Learn

New to Birding?


For starters, visit Audubon’s Get Started Birding page for tips on learning the arts of observation and listening. For a slightly more in-depth presentation, visit their How to Bird page.

For help with learning to identify bird species, visit National Audubon’s Online Guide to North American Birds which covers all of North America’s regular breeding birds-approximately 580 species – as well as an additional 180 or so non-breeding species that regularly or occasionally visit North America north of Mexico.

To see photographs (and hear calls of) bird species to which National Audubon is devoting special care in protecting, visit their Bird Profiles page. Species on this list include those on Audubon’s WatchList, the top 20 Common Birds in Decline, birds under threat from climate change, birds affected by the Gulf Oil Spill, the top 30 Birds to Help in your neighborhood and the Waterbird Conservation program.

And finally, for the basic courtesies observed by birders, visit National Audubon’s Birding Etiquette page

Birding is good for mind, body, and soul, which is why it is a hobby for nearly 50 million Americans. The idea of learning about the hundreds of North American birds may seem daunting, but if you only learn to recognize one new bird per month, in five years you’ll know sixty new birds!

Natural Food and Shelter

There is much information in our Natural Food and Shelter guide.

Borrow binoculars and bird books!

If you or your organization is interested in borrowing binoculars and/or bird books, check out the Duluth Audubon Birding Trunks housed at the Great Lake Aquarium.  It’s free and easy to check them out depending on availability.  There are two sets of 15 binoculars and a birding trunk with a classroom set of field guides.  Use the links below to sign out either or both of these great resources.

DAS Birding Area Map and Descriptions

We’d like you to be able to learn and see all the birds in the local environments that you can. Download our guide to Audubon Duluth Birding_Areas