Bird watching is an enjoyable and rewarding hobby, and no matter what type of birder
you are, there are many reasons to be thankful that you are part of this popular pastime. These 10 reasons for birders to be thankful are just the beginning of the positive aspects of birding that all bird watchers can appreciate.
1. Conservation and Rehabilitation EffortsIt is easy for birders to be thankful for the tireless efforts of conservation organizations, bird rehabilitators and their innumerable volunteers. Through their efforts, thousands of birds are rescued from natural and artificial disasters, and the public is made more aware of the threats facing wild birds. Conservation organizations work together to pass legislation to protect birds, acquire land for preservation and otherwise ensure this hobby can continue for generations to come.
2. Endangered Bird Successes
Many different programs, from protective legislation to captive breeding initiatives to habitat preservation, contribute to the success of endangered birds’ recoveries. Bird species such as the bald eagle
, brown pelican, whooping crane
and many more are making recoveries with successful population growth because of ongoing restoration efforts, and those efforts give every birder the opportunity to see these magnificent birds in their natural habitats.
3. Camaraderie of Birders
While it is possible to enjoy being a solitary birder, the fact that this hobby has more than 50 million participants just in North America makes it even more enjoyable to be part of a dedicated birding group. From national and international organizations to local birding clubs, birders can be thankful for the support and encouragement of like minds and the many benefits of birding in a group
4. Citizen Science Projects
Because birding is so popular, birders have the unique opportunity to participate in many citizen science projects to help catalog their observations for in depth, long term research. From highly structured events such as Project FeederWatch
or the Great Backyard Bird Count to local and regional bird counts, birders can be thankful that their efforts on any scale can be valuable.
5. Ways to Bring Birds Closer
It is fun to go into the field and find a new species to add to your life list, but it can be even more rewarding to take advantage of the innovative ways to bring birds closer to home. From specialized birding binoculars
and scopes to window attachment birdfeeders, there are many ways to get up close and personal with birds. Birders can be thankful, then, that they’re able to participate in this hobby right in their own yard.
6. Traveling for Birding
Birders interested in visiting exotic destinations to find new birds can be thankful for the many different birding tour companies
and specialized travel opportunities to see unique birds. Annual birding festivals are another outlet for birding travel that gives birders the opportunity to see species away from home with the guidance of local birding experts. Workshops, presentations and lectures that further add to our birding knowledge are even more parts of these events to be thankful for.
7. Birding Resources
It would not be nearly as exciting to discover a new bird species if you weren’t able to identify it and learn about it. Thankfully, birders have many superb resources available, from a wide range of field guides
and reference books to websites, classes, forums
and other resources that can help you identify a bird, share birding tips and utilize the expertise of other birders all over the world with ease and convenience.
8. Specialized Feeders
On the home birding front, birders can be especially grateful and thankful for a wide range of birding products such as specialized birdfeeders, different types of birdbaths and other equipment that can make birding at home even more rewarding. From using a nectar feeder
to attract hummingbirds to choosing a squirrel-proof birdfeeder
to deter pests, specialized products help us enjoy our avian friends with ease.
9. No Grow BirdseedAnyone who feeds the birds frequently quickly becomes thankful for no grow birdseed blends that have less waste and more value for the birds. Avoiding wasted seed not only means that the birds are able to eat all the offered food, but less spilled seed keeps lawns and gardens nicer while still being bird-friendly. Sunflower hearts, nyjer and suet are all no grow bird foods that can attract a wide range of hungry birds to your backyard feeders.
10. The BirdsBirders wouldn’t have a hobby to be thankful for if it weren’t for the birds. As birders, we enjoy the beauty songs and personalities of the birds we observe, and with nearly 10,000 unique bird species in the world, there’s always a new bird to add to the life list and a new avian friend to be thankful for.