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Looking for a new hobby for the New Year? Take our Bird ID Class.

Consider Birdwatching. 

Sign up for our Bird Identification Class this January.

Are you looking to start something new in 2024 to heal your mind, body and soul?

It has been proven that birdwatching promotes mental well being by reducing stress, enhances focus and fostering a sense of calm. Studies have shown that spending time in green spaces and observing wildlife can significantly reduce stress levels. Birdwatching becomes a therapeutic practice, fostering mindfulness and emotional well-being. 

Going birdwatching stimulates cognitive growth by honing observation skills, memory and fostering curiosity about different species and their behaviors. As you learn to identify different bird species, your observational skills are put to the test. Memorizing distinctive markings, sizes, and behaviors stimulates your brain, promoting cognitive growth. This mental workout contributes to improved memory, attention to detail, and heightened curiosity about the world around you. 

Physically, it encourages outdoor activity and exercise, contributing to overall health. This gentile exercise of navigating trails and walking in search of different bird species contributes to overall cardiovascular health, flexibility and general well-being. 

Birdwatching creates a deep connection with the natural world, allowing you to appreciate the beauty and diversity of avian life. This connection fosters a sense of purpose and belonging, providing a profound and fulfilling experience. The act of immersing yourself in nature, even for a short birdwatching session, can uplift your spirits and rejuvenate your soul. 

You’ll find that the benefits extend far beyond the thrill of identification- they reach into the core of your holistic wellness. So, grab your binoculars, step outside and let the symphony of bird life guide you toward a healthier, happier you. 

Bird ID Classes

Attend MCAS ‘experienced and entertaining team as they discuss the art and science of birdwatching. Learn about bird identification, choosing and using binoculars and field guides, and much more.

Instruction will take place in class or on Google Meets to include 2 full day field trips to the best birding hotspots in the area.

Classroom training (First United Methodist Church Palmetto) 7pm-8:30pm


      • Thursday January 11th, 2024

      • Tuesday January 16th, 2024

      • Tuesday January 23rd, 2024

      • Thursday January 25th, 2024

    Field Trips (locations and instructions will be sent to you via email once you register)


        • Saturday January 20th, 2024

        • Saturday January 27th, 2024

      Space is limited so sign up today.

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