WE ARE A DIVERSE, AMBITIOUS, AND SUPPORTIVE COMMUNITY WHO WANTS TO MAKE THE BIRDING WORLD A BETTER PLACE.
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
Supporting Each Other
A New Take on Tours
By joining the Birding Co-op, you’ll become a part of our network of members who are working 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 can:
- Join our global and unique Birding Experiences
- Receive invites to virtual and in-person member events
- 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. If costs are a barrier to joining, then a free membership option is available as well—no questions asked.
Uganda Women Birders
Supplying optics and creating community events to connect with upcoming women birders and guides in Uganda and planning a 2023 Co-op Experience
Birding El Salvador
Supplying optics and creating community events to connect with the emerging birding community in El Salvador
Southeast Arizona Birding Festival
Coordinating socials and providing unique accommodations for Co-op members during the festival
Creating bilingual activities to connect English- and Spanish-speaking birders and planning a 2023 Co-op Experience
Birding Experiences Costa Rica
Supporting Caracara conservation in Costa Rica and co-hosting the Costa Rica Experiences in December 2022
Supporting the study and conservation of birds in the Osa Peninsula and co-hosting the Costa Rica Experience in December 2022
An Innovative Online Community
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.
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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 the future 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.
More Ways to Get Involved
Become a Partner
Our Experience, Community, and Festival Partners get the support of the Co-op to make real change happen. Learn more »
Make a Donation
We’re making a difference while keeping membership costs low. Your donations will support the Co-op and our partners. Support the Co-op »
The Co-op is for everyone—we mean it. As a nonprofit, the costs of joining help us with operating costs, and extra funds provide support to our partners. However, if the cost of a membership prohibits you from joining the Co-op, you can instead join for free, no questions asked. This is made possible by donations. If you’d like to donate to help others join this community, click here.