|Welcome to GBNA! Who are we exactly? We're a
community of mostly GLBT
birders who strive to create a community we can call our own--where we
can share our joy of birds with others in a welcoming
environment. Though GBNA is an email list intended to facilitate
communication among GLBT
birders in North America, we welcome members from all walks of
life: straight or GLBT, North American or otherwise--only an open
mind and a good nature are necessary. Our membership is
diverse: amateur birdwatchers, dedicated weekend birders,
ornithologists, and professional tour leaders are all well-represented
among our ranks.
What do we do? We discuss many topics, from recent taxonomic
changes and birding tips to identification challenges and politics that
affect our community. We arrange dinner meet-ups at conventions
We also periodically get together for birding trips. Recent
excursions have been wildly successful in turning up mind-blowingly
good birds. Our first ever trip,
to Duluth, provided everyone with breathtaking looks at Great Gray,
Boreal, and Northern Hawk Owls as well as Hoary Redpoll and
Yellow-billed Loon. A recent North Carolina pelagic blitz
rewarded its participants with European Storm-Petrel and both Fea's and
Herald Petrels. The San
Francisco Bay Area field trip in April was notable for the number
of people it attracted--sixteen
GLBT birders! This spring's "chicken
trip" cleaned up on Gunnison Sage-Grouse, Lesser Prairie-Chicken,
Dusky Grouse, and all three species of rosy-finch. And finally,
last summer's Black
Hills trip was a smashing success. Incredible looks at
Mountain Plover, Greater Sage-Grouse, and McCown's and
Chestnut-collared Longspurs were had in only the first few hours.
The next two days produced birds as diverse as Virginia's Warbler,
Lesser Goldfinch, Clark's Nutcracker, and Black-backed and Three-toed
Woodpeckers. We hope to have pages up (complete with photos) soon
detailing some of our trips.
Interested in joining? Just
follow the directions here. After
your (free) membership is confirmed you can jump right into the
conversation. We'd love to have you join us!
Please don't hesitate to contact
the list administrator with any questions.
out our blurb in Bird Watchers' Digest!