine on a couple of weekends a year to take this
to the next level and mobilize as a global body to share our passion with
others who are yet to find it. Of course you could do this any time, but we
hope you will do it with us as a International Community to make a
statement about the passion we feel for this sport.
The best way to do this is for passionate birders, like YOU, to spread the
word to non-birders and take them out birding.
This is the basic concept of the Pledge to Fledge, an international
grassroots movement aimed at popularizing the sport of birding and promoting
awareness of bird conservation. The Pledge to Fledge dedicates two weekends a
year to encourage birders to take a neighbor, a friend, family member,
local kid or anybody else out birding – ‘fledging’ a new birder! The kick-off
weekend is set for August 24-26th 2012.
Participating in the Pledge to Fledge is so easy that every and any birder
should contribute to this global birding event. You may even be doing the
biggest part of it!
All you have to do is:
1. sign the online pledge
2. bring a neighbor or friend out to watch birds for a short while
3. take a few pictures and share your effort with the world
Signing the pledge is important to document the birding community's
dedication to the future of birding and bird conservation.
Instead of bringing someone out for a bird walk, perhaps you can try
having a Backyard Birds and BBQ for your neighbors, family, and friends to point
out your own yard birds, show them your feeders/native landscaping, and
let them flip through a field guide/use your bins.
Of course, we want everyone to know what a great thing you are doing. We
encourage you to post pictures, video, and stories of your Pledge to Fledge
effort and share them through the various P2F social media platforms.
(www.pledgetofledge.org/about). Please share through our Facebook Page
The Pledge to Fledge is simultaneously one of the easiest things and one of
the best things you can do for the birding community and the birds
Join birders across North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia,
and Australia and be a part of the Pledge to Fledge!
Please visit our website http://www.pledgetofledge.org to find out more.
Dave Magpiong, Richard Crossley, Danielle and Michelle Mohilef, and Keith