Did you know that birding is one of the fastest growing hobbies in the United States?
The American Birding Association lists these reasons for its booming popularity:
It is an inexpensive hobby.
It is convenient – you can bird watch in your backyard or a local park.
You get to spend time outside.
It is interesting and challenging.
It is relaxing.
The concentration and focus are calming.
You meet interesting people.
It keeps you ‘in the moment’.
It involves you in conservation and nature.
I am glad that birding is a year-round hobby. I look forward to wearing my new fingerless mittens on my winter treks. My hummingbird calendar reminds me that warmer days of birdwatching are on the way.