Have you ever walked the trails of Lakeshore Park or attended an event and heard a beautiful sound from a little friend but couldn’t tell what kind of bird that friend was? Or have you seen a bird that was an incredibly bold color and wondered just what type of bird it was? Well, now’s your chance to have all of your bird questions answered! Lakeshore Park is partnering with Knoxville Birding Group to give a free bird walk on the morning of Saturday, September 11th.
Knoxville Birding Group is a part of KTOS (Knoxville Tennessee Ornithological Society) and is looking to teach others about all types of birds that can be found in East Tennessee. Morton Massey, President of Knoxville Birding Group, answered a few questions about bird watching (also known as birding), how one can get into it, what his favorite thing about birding is, and more. To see his full response to each question, click here.
What is Birding?
Birding is the joy of watching birds. This can be done anywhere — from your office desk looking out the window, the walk that you’re on, your backyard, and more! A bird watched can just observe, photograph, and/or keep records of the birds they’re seeing. Morton became a birdwatcher when he was in college. His love of nature began when he was a young boy hunting and fishing with his dad. This love for nature and the outdoors allowed the two of them to go on a birding trip with a friend of his, his freshman year at UT. Fred Alsop, his friend studying for his doctorate, had so much “enthusiasm for locating and identifying birds that it rubbed off on” Morton and his dad. He said at that point they “pretty much gave up hunting…preferring to watch,