Less human activity makes for ideal birdwatching conditions, says Winnipeg expert

One positive side effect of coronavirus physical-distancing measures is that Manitobans have the opportunity to take a closer look at the environment around them — and right now, that environment includes a lot of birds.

“With things being quieter and with us humans just having fewer places to go right now and looking out our windows a little bit more, we’re seeing what’s always there,” Barrett Miller of environmental, education and recreation centre FortWhyte Alive told 680 CJOB.

“But also with a quieter city, animals — birds especially — are feeling a little bit more comfortable in the mix.

“We’re also right at peak bird migration season right now, so everything that flew south for the winter is on its way back north through Winnipeg or stopping in Winnipeg.”

Taking advantage of these conditions and getting into birdwatching, Miller said, is easier than you might think.

“Start a bird feeder in your backyard to just attract the species that are already in your neighbourhood and get to know those four or five visitors that come all the time,” he said.

“You don’t need a big investment in gear, you don’t really need binoculars to start out. A simple guidebook and a desire to learn more and you’re on your way.”

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