BIRDING

A collection of links to websites related to birding.

Birdwatching, or birding, is a form of wildlife observation in which the observation of birds is a recreational activity or citizen science.   It can be done with the naked eye, through a visual enhancement device like binoculars and telescopes, by listening for bird sounds, or by watching public webcams.
Birdwatching often involves a significant auditory component, as many bird species are more easily detected and identified by ear than by eye.   Most birdwatchers pursue this activity for recreational or social reasons, unlike ornithologists, who engage in the study of birds using formal scientific methods. (Wikipedia)

American Bird Conservancy
https://abcbirds.org/
Where 20+ years of bold action, focus on results, and partnership are bringing back the birds across the Western Hemisphere. Our mission is clear: to conserve native birds and their habitats across the Americas. In doing so, we benefit not only American birds but all other species as well.

American Birding Association
https://www.aba.org/
Membership in the ABA will take you further along your own personal birding journey. Our publications, web resources, and events have much to offer anyone with an active interest in birding, whether you like to stay close to home, or to wander the globe, or a bit of both.

Baytown Nature Center
https://www.baytown.org/city-hall/departments/parks-recreation/baytown-nature-center
Baytown Nature Center, located at 6213 Bayway Drive, is a 500-acre peninsula surrounded by Burnet, Crystal and Scott Bays.   It consists of hardwood uplands, high quality tidal marsh, and freshwater wetlands.   This unique site is listed on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, providing habitat for 317 species of resident and neo-tropical migrant birds.   The American Bird Conservancy designated BNC as a nationally important bird area.   The nature center hosts a monthly Audubon Bird Survey in partnership with Houston Audubon.   But this recreated wetland isn't just for the birds. Numerous other animals also call the nature center home.   In addition, it's an important nursery area for a variety of aquatic species, including shrimp, crab and fish.

Beaumont: Real Texas Birding
http://www.beaumontcvb.com/things-to-do/birding/
If you're an avid birder, or simply a beginner looking to get started, you've come to the right place! Beaumont, Texas is located near the Gulf of Mexico, known for its globally unique ecosystem with a diversity of habitats, fish and wildlife. Gulf habitats are essential to the annual cycles of many species of breeding, wintering and migrating waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds and songbirds. In addition, Beaumont is bordered by the Pineywoods of East Texas where over 350 species of birds are spotted annually.

Beginner's Guide to Bird Watching Around Your Home
https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/birdwatching-guide/
People of virtually any age can participate in the hobby of bird-watching. Children often have an innate curiosity about animals, so they delight in observing birds in their natural habitats. Because bird-watching does not require extensive activity, even the elderly can enjoy this pastime. Home remodeling may be an option for avid bird watchers in natural habitats, but is certainly not necessary to observe birds from your windows. With bird feeders placed at strategic places in the backyard, it is not even necessary to leave the home to watch birds.

Big Bend National Park
https://visitbigbend.com/birding/
Big Bend National Park is the most bio-diverse park in the entire system. Within its boundaries, one finds more species of butterflies, bats, reptiles, plants, ants and birds. Over 450 avian species either live in Big Bend National Park, or migrate through at some point in the year. The variety of habitat with desert mountain and river makes for ideal conditions for a truly remarkable diversity.

Bird City Texas certification program.
https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/birding/
Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are pleased to announce the Bird City Texas certification program. Bird City Texas recognizes and encourages effective and impactful native bird conservation where people live, work, and recreate. From urban centers to rural towns, each community can provide important habitat for birds, and certified communities will receive recognition and community benefits as a result of these efforts. Where birds thrive, people prosper

BirdForum
https://www.birdforum.net/
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Birding By Bus
https://www.facebook.com/birdingbybus/
Join Marc & Eliana's epic road quest from Florida to Alaska in 2018 as they traverse the wild spaces of North America in search of birds, nature, and adventure.   Throw in a wedding and a trip and you've got the journey of a lifetime!

Bird City Texas
https://tpwd.texas.gov/wildlife/birding/bird-city-texas/
Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are pleased to announce the Bird City Texas certification program.   Bird City Texas recognizes and encourages effective and impactful native bird conservation where people live, work, and recreate.

Birding for Fun
http://www.birdingforfun.com/
Birding for Fun was founded in 2015 to provide educational services, field trips and guided tours, and offer select products to the public.   Owner Kristine Rivers is available for speaking engagements for your organization, and can develop workshops and field trips or guided tours specific to your needs.

Birding High Island
https://www.birdinghighisland.com/
Tropical Birding Tours provides free guides to the Houston Audubon Society over the spring birding season at High Island Texas. Weather private groups or organized tours from other companies, we disseminate the information so that everyone who visits High Island, Bolivar Peninsula and Anahuac NWR get the very most this amazing place has to offer.

