Birding in the US and Abroad

Millions of people all over the world are drawn to the hobby of watching birds. Unlike ornithologists who are dedicated to the scientific study of birds, most bird watchers are recreational. The most basic equipment for spotting and appreciating birds is a good pair of binoculars, a notepad, and an identification guidebook. With over 10,000 known species of birds in the world, it’s easy to begin bird watching in your own backyard.  The Internet provides a lot of resources to get you started.


Bird ID Guides - any pages that help with bird identification

Birding Basics - any pages with info to help someone start birding

Bird Publications and Journals

  • Birdwatchers Digest: Six issues a year bring you the latest in birding news.

  • World Birdwatch Magazine: Articles on international birding issues written by experts in the field.

  • Birder's World: A magazine that provides tips on watching North American birds.

  • The Auk: The quarterly journal of The American Ornithologists’ Union.

  • Australian Field Ornithology: A journal of scientific papers published by Bird Observation & Conservation Australia.

  • Bird Observer: The New England Birding Journal is bi-monthly.

  • The Emu: Ornithological research and reviews from the Southern Hemisphere.

  • British Birds: A monthly journal on various topics related to birds and birding.

Ornithology Groups and Societies

Bird Watching in the US - places where bird watching is ideal in the US

Bird Watching Abroad