Weekend WTF: Bird porn!?

Well, this is a new one. Apparently there were several protesters at the Democratic Convention this week decrying Bird Pr0n:

I can’t decide if it’s a prank or for real–but there were multiple people carrying these signs on different days, as reported by Pam’s House Blend, among others.  They have also gone to the trouble of registering a domain name (via WordPress!) and creating a website, stopbirdporn.org.

From the flyer (and the website:)

“We have discovered that certain demographics of Bird Watchers are more sexually active than others.The elderly find that bird watching is not strenuous. And this erotic experience can be enjoyed privately through binoculars. Most disturbing are the groups of bird watchers seeking vicarious sexual gratification in the woods.

A psychologist who studies bird watching says: “Adults, disguised as bird watchers mask their debauchery by taking trips in groups. They can then achieve climax in the safety of the woods. Particularly disturbing is the high number of senior citizens using binoculars and telescopes to observe birds mating.

“These horny Peeping Toms satisfy their craving for sex by focusing their debasement on birds. This perversion must be halted, otherwise the entire moral fibre of our nation is going to hell.”

Hard (no pun intended) to say if it’s legit. But very amusing!

Do any of the birders on the blogroll have insights?

15 thoughts on “Weekend WTF: Bird porn!?

  1. I wouldn’t describe birdwatching as sexual gratification, and I had not heard of the anti-birdwatching movement before you mentioned it. Maybe they are people looking for press attention?

  2. Anyone who has ever attended a birding convention or festival will clearly understand just how disturbing the idea of “groups of bird watchers seeking vicarious sexual gratification in the woods” truly is on so many levels. Besides, if this was really the case, many of us “birding bloggers” would have long since posted photos or YouTube videos of it.

  3. the thing that gives me pause is that multiple people cared enough about this to not only invest time and money in printing signs and registering a website, but protesting *multiple days* at the DNC.

    That’s a level of dedication that I wouldn’t expect for a hoax.

    According to comments on their blog, they also have a plane with a banner:
    http://stopbirdporn.wordpress.com/about/#comment-51

    Of course, could just be brilliant viral marketing….for something.

  4. I must disagree with you people that “bird porn” is imaginary. These people are devoted to their cause and I agree with it.

    I can only wonder if some of you know full well about the problem of perverts watching birds mate and just want to cover it up. If so, you should ashamed of yourselves. Don’t morality and decency mean ANYTHING to you?

    The Good Conduct Society people will be at the Republican Convention this coming week. This problem must, and will, be stopped!

  5. What about all those ethologists observing the In-Sex out there? I spend weeks out in the field looking to catch butterflies in the act … and also observe if oviposition occurred in areas with host plants.

    andrea

  6. I was thinking along similar lines to Andrea. I get occasional comments about all the photos that I post of insects in copula. It’s not my goal to catch them in the act. Mating insects (especially fast stuff like tiger beetles) are just easier to photograph. They’re slower

  7. Even worse than they imagine: I actually hired a young impressionable student to spend the summer in the forest trying to catch birds in the act. And the results will be published both online & in an atlas…

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