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A Focus on Diversity: Changing the Face of American Birding
Minnesota Valley NWR, October 13, 2012

Conference Programs
(Subject to revision)
Presentations to include:
American Birders:  Who are we?   So What?   OK, Now What?!
Presenters will discuss the current demographics of the birding community,
examine the implications this holds for the conservation and the birding community,
and general considerations for moving into a sustainable future for all involved.  
presenters: to be announced

Why Should People Bird?!  The Benefits of Birding
We know that birding is fun however the activities and processes involved with
birding also hold tremendous health, developmental, and social benefits for
individual birders of all ages, from toddlers to retirees.
presenters: to be announced

Panel Discussions/Q-n-A Sessions include:
Barriers of Birding for Americans Panel
What social, environmental, historical, and perhaps even cultural factors keep
people of various backgrounds from birding or, for that matter, exploring the
natural world in almost any way? These important issues will be examined through
studies, personal anecdotes from our panel, questions from the audience, and a
facilitated discussion.
panelists: to be announced

Effective Strategies for Reaching Diverse Audiences
To be successful, bird educators must know not just how to find and identify birds
but also how to make the overall birding experience relevant to others. This panel
will share general considerations for bringing the joy and benefits of birding
to more Americans.
panelists: to be announced