Bird watching is a unique pastime in Hawaii. Some species are so rare, they can only be found on one island.
In 1939, Hawai‘i formed the Audubon Society, a small birding association. They vowed to protect the Islands’ native wildlife and ecosystems. Today, the Hawaii Audubon Society consists of more than 2,000 individuals and institutions in Hawaii, the U.S. Mainland and several other countries.
What’s the word on bird watching, anyway?
° It relieves stress and brings joy.
° It gets you outdoors enjoying our beautiful wildlife and ecosystem.
So if you want to start birding, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Grab your gear.
You don’t need much to get your bird on! A set of binoculars, a pen and a pad of paper are all you need to get started. Try one of these birding apps to help you with your first outings.
Know the etiquette.
The American Birding Association has a code of ethics. Respect nature as well as your fellow birders. Here are some basic tips:
° Share what you find.
° Do not go on to private property.
° Keep your distance from the wildlife.
Birding in Hawai’i is a unique opportunity with many added benefits. It’s a hobby that allows you to commune with nature, escape stress, and observe.
Want to get started? Check out these tips from Honolulu Magazine.