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Source: Birding 1

Length of Segment: 00:01:11

Hi, I'm Dr. Jerry Jackson, out with the wild things. Being a birder begins at home, and it's infectious. Watch out! Before long your kids, spouse, and friends will be birders, too. There's a lot going on in your backyard and birding often begins there. Keeping a yard list of birds can reveal a surprising diversity of visitors and the annual patterns of their appearance. It can also begin to show you how changes in neighborhood habitats and the feeders, bird houses, and bird baths you provide influence local birds. You don't have to hike miles of trails to be a birder, but you may soon find yourself following the lure of the list as you visit such birding hot-spots as Corkscrew Sanctuary or Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge. Once you've become acquainted with backyard regulars, you're going to want to see some of those brilliant colors and watch some of their fascinating behavior a bit more closely. You're going to want some binoculars. You're also going to want to be able to identify new birds as they appear; you'll need a field guide. On this week's 'With the Wild Things' we'll focus on the things to look for before purchasing a pair of binoculars or a field guide.

'With the Wild Things' is produced at the Whitaker Center in the College of Arts and Sciences at Florida Gulf Coast University. For 'The Wild Things', I'm Dr. Jerry Jackson.

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