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Thursday, September 28, 2006

Too White and Nerdy?

Is this the problem with birding? We've seen active birding and backyard birdwatching numbers declinging for a decade now. Is birding just too white 'n' nerdy? What would a culture be like where birding was cool? Where people of all backgrounds were more interested in birdwatching or hanging out in nature, than in this? Or is birding destined to remain 2Y-10-UR-D?

1 comment:

dguzman said...

I'm a hispanic birder, and I do sometimes wonder if birding is one of the many hobbies and passions that mostly Anglo people enjoy (see: polo, microbrews, trivia games at pubs, etc.). Many things once labelled this way have become a little more color-full, like golf, tennis, and bowling, to name a few. Still, I noticed that at the last State College Birding Club meeting, there were only three non-Anglo-American faces.

Still, as I'm sure you're aware, that's not too surprising for this area in general. So who knows? I hope more people take up birding, no matter what color they are.

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