What are the benefits of birdwatching?
That’s a great question. Especially since birdwatching is an incredibly popular hobby.
Did you know that more people in the USA and Canada spend more time watching birds than they do gardening?
In fact, up to 20% of the population takes part in some form of birdwatching every day.
If you’ve even taken an interest in watching the bird in your yard or local area then you’re bird watching.
Whether you see birdwatching as a pastime or a fun hobby, it comes with so many benefits.
Let me share with you the many ways that bird watching can change your life.
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110 Benefits of Bird Watching
Physical Benefits of Birdwatching
1. Increases Physical Activity
If you’re looking to gently increase your physical activity levels then birdwatching will help you out. Taking regular walks in your local area to spot bird is a fun way to up you cardio activity.
Even when you’re birdwatching at home you’ll find yourself standing more or even pacing around to get a good view of birds around your feeders.
This slow but steady activity is LISS cardio, which is a safe a gentle form of exercise.
2. Prevent Disease
Birdwatching can reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Preventing stress is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of common conditions like heart disease, obesity, and raised blood pressure. [Source]
3. Increase Vitamin D Levels
Getting outdoor to bird watch will naturally raise your vitamin D levels. Increased levels of sun exposure help your body to produce more vitamin D. This is an essential vitamin for boosting your brain and immune system as well as strengthening your bones. [Source]
4. Improved Sleep
Studies have shown that spending more time outdoors in nature can improve your sleep hygiene. Bird watching is a fun and easy way to increase your exposure to being more active and getting outdoors. [Source]
5. Quicker Reflexes
Birds are fast and unpredictable. One minute you see them, the next they are gone. Some birds can spooks easily, so you have to be fast. Birdwatching helps you to develop the ability to react quickly otherwise you’ll miss out on some spectacular birds.
6. Doctors Recommend It
The health benefits of spending more time in nature doing activities such as birdwatching are becoming more and more known. It’s a fast-moving field known as eco-therapy. Doctors in Scotland have even started prescribing interaction with nature, including bird feeding, to help improve patient’s health and wellbeing. [Source]
7. Reduces Pain
If you suffer from any type of chronic pain, birdwatching can be very therapeutic. Birdwatching can release endorphins which are happy hormones. Alongside regular activity, endorphins can help to combat pain symptoms naturally.
8. Reduces Blood Pressure
The stress-reducing effect of birdwatching can keep your blood pressure steady. If you have problems with high blood pressure birdwatching is a great way to add some relaxation into your daily life.
9. Therapy For Seniors
Birdwatching is amazing for mental stimulation for seniors. It’s a great hobby for aging family members as it will keep them mentally sharp, remain active in a low-impact way, and connect with others. [Source]
10. Ideal for Limited Mobility
Birdwatching is a versatile hobby that can suit all activity levels. If your mobility isn’t great you can still take part. Of course, you may not be able to trek for hours upon hours but you can still watch birds from the comfort of your own backyard.
11. Encourages Arm Strength
Using binoculars for birdwatching is a sure-fire way to encourage you to improve your upper arm strength. When you need to lift binoculars up and down or hold them in place for a long period of time you’ll benefit from arm strengthening exercises.
12. Alternative For Allergy Sufferers
Are you an animal lover who suffers from allergies? Then bird watching is a great way to have the enjoyment of daily interaction with animals without the risk of an allergy flare.
Emotional Benefits of Birdwatching
13. Reduces Loneliness
Birdwatching has long been linked to a reduction in feelings of loneliness. It’s thought that a human/animal bond with backyard birds can be a form of companionship. This type of interaction helps to provide a buffer against developing poor mental health. [Source]
14. Improves Confidence
Learning new skills from a hobby like birdwatching is a great way to improve your confidence. Every time you successfully identify a new bird or learn how to attract another species will make you feel good about your new found skills and ability to achieve things.
15. Healthy Competition
Trying to spot new bird species is a fun way to compete with others. It can be a bit of friendly competition between friends and family.
There is even a world-famous birding competition known as the World Series of Birding. This takes place in New Jersey every year in May.
The Big Year is also an informal competition from the American Birding Association. The aim is to spot as many bird species as you can and compare your numbers with birdwatchers around the world.
16. Increase Self Esteem
Taking up birdwatching is a great way to boost your self-esteem. Learning new skills and having new experiences will help you to feel good about yourself.
