ASK and the Internet

ASK has been slowly but surely moving into the electronic communications world. But don’t worry, we won’t do away with the hard copy of the newsletter.

So where have we been and where are we going?

Our first attempt at a web page was about 15 years ago, but it was not until seven years ago that we got our own URL (

The next step was to modernize our Rare Bird Alert system of four or five captains who called five to seven people each whenever a rare bird had been seen in the greater Kalamazoo area. Now we have one person, with a 2nd person as backup, who sends out one e-mail to about 60 members. What a time savings!

Then we wondered if people might like to receive reminders of field trips by e-mail. We put an article in the newsletter about it and announced it at meetings and we now  send reminders to just under 60 members.

Next one of our members came up with the idea of the ASKBirds Google Discussion Group (, again only for ASK members. Recently we registered our 25th ASKBirds discussion group member!

And now Facebook – see our post ASK on Facebook.