Birder's characteristics for participation in a big day –social aspects are more important than competition

Randler C, Großmann N (2022)
Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology 3: 100050.

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Randler, Christoph; Großmann, NadineUniBi
Abstract / Bemerkung
Social aspects of birding have been rarely studied and birders are not a homogenous group. Different subcultures have been identified and addressed by the concepts of ‘birding specialization’ and ‘birding motivations’. We investigated social aspects of birding in combination with demographic variables and a special focus on a Big Day (aka birdathon). A Big Day is a competitive event where teams compete for the highest day total of species seen within 24 h. In our study, we compared participants of a regular Big Day in Germany with a group of non-participants drawn from the same survey sample. One hundred and seventy-eight of the investigated 577 respondents have participated in the event. Participants were significantly younger than other respondents. Gender (about 28% women) showed no significant relationship with the participation in a Big Day. Age, specialization (skill/knowledge), and motivations (social and reputation) predicted participation. Unexpectedly, achievement and competition motivation had no significant impact on the participation in a Big Day. Moreover, we found that Big Day participants more often volunteered in monitoring programs and in data collection for citizen science projects. Against the expectations, participants of a Big Day are not mainly an achievement/competition-oriented group, they rather seem to be interested in social relations. Thus, Big Days should be considered as a valuable tool to engage people in citizen science and raise awareness for nature, rather than neglecting them as a simple sports event for twitchers.
Erscheinungsjahr
2022
Zeitschriftentitel
Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology
Band
3
Art.-Nr.
100050
ISSN
26666227
Page URI
https://pub.uni-bielefeld.de/record/2963604

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Randler C, Großmann N. Birder's characteristics for participation in a big day –social aspects are more important than competition. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology. 2022;3: 100050.
Randler, C., & Großmann, N. (2022). Birder's characteristics for participation in a big day –social aspects are more important than competition. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 3, 100050. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cresp.2022.100050
Randler, C., and Großmann, N. (2022). Birder's characteristics for participation in a big day –social aspects are more important than competition. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology 3:100050.
Randler, C., & Großmann, N., 2022. Birder's characteristics for participation in a big day –social aspects are more important than competition. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 3: 100050.
C. Randler and N. Großmann, “Birder's characteristics for participation in a big day –social aspects are more important than competition”, Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, vol. 3, 2022, : 100050.
Randler, C., Großmann, N.: Birder's characteristics for participation in a big day –social aspects are more important than competition. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology. 3, : 100050 (2022).
Randler, Christoph, and Großmann, Nadine. “Birder's characteristics for participation in a big day –social aspects are more important than competition”. Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology 3 (2022): 100050.

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