Summer Is Bird Watching Season!

July 17, 2017
Bird watching is relaxing but engaging.

Bird watching is relaxing but engaging.

Summer is a wonderful time for aging parents to spend more time outdoors and get plenty of fresh air and sunshine.  It’s also a wonderful time to observe the beauties of nature, and what better way to do this than through bird watching?

It’s flexible

Bird watching is the perfect summer activity for older ones because it offers so much flexibility.  You can keep things simple by bird watching in your backyard or local park, or you can be more adventurous and travel to a meadow, nature preserve, or bird sanctuary.

Bird watching also can be combined with other activities.  Since you’re already outdoors, you can easily turn your bird watching day into a picnic day as well.  If you’re in a park or nature preserve, other family members, including children, might want to come and play or hike.  Swimming pools and lakes are often good places for bird watching as well, so if your aging parents decide they want to dry off for a while, they can spend their “on shore” time spotting feathered friends.

It can be social or solo

Bald EagleYou can also decide whether to go bird watching alone or with company.  Solitary bird watching can be a peaceful, relaxing activity that helps to relieve stress and anxiety.  On the other hand, joining an actual bird watching group can open up new opportunities for social interaction and the development of new friendships.

Your aging parents and their grandchildren can also bond together over bird watching.  While many young children may not have the patience to watch for extended periods of time, most enjoy at least short excursions and can get very excited over successfully spotting a particularly pretty specimen.  Many children also will be happy to participate by helping Grandma or Grandpa look up information about birds online or by assisting their grandparents with a bird scrapbook.

It’s inexpensive

Bird watching also can be an inexpensive form of entertainment.  A pair of binoculars and a notebook for keeping track of birds are recommended.  There are many other accessories and options that you might want to consider, but the binoculars and notebook are really the only necessities.

Summer never seems to last long enough.  Bird watching is a fine way to take advantage of the warm weather while you have the chance.

Writer, Craig Butler

Craig Butler has been writing on a wide range of topics for more than fifteen years. As the National Communications Director for the Cooley's Anemia Foundation, Craig regularly writes on a range of health and medical topics. Among the many projects he has written for the Foundation is the Cooley's Anemia Storybook, a collection of original short stories for children with the blood disorder Cooley's Anemia. His freelance work has ranged from reviewing moves and CDs to creating entertainment-related stories about baldness, to creating text for comic strips. Craig looks forward to having a dialogue with you about senior care and issues of concern.

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