Share Your Passion and Knowledge
Many bird watchers say that they first became connected with birds and nature because someone took the time to watch birds with them. Sharing your enthusiasm with a child, friend, or neighbor can open their eyes and lead to a lifelong interest in birds and the outdoors.
Five Ways to Get Involved:
1. Take a child or a friend on a bird walk.
Choose a favorite location where birds are plentiful and easy to see. Spend time finding birds with binoculars, looking up each species in a field guide, and talking about the birds’ behaviors or lives. Consider keeping a list and adding new lists as you take other trips together.
TIP: Before your walk, visit our online bird guide for fun facts about birds that you’re likely to see. Share some amazing stories about birds as you watch them together.
2. Encourage bird-related activities and curricula for children.
Kids love birds! Birds are a great way to connect students with science, nature, and the outdoors. Ask your child’s teacher whether you can volunteer to lead a bird activity in the classroom. Consider fun activities that engage children in observing birds and learning about science, such as the Project FeederWatch science module for homeschoolers. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s BirdSleuth curriculum engages students in scientific inquiry as they ask, and answer, their own questions about birds.
3. Help a friend or neighbor set up a bird-feeding station, birdbath, or nest box.
Many people first get to know birds at feeders, but beginning bird watchers might feel overwhelmed at the prospect of setting up their own successful bird-viewing area. Help a friend choose and set up a feeder. Explain how to add a birdbath to attract birds. Set up a nest box for the chance to see birds settle in and raise their families.
TIPS: Visit our Bird Feeding section on Attracting Birds to get started.
4. Organize a bird event in your community.
Raise awareness in your community and inspire others to learn about birds. Work with a local nature center, church, or community group to host an event. During the Great Backyard Bird Count each February, you can lead bird walks or help people identify and count birds from an indoor location with a view of bird feeders. You can “Celebrate Urban Birds” any time of year with art, science, and cultural activities. Or consider making an occasion out of International Migratory Bird Day in May.
TIPS: For ideas, visit the websites for Celebrate Urban Birds, International Migratory Bird Day, and the Great Backyard Bird Count.
5. Involve a friend or a community group in creating a bird garden, green balcony, or garden rooftop.
Landscaping is a hands-on way to teach people about the connection between habitats and wildlife—while beautifying your surroundings and attracting more birds in the process. Visit your local nursery to select native, nursery-propagated plants. Choose a variety of shrubs, trees, and flowering plants to attract the greatest diversity of birds. You may be surprised by how quickly your efforts can make a difference in attracting more wildlife.
TIPS: Visit our page on landscaping for birds to get started. If you don't have much room for a garden, download our free poster about container gardening.