As you build your success from birdwatching you’ll develop a real sense of self-worth. This ability to value yourself is a need we all seek to fulfill.
17. Gives A Sense Of Achievement
Whenever you learn something new you get a real sense of achievement. Birdwatching has so many opportunities for learning from identifying new birds, to skills of attraction or even mastering new equipment.
18. Become More Respectful
Birdwatching helps you to develop a greater sense of respect for others. You’ll learn to respect nature, wildlife, and the environment. That includes respecting other people and their properties when you are birdwatching.
19. Increase Laughter
Watching birds at your backyard feeders can provide many hours of entertainment and a few good laughs. Birds have some really odd behaviors that are extremely amusing. Your bird-friendly yard may also attract other wildlife such as squirrels. Watching them try to maneuver feeder baffles will have you laughing out loud at their antics.
20. Reduces Anger
If you’re a bit of a hothead, birdwatching can help to provide you with stress relief. Watching birds is relaxing, which is the number one antidote for anger. Plus if you get easily frustrated by learning new skills you don’t need to put a lot of effort into learning birdwatching basics. That’s why bird watching can be so enjoyable for beginners.
21. Improves Relationships
Couples can take up birdwatching as a hobby to do together. Couples hobbies can strengthen your bond, improve communication and encourage you to spend time together. A shared interest is also known to be a great way to a long and healthy relationship.
22. Feeling Of Joy
A good birdwatching experience can bring intense feelings of joy. It’s that sensation of fulfillment when you see a rare bird, attract a new species or spot a bird nesting in your yard. It’s not hard to see how the positive feelings that birdwatching brings can make you feel good about your efforts.
23. Rare Experiences
Some birds are really rare, which means that birdwatching can bring about a unique experience that others won’t have. That scarcity can make you feel really special and give you an extra boost to your own feeling of self-worth.
Mental Benefits of Birdwatching
24. Reduce Depression
Mental health is a huge public health epidemic. Birdwatching is a hobby that can help you to tackle poor mental health. Studies have found that birdwatch help to connect with nature and reduce the chances of recurring depression symptoms.[Source]
25. Reduce Memory Loss
Losing your memory as you get older can be a big worry. Particularly if you have a family history of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Birdwatching can help keep your mind healthy by helping you to continue learning. That type of mental stimulation will help prevent your brain from going into cognitive decline.
26. Increases Relaxation
Seeing or listening to birds has long been associate with the feeling of relaxation. That’s because humans have learned to associate singing birds with a sense of safety and calm. Think about any relaxation music or app you’ve ever heard. You’d be hard-pushed to find one without nature sounds featuring chirping birds.
27. Reduces Stress Levels
You’ll find that Bird watching is a slow-paced hobby. This can really help reduce stress levels by forcing you to slow down and concentrate. Studies have found that seeing birds during the day reduces our stress levels. [Source]
28. Decreases Anxiety
In our ever stressful world, anxiety is on the rise. Birdwatching can help you provide a focus as a distraction from daily worries and overthinking. Both watching and reading about birds can help to create this sense of escape from your every day worries. [Source]
29. It’s Fun
Birdwatching experience can be really fun. That’s because it’s a stimulating and rewarding hobby. You’ll feel that pure sense of excitement when you eventually spot the bird you’ve been trying to attract.
30. Grounding Activity
Being present in nature is a very grounding experience. Seeing and hearing birds will stimulate your senses. As will smelling and touching the natural environment around you. This can really help to make you feel ‘in the moment’.
31. Encourage Introspection
Spending more time on your own in a calm environment can help you to do some self-examination. Introspection can help you to learn a lot about yourself. You’ll find that this act of self-discovery will help you to make a strong connection with your birdwatching experiences.
32. Helps Contemplation
If you’re fed up with self-discovery then why not try to let go instead. Birdwatching can be a great way for you to get out of your own head. That period of deep reflective thought can really help you to become more self-aware and find positivity in your surroundings.
33. Self-Care Time
Making time for self-care is essential to keep you mentally healthy. It’s not all about bubble baths and meditation. Birdwatching is a great form of self-care if it helps you to relax and unwind. It will be even more effective for you if you schedule even a little time for birdwatching in your daily schedule.
