Vote: Is Birding the Next Big Thing?

By Abbey Tiderman 03.19.2017 blog

 

Move over Pokémon Go! Kids and adults alike are flocking to another real world seek and find adventure—birding! Some fill feeders in their back yards, on balconies or even attached to their windows, and watch in delight as bright red cardinals, pretty yellow gold finches, black and white chickadees, and grey tufted titmice come to call. Others take to the outdoors to explore the wonder of larger birds from red tailed hawks and bald eagles to blue herons and ospreys. Depending on your region of the country, different fascinating birds abound.

The thrill of getting out into nature and enjoying the sights and sounds of our feathered friends may not exactly be new, but the smart phone apps that help identify and track different species are. National Audubon Society’s ultimate “bird nerd”  app, for example, already has over 2 million downloads. It’s got a gallery of 3,200 images courtesy of the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, and features in-depth information on 821 species of birds. And thanks to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and eBird you can track and report in real time what kinds of birds have recently been spotted in your area.

National Geographic’s app builds upon a users’ bird brains by helping identifying up to 995 species based on appearance, behaviors, sounds and habitat. It also comes with videos, interactive quizzes and a field journal feature.

Is bird watching your kind of hobby? Ready to put up a bird feeder and pick up a pair of binoculars? Vote and tell us what you think — you can even submit video comments to nbt@channelone.com. We will feature the results of the poll and some of your comments on the show!

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  1. Audra

    No because its boring and seems like only old people would do that. Some people think that bird watching is boring and that birds are dumb/boring.

  2. Jackie

    No because I don’t like mushrooms at all

  3. YOLANDA WHEELER

    yes it is the NBT

  4. chevy

    yes because it will get you to be proactive

  5. chevy

    yes because it will give you a chance to learn more about it.

  6. Annie

    Yes, because it will encourage kids to go outside insted of staying inside and playing video games. Also, they can learn about diffrent birds and have fun at the same time!

  7. kylie

    birds are amazing animals but i think that this is not the next big thing because to me and some other people it sounds boring and that’s been around for a long time

    • Josh

      Yeah, birds are cool. However, think of space hotels, jet packs, pizza ATMs, and all of the other next big thing candidates. Compared to those, I say birding is not the next big thing.

      • chevy

        i agree

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