Spring migration is underway and many of us are homebound. How do we respond? Bird therapy!
In these unsettled times, connecting with the steady rhythms of the natural world feels more important than ever. After all, studies have consistently shown that being outdoors can improve our mental health. But for many of us, the options are now limited. Springtime birding trips are canceled, visits to local parks feel risky, and, in some harder-hit cities, even casual walks are rare. For the first time in many of our lives, birds are on the move and we’re not.
So, how do we respond? At American Bird Conservancy (ABC), they’re promoting the idea of Bird Therapy and encouraging everyone to spend a few minutes observing birds each day. The idea is simple: birds bring balance to our lives, and if we can’t go to them, we’ll let them come to us.
How Do I Participate?
It’s easy: just bird. Since many of us are restricted to our homes right now, focus on watching from porches, yards, or even through windows. Take photos or notes of what you’re seeing and share with the ABC community. You can do this on social media by using the hashtag #BirdTherapy or by simply leaving comments on the ABC bird therapy blog post.
Every week, ABC staff will contribute ideas on how people can not only appreciate birds but do something to help our feathered friends, so be sure to bookmark their website.
Bird Therapy is for everyone, regardless of age and birding skill. The only prerequisite is a desire to connect with the birds and share with others.
Why Bird Therapy?
As many birders can attest, birds just make us feel better. By paying close attention to their presence, we wake to the present moment, letting go of stress and other worries. When things are tumultuous, they remind us of the natural world’s enduring power, providing a source of joy and stability. And, during periods of isolation — like now — they connect us.
Share What You’re Seeing!
On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, friends of American Bird Conservancy use the #BirdTherapy hashtag to share their observations — I hope you’ll share your photos too, using the #BirdTherapy hashtag.
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