Birding is the act of watching and observing birds in their natural habitats as a hobby. Birding is known to improve a child`s physical health by allowing them to be more active outside and give them more vitamin D. This allows children to be exposed to more sunlight and that gives them more calcium and other nutrients. It is known that birding can also improve mental health specifically with children with ADHD. The reason for this is the nature setting is proven to “improve their behavior and focus and decreased need for medication.”
Birding is known to increase a child`s “power of observation and memory.” Children who bird and can recognize a bird by their song are known to have better listening skills. Another benefit of birding is it helps children find themselves. Birding allows them to “form strong identities’ and this further improves their self-esteem. Birding also helps create stronger connections between children and their families. If families go birding together this becomes a healthy bonding activity. Birding can also be present online and in clubs at schools and this allows them to make more friends and “help foster leadership qualities.”
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