34. Increase Mindfulness
Birdwatching experiences are a great inspiration for practicing mindfulness. Use each watching session to pay attention to your breath and the senses you’re feeling in your body. That will range from calm and stillness to the flutter of excitement when you see a bird. This can be great therapy for getting a bit of control over your strong emotions.
35. Increase Mental Alertness
The focus on your senses as you look for birds will increase your mental alertness. You’ll need to listen and look intently, often with just a few seconds to gather the information you need. You’ll find your brain sharpens over time to capture the information you need in the moment.
36. Transition To Retirement
Birdwatching is an ideal hobby to transition into your retirement. Many new retirees worry about a lack of daily stimulation. Watching birds will give you the benefits of keeping active. But, you also get the added benefit of relaxation which is what you’ve worked hard for after all through years of employment.
Intellectual Benefits of Bird Watching
37. Memorise details
Because birds are so fast-paced you’ll start to hone your observation skills. You’ll soon quickly be able to remember, size, shape, colors, and pattern of a bird. All these details will help you to identify the bird you’ve seen. Remember you won’t always have a camera or binocular to hand when a bi decides to make an appearance.
38. Personal Challenge
Challenging yourself to find a new bird species is a great way to push yourself. You’ll find you start to push yourself out of your comfort zone to reach your goal. Whether that’s getting up earlier in the morning to catch a bird in your yard or taking a walk in a nearby forest. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and grow as a person.
39. Gain More Knowledge
Having a basic knowledge of what to do when your birdwatching will save you a lot of frustration and headaches. Heck, that’s the whole reason I started up birds and wild in the first place. There is so much to know about birds in general but also topics like what they eat or where they nest. Your knowledge of birds will grow quickly and help advance your birdwatching skills.
40. Share knowledge
It’ll surprise you how quickly you can become a fountain of birding knowledge to those around. When someone close to you decides to birdwatch you can help them get started. Or how about passing on your birdwatching knowledge to the kids in your life.
Social Benefit of Birdwatching
41. Reduce isolation
Although birdwatching can be a solitary hobby it can improve feelings of isolation. Being in nature and hearing birdsongs can help you feel more connected than ever to something bigger than yourself.
42. Make friends
There are so many different ways you can meet other people through birdwatching. That can be from simply seeing fellow birders on your daily walks to getting involved online. Having a shared interest is a great way to open up conversations with people and get to know them more.
43. Join community
You’ll find a group or club in your area where you can meet up and birdwatch together. Or even connecting with other online through Facebook groups or forums. Community helps you to share knowledge, find new goals and celebrate success together.
44. Low Barrier To Entry
One of the things I love about bird watching is how easy it is for anyone to get involved. You don’t need to buy lots of expensive equipment or have extensive knowledge to get started. Start by learning the basics of attracting birds and take it from there.
45. Spearhead Diversity
Bird watching is usually thought of as a hobby for solitary, middle-aged men. But statistics show that most birdwatchers in the USA are females who birdwatch at home. There are trends towards birdwatching becoming more popular amongst younger people too. If you don’t fit that mold then why not become a pioneer and add diversity to the birdwatching world.
46. Attend Festivals
Did you know that there are yearly bird festivals that allow fellow bird watchers to meet up?
There are hundreds of these festivals that take place over the USA every year. The good news is that despite the recent events with COVID 19 you can still socially distance or take part virtually.
47. Be Interesting
When you have a hobby you become more interesting to people around you. That’s because even if people don’t want to hear about birds, you’re sure to have a unique or funny experience to tell them about.
48. Take Part In Worldwide Projects
Every year bird societies such as Audubon or the RSPB have days when they have a ‘Great Backyard Bird Count’. It connects thousands of people around the world to identify the birds they see in their local area. This data helps to recognize problems early. Measures can then be put in place to prevent these from having a long-term impact on birds.
49. Get Friends Involved
Birdwatching as a hobby can be seen as a bit nerdy. But it may surprise you how many people around you love a bit of backyard birdwatching. They may not talk about it as a hobby, but once you talk about your birdwatching adventures, see how they open up. You can help them to make improvements to their yard and get even more enjoyment from their feathered friends.
50. Inspire A New Generation
As our world becomes more involved with environmental changes you can start to inspire a new generation with your knowledge. Being a mentor and teaching a new generation your birdwatching knowledge is how we grow and develop as humans.
