Twin Passions of Birding & Travel… Why not do both?

Twin Passions of Birding & Travel… Why not do both?

Like travel, a passion for birds leads to a broader curiosity and care for our natural world.

The pandemic brought to the forefront the public interest in birding. People were bored with the lockdown, so they started to pay attention to all the birds in their local parks and backyards. This attention turned to affection and then to passion. Looking for birds wasn’t just a way to pass the time. It became a meaningful way to engage the natural world. Birds inspire us to pay attention to the world around us and learn about the natural ecosystems

Naturally, birding and travel fit together. Both activities take you outside of yourself and help you engage with the world around you.

One approach that both birders and globetrotters share is list making. Birders call it a life list, and travelers call it a bucket list, but both are the same: a concrete list of all the birds or places one wants to see or explore in their lifetime. Birders want to spot a Secretary Bird in Africa, a sub-Saharan African bird known to eat snakes. Or travel to Costa Rica to see Scarlet Macaws, gliding across the horizon.

Birders want to spot Bird of Paradise in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea, the same way that travelers want to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or hike the summit of Machu Picchu in Peru. Both passions become a means of organizing one’s life and prioritizing meaningful experiences.

Travel inspires us to expand our thinking and appreciate the variety and diversity of life. Birding inspires us to understand how all the elements of an ecosystem coexist, and important environmental sustainability and the conservations are to preserving these beloved environments.

Birdwatching is the fastest growing hobby in North America

Traveling the world is one of the great pleasures of life. Birding is something that heightens that pleasure. The two are natural pairs, twin passions that help you engage with the world around you.


By Joyce Bates, owner of Sun Connections Travel & Cruises, the ‘go to’ travel agency for all occasions. For more info on this subject or to book your next trip, email, visit, or call 503-655-4850.

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