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October HBC Meeting: Real or Perceived Barriers to Birding – Inclusion, Messaging and Mentoring, with Roy Rodriguez

October 18, 2021

7:15 pm - 9:30 pm


When it comes right down to it, birding is about people and their deep connection to the resource. The future of birding and conservation of wild spaces falls on all of us. How do we reach and cultivate new birders and naturalists who maybe don’t look, or sound like us? Join Texas Park Ranger, Roy J Rodriguez for a discussion on the optics and the reality of reaching out and connecting with new audiences & visitors.



Roy J. Rodriguez is a natural resource interpreter, consultant, and environmental educator, working out of South Texas. He is an outspoken advocate fostering diversity among birders and is involved in numerous regional and international conservation endeavors. Roy’s twenty years as an international tour operator and birding guide has taken him across North America and from the Arctic Circle to the shores of the Yellow Sea. He is Lead Instructor for the National Hispanic Environmental Council’s Environmental Training Institute Scholarships, Presenter for the Changing the Face of American Birding Diversity Conferences and sat on the Diversity Committee with the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Birder’s Initiative. Roy lives in Pharr, Texas with his wife Marisa Oliva and their two young naturalists: Alex, 9 and Julia, 7. He works for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as Lead Interpreter out of Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park & World Birding Center in Mission, Texas.


Photo: Verónica G. Cárdenas/Audubon
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