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A Focus on Diversity: Changing the Face of American Birding
Lower Rio Grande Valley, TX
November 4 - 6, 2013

Conference Programs and Presenters
(Subject to revision)
Presentations to include:
The Future of Birding and Bird Conservation in America
Presenters will discuss the current demographics of the birding community, examine the
implications this holds for bird conservation and the birding community, and
general impressions for moving into a sustainable future for American birding.  
panelists: Drew Lanham, Kenn Kaufman, Mary Gustafson

Considerations for Reaching Non-Traditional Birding Audiences
What social, environmental, historical, and cultural factors impact people's
decisions to participate in birding and outdoor recreation activities?
These issues will be discussed by our panel based on their own experiences
then explored further in a dynamic discussion between panelists and audience.
panelists: Doug Gray, Paul Baicich, Roy Rodriguez

Learning from Effective Diversity Initiatives
There are outstanding examples of outreach to new audiences in the birding community.
Several innovative, successful, and even promising approaches will be shared by
those who've led on-the-ground efforts to bring birding to new audiences.
panelists: Marisa Oliva, Brad Rumble, Dudley Edmondson

Field Experiences and Diversity in Birding Workshops
With the spectacular birds and habitats of several World Birding Center sites, conference
presenters and facilitators will help participants develop "Diversity in Birding" action plans.

Anticipated topics include:
"Using Urban Parks to Engage New Audiences"
"Utilizing the NWRS to Engage New Audiences"
"Engaging Latino Audiences in Birding Outings"
"Bird Festivals/Commnuity Events as Gateway to Nature"
"Soaring 2 Success: Birds as a Tool for Academic Achievement"