Built for all experience levels, the app helps you identify and keep track of the birds around you while you listen to hours of audio clips of songs and calls. You can share photos of your finds and even join a local birding group.
Tom Moeller, treasure and webmaster of Three Rivers Birding Club, also recommends iBird Pro and The Warbler Guide. If you’re low-tech, pick up a copy of “The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America.” The basic gear you need to get started is a pair of binoculars (but do not share).
There are several good areas for birding in Pittsburgh, but make sure you don’t flock to crowded spaces. Birders should be mindful that facilities in most parks are closed, so no bathrooms are available. Garbage cans are at capacity, so take any trash you generate with you.
“In the city, Frick and Schenley Parks are very productive for woodland birds, and waterfowl can be found at Duck Hollow on the Monongahela,” Moeller says. “Of course, one can actually visit the Hays Bald Eagle nest area along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. West of the city is Wingfield Pines Conservation Area in Upper St. Clair, east would be Boyce Park in Monroeville and Plum or Audubon’s Beechwood Farms on Dorseyville Road, and north would, naturally, be North Park, which has a Bald Eagle’s nest of its own.”
The kids of Avonworth Heights are taking their creativity to the streets … and sidewalks. The budding artists are using asphalt as a canvas for their chalk art. In addition to drawing temporary masterpieces, they’re leaving inspirational messages to each other.
In Mt. Lebanon adults are getting in the act, too, with everything from inspiring messages about nature to exercise prompts like “Do 10 jumping jacks.”
Bear hunts and fitness stops
Barely holding it together indoors? Folks throughout Pittsburgh are putting teddy bears in their windows so families can emerge from hibernation for a neighborhood bear hunt.
In McKnight Village in Ross Township, resident and elementary school teacher Kristen Gettens set up activities, such as hula hoops, a balance beam and sidewalk chalk, that kids could do along the way.
According to Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration, bicycle repair is a life-sustaining business. Although they aren’t selling rides, some local bike shops are open to give your old two-wheeler a tune-up. Bike Pgh has a list of proprietors that can keep you rolling through this pandemic.
Venture Outdoors, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to Mother Nature, has plenty of ideas to get you up off the couch. Whether it’s a simple stroll, a geocaching adventure or activities that bring the great outdoors inside, you’ll discover a new appreciation for your surroundings.
Go fly a kite!
The Frick Pittsburgh offers a step-by-step guide to constructing your own kite. Get creative with your flying device, then grab your windbreaker and go outside to watch your art take flight.