Birding in the time of Coronavirus

Due to the current worldwide health crisis and following the recommendations of National Audubon and Audubon Florida, all of our field trips and programs scheduled through the rest of the current 2019/2020 season (the end of May 2020) have been canceled. We truly miss sharing the excitement of birding with our fellow nature lovers, but we take the health and safety of our members and volunteers very seriously, and want to err on the side of caution in these frightening times.

Photo of birders at Kingsley Plantation by Carol Bailey-WhiteBut even though we can't go birding with you right now, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy birding on your own in your neighborhood, at a nearby park, or even in your own backyard!

If you want to use this time to brush up on your birding skills, there are many online resources available to help. Here are a few of our favorite ways to learn more about the birds we love so much:

National Audubon Society's website has a wide array of wonderful, free resources to help you develop your birding skills. Check out How to Identify Birds, Backyard Birding, and Birding By Ear, to name just a few.

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology also has many free learning resources available, including The Four Keys to Bird Identification, Bird ID Skills: Field Marks, Bird ID Skills: How to Learn Bird Songs and Calls, and their excellent Inside Birding video series. And if you use eBird to keep track of your bird sightings, Cornell Lab's Bird Academy also offers a free eBird Essentials online course that will help you get the most out of what eBird has to offer.

Don't miss our Virtual Bird Walk video, which introduces a few of the most common birds that can be found in northeast Florida at this time of year. And you might also enjoy our Virtual Visit to Crosby Sanctuary (Spring 2020 edition), since we can't host any group outings right now.

Spring migration has been incredible in our area over the last few weeks, with many sightings of beautiful warblers such as American Redstart, Black-throated Blue, Prairie Warbler, Northern Parula, Prothonotary Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, and more. Hope you can get out and go birding soon!

--Carol Bailey-White, Vice President