Bird Watching as a Social Event

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off on Bird Watching as a Social Event

Nothing forges close human relationships quite like the share of mutual bonds and interests. You know what they say: “birds of a feather flock together.”

If your feather—or interest—happens to be bird watching, there’s no reason why this recreational pastime must be enjoyed as a solo adventure. There are approximately 60 million people in the world who bird watch for sport, and a vast majority of that 60 million live right here in the U.S.

What’s more? The fast growing popularity of bird watching has spurred year-round birding events held nationwide. For instance, the Olympic BirdFest is coming up this April 2013 in Washington state, followed closely by Featherfest in Galveston, TX, the 2013 Point Reyes Nature & Birding Festival in California, the International Migratory Bird Day held in Boulder, CO, the Acadia Birding Festival held in the state of Maine, and much, much more! To find birding social events in your home state, visit

A birding festival, fair, conference, tour, etc. provides the perfect opportunity for bird watchers to forge likeminded acquaintanceships with those who share in their passion for birding. While some might enjoy the peace and solitude of this nature entrenched activity, the benefits of birding together carry a weight of their own. For instance, consider the following:

EYES. Four eyes are better than two, six eyes are better than four, eight eyes are….well, you get the point. The more spotters you take to popular bird watching destinations, the greater quantity and variety of avian species you’re likely to spot.

APPARATUS. Those who share a passion are likely to also share their equipment. With a wide variety of binoculars, spotting scopes, and field guides on the market, birding with friends might allow you to try out a wider range of bird watching tools and apparatus.

TIPS. Whether you’re the most experience bird watcher in the group or a newcomer to the hobby, those with a wealth of birding knowledge can transfer what they know to their colleagues. When you share your tips with the group, the whole crew benefits together.

ECO. We all understand the benefit of sharing a vehicle to reach a mutual destination. Car pooling means reducing the amount of gas it takes to relocate your group to your preferred bird watching destinations.

CAMARADERIE. Why not share your love of birding with someone who understands? As mentioned earlier, nothing contributes to lasting friendships like shared hobbies and interests…

Starting a birding group is not as difficult as it might sound. All it takes is attending an event of the likes mentioned above, registering for social bird watching tours, starting a conversation with someone you meet out in the field, or fostering connections with birders in your area via an online forum. As another alternative, you can always look into joining a birding group already established in your area. At, established clubs are listed by state.

Once you’ve joined or formed a birding group or club, it’s time to start enjoying the benefits of birding as a social event. Most clubs will plan group bird watching tours to popular birding watching destinations both near and far from home. To schedule a group visit for an exciting showing of the “Grassland Dance” performed by the Nebraska native Sharptail Grouse and Prairie Chicken, contact the Sandhills Motel and Glidden Canoe Rental today.

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