Spring is fast approaching and the birds that flew south for the winter will be returning to us, while the winged visitors from the north will be heading back home. If you’ve ever considered taking up bird-watching as a hobby, now is a great time to do it! Our reference databases provide great information for anyone, whether you’re an amateur bird watcher or a professional ornithologist.
If you’re just getting started, you may want to check out these articles from our Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center:
- Bird Watching Fun at Any Level
- You Can Become a Really Good Birder…Maybe Even a Great One
- What Next?
- Bird Your Local Patch!
- No Birder Left Behind
- Bringing Up a Birder (if you'd like to get your kids involved in the fun!)
For those of you who have been watching birds for some time and consider yourselves a little more advanced, try:
- Why We Must Continue Birdwatching
- Birders Gone Buggy for those of you who are ready to expand your watching beyond birds to butterflies and other insects
- Epic Season: A New Birding Challenge if you want to begin exploring the dynamic of spring migration
And if you want resources to search for particular species, regions or any other aspects of nature, check out these great science-related reference databases:
- Gale Science in Context
- The Gale Encyclopedia of Science
- Access Science
- Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia
- Science Reference Center
Now that you’re loaded up with all the information you might need, grab some binoculars, get out there and have some fun! For any other questions or information, just fly on down to the reference department, you won’t “egret” it!