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United States of America

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Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus ©Creative Commons

The US is split into 48 contiguous states, Alaska and the Islands of Hawaii. Each have their own Fatbirder page. States are introduced by local residents.

Below are links that either cover the whole US or regions larger than a single state.

The recommended books also cover areas larger than a single state.

A number of birding organisations span the entire US - it makes sense for every birder to be a member of a national organisation, a state one and their own local club. Being a member of an Audubon or other society is not just about what it can do for you but, to misquote the late great JFK, it is also about what you can do for it, and through it, the welfare of birds everywhere.

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 1161

Number of bird species: National Bird

Bald Eagle Haliatus leucocephalus

Endemics

Number of endemics: 47

Lesser Prairie-chicken Tympanuchus pallidicinctus Nene Branta sandvicensis Hawaiian Duck Anas wyvilliana Laysan Duck Anas laysanensis Red-cockaded Woodpecker Picoides borealis Hawaiian Coot Fulica alai Hawaiian Hawk Buteo solitarius Amchitka Cormorant Phalacrocorax kenyoni Kauai Oo Moho braccatus Bishop's Oo Moho bishopi Island Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma insularis Florida Scrub-Jay Aphelocoma coerulescens Yellow-billed Magpie Pica nuttalli Hawaiian Crow Corvus hawaiiensis Elepaio Chasiempis sandwichensis Kamao Myadestes myadestinus Olomao Myadestes lanaiensis Omao Myadestes obscurus Puaiohi Myadestes palmeri Carolina Chickadee Parus carolinensis Millerbird Acrocephalus familiaris Black Rosy-Finch Leucosticte atrata Brown-capped Rosy-Finch Leucosticte australis Nihoa Finch Telespiza ultima Laysan Finch Telespiza cantans

Number of endemics: 47

Ou Psittirostra psittacea Palila Loxioides bailleui Maui Parrotbill Pseudonestor xanthophrys Kauai Amakihi Hemignathus kauaiensis Common Amakihi Hemignathus virens Anianiau Hemignathus parvus Nukupuu Hemignathus lucidus Akiapolaau Hemignathus munroi Kauai Creeper Oreomystis bairdi Hawaii Creeper Oreomystis mana Maui Creeper Paroreomyza montana Oahu Creeper Paroreomyza maculata Akekee Loxops caeruleirostris Akepa Loxops coccineus Iiwi Vestiaria coccinea Akohekohe Palmeria dolei Apapane Himatione sanguinea Poo-uli Melamprosops phaeosoma McKay's Bunting Plectrophenax hyperboreus Seaside Sparrow Ammodramus maritimus Bachman's Sparrow Aimophila aestivalis Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major

Checklist

Checklist

WebBirder Checklist

Fatbirder's very own checklists are now available through WebBirder

ABA Checklist

WebBirder Checklist

This checklist covers the whole of the ABA area

Useful Reading

Peterson Field Guides: Eastern Birds

Roger Tory Peterson Hardcover - 384 pages (October 1998) Houghton Mifflin Co

ISBN: 0395911753

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Peterson Field Guides: Western Birds

Roger Tory Peterson Hardcover - 432 pages (December 1998) Houghton Mifflin Co

ISBN: 0395911745

Buy this book from NHBS.com

The North American Bird Guide

David Sibley.Hardcover (21 September, 2000) PICA PRESS
See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 1873403984

Buy this book from NHBS.com

A Birder's Guide to Metropolitan Areas of North America

Edited by Paul Lehaman American Birding Association 2001

ISBN: 1878788159

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Useful Information

Birding Clubs - Over 275 Locations Nationwide

http://find.mapmuse.com/interest/birding-clubs
Birding clubs accross the USA and their locations - you can add your own club to the map…

The State of the Birds

http://www.stateofthebirds.org
Nearly 850 million acres of land and 3.5 million square miles of ocean in the U.S. are owned by the American people. These habitats are vital to more than 800 bird species in the U.S., 251 of which are federally threatened, endangered, or of conservation concern. More than 300 bird species have 50% or more of their U.S. distribution on public lands and waters. Public agencies therefore have a major influence on the success of conservation efforts to restore declining species and keep common birds common…

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [07 July] - David Bell - Texas, New Mexico, Arizona

Report

July is a great time to bird these areas, but then again they are great at any time of year. 15 days isn't all that long, especially when you have that much ground to cover, and the trip was mostly to see as much as possible, not for any one species. For the trip, I used the "FalconGuide: Birding Texas", which covers all of Texas. I would recommend the ABA's Birding the LRGV though, it was sold out when we tried to order it. In Arizona, I used the "Birder's Guide to Southeastern Arizona", also from the ABA. Both were very useful for finding the birds, as well as www.birdingonthe.net for info on rarities. I've included the driving distances as usual. We ended up driving 1940 miles (3123 km) on one car, and 578 miles (931 km) on the other, for a total of 2518 miles (4054 km) driven, plus the 48 miles (77 km) we did in the taxi on the way to and from the airport. All flying distances are approximate, as we don't have access to an odometer (if planes even have them). The total flying distance was 3895 miles (6271 km)…

