Birding (and other) Resources
Birding trails in all US States and Canada, clubs and organizations, gear guide, travel, birding news, blog, podcast
Species checklists, birding trails, birding locations by Oregon county, maps of Fern Ridge and Luckiamute, field trips, monthly photo contest
Place for nature lovers in the mid-Willamette Valley to share their field observations, including local plants, fungi, mammals, birds, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, fish, geology, climate and more. Identification questions are welcome.
Birding guides and apps, travel destinations, binocular and spotting scope guides, flyways, conservation, projects, and magazine
Bird cameras at various locations connect viewers worldwide to the diverse and intimate world of birds. Watching the cams can be a life-changing experience similar to virtual field trips or field biology in your living room. Continue sharing and learning with the community as you join others to watch the world of birds together.
Online guide to birds and birdwatching. Look up information about birds, including photos of adults and juveniles, food, habitat, and conservation. Learn how to identify birds, create nesting areas, feeding options, interesting articles, common problems, and more.
Spring arrival dates for migrating birds, birding links, nature store, Oregon-wide birding spots, and education programs
Connections for young birders to resources, camps, clubs, and activities in their area. Global Big Day event May 8, 2021. All people under 20 years old may register for the one-day count.
Locations of bird sightings around the world, zero in on hotspots, share sightings, and track your lists, sounds, and photos. To generate an up-to-date list of the most recent sightings of any species in either Linn or Benton County:
Sightings on the Mid-Valley Nature Forum, scheduled field trips, classes like Birding by Ear, resource lists of wildlife rehabilitation, field guides, phone apps, websites, and naturalist organizations
Songs from common birds at feeders in the Willamette Valley
Download the Sound ID app which listens to the birds around you and shows real-time suggestions for who’s singing. Compare your recording to the songs and calls in Merlin to confirm what you heard. Available now for birds in the U.S. and Canada with other countries available soon.
Listen, download, and explore bird sound recordings from around the world, share recordings, help identify mystery calls, participate in forums
Audubon – 10 Common Bird Songs Made Less Confusing
Audio spectrograms, or song pictures, compared for five pairs of similar-sounding birds you might encounter locally – some birds not found in western U.S.
US Fish and Wildlife – Feather Atlas
The Forensic Laboratory developed this tool designed identify flight feathers of North American birds. The feather images are from the National Fish and Wildlife Forensics Laboratory. Options include Browse all feather images; Browse by one group, such as ducks; or Identify using characteristics of particular feather. PLEASE NOTE: It is illegal to possess feathers or other body parts of native North American birds under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. More information
Other Important Topics
Species descriptions of mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and marine animals (seals, sea lions, whales, dolphins, porpoises, and sea turtles)
Not just birds but butterflies are also sentinel species for habitat degradation similar to the canary in a coal mine. The website is “both an online guide to Oregon’s butterfly species and a record” of the author’s determination to photograph all of Oregon’s butterfly species inside the state boundaries.
Photos, natural history, and field checklists of dragonflies, including Darners, Petaltails, Clubtails, Spiketails, Cruisers, Emeralds, and Skimmers, and damselflies, including Broad-wings, Spreadwings, and Pond damsels.
Informative brochures and bird-friendly landscape designs to help you give birds the four basic things they need: 1) Water, 2) Cover, 3) Nest sites, and 4) Food.
Corvallis Sustainability Coalition
Garden Guide – 2022
The Corvallis Sustainability Coalition (CSC) recently released a new garden guide. It focuses on food growing, including resources for growing vegetables, fruit, herbs, mushrooms, poultry, and bees. Organizations and businesses that are local, organic, unique, and perhaps not as well known as they should be are emphasized. The guide is intended for new and experienced gardeners alike. CSC link| Volunteer Calendar
Native Plants of the Pacific Northwest
Native plants attract wildlife, especially pollinators, which are very important for restoring habitats lost to exotic gardens.