Every birder starts in the place where they live. Don’t wait until you can afford to go on a fantastic holiday and tour. Instead, focus on what you have in your own area.
Let’s look at a few of the ways you can learn about birds in your area.
The National Audubon Society
You likely have a local chapter of the National Audubon Society, but even if you don’t, the website gives you access to bird information to help you get outside and watch the birds with intelligence and awareness.
The American Birding Association
The ABA.org offers education about birding and birds. There is a blog, a podcast, and a guide that you can get from this organization to learn about birds. They even have an area of the site that is just for new birders so that you can get started on the right foot.
Not only does this site link to several shows, it also has a blog and a gallery, and offers resources so you can find local information. You can find information about birds and conservation in your area.
Apps for Your Smartphone
There are numerous birdwatching and birding apps that can help you learn about birding events and birds in your area. Just go to the Google Play store and the Apple Store, and you’re sure to find what you need.
If you’re in Canada, this site can give you valuable information about your country and the birds you can see and where. It can also help you find more local organizations to help you learn more about birds.
This is a site that you can use to find local real-life meetups about any topic under the sun, including birding and birdwatching. Some of the meetups will be more designed to learn about birds than others. Try a few to find one you like.
You’re likely to have a local group about the birds in your area right on Facebook. Do a search about birding, bird watching, and your local city name and check out the options.
If you live in Europe, you’re going to want to join this site so that you can get local information for your area. Whether you live there or are traveling, you can find out the local birding information.
The Public Library
Don’t forget about the one resource you can always count on for local information: your local public library. Whether you’re in Colorado or Maine, you’ll be able to find the info centric to the local area about birds that you need to know with the help of your librarian.
Learning about birds is essential to your birding journey. Learn everything you can because there is a lot to learn – not just about birds in general but also about specific birds right in your area.