I’m young, I live in a city, I’m not outdoorsy…but I love it anyway.
If you’re already a birder, you know that the simple action of caring for local birds can help them while helping your brain. And if you’re not, great news: getting started is easier than you think—and you don’t even need a lot of space.
Whether you try hanging a hummingbird feeder outside your apartment window or setting out a birdbath in a spot of your yard sheltered from predators, you’ll be on the road to securing a better future for your feathered visitors—and yes, reaping the mental health benefits of the meditative hobby.
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No, it doesn’t mean you have to become a binoculars-toting, Latin name-spouting nerd.
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