|We are a proud
Fledging Birders Institute
|Bringing the joy AND BENEFITS of birding to our youth - to promote their healthy development and bird conservation.
|Fledging Birders Institute P.O. Box 1774 Bellmawr, NJ 08099
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|Why is "birding" right for YOUR children?!
As volumes of research studies have proven, time spent outdoors, and exploring the
natural world, pays huge dividends in the lives of our youth. These benefits touch on all
domains of child development including physical, cognitive, creative, social and
While many forms of outdoor, nature-based play will afford your little one these benefits,
bird watching does, arguably, hold the most profound impact of any such activities.
"Children are smarter, cooperative, happier and healthier when they have frequent and
varied opportunities for free and unstructured play in the outdoors."
- Cheryl Charles, PhD
President, Children and Nature Network
Birds are the best gateway to the natural world.
They can be found literally everywhere, all the time
so looking for them will always prove successful on
some level. They come in a wide variety of types,
sizes, and colors. Many of our birds are truly
beautiful specimens of nature's work. Of course,
birds possess the mystifying ability of flight!
The qualities combine to make birds an attractive
subject of study for people of all ages.
Besides the intrinsic value of the birds, the processes involved with watching birds
packs a powerful developmental punch for our youth. When actively "birding", students
are exercising visual and auditory observation skills. The critical observation of each
bird and its subsequent identification process builds analytical skills. They will build
social and communication skills as they help their new birding friends "get on" a recently
found bird in their community. Of course, the kids will be walking through various parks,
wetlands, and other natural areas on their birding excursions. This will get them more
active while also providing the stress relief that is so eloquently delivered by time spent