Bird watching is the fastest growing outdoor recreational activity in the world for people of all ages. It is an activity that you can keep doing for your whole life and in any part of the world. Bird watching requires a minimal investment and will give you hours of fun.
In Abaco, you will have the chance to see many varieties of birds, some that are endemic to Abaco, some that migrate here in the winters or summers, and some that have made Abaco their home due to a variety of reasons, including hurricane displacement.
New to Bird Watching? What you need to get started:
- a pair of binoculars
- a field guide for your area
- a small notebook and pen to record what you see
- a hat
- a water bottle
- a sense of adventure!
As a bird watcher you will continue to learn about bird identification, important bird species, bird watching etiquette and native flora in your area of exploration. You will also learn about the environmental benefit of birds. Birds control the spread of disease and seek out rich habitats of native flora to live in – they can be excellent indicators of the environmental health of an area.
The Abaco Office of the Bahamas National Trust organizes regular birding activities and welcomes birders of all ages and experience levels to join. Contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 242-367-6310. They also operate the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count by organizing counts for South Abaco and North Abaco. Volunteers are always needed and welcome!
As an active bird watcher you can make a real contribution to the scientific knowledge and conservation of birds in The Bahamas. Much of what is known today in the field of ornithology comes from observations of recreational bird watchers. For example: New Bird for the Bahamas Sighted in Treasure Cay Other reports are available from the FRIENDS office upon request. Or come in for a visit and peruse our library!
Enjoy this slideshow featuring some of the birds of The Bahamas, courtesy of A.C. Hepburn.