MN Ornithologists’ Union Young Birders’ Committee

I’m pleased to have been asked to serve on the MOU Young Birders’ Committee! We’re generously defining “young” as 18-40, but not without precedent (Erikson 1963). Our overarching goal is to improve participation of those of us in this age group in conservation-related organizations, which in our specific case is MOU. Conveniently, my friend who chairs this committee did his thesis on the topic! He studied how young birder participation in clubs differs from that of previous generations, and I resonate with his core findings. With this growing demographic in birding, it will be important to address the needs of young birders within organizations in order to fully engage the community of interest.

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