This section provides information about outreach and education tools, as well as citizen science projects. Citizen science engages the public in collecting information about birds. Many bird citizen science projects already exist, allowing land trusts to easily tap into online monitoring tools, link to volunteers already collecting information, or even access useful data within their service areas.
All About Birds is an online guide to birds and bird watching with information about 589 North American species – identify birds, learn about life history, listen to sounds, and watch videos of bird behavior.Engaging People, Resources Directory
NestWatch is a nationwide nest-monitoring program used to study the current condition of breeding bird populations and how they may be changing over time as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and loss, expansion of urban areas, and the introduction of non-native plants and animals.Engaging People, Resources Directory
BirdSleuth K-12 provides innovative resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen-science projects through inquiry-based science curriculum and activities.Engaging People, Resources Directory
The YardMap Network is a citizen science project designed to collect data about how our local, regional, and national landscapes are being put to work as wildlife habitat. YardMap asks people to draw maps of their local landscapes; from small spaces like backyards, to larger spaces like land trust parcels.Engaging People, Resources Directory
Celebrate Urban Birds is a citizen-science project developed to reach diverse urban audiences who do not already participate in science or scientific investigation. The project collects data from participants, providing valuable knowledge of how different environments influence birds in urban areas.Engaging People, Resources Directory
The Macaulay Library provides access to the world’s largest archive of wildlife sounds and videos, and allows users to search recordings by species for birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, arthropods, and even fishes. Additionally, digital audio guides are available for download.Engaging People, Resources Directory
Birding trails are scattered across North America like individual strings of pearls. These trails, covering expanses of roadway across many miles, offer birders, naturalists, and general eco-tourists grand opportunities to explore diverse habitats near home and in distant places.Engaging People, Resources Directory