“Birding” might not be an activity which you’d associate with younger people; but, apparently, you should. #ThanksPandemic
A series of events have brought this wholesome hobby to the forefront; though it’s often thought of as “boring.”
A lighthearted movie, from 2011, called The Big Year, showcased the efforts of three competitive birders, in their effort to find the most (of certain kinds of) birds, in a single year.
Later on, in the mid-2010s, birding took off, in “America’s hippest ‘neighborhoods,'” like Austin, Brooklyn, and Portland.
Now, over the past year and a half, younger Millennials and members of Gen Z have taken an interest in bird-watching, AKA birding.
There are over 340 million views for the TikTok page “birding tiktok.”
Mark Parnell, the author of The Birding Pro’s Field Guides, says he has a few theories, as to why it’s become so popular: “It’s in line with a rise in outdoor activities like hiking, cycling, and backpacking. The pandemic accelerated this trend, as restrictions on gatherings forced individuals outside and into more self-driven hobbies. The very nature of birds is that they are everywhere […]. So people started experiencing exciting interactions with birdlife at a level that wasn’t present in the recent past.”
Look for more, here: (InsideHook)