- Let me second that point well-made about community relations. I belong to a
cycling group, that may bring well over a hundred riders through rural areas,
including stops at small stores, where there are usable toilet facilities in
particular. While the group is otherwise self-sufficient, even SMALL amounts
of money spent go a long way towards generating a welcoming attitude, towards
local residents and business people who may otherwise see bike riders or
birders as snooty elite folk imposing upon the locals.
Buying even a candy bar or a soda helps at such sites. A table of four
birders, binoculars on the table, eating lunch, is even better. Our cycling club
has some. rides that either start at small cafes, and end with lunch there,
or stop halfway through for brunch. And, as far as TRASH, bravo to that
person who not only did not drop any, but picked up stuff, even when it was
unlikely that it was dropped by any birder.
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