By Cheryl Conley, TWRC Wildlife Center

There are many different levels of bird watching from the casual observer to professionals whose goal is to see as many of the 8,850 species as possible. In North American there are approximately 800 species. Some people use nothing more than the naked eye to observe and others spend thousands of dollars on binoculars, telescopes, cameras, video and audio equipment, tripods and field guides. “Birding”, as it’s sometimes called, is also a competitive event and ...

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