Bring nature into your home and observe pollinators at work by setting up a bird watching station
Studies show that learning about nature and connecting with the natural environment supports happiness and health, reduces stress, enhances concentration, and boosts learning for people of all ages. Learn more about all of the benefits of exploring and enjoying nature here.
A bird watching station is a great way to connect to an important part of the local ecosystem - birds. Birds help the food web stay balanced by eating plants, bugs, earthworms, and small animals. In turn, they are food for larger animals. Some birds also feed on nectar, making them pollinators. These birds transport pollen from plant to plant, allowing native plants like wildflowers to reproduce. Watch from inside your home as birds pollinate your yard and support the ecosystem.
The most important ingredient for a bird watching station is a bird watcher - that's you! Here are some other materials you may want to have on hand at your station:
- A bird book with different types of local birds and pictures
- A bird log so you can write down the birds you've seen
There is no one way to bird watch. Here are some key steps to get you started.
1. Find a good spot to watch
Do you have a tree in your yard or nearby that gets visited by many birds? Do you have a bird feeder? Set up your bird watching station near a window where you are likely to see birds OR make a mobile bird watching kit that you can bring on nature walks.
2. Keep a bird journal or log
Use the internet, a bird book, or other resources to keep track of the birds you've seen. Many birders - people who enjoy bird watching - have kept lists of birds they have seen for decades!
3. Go for a walk
More great bird watching resources
- Forsyth Audubon Society has information on local birds and other bird-related activities
- Listen to bird sounds here
- Great tips for learning more about birds here
Don't forget to share a photo of your station or of you watching birds. Make sure to tag @peancorg and #PEAYoungLeaders to be entered into the weekly Young Eco Leaders Raffle.
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