Dear mammal watchers
Birders are doing it already…we discussed with Jon Hall about the idea of a mammal watcher meeting!!!
It would not only be great to meet other mammal watchers to exchange knowledge, experience and to learn more, but it could also be a chance to discuss what we all could do more for the mammals we love to observe – to help protect them. Jon Hall had the idea of perhaps combining/integrating this meeting with a birders meeting (like the bird fair).
Our main idea (besides exchanging great mammal watching topics) would indeed be to combine mammal watching trips with a bit of conservation and of course connect good people. So all ideas which would help in this regard would be welcome!
Before we would go to a next step to try to organise such a meeting for 2020 we would like to hear from the community if such a meeting would be welcome and if mammal watchers would really take their time to come. So please leave a comment and tell us your opinions and ideas.
Here are some of our ideas what themes we could discuss specifically:
– Open ideas and discussions how mammal watching could help conservation. Of course talk also about the problems, chances and risks ect.
– Motivate the mammal watching community to discover new mammal watching places. We like Jons ideas of awards/contests, maybe there could be an award for the best 3 new location of the year or something like that.
– Try to connect mammal watchers/mammal watching trips more to conservation projects. For example like with Armando and the bears in Ecuador. Also kind of volunteer work could be proposed or camera trapping etc. In our experience doing something small for conservation makes ones trip much more worthy and exciting.
– Connecting mammal watchers to perhaps start future projects/task force etc.
– Perhaps we could even discuss developping a kind of kodex for mammal watching and a kind of club or something where people could contribute and get membership cards etc…
– And a lot more (community ideas are very welcome)…
We just started this year to try to do more. An example of what we did so far:
We left/donated camera traps to researcher in countries/regions where they did not have any good ones or any ones at all. We also talked with many people we met in mammal watching areas about the importance of wildlife and nature and showed them, what animals live next to them. Ones we had a meeting with 30 children. We also try to build up a wild cats club in Switzerland to bring more attention and protection to small wild cats worldwide.
These are only small things but perhaps it will still help in some way and also it feels much better to do more apart from helping indirectly through good tourism.
We are looking forward for a discussion and perhaps the first mammal watching meeting!!! 🙂