Environmental Benefit of Birdwatching
51. Get Outdoors
Nature deficiency is the idea that we are spending too much time indoors and less time outdoors. Birdwatching is the best antidote for this issue. Your increase exposure to nature will help improve your physical and mental health as well as have a newfound appreciation for the benefits of the outdoors.
52. Learn About Bird Worldwide
Bird watching not only get you interested in bird in your local area. Soon you’ll be taking an interest in the most popular bird to watch around the world. Soon you’ll be wanting to book trips to see the Fairy Wren in Australia or the Marvelous Spatuletail hummingbird in the mountains of Peru.
53. Travel To New Places
The amazing thing about birdwatching is that you can travel anywhere in the world and see new and exciting species. It’s a hobby rooted in eco-tourism that encourages you to travel responsibly. In fact, there is a whole niche travel industry set up to guide you through birding in foreign countries. Where would you love to go?
54. Get To Know Your Area
If traveling around the world to bird watch isn’t your thing, then you always have your local area. I guarantee you’ll find places you’ve never known about when you start to explore your area for more birds. You might even be surprised to meet neighbors who do the same.
55. Stay At Home
One of the biggest benefits of birding is you can do it from the comfort of your own home. By creating a bird-friendly environment you can bring the local birds to you. If there is a bird you want to see find out what they like to eat and the type of feeder they like to use.
56. Spread Seeds
Attracting birds to your yard is a great way to help plants spread their seed. Birds will often get seeds attached to their feathers or even carry them in their beaks. Birds drop seeds further away from the parent plant, helping plants to spread further.
57. Reduce Food Waste
Offering food in backyard feeders is one of the best ways to birdwatch. You don’t need to always offer expensive commercial brand seeds. By offering the birds’ kitchen scraps you can help to cut down on food waste. Be sure to offer birds the right food, Why not read my guide on the best foods to offer birds from your kitchen.
58. Help Other Wildlife
When you start attracting birds to your yard, you’ll also be helping out other wildlife. Offing food is a sure way to help out other animals such as squirrels. Planting more flowers will help provide plenty of pollen for the butterflies and bees. You find yourself becoming just as interested in these creatures too. Soon you’ll blossom from backyard birdwatching to a fully-fledged wildlife watcher.
59. Wildlife Conservation
One of the strangest outcomes of bird and wildlife watching is how quickly you develop a sense of protection over these creatures. You’ll find yourself wanting to protect your backyard visitors, help them flourish, and keep them safe. I recommend you start by learning how to tackle the 4 biggest threats to your backyard birds.
60. Support Native Birds
Learning more about birds in your area gives you a better idea of how to cater to their needs. Do they like certain plants, foods, or habitats? You can also learn more about how to support the native species and how to discourage invasive species like sparrows or starlings.
61. Participate In Wildlife Studies
By doing any type of birdwatching activity you will be able to take part in wildlife surveys. The fishing and wildlife services will do surveys every 4 years to gather information on the economic impact of birdwatching. [Source]
62. Become For Eco-Friendly
Birdwatching is a very eco-friendly hobby. Attracting birds to your yard helps to preserve bird and plant species in the area. Plus you’ll more than likely want to start using more environmentally friendly products in your yard, to prevent harming the birds you attract. Even educating others about birds is a great way to do your part for the environment. [Source]
63. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
When you learn that climate change is having a massive impact on birds, you want to do all you can to slow it down. Simple ways you can improve your carbon footprint are unplugging devices to use less energy, try to eat less meat, don’t take the car when you can walk, and plant more flowers. [Source]
Spiritual Benefits Of Birdwatching
64. Connect To Nature
Having a connection with nature can improve your knowledge of yourself. I modern times we’re disconnected from nature and with this comes a disconnect from our spiritual wellbeing.
Birdwatching helps up to connect to nature whether that’s through our bond to the birds or simply immersing ourselves in the outdoors.
65. Gives Life Perspective
Watching a bird gives you a perspective on being a human. That sense of optimism turning to sadness when eggs fail to hatch. Or just the appreciation of life and death in nature. Birdwatching helps you to realize that life has up and downs, and that’s ok. If anything that bird will teach you to be resilient in the face of any hardship.
66. Let Go Of Expectations
Birdwatching is full of so much optimism and excitement that you’ll see a bird. But when you don’t it can be really disappointing. As you progress with your birdwatching you’ll learn to let go of all those expectations. And when you do, you’ll realize that the journey is more important than the outcome.