2016 [02 February] - Terry & Karen McEneaney - Pacific Northwest

Report

...We ended the tour with 105 species of birds and nine species of mammals. We saw more than 120,000 individual birds, with more than 30,000 Snow Geese (in discrete flocks at four different locations) comprising the bulk of the birds seen. Other impressive bird numbers included the following estimates: 7,000+ Trumpeter Swans, 4,000 Tundra Swans, 20,000 American Wigeon, 8,000+ Surf Scoters; 20,000 Mallards, 14,000 Northern Pintails and Northern Shovelers, 300 Common Goldeneye, 300 Red-breasted Mergansers, 120 Red-throated Loons, 400-500 Bald Eagles, 50-80 Red-tailed Hawks, 15-20 Rough-legged Hawks, 5,000 Mew Gulls, 8,000 Ring-billed Gulls, 10,000 Glaucous-winged Gulls, 4,000 Dunlin, and a whopping four dozen plus Marbled Murrelets...

2016 [05 May] - Dylan Vasapoli - The Biggest Week in American Birding

PDF Report

2016 [05 May] - Jaap Westra - Birding Eastern North America

PDF Report

I had birded the USA three times before (Washington State, Florida and Arizona), but this time I decided to take my wife and two sons (13 and 10) with me. We started in New York then travelled through New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York State to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada and back.

Organisations

National Audubon Society

Website

700 Broadway, New York, NY 10003-9562. + 1 212 9793000 jwells@audubon.org

Pacific Seabird Group

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Dedicated to the study and conservation of Pacific seabirds and their environment

Partners in Flight

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Partners In Flight / Compañeros en Vuelo / Partenaires d`Envol was launched in 1990 in response to growing concerns about declines in the populations of many land bird species, and in order to emphasise the conservation of birds not covered by existing conservation initiatives. The initial focus was on species that breed in the Nearctic (North America) and winter in the Neotropics (Central and South America); but the focus has spread to include most landbirds and other species requiring terrestrial habitats.

Waterbird Society

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In 1999, the organization became The Waterbird Society to reflect an expanded interest in all aquatic birds. This society was created to establish better communication and coordination between the growing number of people studying and monitoring aquatic birds, and to contribute to the protection and management of stressed populations or habitats of these species…

Western Field Ornithologists

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WFO is an organisation committed to field-oriented descriptive ornithology, with appeal for both amateur and professional. The region of interest encompasses the Rocky Mountain and Pacific states and provinces, including Alaska and Hawaii, western Texas, north-western Mexico, and the north-eastern Pacific Ocean…

Wilson Society

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The Wilson Ornithological Society, founded in 1888, is a world-wide organization of nearly 2500 people who share a curiosity about birds. Named in honor of Alexander Wilson, the Father of American Ornithology, the Society publishes a quarterly journal of ornithology, The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, and holds annual meetings…

US Fish & Wildlife Service

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Our mission is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre

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Unique in its exclusive focus on migratory birds and its combination of research, education and training, and policy work, the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Centre is dedicated to fostering greater understanding, appreciation, and protection of the grand phenomenon of bird migration…

Nature Conservancy

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The Nature Conservatory has really got its act together as far as the websites are concerned. The new house-style is clean, clear and very well presented and the photos used on each chapters page rangew from very good to outstanding. Most sites are comprehensive and well worth a visit by anyone thinking of birding the state concerned. Our Conservation Approach - The Nature Conservancy uses Conservation by Design as its framework for mission success. Our conservation approach includes: Setting priorities through ecoregional planning; Developing strategies to conserve both single and multiple conservation areas; Taking direct conservation action; and Measuring conservation success. The national site also has pages on its international work…

National Bird Collection

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The Division of Birds, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, houses and maintains the third largest bird collection in the world with over 640,000 specimens…

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

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The Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center is composed of the Headquarters at Jamestown, North Dakota; Field Stations in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota; on- and off-site Library, Laboratory, Remote Sensing, GIS, Photo and Digital Imaging, Herbarium, and Experimental Pond facilities; and a study area located at Cottonwood Lake in North Dakota…

Birding For All (Formerly Disabled Birders Association of America)

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US Members and those wishing to join should mail through the international site…

Hummingbird Research, Inc.

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Hummingbird Research, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by Fred Bassett to promote the conservation of hummingbirds through research and education. We continue the vision of Bob and Martha Sargent and the Hummer/Bird Study Group.

