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Feed the Birds. It Could Boost Your Mood This Winter.

You don’t need binoculars—or even a backyard—to get to know your neighborhood birds.

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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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