Birding in Texas
https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wild/birding/
Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are pleased to announce the Bird City Texas certification program. Bird City Texas recognizes and encourages effective and impactful native bird conservation where people live, work, and recreate. From urban centers to rural towns, each community can provide important habitat for birds, and certified communities will receive recognition and community benefits as a result of these efforts. Where birds thrive, people prosper.

Birds of Prey School Program
http://birdsofpreytexas.org/
Every year during March and April, EarthQuest brings the Birds of Prey program to Brazoria County for Migration Celebration.   During the weeks preceding Migration Celebration, EarthQuest's wildlife handlers present Birds of Prey programs in more than 30 schools in the Alvin, Angleton, Bay City, Brazosport, Columbia-Brazoria, Damon, Danbury, Sweeny, and Van Vleck School Districts, reaching a total audience of over 15,000 students and teachers.

Birdside Apps
http://www.birdseyebirding.com/
We here at BirdsEye are fanatics for supporting citizen science projects. Our goal is to advance projects that we think have got it right -- projects that are collecting great and usable data, are helping interested volunteers contribute their sightings, and moving the ball forward in conserving species.

Birdwatching (news)
https://www.birdwatchingdaily.com/
News and commentary about the varied ways that people watch birds, as well as stories about bird art and films. Plus, summaries of the latest issues of BirdWatching magazine.

Birdwatching (store)
http://www.birdwatching.com/
In the Birdwatching Dot Com store, we offer bird feeders, bird baths, and bird houses. These are things to transform your backyard into an oasis of wildlife for you to enjoy. You'll find squirrel-proof feeders, hummingbird feeders, and various artistic feeders. Get a birdhouse for your wrens, or attract purple martins with purple martin gourds and houses. We have birding DVDs and audio CDs, birding software, binoculars, scopes, and tripods for every need and every budget.

Cornell Lab of Ornithology
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/Page.aspx?pid=1478
At the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, scientists, conservationists, engineers, educators, and students all work together for a common purpose: to understand birds and other wildlife, to involve the public in scientific discovery, and to use our knowledge to protect our planet. Our mission: To interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds.

Brazos Bend State Park
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/brazos-bend
Nature has top billing at this park.   Be sure to bring your walking shoes, binoculars and camera.   Besides marveling at nature, you can also hike and bike, fish, picnic, geocache, ride your horse, and stay overnight.   Reserve one of our picnic pavilions or our group hall for your next group gathering.   Pay due respect to alligators, which are common in some areas of the park. Read our alligator safety tips before you come.   Explore on foot, bike, or horseback.   We have 37 miles of trails, some of which are wheelchair-friendly.

Brazosport Birders
https://www.facebook.com/Brazosport-Birders-160592027308061/
Brazosport Birders is an organization founded in 1977 that is based in southern Brazoria County, whose primary focus is birding and conservation of our natural resources.   Meetings are held at 7:00 PM at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 Hwy 332 West, Lake Jackson on the 4th Monday of September, November, January, March, May.   Meetings are open to the public.   Don't worry about skill levels.   We are a collection of novice to very experienced birders and naturalists.   We welcome everyone to join us.

Dow Black Skimmer Colony
http://www.naturephotographers.net/articles0503/kac0503-1.html
Black skimmers are in a group of birds called colonial waterbirds that include species such as great blue herons, least terns, and snowy egrets.   Colonial waterbirds nest in large and often mixed groups probably as a way of defending their nesting sites against predators.   Black skimmers nest on sandbars, beaches, and shell banks.   They need a nesting site relatively safe from predators and human disturbance.   Dow provides such a site.

Duck Stamp Program
https://www.fws.gov/birds/get-involved/duck-stamp.php
The Federal Duck Stamp is an adhesive stamp issued by the United States federal government that must be purchased prior to hunting for migratory waterfowl such as ducks and geese.   For nearly 85 years, by buying Duck Stamps, waterfowl hunters have supported the conservation of more than 5.7 million acres of strategic wetland habitat.   Ninety-eight percent of the purchase price of the stamp goes directly to buy and lease wetland habitat on national wildlife refuges.

Earthquest
http://www.earthquest.org/
EarthQuest is a non-profit environmental education organization, dedicated to the education of the public as to their impact on the natural world.   The concept for EarthQuest began in the Spring of 1989 as an idea to educate the general public about wildlife through the presentation of live animals in an entertaining format.

Eight Benefits of Bird Watching
https://www.cctvcameraworld.com/benefits-of-bird-watching.html
Bird watching is a time-honored tradition that many people enjoy today. Don't worry, you don't need any special equipment to go bird watching, and you certainly don't need to travel to exotic locations. Simply sitting in your backyard and watching the birds local to your area is all it takes to engage in the hobby. If you're on the fence about whether or not you should take up this fascinating hobby here are eight benefits of bird watching that should help you make your decision.

