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Families Participate in ‘Birding' At Discovery Center

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Have you ever heard of Birding? Well, it's alive and well all over the world. In this week's School Patrol, we travel to Rutherford County, where fowl and fauna are in large supply.

You hear them before you see them, but soon, you begin to actively look for them.

"We found a couple of woodpeckers, a couple of Goldfinches, some cardinals, some wood ducks out in the pond over there," said 11-year-old Chloe Walker.

Chloe is a birder. She along with her mother Joanna and her brother Nolan and little sister Miriam, went to the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, as a part of the bird watching club.

"It's really fun! We in fact have gotten kind of hooked on coming out here in the afternoon and looking to see if we can see something new. She's got a running list going to mark what species she's seen and it's always exciting to see one you haven't seen before," said Joanna.

Nichole Jordan was the bird guide, and she knows her fowl.

"My favorite thing that we're hearing is the blackbirds. Yeah, the redwing blackbirds and it has that really pretty flash or red," said Jordan.

The Discovery Center is a perfect place to see birds and other wildlife because of its wetlands.

It's especially nice for people looking for a new hobby.

"It's an easy sort of hobby, you don't, you really don't need to have the hobby, a cheap pair of binoculars, you can get a check list and a field guide for Tennessee and there you go. You have all the things you need to be a birder," Jordan added.

But what you probably need the most is a familiarity with the birds you're documenting. It's also good for getting children away from the always popular video games.

If you're interested in "birding" at the Discovery Center, go to http://www.discoverycenteronline.org.

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