Train to be a Birdwatcher

BIRDWATCHING IS ONE OF THE COOLEST WAYS TO DEVELOP YOUR SUPERPOWER ABILITIES TO OBSERVE AND LISTEN.

When you start to take note of the birds around you, you might find yourself more curious and perceptive. You'll notice sounds you might have previously overlooked. You might start to notice details in your surroundings, like the trees and other plants. You might start to perceive the passage of time differently as birds come and go each season. Birding can be a gateway into recognizing and appreciating a wider world that was there all along.

Beyond satisfying your own curiosity, birding can also be a social activity. Beyond being a fun family activity, birding clubs and park rangers offer opportunities to meet other people and look for birds together, pooling knowledge and providing more pairs of eyes and ears.


Birding 101

HERE ARE THE FIRST STEPS TO BECOMING A BIRDER:

Step 1: First, let's learn how birds talk! Click on the red bird to learn about mnemonics- that's when we associate patterns or words to learn birdsongs. It will help you learn quickly and it's super fun. For example, the American Robin sounds like, "Cheer up, cheerio!"

Step 2: Visit the Audubon site and download their handy field guide app. When you go on walks, you can use this app to identify birds in the backyard, on the city streets, or on a hike.

Step 3: If you don't have a pair of binoculars, it might be a good idea to pick up a pair. If you're keen to be a real birder, this is a great time to get some bird feed!

You're on your way to being a true birder. Nice job, Explorer!

Time to Birdwatch

HERE ARE SOME FUN WAYS TO DO IT:

* Special Tip from Nicholas Lund at Birdist: Kids, get a map and put your finger on a green spot. Then, figure out which birds you can find there, and go get them! You're in charge of this adventure!

Chirp chirp!

DIY Activities for the Birders

BIRD BATHS, BIRD FEEDERS... YOU NAME IT!

Let's take care of these birds!

The Best Books on Birds

FIELD GUIDES, STORIES- THEY BOTH HELP US UNDERSTAND AND APPRECIATE THE WORLD OF BIRDS AND OUR RELATIONSHIP TO BIRDS.

Congratulations, Explorers!

You are now a young birdwatcher.