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Getting Started Birding

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Birding is for everyone. Field guides, apps and websites make it easier than ever to identify the birds that we encounter. Groups connect us to other passionate birders. Online platforms let us share our sightings and contribute to global scientific understanding. 

How do you want to get started birding? 

Flying Solo 

  • Go analog: pick up a field guide, a notebook and binoculars. 
  • Go digital: Try birding apps and websites such as eBird, Merlin and iNaturalist to help with identification. 

Joining a Flock: Local birding and advocacy groups 

Public Science Platforms and Events