Sooner or later, depending on each country’s status, lockdowns will end, hence we will be able to do again our favorite hobby. However, after COVID-19, our life will never be the same again due to a brand new normal; Social distancing.
Social distancing means keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home in order to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. Here are some helpful tips you need to have in mind next time you go for birdwatching:
Chose less crowded spots
Avoid visiting crowded spots like parks, small wetlands, etc. Take it as a good opportunity to explore new places and who knows maybe you will be impressed!
Prefer to go on your own or at a maximum of 2-3 persons
In any case do not follow large groups for the next period and avoid travelling with other people.
Keep 2 meters (6 feet) distance
Rule number one no matter if you are birding or not, is to keep 2 meters (6 feet) distance from other people even your birding pall.
Do not share or use personal items
It is very common in birdwatching to share items such as pair of binoculars, cameras, scopes, field guides or whatever. These items are of a high risk, as most of them are used around the area of the face. Hence do not in any case share or use such items for the next period.
Avoid greeting friends you meet in the field
In case you meet people in the field do not shake hands or hug each other. Avoid greeting people, but if this is not possible, always keep a 2 meters (6 feet) distance.
Wash your hands often
Use soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand rub. Last but not least, this rule applies to any outdoor activity! Keep your hands clean, avoid touching your face and carry with you alcohol-based hand rub or hand sanitizer.
Stay safe and healthy!