I’ve been in and out of birding my whole life. I have recently returned to “the” wonderful world of bird watching and have I missed it at one time or another! There is something about bird watching that makes everything right in the world. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but when I’m birding, all is well in MY world. If you are a fellow bird watcher, you will understand what I am talking about. If you haven’t tried it yet, let me suggest a few reasons why now is the time to see why birding is the number one spectator sport in North America. Here are the reasons why I watch birds.
I watch birds because I can do it anywhere and at any time. I don’t have to travel to remote places or schedule entire weekends to watch birds. I observe birds in my car, through my office window, at my local park, and at any of the dozens of bird sanctuaries within the Phoenix metropolitan area.
I also like bird watching because it is an inexpensive sport. With nothing but a pair of binoculars and a reference book, I am successfully equipped for bird watching. I keep both items on a counter in my kitchen and use them frequently while studying the birds in our backyard feeders. I have seen over 100 different species of birds in my backyard alone!
Birdwatching exposes me to the beauty of nature, takes me to nearby places I’ve never been, and introduces me to great people who enjoy the same things I do. My love of bird watching has connected me with people and organizations who are passionate about protecting our sport. Together we have worked to save and enhance natural birding habitats and have helped educate others, both young and old, about caring for wildlife.
I love the bird because it slows me down a bit. Much of my life is hectic and stressful, so I look forward to a bird watching hike where I can escape the madness, even if it is only for a short time. I also love bird watching because it has connected me and my family to a common activity. For all of us, bird watching is not a destination. It is the key ingredient that adds an enriching flavor to each of our outdoor activities. Bird watching has been my lifelong hobby and I know the fun I have had with my family while bird watching has ensured that my children and grandchildren will be bird watchers for life as well.
The most important reason I see birds is that it is fun! Take someone you care about on a birding trip to your local park. Not only will you have a good time, but it will prepare them to enjoy bird watching for a lifetime. Bird watching is the perfect activity regardless of your age, health, or location. Whether you’re 8 or 88, get outside and bird watch! You will be glad to be “in” the wonderful world of bird watching.