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Travel Tip: Learning How to Bird, A Beginners’ Guide

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If you had to guess one of the fastest-growing activities in the U.S., what would you say? Hiking? Whitewater rafting? How about…birding?

That’s right, fledgling birders are—well—flocking to catch sight of our feathered friends. And here’s how you can do it too.

You probably guessed…there’s an app for birding. Check out the iBird Explorer Plus for iPhones and Androids. You can type in details like the color, pattern, or bill shape to pull up images and identify the bird.

Peterson Field Guides also make an identification app that’s designed for beginning birders and naturalists.

Want to know the best places to go? Look for designated birding trails that connect birding hotspots. It’s hard to beat routes like the 2,000-mile-long Great Florida Birding Trail and the 83 sites along California’s Central Coast Birding Trail.

Believe it or not, the Lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas has some of the best birding in the world. The World Birding Center is a network of nine sites along 120 miles, with headquarters in the biologically diverse Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park.

Intrigued yet? Don’t forget about the Audubon Society, which can be your first stop for all things birding.

For more information, visit the Eco-Travel section.

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