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These are definitely interesting times we’re living in – with so much additional stress and uncertainty in our lives, it’s a great time to take a few minutes a day and watch the birds if you can. More and more studies are coming out showing the benefits of birdwatching on mental health, and these days, we need all the help we can get! If you have a few feeders at home, please consider lending one to a neighbour who might be stuck inside with nothing to do. It’s a fantastic way to pass the time.
If you have Cardinals that come to your feeders, don’t be surprised if you see one of them knocking at your windows. This time of the year they will often attack their own reflection in a window thinking they are driving the competition away. If it becomes a nuisance, just close the blinds.
Dr. Bird answers a question about eye color changing in Dark-eyed Juncos and also has two other segments on this show discussing how Coronavirus is affecting backyard birds and birding in general. Just about all of it is positive!
I’m always looking for the positive aspect in any situation, and this week’s EnviroMinute is exactly that – with fewer cars on the road, industries on hold and travel limited, wildlife is doing really well. If you are in self-isolation, why not take this time to look at what you are actually using in your household and which regular purchases have become superfluous. It’s a great opportunity to consume less and get rid of some of the unnecessary clutter in our lives.
Stay safe everyone and keep in touch!
See you all again soon.