67. Appreciate Stillness
Out modern world is constantly trying to keep us on the move. Desperate to show us the next trend or funny internet video. Birdwatching is a great way to switch off from that contact fast pace and be still for a while. You’ll quickly realize that staying quiet and still will help you see more birds. That slowed-down pace will help to calm your body and mind, even if for a few moments.
68. Connect To Seasons
You can watch birds all year round, but you’ll notice how their behaviors change with the seasons. You’ll start to connect to those season by changing up your interaction with the birds. That may mean offering different food, making sure you have a water source,seasons or even providing a safe habitat for shelter. The seasons will also bring new birds from breeding or migration.
69. Make You Think Of Loved Ones
There is often something very poignant about seeing a striking bird in your yard. Many birds, such as cardinals’, will connect you to feeling that a loved one is watching over you. This is a spiritual connection you are having and can bring a lot of comfort during moments of grief or sadness.
70. Connect With Spirituality
Birds have long been connected with spirituality and religion. You may feel that your daily interactions with birds are a message from a higher power. This can help to give guidance or direction when you feel stuck in life.
Family Benefits of Birdwatching
71. Connect With Family
One of my favorite benefits of birdwatching is the connection it gives me with my family. Despite my husband being a complete ‘city boy’ and my kids wanting to be online 24/7 we always find common ground in birdwatching. I now even get my teenager telling me which birds she’s seen throughout her day which opens up a conversation.
72. Teach Children About Respect
Your child will quickly learn to respect nature through birdwatching. When a bird startles and flies away from them approaching or being loud you have the perfect teaching opportunity.
Tell your child to keep their distance and don’t interfere. That includes leaving nests or eggs alone. We need to raise children to appreciate nature and not disrespect or destroy it.
73. Keep Children Active
We all know that children are getting unhealthy though lack of activity. Getting children outdoors to walk and watch birds or even wandering in the yard will keep them fit and healthy.
74. Teaches Children Responsibility
A child can learn about responsibility through birdwatching. That includes teaching them that humans are responsible for ensuring the safety and protection of birds. When humans destroy natural bird habitats, we have the responsibility to provide alternative foods and shelter sources. Be a role model and pass on all that valuable knowledge you have.
75. Low-Cost Day Out
Bird watching is a great low-cost day out with the kids or even a fun date with a loved one. Make a route and go for a walk and try to spot as many birds as you can. Children can then get creative and write about or draw the birds they saw.
76. Make Memories
When you spend time with people then you’ll make memories. You’ll be sure that in years to come your kids will remember that time you watched the birds at the feeder. Or even when you spotted that rare bird on your weekly nature walk.
77. Improve Kids communication
Listening to birds is a great way for children to advance their communication skills. Listening is an invaluable skill to have to teach children how to understand, retain and respond to information. These skills will help your child to solve problems better as they grow.
78. Cuts Down Screen Time
Excessive screen time is likely to make your child ‘blinkered’ to the world around them. They lose the skills to observe and experience everyday life or interact with this world. Practicing birdwatching with a child is a great way to combat this. The skills you need for birdwatching are what screen time takes away from children.
79. Increase Brain Function
Taking your kids into nature can increase their cognitive functioning. Even 15 minutes outdoors improves a child’s problem-solving skills. Birding is a great way to introduce those bitesize chunks of nature into your child’s life. It’s even a good compromise for children who are not nature inclined. [Source]
Skill Developing Benefits of Birdwatching
80. Visual Skills
Identify birds is one of the main skills of birdwatching. That means you have to be able to tell if a bird’s size, shape, and color. Also, you need to pick up quickly on their behaviors. The more you practice the more attuned your eyes will become to bird activity.
81. Listening Skills
Bird watching is more than looking at birds. You’ll find your ears picking up on a song or a call and wondering what species is nearby. Learning some bird calls will also help you get better at identifying which bird you’ve seen closing your eyes and simply listening to the birds singing is a great way to hone your skills in this area.
82. Patience Skills
Birds are not at your beck and call and will only appear when they are ready to. In fact, some would argue that the anticipation of seeing a bird only makes the experience better. Delay of gratification can help you become more tolerant and give a feeling of accomplishment.
