Birdwatching Popularity Continues to Soar
Three Rivers Park District is celebrating 2022 as the “Year of Birds” with several programs planned to teach people more about the birds in our area.
Want to learn more about birding? Novice birdwatcher Deanna Doran suggests tagging along with a birdwatching group to get started.
“When I go on the bird hikes, [naturalists] help identify them. If I’m on my own, it’s harder to identify. Since I’m new to it, I like to go on the hikes so I can identify [the birds] and learn more,” said Doran.
She still says she gets super excited to see a bird she hasn’t seen before.
Interpretative naturalist Vicky Wachtler leads bird hikes at Eastman Nature Center.
“I think it’s just fun, for them to experience something new. It’s that discovery and seeing that bird,” said Wachtler.
Wachtler says people will learn to identify a bird, and then start noticing it more.
“It’s kind of that awareness,” explained Wachtler. “You’ll see these birds over and over again and become more familiar with them.”
By the numbers, you can see lots of birds at Eastman Nature Center. Three Rivers Park District says there have been more than 280 species of birds seen in their parks. They count 134 species that have nested there and 54 species of birds that live in the parks year-round.
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