Go outside this weekend. Feel the wind in your hair. Listen to a bird. Discover a new park. Then get involved! Volunteer to lead your own bird walk. Help build a trail. Or maybe you’re more comfortable around a laptop than a chainsaw – lots of local parks and environmental nonprofits have governing boards, office tasks, and other opportunities.
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Written by Jason Saul
[pleasant woods bird chorus throughout - with Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, and others]
This is BirdNote.
Think back to the last time you enjoyed the outdoors. Maybe you were camping in the mountains, or swimming in a lake, or taking a stroll through a park.
It takes a lot of people working together to keep those wild places great. And there are so many ways you can get involved.
Many parks and wildlife refuges have visitor centers. Check in there to find out how you can help.
Maybe your local park has a volunteer clean-up day and you could lend a hand, or even lead your own bird walk there.
If you’re looking for something more active, check with your local trails association. They probably have a work party coming up. Get out there and make some new friends while you build a bridge or clear trails in the wilderness.
Or maybe you’re more comfortable around a laptop than a chainsaw. Lots of local parks and nonprofits have governing boards and other opportunities to get involved. That’s an amazing way to develop new skills and even make some professional connections.
It takes brains and brawn to keep our natural places safe and healthy, for birds, and for people, too.
For BirdNote, I’m Mary McCann.
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Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Sallie Bodie
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Narrator: Mary McCann
Ambient track is Nature SFX 046 Deciduous Forest, recorded by G. Hempton.
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© 2019 BirdNote November 2019
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