5 Reasons to take the Warrnambool Birdwatching Challenge this Springby BETHANY LEWIS
1. Birding Connects you with Nature
Once you start looking up and noticing the variety of birds that are all around, you will find yourself more motivated to get outside and explore new places. You’ll be drawn to parks and gardens like Lake Pertobe and the Warrnambool Botanic Gardens, to national parks like Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, and even to wetlands like the Merri River estuary and adjoining wetlands. You may even wander as far as Lake Gillear. Along the way you’ll see and experience countless natural wonders and become more connected to nature.
2. Birding Calms the Mind
You can not be listening to music or podcasts when birdwatching, you must keep your ears and eyes open for the next birdsong or movement in the trees. Using all of your senses transports you into the present moment, a meditative state, which leads to deeper breaths of fresh air and the worries of the world falling away. Not only will birding force you to slow down and wait, marveling at these creatures who represent freedom has been said to have a healing effect on the soul.
3. Birding is Easy and Accessible
There are no birdless days. You can watch birds on the telephone pole lines in your street, in your backyard or anywhere you go. There’s no barriers to entry when it comes to birdwatching, you don’t need to be the fittest person or the most experienced. Most of great bird watching places in Warrnambool are wheelchair accessible. Lake Pertobe, Thunder Point and the Botanic Gardens are easy to access for all abilities.
4. Birding is Fun
Research has shown that cumulative activities like birding brings lots of rewarding satisfaction and pleasure. Fine tuning your observation skills, learning new bird names and growing your ‘Life List’ (if you choose to keep one) becomes a fun game, a real life Pokemon Go! To challenge yourself or make a game of it with friends, pick up your own ‘Birds of Lake Pertobe’ brochure from the Warrnambool Visitor Information centre to see how many you can find. The brochure was created by Birdlife Warranmbool to promote the variety of birdlife in the area. The brochure has images of 109 bird types regularly seen in the area to help people identify them.
5. It’s free as a Bird
There are no entrance fees and no special equipment required to go birdwatching, all you need is yourself. Sure binoculars and a camera can take your birding game to the next level, but you can have just as much fun without them. You can go birdwatching anytime in Warrnambool, however, the best period is the spring breeding season which lasts from mid-August to late November.
Pick up your copy of Birds of Lake Pertobe at the Warrnambool Visitor Information Centre.