Wildlife is one of the most magical things that the great outdoors has to offer. Birding offers a chance to engage with wildlife while camping or, generally, spending time outdoors.

Getting Yourself Started in Birding

Birding can be as exciting as it can be soothing. You get to be outdoors, enjoying the weather and the surroundings while identifying and observing birds and engaging with nature. If you’re planning on picking up birding as a hobby, knowing where to get started can be tricky. Here are a few tips to get you on the right track.

Birding vs Birdwatching

To start a new hobby, the best idea is to understand what it is really about.

What is Birding?

Actively seeking, interacting with, or observing wild birds 

Source: siouxfallsbirdclub.org

Although birding is a hobby on its own, as a birder, you can be as passive or as active as you please. A birder is someone who actively seeks, observes, and studies the behavior and natural environment of birds. A bird watcher, on the other hand, knows birds and enjoys them whenever they are seen, and seeks them but doesn’t necessarily become invested in understanding all the details about them.

Binoculars for birdwatchingGetting a Closer Look

Every hobby requires some type of special gear. Birding might not be an extreme sport, but you still need some special equipment. The first thing you want to get is a pair of binoculars, also called “bins.” They come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and prices. How much you spend depends on how serious of a birder you’re planning on becoming.

The Essence of Birding

The ears are quicker than the eyes. You might hear a bird and completely miss it while flying by you. It’s OK. It can take time for you to identify the best birding spots. Just don’t get so caught up in it that you forget to enjoy what you’re doing and why. Birding provides an opportunity to get closer to the amazing nature we’re surrounded by. Identifying these little, magical, flying creatures and learning about their habitats and migration patterns is quite fulfilling. The more you do it, the more you’ll want to continue doing it.

You might ask, “Where can I find birds?” The answer is pretty simple: everywhere. Colorado is full of nature you can enjoy. Plan your next camping trip and start your hobby now. It’s a wonderful experience you won’t regret.

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