How can I help the OBC?

If you want to help the Orlando Birding Club make bird watching more fun for more birders, there are several ways you can do that. They are listed below.

Please keep in mind that you DO NOT HAVE TO volunteer. This is entirely optional, so please only volunteer if you really want to.

1. Volunteering on the Checklist Team

What is the Checklist Team?

The Checklist Team is a team of contributors that keeps checklists for the birds within a given region. A contributor monitors bird sightings, and, when a new bird is sighted for their region, they or their team must choose whether or not to accept the sighting. Accepted sightings make it to the checklist for that region.

What checklists currently exist?

Currently, only one checklist exists. This is for the birds of the North Shore at Lake Hart neighborhood. However, this is not even one twentieth of all the available regions in Orlando. We are looking for more Orlando residents willing to be members of the Checklist Team!

How can I help?

If you want to help, that’s great! Here are the steps to become a member of the Checklist Team:

Step 1: Choose which region you want to make a checklist for. You must live in that region or visit there really often.

Step 2: Set the boundaries for that region. The map must be checked with us before it becomes official.

Step 3. Sign up via bit.ly/obc-checklist-signup. Fill out the form and we will review your submission, deciding whether or not to accept you as a contributor. We most likely will accept you, but we will notify you when we have decided.

Step 4. Begin to record sightings for that region. Send them to us and we will develop a checklist for your chosen region.

Step 5. Let the residents of that region know what you are doing! You can tell them to keep their eyes out for unusual birds. Also tell them to get pictures if they want their sighting to be approved.

I have questions about this. What should I do?

If you have any questions, go to bit.ly/obc-questions. We will be glad to help.