August 21, 2014

Birding Resources

Useful Links for New and Experienced Birders

The beginner birder will find useful information on which binoculars and field guides to buy and how to use them. Be sure to review our Top Ten Tips for beginner birders. These links also hold information on the various birding organizations scattered around the state, and activities for volunteer birders to participate in citizen science. Citizen science is important to ornithologists studying birds. There are many ways to contribute, including Breeding Bird Surveys, Christmas Bird Counts, and Project Feeder Watch. One of the easiest and most rewarding ways to contribute is to keep a checklist of all the birds you see during your outings and submit them to the eBird website. The eBird website makes sharing your checklists fun and easy, and it's a good way to compete in the hobby with your friends. Don't worry if you are a beginner, you can participate in a group of more experienced birders. It is encouraged to join your local Audubon chapter. These chapters have birding field trips, engaging guest speakers, and experienced birders to help you improve your ID skills.