What we're about

“Observing birds in nature shares many qualities with mindfulness – the focused awareness and calm observation of both practices help to soothe the mind, enabling you to connect to the world, and yourself, in profound new ways.”

This group is for anyone interested in birdwatching as a mindfulness practice. You don’t need binoculars or any prior knowledge of birding or mindfulness to join. My own mindfulness practice has improved my listening skills, made me a more empathic and patient human being, and has helped to calm anxiety. I’m confident that it will have a positive impact on your daily life as well, and I look forward to sharing this practice with you.

The group is open to all ages. If you can’t walk very far, that is okay. I will choose locations where there are places to sit. Our walks will be leisurely with a focus on listening and practicing mindfulness and compassion while observing nature.

Please have a profile photo of yourself. This helps organizers spot new members at their first event and also makes existing members feel more comfortable with knowing who is attending. Please let me know if you have any questions about the group or upcoming events.

Recommended Reading:
The Art of Mindful Birdwatching - Reflections on Freedom & Being
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Mindful-Birdwatching-Reflections-Mindfulness/dp/1782404287

ABA Code of Birding Ethics:
http://listing.aba.org/ethics/

California Field Guide I refer to on our walks:
https://www.aba.org/store/american-birding-association-field-guide-to-birds-of-california/

More reading:
1. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/evq457/birdwatching-mindfulness-meditation-benefits-birding
2. https://thebolditalic.com/how-birdwatching-helped-ease-my-anxiety-e4f607249de7
3. https://www.eomega.org/article/a-mindful-birdwatching-exercise

Past events (4)

Mindful Birdwatching @ Byxbee Park

Byxbee Park

Mindful Birdwatching @ Lucy Evans Nature Center & Duck Pond

Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center

Bird of Prey @ Sports Basement Redwood City

Sports Basement Redwood City

Mindful Birdwatching @ Byxbee Park

Byxbee Park

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