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Our Mission

The Birding Co-op is a grassroots organization that promotes inclusivity in the global birding community by creating accessible travel experiences that foster meaningful connections among birders and nature enthusiasts while supporting communities through responsible tourism practices, advocating for social liberties, and advancing science-based environmental changes.

How We Do It

A New Take on Tours

All-new birding experiences across the globe. Not only will tours focus on birding, but also the community, culture, and adventure of your destination.

Fostering Community

Connecting the global birding network with online resources. Engage with fellow birders to find new destinations, experiences, and friends.

Supporting Each Other

Proceeds help birding and ecotourism startups and organizations in need of support. With your membership and participation we can make a huge impact and create a more inclusive birding community.

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Shape the Future of Birding

By joining the Birding Co-op, you’ll become a part of our network of members who are working to make the birding world more accessible and inclusive.

Joining the Co-op means you are joining our efforts to better the birding world by fostering meaningful connections and real changes to make our community more accessible and inclusive. In addition, Co-op members will receive discounts on our global Experiences (launching in 2021), receive invites to virtual and in-person member events, and receive exclusive content from our partners. Most importantly, you’ll have opportunities to share your voice and make an impact in the global birding community. We’re proud to offer memberships for just $24/year to cover administrative costs for the Co-op.

An Innovative Online Community

Using the Power of Conversation to Make Real Changes

We believe that there is power in conversation to connect with others, share ideas, and foster change. Our online community is a space for Co-op members and partners to work together and making the birding world a better place.

The Co-op Community

Birder Cafés

Virtual Gatherings for Members

Second Wednesday of each month

Our cafés are based on Socrates cafés—in which gatherings of people from different backgrounds get together and exchange philosophical perspectives based on their experiences.


Virtual Gatherings for Members

Every Tuesday

Our hangouts are made for casual conversation and camaraderie in the Co-op. Join us from 8-? PM ET to talk about birds and life and have some fun!

Experiences Launching in 2021

A New Take on Birding Tours

What Experiences Are

Getaways that go off the beaten path to combine birding, community service, and connecting directly with local nature enthusiasts and leaders in ecotourism that keep costs low for participants.

What They Aren't

These are not hit-the-highlights trips with over-the-top amenities that only skim the surface of the local people and biodiversity or focus only on the species list.
The Montana Experience

The Montana Experience

With Glacier Birding Adventures

June 2021

Birding the Oregon Coast

The Oregon Experience

With Hannah and Erik Go Birding

September 2021

Birding in Colombia

The Colombia Experience

With Icaro Birding and Colombia Birdfair

February 2022

Birding in Costa Rica

The Costa Rica Experience

With Osa Conservation

Late 2021

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More Ways to Get Involved

Our Experience, Community, and Festival Partners get the support of the Co-op to make real change happen.
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We're making a difference while keeping membership costs low. Your donations will support the Co-op and our partners.
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Where Your Money Goes

We aim to be completely transparent with how your funds support The Birding Co-op. The Co-op is in the process of receiving 501(c)(3) nonprofit status—meaning that we are dedicated to provide a public benefit, not to maximize profits. Your membership dues first go to our operating costs—including legal and business fees; website, Community, and digital costs; and related bills. Beyond that, we use our funding to provide support to our partners. The Co-op works with our partners in many ways, including support in our community and on-the-ground services on Experience and at festivals, and in some cases, we will provide monetary support, too.

It takes an immense amount of time and effort to build and maintain the Co-op and its partnerships, and we have big dreams for this organization to grow. We are currently volunteer-driven, but we’re aiming to build a small staff in 2021 to make the Co-op the best it can be. Our members and donations will help to fund our future staff to increase our partnerships and the scope of the organization.

The Birders Who Started the Co-op

Co-op Board of Directors


Christina Baal • Mollee Brown • Hannah Buschert • Francis Canto Jr • Joshua Covill • Andrew Guttenberg • Tykee James • Forest Jarvis • Alen Kacal • Erro Lehnert • Prossy Nanyombi • Giovani Ortiz • Erik Ostrander • Chidi Paige