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. Grace

    Birds are fascinating creatures and I would enjoy watching them.

  2. Jack N' Stuff

    I think bird watching is boring and people can do other things that are more important.

  3. mitchell

    no, since you could get a vr bird watching game.

  4. Nick

    No, since it can get boring. It can easily bore people who crave excitement.

  5. Colin

    “I think that its just not the next big thing at all”.

  6. Emily

    bird watching is boring and i don’t find birds entertaining, I like playing with my dog more.

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