83. Improve Concentration
Birdwatching can boost your concentration in many different ways. Simply being in nature forces you to slow down and stop all the multitasking you need to do in everyday life. Focusing to identify a bird will stop you from being easily distracted and missing a sighting opportunity.
84. Encourage Creativity
There is something about birds that inspired creativity. Whether it’s their many colors or little personality’s you’ll be sure to get inspired. You can become more creative from your birdwatching with photography, drawing, painting, storytelling, or creating comedy from your birdwatching experiences.
85. Teaching Skills
Having a passion for birdwatching means you’ll be great at teaching. Why? Because people who are passionate about a topic are usually very inspiring and the excitement of the topic rubs off on others. Passing on your knowledge to others helps you to reflect on your own bird knowledge and continue to learn more.
86. Learn Jargon
Jargon is the type of language that certain communities have and use regularly. When you’re able to pick up the certain term which birdwatchers use you’ll have an instant bond with them. It will make you feel like you speaking a whole new language which is really rewarding. Check out some of these birder words to get you started .
87. Improved Problem Solving
Your problem-solving skills will be greatly improved when bird watching. One way to challenge this skill is when trying to identify a bird. Sometimes it’s like trying to solve a puzzle. All you observation need to fit together to get a correct ID. Other ways to challenge your problem-solving skills is to try and find solutions for problems such as bully birds, pests, or how to get your yard conditions just right to attract the bird you want to see.
88. Learn New Technology
Although bird watching can be really simple, there is an opportunity for you to learn about new technology. Some great birdwatching technology includes optic binoculars, scopes, trail cameras, and using high spec digital cameras.
Personal Development Benefits of Birdwatching
89. Habit Forming
When you’re birdwatching, the reward of seeing any type of bird is enough to build habits. You quickly learn to continue filling your feeders, then observing at a specific time and you get the reward of seeing the birds. What’s more is birdwatching can help you develop good habits like waking early, becoming more active, or making time for yourself to relax.
90. Goal Setting
Spotting birds can become quite addictive and you’ll soon find yourself setting goals to see more and more birds. Joining challenges such as the nationwide birdwatch can really help to push you to improve your birdwatching skills.
91. Journal Inspiration
Journaling has become quite trendy in the last few years. But birdwatchers have always been great at keeping journals of their birding experiences. These can include details of birds you’ve seen, drawings, or even places you’ve traveled. Journaling can really help you document your journey with nature or even your own mental health.
92. Transferable Skills
All these new skills you’re learning from birdwatching can be used in other areas of your life. Your employer, family, and friends are sure to enjoy your improvements with commutation skills, self-control, and problem-solving. Don’t be surprised when they comment on how these are having a positive effect on your life.
93. Reduce Boredom
You’ll never be bored when you start birdwatching. If you ever have time to spare use it to watch the birds or explore to find more birds. Even in the wee hours and the sun has gone down, listen for any nocturnal activity. Or check out some more Birds and Wild articles to improve your birdwatching knowledge.
94. Better Work-Life Balance
A hobby like birdwatching gives you time to relax and unwind from the daily tasks that you do at work. This is time for yourself to detach from the stress and strains of work life. The benefit of birdwatching for your physical, mental, emotional social health can make up for the strain that your job puts on these areas.
Financial Benefits of Birdwatching
95. Creates Jobs
A survey by the fishing and wildlife service’s found that spending on Bird watching in 2016 created 782,000 jobs and $35 billion in employment income. [Source]
For younger birders, they may even want to consider turning a passion for birds into a career. Think of something like an ornithologist, wildlife rehabber or tour guide. There is even the option for more creativity such as bird artist, writer, or photographer.
96. Can Be Low Cost
Birdwatching can be completely free. All you need is to take yourself to areas where you’ll see birds and start looking and listening.
Obviously, like any hobby, if you want to get more serious about it you can start spending to attract birds to your yard. You may even want to buy a set of good birding binoculars and a field guide.
97. Buy New Gadgets
Like any hobby bird watching has plenty of gadgets you can learn to use to improve your skills.
Binoculars may not seem like a good gadget at first, but optical binoculars are like two little telescopes to carry around with you. Birdwatching gadgets are innovative and work well alongside modern technology such as your smartphone. It’s never been so easy to capture your bird sighting and keep a memory of them with you forever.
