Expert Birding Resources, Free Plans and Tutorials

Got a bird question? Find the answer in one of the many birding resources listed below. Like to browse? Check out some other links with free plans and tutorials. Plus conservation resources for some interesting exploration.

The following links are listed as a reference and convenience for our visitors. We review every site, and our goal is to present valuable information and resources. We take no responsibility and give no guarantees, warranties or representations, implied or otherwise, for the content or accuracy of third-party sites.

Journey North Bird Migration Maps
Journey North
Want to know when hummingbirds will be arriving? Monarchs, barn swallows or Orioles? Check migration patterns and dates for your locale all in one one place! Find info on these species and more... highly recommended!
The Feathered Nest
Inspiration & Creativity Shared. A blog with vintage flair featuring original artwork and free tutorials... homegrown in the heart of Atlanta, Ga.
Free Nest Box Plans, Tips and Tutorials
Information on hosting native cavity-nesting birds, including tutorials, free nest box plans, predator controls, tips, techniques and more
The Hummingbird Society
Teaching about hummingbirds, and working to protect them. Excellent resource and leading authority for all things hummingbirds!
Sialis-Helping Bluebirds
Bluebirds (Sialia sp.) are bedazzling creatures! This website was developed as a resource for people interested in helping bluebirds and other native cavity nesters thrive and flourish. A most useful resource for all... from the casual backyard birder to the experienced bluebird trail monitor.
Operation Ruby Throat, The Hummingbird Project (
Building environmental cooperation and understanding throughout North and Central America. Wonderful and informative site on all things hummingbirds. Includes projects for students in citizen science.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology uses the best science and technology--and inspires the widest range of people and organizations--to solve critical problems facing wildlife. Our mission: To interpret and conserve the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Please consider joining us by becoming a member of the Lab. * Research * Citizen Science * Education * Conservation
All About Birds
Free Bird Guides and More from Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Fat Birder - linking birders worldwide
Fatbirder is the premier web resource about birds, birding & birdwatching for birders - hundreds of pages & tens of thousands of links about birding everywhere in the world; a page for every country & state; every bird family; books, guides, forums, reserves, accommodation, trip reports, bird clubs, ornithology, twitching, conservation, optics, and birding tour holidays.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy — the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Center for Biological Diversity
The Center for Biological Diversity works through science, law and creative media to secure a future for all species, great or small, hovering on the brink of extinction.
Saving America's Horses United We Stand
As the Bureau of Land Management exterminates the last of America’s wild horses and burros still in the wild, thousands of wild and domestic equines are systemically mistreated, removed, and transported for human consumption abroad, and as the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act and Wild Free Roaming Horses and Burros Act which are meant to protect them are left virtually worthless, SAVING AMERICA’S HORSES introduces hope.
Environmental Awareness
Good Planet At the time when the environment and the ecology appear in every speech, where to find interesting, reliable, coherent and accessible information on the subject.
Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM)
FARM is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public-interest organization promoting vegan diets to save animals, improve health, and protect the environment. FARM has launched annual campaigns such as The Great American Meatout and World Farm Animals Day, hosts the annual Animal Rights National Conference, and conducts year-round campaigns such as Meatout Mondays. FARM is based in the Washington, DC area and works through it's Compassionate Activist Network with volunteers in all 50 states and two dozen other countries.
Matter of Trust
Our ecological public charity concentrates on Man made Surplus, Natural Surplus & Eco-Education. The mission of Matter of Trust is to Link ideas, spark action and materialize sustainable systems. We like to mimic how Mother Nature integrates enduring cycles and provides access to necessities in abundance. We concentrate on man made surplus, natural surplus and eco-educational programs. The results are worthwhile, common and often enchanting.
Mt. Vernon Songbird Sanctuary (
Dedicated to the conservation of migratory songbirds through education, rehabilitation, and preservation of their habitat.