Bird Clubs and Resources
Getting involved in a local bird club is a fantastic way to learn about the birds in your area, scope out the local hot spots and make some birding friends. Most bird clubs are volunteer-run and very happy to welcome beginners as well as more experienced bird watchers!
Bird Watcher’s Digest has a wonderful (international!) Bird Club Finder on their website to help you link up with one near you. Just select your country and state/province to see a list of clubs and their contact details.
The Feminist Bird Club was started in New York City specifically to create a safe and welcoming atmosphere for female birders, minorities, Black, Indigenous and People of Color and LGBTQIA+ folks. (Men are welcome to attend too!) To find out if there’s a chapter near you, visit The Feminist Bird Club. To learn more, check out Jason Ward’s Birds of North America episode titled “Feminist Birding with the Northern Flicker”.
Outdoor Afro is “Where Black people and nature meet”, and is dedicated to inspiring and creating opportunities to get outside and connect with nature. Leaders across the country sometimes offer bird walks; check out their website to link up with a community near you.
National Audubon has a searchable list of their chapters, Audubon centers and sanctuaries around the US; check out their Audubon Near You page to search by state for birdy places from Anchorage Audubon Society in Alaska, to Trinity River Audubon Sanctuary outside of Dallas, Texas!