Re: Journalist needs quotes on fostering the love of birds in kids

To: Ian & Sharon Hawkins <>,
Subject: Re: Journalist needs quotes on fostering the love of birds in kids
From: Atriplex Services <>
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 21:17:21 -0800
Hi there!
My own childhood interest in birds started with watching them come to
our garden feeding station in winter (in England). They came close
enough to the window to be identified without need of a field guide or
binoculars. In Australia I find a water source is more effective as an
attractant but the same principle applies - bring them in close enough
for easy observation. A flowering bottlebrush brings lots of birds down
to eye level also. Most school grounds these days have native plants
included in the landscape. If birds can be watched through a window
there is no discomfort for the viewer from wind, flies, ants etc and and
the children don't have to be quite as still and silent as they would
outside. A fine-weather trip to a local bird hide provides similar
opportunities. Alternatively, there's the "thrill of the chase" -
following clues to find and observe nesting behaviour, preferably over a
period of time. If you have local wildlife rescue group the children may
be able to see young and/or injured birds close-up.
Hope this helps.
Regards, Anne

Anne & Roger A. Green, Atriplex Services, Morgan, Sth.Australia
Environmental Consultants & Native Plant Nursery.

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