5 ways to celebrate birds this spring

In honor of World Migratory Bird Day, held on May 9 in the U.S. and Canada, discover megaflocks, fine art made from feathers, and a bird that belches.

A 2017 study published in the journal BioScience confirmed what avid birders already know: bird watching boosts mental health. Use this list as inspiration to enjoy the benefits of observing winged creatures—while at home and on future travels.

In Northern Kenya’s Rift Valley, Lake Bogoria looks pretty in pink from the flamingos—sometimes tens of thousands of them—drawn to the alkaline and algae-rich waters. Other birds that gather at the lake, part of a national reserve, include African spoonbills, white pelicans, and goliath herons. But the visual spectacle isn’t limited to the birds; geothermal activity along the western shore produces hot springs and active geysers that add to the drama.

This spring in Lausanne, Switzerland, a 59-foot-tall bird feeder is promoting the reintroduction of mistletoe into urban settings where plants and birdlife have diminished. Named Park of Eternal Love and designed by Swiss architecture firm Comte/Meuwly, the slender structure features a mistletoe ball that attracts avian visitors. The birds snack on the white berries and then scatter the seeds across the city.

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