Chad’s Blog: how to Do birding

I’ve spent a lot of time outdoors, so I’ve certainly seen my fair share of ospreys, herons, pelicans, and sandhill cranes, but I’ve never really considered myself to be much of a bird watcher. In fact, you probably never considered yourself to be one, either. But, I bet you got pretty excited the first time you saw a bald eagle. Guess what? Bam! Turns out you’re a bird watcher just like me.

Osprey

Since my recent visit to Audubon Center Birds of Prey, I’ve realized that maybe we should pay more attention to birds. There are over 800 different species of birds in North America — and many of them migrate or are native to Florida. They’re also major part of our ecosystem and play a vital role in keeping with the balance of nature; they pollinate flowers, spread seeds around, and control the overpopulation of insects and rodents, for starters.

Peregrine falcon

I also found out that bird watching, or birding, is the fastest-growing outdoor activity in America, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. What a great hobby! It gets you out into nature, you can do it alone or with friends or family, and pretty much anybody at any age can do it. Plus, it’s affordable — all you really need is a good pair of binoculars.  

So, the next time you’re hiking, fishing, or just going outside to get the mail — open your eyes and your ears. You’ll be surprised what you may find.

How to start birdwatching: https://www.audubon.org/birding

Check out some great birdwatching trails near me in Seminole County:

 

Other great links to check out about Florida birds:

http://floridabirdingtrail.com/bird-sort-page

http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/profiles/birds

http://fl.audubon.org

https://ebird.org

http://auduboncenterforbirdsofprey.org

 

Do florida,

Chad

 

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