Galveston Texas Birding
https://www.galveston.com/birding/
Galveston Island is one of the top locations in the country for birding. It has a rich variety of habitats - beaches, wetlands, grasslands, woods, ponds, and bays - in a small area that are home to many common year-round species, as well as numerous others that visit briefly or for part of the year.

Great Texas Birding Trail - Upper Texas Coast
https://tpwd.texas.gov/huntwild/wildlife/wildlife-trails/utc
The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail is a state-designated system of trails, bird sanctuaries, and nature preserves along the entire length of the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States.   As the state of Texas hosts more bird species than any other in the U.S. the trail system offers some of the most unusual opportunities for bird-watching in the world.   The "trail" is actually 43 separate hiking and driving trails that include 308 birding sites.   The sites themselves feature a variety of viewing opportunities with boardwalks, observation decks, and other amenities.   The trails boast more than 450 bird species.   The trail system is managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as part of the Great Texas Wildlife Trails which also include the Heart of Texas Wildlife Trail, the Panhandle Plains Wildlife Trail, and the Prairies and Pineywoods Wildlife Trail. (Wikipedia).

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
http://www.gcbo.org/
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c) status. We have become recognized as an innovative organization, which has designed and conducted a significant number of large conservation projects, including migration studies, habitat enhancement, land acquisition, regional habitat mapping, and others.

Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue
http://www.gcwr.org/
Gulf Coast Wildlife Rescue is a tax-exempt non-profit organization of permitted wildlife rehabilitators and volunteers dedicated to caring for injured and orphaned wildlife for the purpose of release back into the wild.   The primary activity of GCWR is to provide food, shelter, medical treatment, and rehabilitation to all Texas native wildlife at no cost to the public.    We serve the Brazoria and Matagorda County areas along the upper Texas Gulf Coast.    GCWR is an all volunteer organization with no paid employees.

Heard Museum
http://www.heardmuseum.org/
The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, in McKinney Texas, is the result of Bessie Heard's vision for the future and her commitment to the community and North Texas. Founded in 1967, the Heard consists of a 289-acre wildlife sanctuary and a natural science museum for the primary purpose of educating children.

Lake Livingston State Park
https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/lake-livingston
At Lake Livingston State Park, you can swim, fish, boat, hike, bird, camp, picnic, mountain bike, geocache, and study nature.   We have activities for the whole family!   We offer many camping options, from tent sites with water nearby up to campsites with full hookups.   You can also rent one of ten screened shelters, some of which are ADA accessible.   Or book one of our group facilities for your next reunion.

Houston Audubon
https://houstonaudubon.org/
Houston Audubon is a regional nonprofit conservation, education and advocacy organization that focuses on protecting the natural environment for birds and people. A significant part of our work is owning and managing nature sanctuaries to protect habitat for birds and provide people recreational opportunities in nature. We were accredited as a land trust in July 2017.

Kid's Guide to Bird-Watching in the Playground
https://www.aaastateofplay.com/a-kids-guide-to-bird-watching-in-the-playground/
Bird watching, also known as birding, is considered a hobby by some and a sport by others, but it can also be a great activity for kids. It is one of the most popular hobbies in that it embraces a large group of people of all ages. About one-fifth of the United States population is thought to be involved in bird watching, according to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. One of the reasons for the popularity of bird watching is that there are no special requirements in order to participate.

Matagorda Bay Birdfest
https://matagordabaybirdfest.org/
Our Mission: to connect people, birds and nature; to celebrate the diversity of regional bird species as evidenced by Audubon's Christmas Bird Count; to create active involvement in science and art; and to encourage awareness and stewardship of the Matagorda Bay ecosystem.

Matagorda County Birding Nature Center
https://mcbnc.org
The Matagorda County Birding Nature Center covers 34 beautiful acres and is located on the Colorado River in Bay City, Texas.   MCBNC has six botanical gardens and three major ecosystems to enjoy.   We offer outdoor experiences for people with a passion for nature.   People who enjoy gardening, native plants or wildlife can follow a self-guided tour through a butterfly, hummingbird, rose, herb, cactus or palm and bamboo garden.   MCBNC has six botanical gardens and three major eco-systems to enjoy.   We offer outdoor experiences for people with a passion for nature.   People who enjoy gardening, native plants or wildlife can follow a self-guided tour through a butterfly, hummingbird, rose, herb, cactus or palm and bamboo garden.

