Birding includes watching birds visiting your backyard feeder, sitting or walking through a park in search of birds, or chasing a sighting of a bird that is unusual for our area. Birds are incredibly interesting in appearance, sound and behavior. Watching them is very rewarding and great for physical and mental health. Often this starts at home and before you know it, you're planning vacations based on which new birds you might find.
Here's an excellent article to learn more about birding.
-Ideally you'll want to use binoculars or a camera with zoom. (We have binoculars to loan for our events.)-Ideally you'll want to use binoculars or a camera with zoom. (We have binoculars to loan for our events.)
-Download two free apps: Merlin Bird ID and eBird. Watch our tutorials for these below.
Now you're ready!
-Sit somewhere quiet to look and listen for birds. Use Merlin's Sound ID feature to find out what birds you are hearing and look for them.
-Create a checklist of the birds you see with the free eBird app. This will help you maintain your life list in a very easy way, and help you find new birds when you're ready. With each list, you'll be contributing data to one of the largest community science projects!
After doing this a bit, you might find you enjoy slow birding or decide to challenge yourself by setting goals to see more birds next month or next year, move up in the county rankings or do your own big year. Competitive birding is incredibly fun and we have a great group of members that enjoy competing while sharing sightings and cheering each other on.
However you bird, enjoy it!
Learn how to identify birds the easy way! This free app will identify birds with three pieces of information, a photo or by sound! Watch this video then give it a try.
Keep track of your life list! With this free app, you can create a checklist of the birds you identify and easily pull up your stats later using the app or the eBird.org website. The app will also help you locate specific birds or popular places to look for them. You can even get alerts when a bird is seen nearby that you've never seen before! Watch this tutorial and give it a try!
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