Bird watching is an incredibly relaxing pastime. Joining a birding association gives you the opportunity to share your experiences with others who share your passion, is quite easy and is generally free, or low cost. Being a member of an association allows you to come together and enjoy the company of other budding ornithologists.
Here are a few simple steps on how to join:
Step One: Go online and find the American Birding Association website. This site will help you find local chapters of birding organizations and will give you contact information. Sometimes the site will even list the requirements for joining.
Step Two: Contact the local chapter of the birding organization you wish to join and determine whether a fee is required. Many times there are, but the fees are generally low, no more than a few dollars or so. For those organizations that do not charge a fee, donations are always accepted.
Step Three: Complete any membership forms and submit them for acceptance. Many associations now allow you to submit your membership applications by email or directly online. Pay your fees or make your donations in order to complete your membership bid.
Step Four: Attend a few meetings and get to know your fellow bird enthusiasts. You will be amazed at the wealth of knowledge you will be exposed to.
Bird watchers enjoy watching their fine-feathered friends go through the motions of life, which mirrors ours closely. Whether you are a beginner or have years of experience, the benefits of being around others who share your love of birds will only enhance your bird watching events. And the experiences you share will serve to entertain and educate others who share your interests.
With the advent of the Internet, more and more bird watchers have turned to internet networking. If your birding association has an internet presence, your benefits will be even greater as the knowledge base will no longer be limited by location. You will be able to network with bird enthusiasts all over the country, giving you an inside peek at birds you may not have otherwise been able to see. Webcams make bird watching easier than ever, giving you an "as good as first hand" view of birds in their natural habitats. Try to find an association you can join that has a large internet presence so that you can reap the most benefits from your membership.