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Borrow your way to birdwatching at St. John’s, metro libraries

The same way you borrow a book from the library, you can now borrow a backpack filled with everything you need to get started with birdwatching. -CONTRIBUTED
The same way you borrow a book from the library, you can now borrow a backpack filled with everything you need to get started with birdwatching. -CONTRIBUTED

NatureNL birdwatching backpacks have everything to begin hobby

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. —

If you’ve ever thought about trying birdwatching as a hobby, there’s never been a better time.

Nature Newfoundland & Labrador, in partnership with Newfoundland & Labrador Public Libraries, has compiled all the tools needed to get started.

Like borrowing a book, people in the metro area can now borrow a backpack.

Both adult and children backpacks are available. They contain binoculars, a bird identification guide, tips for beginners, local birdwatching locations, and extra activities and bird-themed books for children.

The backpacks can be borrowed from public libraries in St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Conception Bay South and Torbay.

“As everyone continues to adapt to the many changes due to the pandemic, birdwatching is an excellent activity to pick up that lends itself well to social distancing,” reads a NatureNL news release.

“Right now, we are in the middle of fall migration. There are thousands of birds passing through the province on their way south and they are just waiting to be discovered by anyone who is out looking,” NatureNL director Beverly McClenaghan stated in the news release.

“One exciting encounter with a bird can often spark a lifelong interest and we want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the thrill of spotting a new bird,” she said.

Items for the backpacks were supplied with support from Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro and The Outfitters.

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