Let’s Get Started!

Hi everyone! This is my very first official post. To begin, thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. I have never written anything publicly before and I am so excited to take you along my journey into birding.

I started this year with a long list of New Year’s resolutions and some of them included: spend more time outdoors, pick up a new hobby, initiate family activities, and expand the mind. As I tend to get a little over zealous with resolutions, I was presented with a way to incorporate a lot of them together. For a class assignment, I needed to create a blog, so I decided to write about and explore the world of birding.

Luckily enough I reside in Colorado and some of the most beautiful landscapes and areas are literally in my backyard. I have always enjoyed the outdoors and being in nature. I feel it is so vitally important to get out in nature to understand its significance and impact.

My husband had started birding several years ago and was always coming home with amazing pictures of birds and their beautiful surroundings. There was always a sense of serenity and connection about him when he returned home from his outings. Well needless to say, I wanted to obtain that same serenity. And so began my journey into birding…

When I first decided on birding as my new outdoor activity, I had the misconception that birding was strictly for retired senior citizens. Boy, was I worng! In my research I found that the activity was growing in popularity among many demographics. A study conducted by H. Ken Cordell and Nancy G. Herbert showed that the growing interest in birding is being displayed by an increase in the sales of bird guide books, growing attendance at birding festivals as well as birding activities being a catalyst for ecotourism (Cordell & Herbert 2002). Ecotourism could bridge the benefits of birding and the future of the environment, if connections of responsible economic growth are united with both local and global environmental issues. While birding popularity is growing across the board it has however declined for one particular age group. In the study by Cordell and Herbert the participants aged 25-39 saw a decline in birding activities, from 31.8 to 24.3 percent (Cordell & Herbert 2002).

Because I fall under the category of declining interest in birding as an activity, I feel even more compelled to inspire my peers to engage with nature and their community. Birding is a great way to take a few minutes of your day and focus on your surroundings. It is also an activity that can be done practically anywhere at anytime!

Not to mention the benefits of birding. If you choose to enjoy the activity indoors, say enjoying a cup of coffee at the window, this could be a few minutes of your day to relax your mind and take in the scenery’s beauty. Or you could choose to enjoy the physical and more engaged route by taking a walk or hike on nearby trails. Studies have shown evidence of positive health benefits and lowered negative emotions after exposure to a natural environment (Bowler, Buyung-Ali, Knight and Pullin 2010).

Throughout this blog I will share my experiences with birding and I will be providing insights on how to get involved with the activity, but most importantly getting outdoors and exploring the community!

Cordell, H. K., & Herbert, N. G. (2002). The popularity of birding is still growing.
Bowler, D. E., Buyung-Ali, L. M., Knight, T. M., & Pullin, A. S. (2010). A systematic review of evidence for the added benefits to health of exposure to natural environments. BMC public health, 10(1), 456.

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