Inland Bird Banding Association

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Inland Bird Banding Association was organized in 1922, in Chicago, Illinois, and in that same year began publishing the scientific work of its members. The organization has continued to grow since 1922 and now supports the largest membership of any bird banding association in America. Inland Bird Banding Association is an organization for all individuals interested in the serious study of birds, their life-history, ecology, and conservation…

National Bird-Feeding Society

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We lead pell-mell lifestyles with such competition for our time that it`s easy for stress to take over. But watching the acrobatic antics of finches at your feeders provides a few moments of pure pleasure, guaranteed to refresh your day. I love the fun of bird feeding and want to find out more about attracting birds to my yard, wrote Anne Michaels from North Carolina. That`s what the National Bird-Feeding Society is about, helping people to further enjoy a hobby that is entertaining and educational.

Department of Defense Partners in Flight

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Managing over 25 million acres of land on hundreds of installations, the U.S. Department of Defense plays a key role in Partners in Flight. Department of Defense lands represent a critical network of habitats for Neotropical migratory birds, offering these birds migratory stopover areas for resting and feeding, and suitable sites for nesting and rearing their young. The DoD PIF Program is an active partner in in the protection and conservation of resident and migratory birds and their habitats.

American Birding Association

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North America's largest membership organisation for active birders - providing leadership to field birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding, and by contributing to bird conservation.

American Eagle Foundation

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Dedicated to the preservation and protection of the bald eagle… the US of A`s symbol.

American Ornithologists' Union

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Founded in 1883, the American Ornithologists' Union is the oldest and largest organisation in the New World devoted to the scientific study of birds. Although the A.O.U. primarily is a professional organisation, its membership of about 4,000 includes many amateurs dedicated to the advancement of ornithological science.

Association of Field Ornithologists

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The Association of Field Ornithologists (AFO) is a society of professional and amateur ornithologists dedicated to the scientific study and dissemination of information about birds in their natural habitats. Founded in 1922 as the New England Bird Banding Association, and shortly thereafter becoming the North-eastern Bird-Banding Association, AFO continues to be especially active in bird-banding and development of field techniques. Additionally, AFO encourages participation of amateurs in research, and emphasises conservation biology of birds.

Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology

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A membership institution interpreting and conserving the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds…

Cooper Ornithological Society

Facebook Page

The Cooper Ornithological Society`s Home Page. The Cooper Society was organised in 1894 by a small group of individuals interested in the study of birds and their environments. The name of the society commemorates an early California naturalist, Dr. James G. Cooper. Today, the society numbers about 3,000 professional and amateur ornithologists from around the world. One of the largest ornithological societies in the world, its primary goals are advancing the scientific study of birds as well as supporting their conservation. The society accomplishes these objectives through its meetings, its sponsorship of symposia and workshops, and its publications: The Condor, one of the premier ornithological journals in the world, and Studies in Avian Biology, a series which contains both monographs and proceedings of symposia of broad interest to avian biologists.

BirdSource

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BirdSource is a partnership between citizens and scientists. Designed and managed by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, BirdSource is an interactive website where the enthusiasm of birders is combined with state-of-the-art technology to promote conservation and environmental learning…

Institute for Field Ornithology

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The Institute for Field Ornithology (IFO) is operated by the American Birding Association, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, with the goal of teaching birders about birds in their natural habitat. Founded in 1983 by ABA Member Charles Duncan at the University of Maine at Machias, the IFO has become a recognized leader in ornithological education. The IFO has a proven track record of successful workshops in the United States and in other countries in the western hemisphere. IFO workshops are designed to provide a comprehensive look at bird biology, including life history, ecology, behavior, and field identification. Most workshops include an emphasis on field identification and the natural history and conservation of birds. Instructional time is split approximately equally between field and classroom sessions…

Great Backyard Bird Count

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The website for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count…

National Wildlife Refuge Association

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Since 1975, the NWRA has been the only organization dedicated exclusively to protecting, enhancing and expanding the National Wildlife Refuge System, lands and waters set aside by the american people to protect our country's diverse wildlife heritage. Over the years we have worked to make the Refuge System stronger and better able to address the growing challenges of conserving wildlife in our country…

Western Bird Banding Association

Website

… to encourage and promote bird banding as a useful tool in the study of the biology and migration of western birds…

Festivals

Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival

http://www.wingsovertherockies.org

Wings Over the Rockies Bird Festival starts on the first Monday in May every year. It is a week of feasting for birders and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Join us for an fun and even educational guided paddles, hikes, presentations, etc.

Forums & Mailing Lists

Separt-L

Mailing List

To subscribe to list: listserv@uafsysb.uark.edu

subscribe SEPART-L Your Name

Mailing List – Discussion Group - Neotropical migratory birds in southeastern U.S.

