Why I love going birdwatching with my children



As I’ve told you in one of my other posts, I enjoy going birdwatching with my kids. I have a son and a daughter, both of which are, lucky for me, into nature and exploring the great outdoors. I like this activity because it helps me to bond with my children without me having to make a real effort. They love animals, in general, and while we have a cat and a dog at home, they hardly come in contact with birds when they go to school or do their homework.

Since my husband is busy with his job, it’s my responsibility to make sure that our son and daughter get enough fresh air and exercise during the weekends or the holidays. I’ve been fascinated by birds ever since I was very young and I used to go out all by myself and try to paint the ones I was lucky enough to lay an eye on. My parents thought I was a bit crazy, but being an introvert satisfied with observing the world around her has always suited me rather well.

Because I’m trying to make the whole experience as fun as possible for my kids, I have recently started doing a bit of research about networks and groups that might be in the New York area and that we could join. One thing I like about this activity is that I can take a picture of a bird and then go back home and try to look it up and find out all there’s to know about it. Once I’m absolutely convinced that it’s the one I had a hunch about, I do my best at learning everything I can about it.

My daughter has recently developed an interest in biology, and so I’m looking for different ways to spike her interest even more. While our little boy seems to like astronomy, I’ve decided that I can try to make them work together by convincing them to go birdwatching with me. How does one work with the other? Well, it’s rather simple, in my opinion. To take pictures of the birds you’re trying to observe, you need some sort of equipment. That’s where a telescope might come in handy, as well as a good-quality camera. As I was saying in another article I wrote in the past, it seems to me that most of the camera equipment primarily intended for hunting is the best one on the market these days.

Something I’d like to add is that there’s a code of conduct that many birdwatchers seem to forget about and it’s that you have to make an effort in order to preserve the environment you’ve violated with your presence by keeping it the way you’ve found it. This means that no waste or litter has to remain behind you.