Birders across Oregon are using a collection of messaging app groups as ways to share real-time bird information. These groups offer a faster, more convenient way to share information, and are particularly helpful in sharing info about the location of rare birds. While each group has its own guidelines, they generally ask that birders use those channels specifically for birds of that area. For statewide rarities and general discussion of bird behavior, status, and so on, OBOL is the preferred venue. For sharing of photos, Birding Oregon is preferred, and for regular ID questions, “What’s This Bird?” is recommended.

Map of whatsapp regionsTo begin using these groups, one only needs to download WhatsApp (free on iPhones and Android) and follow the link or instructions below (from your smartphone):

Portland Area Birders – Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Columbia counties

Clatsop/Tillamook – email David Bailey ( your first and last name and your phone #

Lincoln County – Lincoln county

Mid (Willamette) Valley – Yamhill, Polk, Marion, Benton, and Linn counties

Malheur area – Malheur, Harney, and Lake county

NE Oregon – Umatilla, Union, Baker, and Wallowa counties

Lane Co. – Lane County

Rogue Valley –  Josephine and Jackson counties

Columbia Gorge and Plateau – Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, and Morrow counties

Central Oregon – Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook Counties

Coos/Curry – Coos and Curry counties

Klamath Basin – Klamath County