My father was 73 when he passed. He was a birder, a gardener, and a fisherman. He loved walking the woods of northern Minnesota pursuing the elusive Ruffed Grouse and tramping through the grasslands for a shot at a Ring-necked Pheasant. Success was not measured by the number of birds in his bag—he was happy to come home with an empty bag, sun-kissed cheeks and tired feet. He shared his love of nature with his children and grandchildren.
Even at 73 he celebrated the sights and sounds of spring, the call of emerging frogs, the trumpeting of migrating Sandhill Cranes, the flash of orange from the Baltimore Oriole and the little puffs of yellow from newly hatched goslings. He hung birdhouses, duck boxes, and bat houses. He tended a slew of bird feeders year-round, even at 73. Phenology, critter identification, tracks, sign, and behavior were part of our daily lives. Nature was a gift we all shared.
My father is just one example of how nature can enrich lives in the golden years. Nature nurtures all of our souls. And for the elderly and those with physical limitations, bird feeding can truly be a window to nature.
Care providers, family members and senior living care teams can easily create a bird feeding station that will be enjoyed by all. In fact, a communal station will encourage social interaction which is lacking in the lives of many seniors.