Thursday, December 8, 2016

12.8.16  Birdwatching For Beginners - Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
Brewster, MA

Once a month, at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, I give my presentation: Birdwatching For Beginners.  It's about an hour long and at the end, we head outside, weather permitting, to see and hear the birds to test the tips we just discussed.  I also hand out birdoculars to whomever is interested.  One of the class participants asked that if my home made birdoculars didn't magnify what she was looking at, how are they useful?  I smiled and answered, "Well, you tell me when we get outside if you find them useful...". She was pleasantly surprised!  I didn't even have to ask her what she thought because she voluntarily said how much they DID help focus and also to shelter her eyes from the glare. EXACTLY.  

Yes I'm a bird nerd... we're everywhere, much like birds.  I feel very strongly about passing along ways in which to reuse what would otherwise become waste.  I don't think that's anything out of the ordinary.  Fortunately for me, I get to work with children whose perspective I find inspirational.  They think differently, and they often view the world in ways that we have lost as adults.  Of COURSE binoculars are a more powerful tool, but not everyone can afford a decent set.  They do make a great gift though!  Birdoculars are simple, and so is their concept, so I like to share them.   Here's a photo of them being put to good use, by some bird nerds I just met.  I'm hoping to see them again for Tuesday Tweets!  
How cute are these bird nerds?!

Next opportunity for Birdwatching For Beginners: Thursday 1.26.17 Members: no charge, Non-members: included with museum admission fee.
The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History will be open for special programs only 12.31.16 through 2.17.17.  It will reopen 2.18.17

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