From a favorite perch in your woodlands, you can spot birds like this loon seen on Moosehead Lake in Maine.

Basics of Birding

One of the great rewards of being a woodland owner can be getting to know the immense diversity of bird communities that thrive in a healthy forest. From snowy owls to whooping cranes to warblers, learning to identify this collection of critters is a fun way to get some exercise, build relationships with family and friends, and connect on a deeper level to your woods.

There are almost 900 different kinds of birds in the United States, all with different color patterns, songs and behaviors. The world of birds changes constantly, depending on the season, time of day and location, so observation of these critters can be endlessly fascinating. Just ask any of the 50 million people in the country who call themselves birders. People have been engaged in birding for centuries, making it one of the most popular and enduring American pastimes.

Getting started as a birder is as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Get a field guide.

Play the "who can ID first" game with friends and family!

2. Get a pair of binoculars

3. Step outside and start exploring.

In this Section You will Find

Resources to get you birding like a pro:

And ways to invite more birds into your woods


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