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American Birding Association
American Birding Association is North America's largest membership organization for active birders, providing leadership to field birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding, and by contributing to bird conservation.
American Ornithologists' Union
American Ornithologists' Union Founded in 1883, the A.O.U. is the oldest and largest organization in the New World devoted to the scientific study of birds. Although the A.O.U. is primarily a professional organization, its membership of almost 4,000 includes many amateurs dedicated to the advancement of ornithological science.
Colorado Birding Society
Colorado Birding Society's website includes rare bird reports and sightings, directions to birding spots, downloadable checklists and rare bird report form, trip reports, photos, birding products, and links.
Colorado County Birding
A website by the birders of Colorado, for the birders of Colorado--as well as for birders visiting from elsewhere. Here you'll find site descriptions and checklists for every county, plus information on habitats, hazards, access to sites and specialty species. Whether you are a native or a visitor, we hope this site will help you plan trips to find the birds you are looking for. More importantly, we hope it will encourage you to explore new corners of this marvelous state, to add to our existing knowledge of Colorado birds and their distributions, and to support rural economies.
Colorado Field Ornithologists
Colorado Field Ornithologists exists to promote the field study, conservation and enjoyment of Colorado birds; review sightings of rare birds; maintain the authoritative list of Colorado birds through the Colorado Birds Records Committee; publish the Journal of Colorado Field Ornithologists; conduct field trips and workshops and hold annual convention. Their website contains information about the organization as well as Colorado birding.
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is a membership institution interpreting and conserving the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. Their website includes information about their Citizen Science Program, Project FeederWatch, Library of Natural Sounds, Bioacoustics Research Program, publications, and more.
Nature Conservancy of Colorado
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters that they need to survive. Since 1965, the Nature Conservancy of Colorado has protected more than 185,000 acres of the state's best lands.
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education and land stewardship. Our work radiates from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico and beyond. Our mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship and sustained through partnerships. Together, we are improving native bird populations, the land and the lives of people.
USDA Forest Service
USDA Forest Service is a federal agency within the Department of Agriculture that manages public lands in national forests and grasslands. Established in 1905, it is the largest forestry research organization in the world, and provides technical and financial assistance to state and private forestry agencies. National forests encompass 191 million acres of land. The Forest Service mission is to achieve quality land management under the sustainable multiple-use management concept to meet the diverse needs of people.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Fish and Wildlife Service, a bureau within the Department of the Interior, is the only agency of the U.S. Government whose primary responsibility is conservation of fish, wildlife, and plants. By managing the National Wildlife Refuge System, the Service maintains healthy environments for fish, wildlife, and people, while helping Americans conserve and enjoy the outdoors. The Service's major responsibilities include: migratory birds, endangered species, certain marine mammals, and freshwater and anadromous fish.
US Geological Survey
US Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division maintains the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII): a broad, collaborative program to provide increased access to data and information on the nation's biological resources. The NBII links biological databases, information products, and analytical tools maintained by NBII partners in government agencies, academic institutions, non-government organizations, and private industry. Resource managers, scientists, educators, and the general public use the NBII to answer a wide range of questions related to the management, use, or conservation of this nation's biological resources.
Bird Banding Laboratory
Bird Banding Laboratory The US National Biological Service, Office of Inventory and Monitoring administers the North American Bird Banding Program jointly with the Canadian Wildlife Service. Their respective banding offices have similar functions and policies and use the same bands, reporting forms and data formats. Joint coordination of the program dates back to 1923. In the US, the Bird Banding Laboratory functions as a service and administrative center for those who use the banding technique or banding data in their work.
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WatchList Bird Quiz
The WatchList identifies North American bird species that need our help. These species are those faced with threats such as population decline, limited geographic range, habitat loss on their breeding and wintering grounds. A centerpiece of conservation at Audubon, the WatchList is an early warning system that focuses attention on at-risk bird species before they become endangered. The birds on the National WatchList have all sorts of interesting behaviors and curious characteristics. Put on your thinking caps and follow the links to test your knowledge and learn more about these fascinating, but threatened, birds.
Birding 101 a series of lessons dealing with different aspects of bird life and function. Prepared by Keith Evans of the Wasatch Audubon Society.
Colorado State Bird List contains the birds accepted by the Colorado Birds Records Committee of the Colorado Field Ornithologists. CFO also maintains a list of birds to be reported to the Colorado RBA.
COBIRDS Recent Postings (updated daily) compiled by Jack Siler at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School.
Colorado Rare Bird Alerts archived from the BIRDWEST e-mail discussion list by Virtual Birder.
Patuxent Bird Identification InfoCenter, sponsored by the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, contains photographs, songs, identification tips, maps, and life history information for North American birds, and provide a forum for commentary and discussion on bird identification.
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BIRDNET is an online repository of information about the science of ornithology, and about issues of interest to ornithologists. Maintained by the Ornithological Council (a public information organization involving ten North American professional ornithological societies), the website provides information to professional ornithologists and members of the general public interested in learning more about the scientific study of birds and conservation issues.
Birdlinks, compiled by Jack Siler at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School, offers exhaustive links to birding information listed geographically and by species or family. Also listed are USENET lists, organizations, institutions, software, books, and travel reports.
Electronic Resources on Ornithology offers links to birding information divided geographically by country or continent.
The Ornithological Web Library sponsored by Aves.net Productions, Ohio. Offers links to more than 1200 informative sites devoted to wild birds and their study.