98. Seeing Bird Enjoy Your Equipment
Did you know that spending money on experiences is a way to increase your own happiness? I mean spending money on yourself is fun. But you can’t deny the joy you feel when you what a bird enjoying a new seed or that new birdbath you’ve installed in your yard. [Source]
99. Bird Watching Good For Economy
There are 45 million birdwatchers in the USA. That results in a whole lot of money being spend on birdwatching as a bobby. In fact, birdwatching brings in $80 billion for the U.S economy every year. That includes anything from buying feeders and equipment to the expenses of planning a trip away to birdwatch. Birdseed is a $4 billion industry alone. [Source]
100. Support Wildlife Charity
Being involved in birdwatching helps to open your eyes to the challenges that our national wildlife faces. You realize that they give you so much joy and entertainment that you want to give something back to support conservation efforts.
Two great bird charities you can give back to are:
101. Pets without Bills
Ok, I know that backyard birds aren’t actually pets, but they can give you the same feelings of enjoyment. You get to care and provide for them the same way you would with a dog or a cat.
In return they give you hours of entertainment and happiness. The good thing is you don’t have the costly vet, insurance, or grooming expenses.
102. Increases Property Value
Did you know that attracting birds to your yard can add around $32,000 onto the price of your property value? The rarer the bird you can attract the more your property is worth. It’s thought that this may be down to the changes you make to the landscape when trying to attract birds. That’s means that backyard birdwatching really ups the curb appeal of your home. [Source]
Gardening Benefits of Birdwatching
103. Insect Control
If you want an eco-friendly approach to insect control then the birds are your answer.
In early spring, even the seed-eating birds are in insect-eating mode. Insects are the perfect food for their growing chicks.
Even if you’re not green-fingered, helping birds to thrive has a great impact on crops. Are you partial to a bit of coffee or wine? Birds help to maintain these crops by eating the insects that damage the plant. [Source]
104. Weed Control
Birds can really do their part to help control weeds in your yard. There are birds, such as finches and sparrows, who enjoy weeds seeds as part of their diet. They will hoover up any pesky weed seeds in your yard and prevent them from growing.
105. Improved Landscaping
Attracting more birds to your yard is a sign of a healthy environment. By bringing more plants, shrubs, or trees into your area you’re keeping a healthy habitat for the birds.
A bird-friendly yard is not only beautiful to look at but provides you with hours of enjoyment. That may be from keeping busy maintaining the yard, watching birds enjoy your efforts or entertaining guests.
106. Pollination of plants
Birds play a huge role in the pollination of plants. We need pollination birds like hummingbirds to ensure plants grow. That plays an essential role to make sure humans have enough food to survive.
In the USA pollinating bird make sure that wildflowers grow. They help improve the overall ecology and success of a beautiful yard. [Source]
Benefits of Birdwatching for Birds
107. Keep them healthy
Birds are becoming more and more adapted to urban living spaces. But that isn’t necessarily a good thing. Birds are adapting to eating food sources that are nutritionally poor.
Keeping green spaces in your yard will provide fruits and insects for the birds. Offering nutrient-packed seeds in regularly maintained feeders is another great way to support local birds.
108. Give shelter
Birdwatching in your yard often leads to you wanting to do more to attract birds to your yard again and again.
Adding birdhouses with a camera is a great way to watch the progress of a bird raise its chicks.
Providing shelter can also help bird species to survive in a long cold and harsh winter.
109. Help endangered species
Being involved with birdwatching means there are many ways you can help endangered species from going extinct.
Helping to support natural habitat is a great first step. You can also donate to a bird conservation charity so their funds and put back into supporting the birds.
Taking part in national yearly bird surveys is a collective effort from birdwatchers to give lots of data on how best to support rare and endangered bird species in the wild.
110. Food source
Generally, birds don’t need humans for food. They have evolved to find food for themselves in their environment. But climate change and construction often put an end to that. Putting feeders in your yard can help provide a safe and reliable food source for birds who have lost green spaces or trying to survive winter.
Well, we’ve reached the end of our huge list of the benefits of bird watching.
We discussed the positive effects birdwatching can have on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. Plus we’ve earned how birdwatch helps the birds, environment, society, and economy. And what more is a birdwatching hobby with help you to develop lots of news skills, spark creativity and bring benefits to your family.
I hope you found this guide useful and perhaps you discovered a few new facts about bird watching.
Let me know in the comment below what you enjoy most about birdwatching.