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Birding Resources


These organizations and many others offer excellent links to information, such as birding hotspots, etc.

American Birding Association

Birding trails in all US States and Canada, clubs and organizations, gear guide, travel, birding news, blog, podcast

Oregon Birding Association

Species checklists, birding trails, birding locations by Oregon county, maps of Fern Ridge and Luckiamute, field trips, monthly photo contest

Mid-Willamette Valley Birds

Originally set up to report bird observations in ASC’s service area, so it would be good for ASC to take advantage of this! To see reports for any month and year, click on Mid-Willamette Valley Birding Archives (Broken link reported 6/25/2020), then select DATE, and month and year you want.

Mid-Valley Nature Group

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.

National Audubon Society

Birding guides and apps, travel destinations, binocular and spotting scope guides, flyways, conservation, projects, and magazine

Portland Audubon

Spring arrival dates for migrating birds, birding links, nature store, Oregon-wide birding spots, and education programs

Young Birders Web

Connections for young birders to resources, camps, clubs, and activities in their area

Neighborhood Naturalist

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


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:

Linn County
Benton County

Benton Soil and Water Conservation District
Gardening for Birds
Gardening with Native Plants

Informative brochures and bird-friendly landscape designs to help you give birds the four basic things they need: 1) Water2) Cover3) Nest sitesand 4) Food.


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 Service  – 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 Species

Butterflies of Oregon

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.