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A Focus on Diversity:
Changing the Face of American Birding
October 13, 2012
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Bloomington, MN
Check out Blair Underwood's Funny or Die clip to get a sense of what we're looking to
address at the conference!  Of course, you could substitute "
birder" for "hiker".
Black Hiker with Blair Underwood from Blair Underwood
Focus on Diversity

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American birders have over 800 species to satisfy our bird watching desires. From a
Calliope Hummingbird to the California Condor, from the Painted Bunting to a Clay-
colored Sparrow, the diversity of our North American birds is one of the most compelling
factors that draws millions of people to birding at some level.

Yet, does the birding community itself reflect a similar diversity?

The revered American melting pot has been stewing for generations. Based on the 2010
census, more than 35 percent of the American populace falls into the “non-White”
categories of Hispanic, African-American, Asian, and Native-American. Yet, these groups
make up significantly less than 10 percent of the birding community. Clearly, birding does
not look like the rest of America. This underrepresentation poses a real threat to the
sustainability of the birding community, the birds’ habitat, and, ultimately, the birds
themselves.

The Focus on Diversity conference will open an honest dialogue, take an introspective
look at the birding community, identify barriers to birding for various groups, and facilitate
effective outreach to new audiences in an effort to promote a broader appreciation of
nature and, in time, a societal conservation ethic.  
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Changing the Face of American Birding Conference