I believe that the Young Birders Network (YBN) is a great initiative that connects young birders, of all levels, from all over the world. Despite COVID-19, social unrest, the climate crisis, and many other current divisive issues, we remain connected through the internet. Whether it’s through our Facebook, our Instagram, or our extremely amazing, fun, and cool website, the YBN is accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Through the YBN, you can meet new people with similar interests who live all over the world. Birding is a rare sport among young people, so it’s great to have a network of people who like birds and who are your age. Being a part of the YBN encourages creativity, allows you to challenge your leadership skills, expand your knowledge of ornithology, and make new friends.
Whether you’ve been birding for three weeks or seven years, your life list is 5 or 500, your favorite bird is a Swainson’s Hawk or Swainson’s Thrush, or you just think things with feathers that fly are cool, the YBN is for you. To be honest, we’re all just a bunch of bird nerds who want to share our love of nature and these creatures with the world. Besides, who’d want to watch Charli D’Amelio’s TikToks in bed all day when you could be chasing a Swallow-tailed Kite at 5:00 am?
- Helena Souffrant