Migration Celebration
http://migrationcelebration.org/index.html
Friends of Brazoria Wildlife Refuges is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the Brazoria, San Bernard, and Big Boggy National Wildlife Refuges.   FOBWR raises funding through donations, grants, and gifts.   We help fund wildlife refuge projects, educational programs, and other activities.   Our goals for Migration Celebration are to educate the public on wildlife and habitat conservation; to bring awareness to the community of the local wildlife refuges; and to involve local organizations and business in bringing environmental education programs to schools.

National Park Service
https://www.nps.gov/index.htm
The National Park Service (NPS) is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all national parks, many national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.[1] It was created on August 25, 1916, by Congress through the National Park Service Organic Act[2] and is an agency of the United States Department of the Interior. The NPS is charged with a dual role of preserving the ecological and historical integrity of the places entrusted to its management, while also making them available and accessible for public use and enjoyment. (Wikipedia)

North American Rare Bird Alert
http://narba.org/
Since 1985, NARBA has been the source for fast, accurate rare bird reports in the continental United States, Alaska and Canada. Members receive reports by email or on the web and have access to valuable archives of rare birds for the past decade.

Official Birds of the United States
https://www.alansfactoryoutlet.com/official-birds-of-the-united-states
If you are passionate about birdwatching, backyard birds, or just enjoy looking at pretty nature pictures and learning about the United States, this infographic about U.S. state birds is sure to please. The tradition of selecting state birds began in 1927, with Alabama, Florida, Maine, Missouri, Oregon, Texas, and Wyoming being the first to select their state birds.   While many states have individual birds, the Northern Cardinal represents seven states, and the Western Meadowlark represents six states.   On the state birds map, you will notice interesting trends from the Eastern coastline to the West.   Have you ever spotted or heard your state's official bird?   Each one has a distinct bird song or call that can help you identify it.   The biodiversity within the United States is truly marvelous and fun to study.

Pearland Parks & Recreation Department Birding
https://www.pearlandtx.gov/departments/parks-recreation/programs/outdoor-recreation/birding
Texas hosts more species of birds that any other state in the U.S. and Brazoria County has a larger variety of bird species than any other area in North America. Join the other 85 million Americans who have discovered the joys of birding by signing up for our Birding Workshops. In these workshops, taught by our experienced instructor, you’ll learn how to identify numerous birds using field marks, bird songs, behavior, and more. Some workshops will have the opportunity go on field trips so you can practice your newly learned skills and socialize with your fellow birders.

South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center
https://www.spibirding.com/
The mission of the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center is to educate the public about birds of South Padre Island and its environs: the flora, fauna and the natural environment of South Padre Island, the Laguna Madre Coastal area, with an emphasis on conservation and environmental awareness.

Top 5 Birding Sites Around Houston
http://www.getoutherehouston.org/top-5-birding-sites-around-houston
The Houston area is one of the most heavily-visited birding areas in the world with people flying in from all over sometimes just to take a bird tour, get back on the plane, and head to their next destination.ding Sites Around Houston.

Tropical Birding Tours.
http://www.tropicalbirding.com/
Tropical Birding offers two distinct types of photography tours: On a Photo Tour, we often concentrate on very specific targets and spend a lot of time with them, trying to get superb-quality photos. Seeing large numbers of species takes a back seat to getting awesome shots. On a Birding With A Camera Tour (BwC), we try to see lots of birds and other animals, but also spend more time photographing them than we would on a traditional birding tour.

Twelve prime places to see birds
https://www.chron.com/life/travel/article/12-prime-places-to-see-birds-1746791.php
World travelers migrate to the Texas coast for the astounding variety of birds that congregate here. Yet birding remains a mystery to many Texans.

Ultimate Guide to Birdwatching
http://www.tripbuzz.com/birdwatching-guide/
Birdwatching, or birding, has been a popular pastime around the world for centuries. Long have people marveled at the beauty, behavior, and mystery of the world's many species of birds.   Perhaps one of Earth's most fascinating creatures, they are at once delicate and magnificent.   If you're interested in learning about birdwatching, or you already are an avid birder looking for more ways to connect to all the great resources out there, keep reading.   Here you'll find everything from equipment reviews and identification guides to fun lessons for kids.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
https://www.fws.gov/
We are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, charged with protecting and enhancing America's treasured fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.   We work for the perpetuation of diverse and abundant wildlife because biodiversity is essential to maintaining the health of our environment, our families, and our economy.   We maintain a network of public lands totaling upwards of 150 million acres.

Young Birder's Backyard Guide
https://www.improvenet.com/a/the-young-birder-backyard-guide
There are between 8,700 and 10,000 different species of birds, and while all birds have wings, not all birds can fly.   Birds live all over the world in all types of habitats, from the coldest to the hottest and from the wettest to the driest areas.   Birds vary greatly in size, ranging from very large ostriches to the tiniest of hummingbirds.   If you study birds near your home and in your backyard, you can learn about the features and behaviors of these fascinating animals.


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