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It's Official, Watching Birds Near Your Home is Good for Your Mental Health

By eBird Northwest Team March 4, 2017
Black-capped Chickadee 9220 cropped (72ppi 3x2)

Photo (c) Jim Livaudais 2017

Research from University of Exeter, the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Queensland have shown that living in areas with birds, shrubs and trees people suffer less from mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. The study showed lower levels of depression and anxiety was associated with the number of birds people saw in the afternoon throughout a variety of socio-demographic factors. Read the full press release here or for more information read the recent BioScience paper Doses of Neighborhood Nature: The Benefits for Mental Health of Living with Nature here.

In the meantime keep enjoying the birds in your yard or, if these findings inspires you to hang a few bird feeders in your yard, here are some tips.