Audubon: Children Spending Too Much Time Indoors

Audubon: Children Spending Too Much Time Indoors
FAIRFIELD -- The Connecticut Audubon Society says there won't be a next generation of nature lovers if the children of today continue to spend their days indoors.

Although there are more threatened bird species in the state than ever, the situation is serious enough for the society to devote its entire "Connecticut State of the Birds 2012" report to the problem of kids not connecting to nature.

"We find that children are spending less time outdoors, and their free time is really spent in highly structured activities," said Robert Martinez, president of the Connecticut Audubon Society. "They have very little opportunity for spontaneous interaction with the natural world."

Martinez said that just about all of those involved in conservation today and through history "developed a bond with nature" when they we…
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