The Beginner’s Guide To Birdwatching In Your Backyard
I think that all of us have had our fill of virtual tours, online classes, and binge-watching Netflix while we are self-isolating due to the coronavirus. It’s hard not to get at least a little cabin fever, and staring at the screen does not always help. The solution to this problem may be as close as your own backyard.
Auburn Pub reports that a recommendation has gone out from the New York State Department of Environment Conservation that residents should take up birdwatching. It’s a great way to relieve some stress during the COVID-19 pandemic without violating social distancing laws.
Many locations are closed to the public, including zoos, beaches, and some national parks. You don’t have to travel to some distant location in order to enjoy a little off what nature has to offer. Now that spring is here, bird species are migrating from their southern winter homes to the northern states. Many urban areas, including New York City, are seeing an influx of birds that are looking for a place to build a nest and raise some chicks.
You can try some local parks, if they are open, to do some bird watching and you will likely have enough elbow room that you can keep your distance from others. Then again, you may not even have to leave your property. If you have access to a backyard or a tree on a street corner near your home, you can go out on your patio, balcony, or look through the window to watch some birds.
According to a 2017 study from the University of Exeter, birding is more than just something to do while we are in quarantine. Watching birds around your home can reduce your levels of depression and stress, and we could all use that these days. If you go outside to enjoy some birding, it’s a great outdoor activity. Being outside for any reason has been known to help with mental health in numerous ways.