Pledge to Fledge!


Last year in August, The Global Birding Initiative started a movement called Pledge to Fledge, a movement to get a friend, colleague, neighbor, or child interested in birds, conservation, and nature. 

The first P2F of this year is April 25th to 29th, and  here in Alberta it will be coinciding with the Tofield Snow Goose Chase, a perfect time to “fledge” new birders and naturalists!

Here’s the Pledge:

“I pledge to actively share my enthusiasm for birds with non-birders by taking them into the field to show them birds and foster their own appreciation for birds whenever possible. I will strive to be friendly, patient, helpful, and welcoming when approached by ‘non-birders’ or asked about birds by acquaintances. I believe that individual birders, as part of an international grassroots movement, can effect positive and profound change for our shared birds and their future.”

During this time, birders, educators, and naturalists from across six continents will be instilling the love birds and teaching people about the beauty of the natural world.

If you are participating in P2F and have photos and stories from your day, the Pledge to Fledge blog would love to hear from you. You can also submit your photos to the Pledge to Fledge Facebook page or the Pledge To Fledge Flickr Group page.

If you’re in Ontario, how about spending the fledge going for a free guided walk at the Long Point Bird Observatory’s Old Cut Research Station with Bird Studies Canada biologist and science educator Jody Allair, on Saturday, April 27 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. You don’t even have to bring your own binoculars or field guides, since they’ll be provided by BSC. I met and worked with Jody last summer at the Young Ornithologists’ Workshop, and can’t think of a better guide for the day! For more information or to register, just email jallair (at) birdscanada (dot) org.

Have you taken the pledge?