Looking for an activity that can reduce stress, improve your memory, develop patience, and sharpen your observation skills? Spring is a great time to start a new hobby or pick up where you left off last spring with bird watching!! You can start by looking and listening around your home. This is the season of nest building, egg laying, and baby birds chirping. Find out what kind of nest you see and what you can do to help our feathered friends in the area. In the process, you can enjoy nature and breathe in the fresh air! My favorite local webpage is the Will County Forest Preserve site…so much information is available about our surrounding area:
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has this cool guide to hear different songs of birds that are common to us too:
Q: Why did the little bird get in trouble at school?
A: Because he was caught tweeting on a test.
Here are a few of the books we have available in the library:
Don’t forget we have magazines, like Ranger Rick, with information too!
If you prefer e-books, here are search results from Hoopla:
The Audubon Society is a wonderful website to learn about all kinds of birds and some beginning birdwatching tips:
The following Audubon articles introduce you to birds in a greater area- the Great Lakes. You can compare the information with the more local Will County website to really become an expert!
The Happy Birder is another site that has great activities and resources to get started with birdwatching and learning about the great outdoors:
Remember to stop, look up, and listen to start this adventure with our neighbors in nature. Gather some background knowledge, a few simple supplies, and then head outdoors to begin your birding experience…
and Happy Birdwatching!