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Is It Birding Or Bird Watching?

Aug 17, 2007
What is birding? Birding is simply another name for bird watching. Birding is a great activity for families and participants of many different backgrounds. Being outside and surrounded by natural things is what sparks an interest in conservation for many people, and birding is a great opportunity for this passion to begin to grow. As folks become accustomed to being outdoors and they begin to develop more birding skills, they will learn to absorb and pay attention to the entire natural world that surrounds them, and not just what is on the other side of a spotting scope.

Beginners, or those new to birding, will find that more experienced and knowledgeable bird watchers are more than eager and willing to pass on whatever skills and methods that they may have acquired themselves. Bird watchers do not tend to be a selfish bunch and are quite happy to see everyone enjoying the day. The accessibility of the activity often surprises those who are just developing an interest in birding. One can have some great bird watching experiences right in his or her own back yard!

Of course, any activity that welcomes new hobbyists or participants must have veterans who make them feel welcome and who are willing to pass on what they know. Veteran bird watchers often take as much pleasure teaching and guiding newcomers as they do in their own bird watching activities.

Ultimately, this necessary relationship between rookie and veteran bird watchers is vital to the continued growth of the movement. There is much more at stake than just recruiting new folks to join us in going to a bird watching destination. Driving the very core of the conservation movement that protects the habitats where the birds nest, feed, and live is people who have a passion for birding. In order for this passion to stay alive, and thus conservation efforts, there must be an ever growing and on going relationship between those who know and those who wish to learn.

The birds stand to gain the most out of these relationships that exist within the bird watch community. Ultimately, this must be about more than just us and our own passions and hobbies. It must be about the protection of habitat and the preservation of the things in this world that are beautiful.

Since birding is an activity that accessible to so many different people, the variety of conservations can be a powerful tool. Veteran bird watchers must be vigilant about teaching and creating interest or the habitats will begin to lose their protectors. Without diligent conservation work, the sprawl of progress will continue to grow right over the top of prime habitat.
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John Edmond writes regularly for a number of websites on on oudoor recreation and pursuits including winter birdwatching and winter camping.
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