McAllen, Tex.- Quinta Mazatlán is excited to offer “Begin to Birdwatch” on Saturday, November 3, from 2 p.m.- 4 p.m. with our Urban Ecologist, John Brush! There are thousands of birds to learn (10,000, if you want to know every bird in the world)! Fortunately, birdwatching can be what you make it, and everyone can go at their own pace! About 38.7 million Americans enjoy bird watching, according to a U.S. Fish and Wildlife survey. Others are in for the thrill of the chase, and are willing to drive, fly, or boat thousands of miles to see new birds!
Kiskadees, chachalacas, doves, and many other birds can easily be enjoyed and identified with our bare eyes and ears, but binoculars are important for seeing distant birds and getting more detailed views. Fortunately, there are many different options for binoculars, depending on budget and your personal preference.
Another useful thing to have is a field guide! There are many good field guides out there, and some specifically come as phone apps! The key is to get one that shows different angles of a bird, shows markings, and tells you where the bird can be found. We can help you learn which field guide is best for you!
The most important thing in beginning to birdwatch, however, is taking time to watch the birds. And this is where the best part of being a birdwatcher comes in: you can find them nearly everywhere! You can birdwatch while walking, jogging, or biking, just like you can sitting on a bench. One of the most real pleasures of birdwatching; being able to do it at your own pace and on your own time.
Participants will get an indoor presentation about the tips and tricks of birdwatching, and then get a guided bird walk with an experienced birdwatcher. Admission is $5. Quinta Mazatlán is located at 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information, contact Quinta Mazatlan at (956) 681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.