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).

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