Blogs

Speed Birding

Blog

In 2007, I graduated from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania and have been doing bird work ever since. I love to travel and I think I must have been a gypsy in my other life. I also write at www.nemesisbird.com…

Boom Chachalaca

Blog

Birding News, Highlights, Tips, and Photos for the American Birder. Cory Ritter and Lukas Musher started boom Chachalaca in November 2011 as a way to share birding experiences, tips and news with other birders, both beginners and experts, and to promote conservation…

Other Links

Birdwatching

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Birdwatching Dot Com is about wild birds and the sport of birding. It`s for everyone who is interested in birdwatching and enjoying nature. We hope you`ll find some good ideas here to help you have fun watching birds.

Bowman's Bird Stuff

Website

Checklists, humour, photographs on this off-the-wall site

Statistical Considerations in Monitoring Birds over Large Areas

Website

The proper design of a monitoring effort depends primarily on the objectives desired, constrained by the resources available to conduct the work…

National Audubon Society

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The home of the National Society (equivalent to the UK’s RSPB) many links to the state and county level chapters of the society as well as a great deal of well presented information.

Seabirds NW Pacific

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I have put together the favourite land based sea-watch sites along the Pacific Coast. I have tried to discuss not only the most productive site, but also sites with good access for watching from a vehicle or good cover. As often as not, some of the best weather for finding the best seabirds are on the days when walking to a lookout is least inviting.

Teaming with Life

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Just as we are cheering our success in securing a place for many game animals and bringing a number of endangered species back from the brink, we also are encountering new losses of songbirds.

Virtual Birder

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An on line magazine supported by advertising

Birdzilla

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Calls itself the number one birdwatching website in the world… but is parochial being just about North America and, as we all know, Fat Birder is the Number One Site!

Ornithology.com

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Ornithology.com is the premier site to begin a search for ornithological information. Its focus is the science of birds with emphasis on conservation and education. Although subjects and categories about birding are diversified, our environmental background and love for birds compels us to emphasize the main themes of Science, Research, Education and Conservation. We at ornithology.com are dedicated to bringing you the most up-to-date, dynamic, and information-filled website about ornithology and all related subjects.

Young Birders

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Do birds fascinate you? Do you want to learn more about them? Do you want to meet other teenaged birders? Then ABA is for you! Some of the best young birders are already active in ABA, learning more about birds and helping with conservation.

WildBirds

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WildBirds.com can show you how to attract more birds to your yard. We can help you identify birds at your feeders. Explore. Click on any one of the ten sections listed to the left. The first two sections give tips on feeding and attracting wild birds. In the section called Protecting Wild Birds you will discover what to do with baby birds you find. You can also learn why that crazy bird keeps banging against your window each morning! Laugh at the latest bird jokes in Your Favourite Birds section. We also offer our recommendations for the very best birding books, feeders, binoculars and software. Click on the name of the book or product for more information.

Surfbirds

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We're a group of birding friends from Britain and America who decided to team up on a joint Anglo-American website. Bringing the best birding articles from both sides of the Atlantic onto one website, we hope to have created something unique. We'd love to hear from you if you have any thoughts, feedback or suggestions or wish to get involved in some way yourself.

Where to Look for the Birds of the Mississippi

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The Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge was designated in 1924, well before the lock & dam system was developed for commercial shipping. As a result, we have a national wildlife treasure in relatively untouched river bottoms - a mecca for birds. Fred Lesher, a dedicated area birder, offers here some suggestions on where birds may be found along the Upper Mississippi River.

Zoom Birds

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A site for educating younger birders. Most birds can fly. Birds have a very strong heart and an efficient way of breathing - these are necessary for birds to fly. Birds also use a lot of energy while flying and need to eat a lot of food to power their flight.

50 States.com

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Lists all the state birds of the US with articles about many of them etc.

The Birds of North America Online

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Access to the undoubtedly excellent site is, unfortunately, by annual subscription, currently $40 for individuals…

Bird Book Shop

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…just what is says on the tin…

IBWFound Updates!

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Bobby Harrison, Tim Gallagher and others searched and researched Ivory-bills for over 33 years, they are not going to give up now, even if others do. When Federal funding runs out, we'll still be there. There are so few Ivory-bills, so many acres…

Checklist - Birds of the United States

Checklist

Photographers & Artists

Webcam - Birdfeeder Camera

Gallery

This wild bird food company (Wild Birds Unlimited) has no less than 36 cameras in action at feeders where you can access the images of the birds that come in almost real time.

Artist - John James Audubon - Audubon Birds of America

Gallery

We're happy to be able to provide images of 51 water colours of North American birds done by John James Audubon (1785-1851). You may browse the image list sorted by common name or by scientific name.

Photographer - William Burt

Gallery

Bill specialises in rare and secretive birds and his photographs are not long-lens snaps but the result of years of patient stalking for close up shots that preserve the natural setting… amazing photographs Fatbirder