Birdwatching isn't a subject that's taught in schools. Rather it's a backyard education that can be passed on from generation to generation.
A perfect chance to do just that is coming up this weekend with the Great Backyard Bird Count.
On the heels, or perhaps wings, of the count, the Connecticut Audubon Society has released the State of the Birds Report 2012. The 27-page report is subtitled: "Where is the next generation of conservationists coming from?”
Society Chairman Stephen Oresman writes in the report that human activity and habitat destruction are major threats to birds. Window strikes, cat predation, deer over-browsing, and invasive plants and animals kill billions of birds in the US each year.
And, while most products of the boom generation have memories of time spent outdoors exploring the woods and creeks, this is simply not the reality for children today.
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