Southwest Birding - Birding Pals in New Mexico

By Eileen Richardson

I myself am a novice birder and in fact going to my first birdwatching event later in the month. (Check out my article on the Southwest Birding events)

I know there are a lot of seasoned birdwatchers in the state who are avidly attending birdwatching events, but for me (although when I am retired in a few years I plan to attend these events) right now they don’t fit into my schedule. I feel just going one on one with an experienced birder on my schedule is a great idea.

So I am going to share with you the birdingpal concept and information.

The service offers info on birdwatching tours around the world, lodging in the bird watching areas and field guides to New Mexico birds.

More importantly it lists birders who are willing to take you in their area to discover the local birds in their area. In most cases it is free of charge.

Because you are being driven my them in their car, you are expected to pay for fuel.  Or perhaps you  pay for a meal or give them an appreciation gift. But in order to contact any of these birders you must pay an annual $10 (Paypal only) fee for a type of password to use the site.

Using the Birdingpal resources you must agree to the following: If you contact a local Birdingpal and make arrangement to go birding, you should note it is common courtesy to make sure you show up for the appointment. If for any reason you are unable to do this, the least you must do is contacting the local Pal right away.

Please note that most Birdingpals are serious birdwatchers. It is a privilege to contact them, and your message should reflect it.

On the site there is a name of the possible birder, his/her profile about their birding experience, areas they would specialize in and the birds planned to be seen, and an email contact from the site to contact them by.

There are also professional guides who would charge a fee listed and their contact.

And last but not least a listing of websites with information on the state of New Mexico, weather, and clubs around the state.

Maybe this will be the way you get from being a backyard birder to a out-in- nature birder. It may help develop your confidence in going out on your own or attending birdwatching events.

And probably help you understand what it takes to find these flying beauties of nature we are so blessed to have in our state.

Good Luck and Good Birding!

Here is the website www.birdingpal.org