Web Sites You Might Like to Know About
There are lots of really great web sites focused on wild birds. Here are a few of our favorites with which you might not be familiar.
The National Bird-Feeding Society has a new web site and lots of good information on feeding birds in a responsible manner. And did you know there really is a National Bird-Feeding Month.
Places to go birding
World Birding Center - south Texas
Modestly named by Texas standards, the World Birding Center is your gateway to birding in the Texas Rio Grande Valley in far south Texas. The 'Valley' is one of the best birding locations in the country. It features many species, such as Green Jays, that reach the northern edge of their range. It's also part of a natural flyway into Mexico and Central America for migrating species. If you can't record a 100 species a day in the Valley, your not really trying.
National Wildlife Refuge System
This should not be a surprise, but many of the National Wildlife Refuge System locations are great places for birders. The refuges are becoming more birder friendly for both the casual birder/family outing and the more experienced birder. Visit the NWRS birding web site for more information.
Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory (SABO)
Another great birding location is southeastern Arizona, and one of the best web sites for learning more about the area and the birds is the SABO web site. You'll find information on birding hot spots, guided walks and workshops. If you are new to birding in southeast Arizona, this is a web site you should really visit.
Northern California/San Franciso area - Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO)
For information on birds and conservation in northern California there is no better place to start than the PRBO web site. PRBO works to advance conservation through bird and ecosystem research, from Alaska to Antarctica, on land and at sea. That's a pretty big area.
If you are interested in birding around San Francisco, they will narrow their focus a little and provide great birding at their own locations as well as providing general information about the area.
eBird / BirdsEye
Most birders know about the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and eBird. A new app called BirdsEye taps into the eBird database to provide birders with up-to-date information on bird sightings. The app can tell you good places to bird, and what you might see when you get there. A must-have for birders with an iPhone or iTouch.
Visit the state-based section of this site to find more information on great birding locations.
Conservation and education
Environment for the Americas (EFTA) and International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD)
EFTA is home to International Migratory Bird Day, a national and international event that celebrates our migratory birds. EFTA provides educational and conservation information for individuals and educators. They maintain a nice online resource of educational materials and a Google map of IMBD event locations (over 400 each year) as well as bird festivals and bird observatories.
The Bird Education Network (BEN)
BEN was established to support bird conservation through education. BEN provides educators working in the field of bird conservation with a variety of new tools and strategies they can employ to be more effective. Sign up for their bulletins when you visit their web site.
American Bird Conservancy (ABC)
The American Bird Conservancy is one of the most active bird conservation organizations in the country. Their mission is to conserve native wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. They support a variety of individual programs and broadcast on the Bird News Network.
If you are looking for the best products for watching and feeding birds, your best results will usually come from stores or web sites that specialize in the hobby. They know which feeds and feeders work best together and what to look for in a new pair of binoculars. Finding a local bird specialty store via the search engines can sometimes be difficult. Try your local yellow pages if you have a problem.
Wild Bird Centers of America has over 100 store locations and provides good information and products in their stores and on their web site.
There are many more great web sites for birders to enjoy. If you have a favorite,
. We would love to hear from you.