Virtual Birding

Are you missing the monthly dose of fellowship and learning you get from attending an RBA meeting?  Does the sight of your binoculars hanging over the back of a chair instead of around your neck make you wish this pandemic would magically disappear?  Have you become so familiar with your backyard birds that you’ve given them all names and they come when you call?

While birding away from home is still possible in the era of Covid-19, we know that many people are opting to stay home.  It’s definitely hard to be away from both our human and our feathered friends, but many organizations are trying to fill the gap in a small way by providing virtual birding trips, online classes and seminars, talks and programs, and other birdy adventures all free and open to the public (unless otherwise noted).

Date Sensitive Events
All times have been converted to local EST times

April 22 and 29 @ 7pm: Eastern Warbler Workshop with Kevin Karlson (registration and fee required; workshop can be watched live or purchased to watch later)

April 22 @ 10:30pm:  Vancouver Island University’s Bird Monitoring Program with Dr. Eric Demers

April 23 @ 6pm: Enjoying and Helping Birds at Home with the American Bird Conservancy (registration required)

April 24 @ 7pm:  Patagonia – Penguins, Parrots and Pumas with Andrew Harcombe (registration required)

April 25 @ 10am: Warblers & Neotropical Migrants Webinar with Ryan MacLean (registration encouraged)

April 25 @ 10pm: Little Brown Jobs with Ann Nightingale (registration required)

April 27 @ 9pm: Intro to eBird, part 3 with Ann Nightingale (registration required)

April 28 @ 2pm: The 5 Voices of Birds & How to Spot Trouble with Dan Gardoqui (registration required)

May 1 @ 5pm: Solving Sparrows with Bryan Pfeiffer

May 5 @ 2pm: Mimicry: How to Imitate 5 Common Bird Sounds with Dan Gardoqui (registration required)

Online Birding Tours
Bird Cams – remote camera feeds from a dozen sites
Weekly Tours of Sax-Zim Bog – YouTube videos of birding the bog

Online Learning – Science and other cool info
ABA’s YouTube Channel – virtual bird club, “what’s this bird” live, etc,
Bird Academy’s Open Lectures – 33 archived lectures and seminars
Bird Academy’s Video Series – 175 short videos
The Joy of Birds – Audubon website with videos, science articles and more

Online Learning – Classes and tutorials
Bird Academy’s Course Catalog – but note, these classes are typically not free!
Shorebird ID Webinar – led by Katie Barnes, from Louisiana Audubon
Thayer Birding Software – bird ID training tool, free for all users

Birding with Kids – Learning tools and other cool sites
Audubon for Kids – learning activities for kids of many ages
Bird Academy’s Learning Games – for kids ages 6 and up
K-12 Education from Cornell Lab of Ornithology – science and nature lessons