Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The average birder.

An interesting article at: www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol15/iss4/art4/ free and online.
The researchers study birdwatchers as citizen scientist both sides of the Atlantic. They found that the competitive elements of birdwatching i.e. twitching (and extensive fieldwork), to be more male dominated, while Garden BirdWatch(ing) has a female bias.
It is suggested that females might be more appreciation-motivated, driven by a wish to help birds, reduce stress and assist scientific research, while men appear to be more achievement orientated and competitive driven. As they say in exams - discuss.
Image taken from: stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com


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