Finding Birding Resources
U.S. Government Bird Pages
- Office of Migratory Bird Management USFW
- The Fish and Wildlife Service is the leading Federal agency for managing and conserving migratory birds in the United States. The Office of Migratory Bird Management is the branch that carries out the Service's responsibilities, which it does in concert with a host of participating partners, both domestic and foreign. The goals of the MBMO are to conserve migratory bird populations and their habitats in sufficient quantities to prevent them from being considered as threatened or endangered, and to ensure the citizens of the United States continued opportunities to enjoy both consumptive and nonconsumptive uses of migratory birds and their habitats.
- Birds, Birds, Birds: Education and Research
- This page has educational links, many for children, that include classroom activities such as birdwatches and feederwatches, migration maps and imagery and endangered species information.
- Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
- This U.S. Geological Survey site has North American Bird Breeding Surveys, Bird Banding information and monitoring and Migration information. This site also has a Bird ID that has pictures, range maps, ID tips and life history information for the birds you would like to know more about.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife
- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife site has sections about migratory birds, wetlands and waterfowl, and the Federal Duck Stamp. One new item is the delisting of the Bald Eagle off the endangered species list, and there are wonderful pictures of eagles on this site.
Places to Bird
- Texas Parks and Wildlife
- Texas State Parks are some of the best places to bird, since Texas has 613 species to be found in its borders. Most of the individual park sites have bird checklists, habitat information, festival information and general information about bird trails and specialty birds at their park. Some local parks include Palo Duro Canyon and Caprock Canyon State Parks. Other good birding parks are Davis Mountains State Park and Hueco Tanks State Park.
- National Parks
- National Parks are also a great place to search for birds. Two of the best are right here in Texas: Big Bend National Park and Guadalupe Mountains National Park are birding hotspots.
- National Wildlife Refuges
- Some of the best birding areas are National Wildlife Refuges, land set aside and managed just for wildlife. Most refuges, including Buffalo Lake NWR have bird checklists. This site has a bird species account index, and also a regional index on finding refuges.
- Panhandle Bird Club
- The Panhandle Bird Club is the local birding club for this area. This site includes a field trip calender, monthly rare bird reports, where to bird in the Panhandle, spring and fall migrating bird arrival dates and Christmas Bird Count listings.
- Texas Ornithological Society
- Texas Ornithological Society promotes the discovery and dissemination of knowledge of birds; encourages the observation, study and conservation of birds in Texas; encourages formation of local birding clubs; and to stimulates cooperation among professional ornithologists.
- Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
- Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology has a lot of information about our feathered friends. They have several watches, such as Feederwatch and Warblerwatch, a House Finch disease survey, homestudy courses, and best of all the Library of Natural Sounds, the largest sound library and it includes a sound of the week. Another fun feature is the Nestbox cam.
- National Audubon Society
- The National Audubon Society specializes in the conservation and education about wildlife. They promote chapters (Lubbock, El Paso, and Oklahoma City are some of the regional chapters) all over the United States and have several watch lists of birds.
- American Birding Association
- The American Birding Association sponsors birding conferences, the North American rare bird reports, conservation and education for bird welfare. It also has a listing of volunteer opportunities.
International Birding Sites
- Canadian Wildlife Service
- The Canadian Wildlife Service, similar to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife, has a Bird Conservation Program, a North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) and lists Canadian endangered species.
- Migrating Birds in Israel
- To show that migrating birds know no boundaries, this project uses satellite telemetry to follow migrating birds.
- Birds Australia
- Here you can get an Australian bird check-list, hear bird calls, follow along on the atlas bird mapping project, read about nestboxes and threatened species.
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