Everything an aspiring Burlington bird watcher needs now available in special kits

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Published July 19, 2022 at 3:15 pm

Have you ever thought bird watching in Burlington sounded like a fun, interesting hobby, but didn’t really know where to get started?

Well, the Burlington Public Library has something that can help out.

Bird watching kits have hit the shelves at all seven Burlington library branches. The backpacks are filled with everything you need for a beginner’s birding excursion.

The kits were assembled in partnership with Birds Canada and Vortex Optics and contain:

  • Vortex Optics binoculours in a wearable, soft-shell case
  • laminated photo identification guide for Halton Region birds
  • Peterson Field Guide to Birds of North America, Second Edition
  • Peterson Field Guides: The Young Birder’s Guide to Birds of North America

Birds Canada, a charitable organization aimed at increasing understanding, education, and conservation of birds in Canada has great tips for beginner birders.

They recommend looking for movement and listening for sounds whenever you are outside. Once you see a bird, lock your eyes onto it and raise your binoculars to align them with your view.

Kits are available for borrowing, for a week at a time, at all seven Burlington library branches.

The library expects the kits to be very popular, and will likely have a wait list. Customers can put a hold on a kit to join the borrowing queue.

Burlington was declared an official “Bird-Friendly City” this year. Birding has become a popular activity in Burlington and there are many places to spot feathered friends.

Here are some local organizations that offer birding tips:

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