Mid April 2013
Bird racing is a not really a sport but it can be competitive, a great chance to participate in something where you really "study natural history". Its for fun! And this is difficult now-a-days. People are too busy, tied-down, overworked, economically depressed. Mobilizing yourself and a team of two others to get into a car and rally round the prefecture to find as many species as possible needs some inner motivation.
Why do we do it?
These are some quick thoughts:
- It really is like hunting- the inner instinct of going for the trophy catch - bringing back memories.
- Its also like "collecting" or even shopping(!!!) - you pay to find instances of pure natural splendour!
- It is successful in creating excitement in new in-comers to the hobby - you get to see dozens of new species and places alongside the experts.
- You may even live a "peak-experience" in nature and these are especially important to new-comers.
- Going on a trek with "meaning". Racing creates meaning: you are out there to find-record-understand-appreciate.
- It lends attention to places - and many special places are threatened!
- You become sociable - you see the competitors; you get to talk to them in the end of the day.
If you want to know how it "feels" see a former article of mine: http://www.bio-e.org/lib/bird-race-athens
This year as always many volunteers make the bird race possible; if you want to be a part of this please see the Hellenic Ornithological Society's site: http://www.ornithologiki.gr/page_cn.php?aID=1508
(The first "photo-collage" is from the USA, the Crossley ID Guide by Richard Crossley it is a new way of showing bird ID field marks and Jizz - fantastic work! In this case the Sharp-shinned Hawk is shown).
|2011 Bird race at Tritsis Park, Athens, at around 7 pm in April. Everyone was exhausted!|
|From the http://www.birdingisfun.com/ blogsite with a lot of evidence that...its fun!!|