During these unprecedented stressful times, our priority is to stay safe and healthy. Although numerous studies tell us about the positive effects that contact with nature has on our health, this might not be an option for everyone. But, with some creativity, and technology, we may be able to bring a bit of nature to our homes.
If you are staying at home, and you have the option to watch birds through your window, this could help release some stress while staying safe.
If you are in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Panama or Puerto Rico, Celebrate Urban Birds (celebrateurbanbirds.org/learn/birds/fs/) offers an online guide to birds in your community. We also have inspiring resources free of charge that can help bring a little calm during stressful times.
If you have children staying at home, you could enjoy fun activities from Bird Academy (academy.allaboutbirds.org/) where we have interesting videos and learning games that will make the time spent indoors at home more enjoyable and close to nature. All “About Fancy Males” (academy.allaboutbirds.org/features/fancymales/fancy-males) and “All About Bird Song” (academy.allaboutbirds.org/features/birdsong/songbirds-in-action) are my nephew and niece’s favorites!
Macaulay Library (macaulaylibrary.org/), with over 17,675,846 photos, audio and videos of birds and other animals shared by people like you, offers a great way to explore bird species and takes you on a fantastic birdwatching journey all around the world while staying safe at home.
In addition, you can always download Merlin (https://merlin.allaboutbirds.org/) to help you identify those elusive birds that you see out your window.
If you spot any exciting birds from your windows, share them with us! And more than anything, stay safe, wash your hands and enjoy each day as much as you can!
The CUBs Team!