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A Kid's Guide to Bird-Watching in the Playground

Bird watching, also known as birding, is considered a hobby by some and a sport by others, but it can also be a great activity for kids. It is one of the most popular hobbies in that it embraces a large group of people of all ages. About one-fifth of the United States population is thought to be involved in bird watching, according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. One of the reasons for the popularity of bird watching is that there are no special requirements in order to participate.

Ideally, a person would want to invest in a durable pair of binoculars in order to see the wild birds clearly from a distance. Another reason for the popularity of bird watching is that a person can participate regardless of economic status, age, physical fitness, handicaps, or experience. In addition, a variety of companies even sell guided bird watching tours to foreign countries around the world. Bird watching is also a popular gateway hobby to other interests, such as the awareness and study of environmental issues.

To assist in getting started in bird watching, we have put together the following list of resources that are sure to give you a start on birding.

Bird Identification

Bird Research

Bird Watching Guides, Tips and Tricks

Beginning Bird Watchers

Bird Watching Equipment

Organizations and Associations

Bird Publications and E-Zines

Bird Watching Pages and Activities for Kids

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