In today’s CRT screen, smartphone, tablet, WiFi, wired e-world, birding is a great excuse to escape outdoors and relax.
Birding—which many people still refer to as bird watching—takes people out into nature. It’s like a walk in the park, only with an objective.
Birders enjoy the songs of birds. They enjoy finding birds in trees. And they frequently enjoy identifying birds.
The image of a bird watcher wearing a pith helmet or other funny hat, a vest with a dozen pockets, and equipment hanging from a belt or around the neck is not the outfit you’ll usually find among today’s hobby birders. Today’s birders are more likely to be wearing jeans and a t-shirt and a baseball cap from a local sports team.
Or even business casual.
Often starting in their teens or twenties, today’s birders typically keep a pair of binoculars in the car and stop at a park or woodland area and take a few moments out of their busy day to enjoy some fresh air and scan the beauty around them.
Anyone can be a birder. You don’t need a degree in ornithology or, really, any specialized training. All you need is an interest in some of nature’s most fascinating creatures. And a desire to get away from it all even if only for an hour or so.
The cool thing about birds is they’re everywhere. You don’t have to travel to someplace special. You probably have birds in your own backyard. Virtually anywhere with trees is home to birds.
If you’re a beginning birder or a more experienced casual birder, we’ll be here to help you on your adventure.