In the Field

Advice and stories to expand your birding horizons.
Photo: Sydney Walsh/Audubon

Let the adventure begin.

Once you become a full-fledged birder, there's no coming back. You'll find yourself noticing birds wherever you are. You'll take your binoculars everywhere you go. You'll even plan vacations around migration. It's a hobby like none other, with the ability to touch on every aspect of your life. From the latest birding trends and tech to strategies for eating on the road, the stories and advice here cover the full-breadth of the birding experience. 

Digital Tools for the Field.
A Beginner’s Guide to Using eBird
A Beginner’s Guide to Using eBird

Birders and scientists alike have come to depend on this powerful platform. New to birding or intimidated by eBird? Don’t worry, we’ve got you.

More Field Advice From The Birdist
Go Find Some Species
A Guide to Finding Urban Owls
A Guide to Finding Urban Owls

You don't have to live in the middle of the woods to see an owl. Here's how and where to spot five species in towns and cities across the U.S.

Waterfowl and Shorebird Tips
Explore Audubon's Birding by Ear Series

More for the Field

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A Birder's Workout Guide for Preventing Warbler Neck
May 02, 2019 — Feeling the burn during migration? Build your core muscles with these six expert-approved exercises.
Four Quick Tips for Identifying Hybrids
April 04, 2018 — A mix of two different species, these birds trick experts and novices alike.
Find Northern Saw-whet Owls With These Five Tips
January 26, 2018 — One of our smallest owl species, they can be found in suburbs and cities.
Ten Tips for Waterfowl Beginners
November 30, 2017 — Ducks, geese, and swans are extremely common. Take advantage of that to sharpen your birding skills.
Understanding the Basics of Bird Molts
November 16, 2017 — As the seasons change, so do birds' feathers. A birder should be prepared.
A Birder’s Guide to Public Transportation
November 02, 2017 — Trains, buses, bikes, ferries, and ride shares can get you to that rare bird. Here’s how to make the best use of these options.
When It Comes to Birding, Nude Beaches Are as Good as Any
August 25, 2017 — Ever birded among the buff? You may not have a choice if a good species shows up.
Why You Need to Try Paddle Birding
August 18, 2017 — When in a canoe or kayak, you can observe and experience birds in a new way—and bank some memorable adventures while you're at it.
Shorebirds 101: What to Look for When You Hit the Water
August 04, 2017 — The diversity of shorebirds is stunning, but it can also be overwhelming. Here are four staple groups to get you started.
How to Go From Watching Birds to Drawing Them
July 26, 2017 — Sketching while outdoors or even at home will broaden your birding skill set and add a whole new dimension to the hobby.
Expand Your Birding Horizons