Archive for May 18th, 2011

Look at the Birdies

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Kids spend too much time indoors in front of computer screens. But given a little encouragement and guidance, they could be willing leave the cyber world of “” for the real world of wide open spaces.

03—It’s just a matter of taking the time to get ‘em outdoors.

Madge Lindsay is executive director of Audubon Mississippi; before that she was with Texas Parks and Wildlife, and played an instrumental role in creating the Great Texas Birding Trail, The Great Texas Birding Classic and the World Birding Center. So it comes as no surprise she advocates birding as an introductory outdoor activity.

16—All you need is a pair of binoculars and a bird book. And I’ve found that the kids really love it. They not only love the birds, but everything else in nature fascinates them. And it’s really fun to watch them as they discover something. And a lot of times this is their first trip into nature.

Lindsay says you and your kids can begin your birding adventure by stepping outside your own back door.

11—That’s the best place to start – right in your own backyard. Get a pair of binoculars, even if they’re inexpensive, something to bring them up close. Get a bird book and just start discovering your backyard birds.

To find birding opportunities near you — just log onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife Website.

The Wildlife Restoration program supports our series, providing funding for the Private Lands and Habitat Enhancement Program.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.