Audubon Brings the Birds to People During the Pandemic

From virtual birding shows to birdy bedtime stories, here's how Audubon is reaching people where they are.

It's been a rough month and a half for people who love birds and exploring the outdoors, and at times it felt like we were going to miss spring migration altogether. But as everyone adjusted to staying at home and social distancing, Audubon staff across the country used these new challenges as opportunities to reach people where they are—in their homes and backyards and online.

The effort took a lot of ingenuity, dedication, and a willingness to experiment, but the results were wildly popular and were well-worth the effort to create them. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite examples of digital creativity from around the Audubon network, from birdy ASMR to virtual snack hours to informative webinars.

Scroll down and click on some links to find your new favorite pandemic pastime.

Birding at a Distance 

Resident Ospreys on Hog Island. Just one of the many Bird Cams you can watch across the Audubon network. Photo: Luke Franke/Audubon

Get your fix of Hog Island Osprey, Atlantic Puffins, Anna's Hummingbirds and more with Audubon Bird Cams

Want to engage in some friendly backyard birding competition? Try Audubon Florida's Earth Week Birdathon

Find a bird-focused LGBTQ-inclusive space at Audubon Vermont's Pride Hikes: Spring Wildflowers and Black Mountain in Dummerston

Take a tour Birding on the Pascagoula River with the Pascagoula River Audubon Center

Listen to the sounds of the swamp with this Corkscrew Sanctuary Boardwalk ASMR

Curious about local birds and you live near the Great Lakes? Check out Audubon Great Lakes Great Lakes & Migratory Birds guide

Tune in to the first episode of Audubon's new streaming TV show, I Saw a Bird: Audubon's Spring Migration Show

Birds for Kids

Check out our new activities for parents and kids every Wednesday at Audubon for Kids/Audubon para Niños

Join in some quiet with Audubon Vermont's Forest Playschool Virtual Snack Time

Need to help someone fall asleep? Try this Bilingual Birdy Bedtime Story: El Pájaro y la Ballena, the recording of which was created by Audubon Great Lakes

 


Appreciating Nature

Tune in to My Backyard with Mark LaBarr, a video series that will surely get you excited for spring migration!

You like birds and so do we. Some of our greatest hits can be found on The Joy of Birds


Expanding Your Skills

DIY Window Collision Solutions with Audubon Center at Riverlands.

Make your home bird-friendly with these simple DIY projects from Audubon Center at Riverlands' Virtual Bird-Friendly Fridays 

Yearning to escape into the world of birds? Check out Audubon Great Lakes' The Nest for a collection of virtual and e-learning resources for kids, adults, and anyone at home fulfilled by birds and the places they need

Peak migration is right around the corner. Get ready for it with Audubon NY's Spring Migration Webinar

Not sure what you're looking for, but you know you want something? Browse the virtual Programs and Activities at the Audubon Center at Debs Park


Have Some Fun!

Drawing an Arctic Tern with David Allen Sibley

Sometimes a quick round of Birdy Bingo is what hits the spot

Learn how to Draw a Bird with David Sibley
 

What the Kids are Doing

Stay tuned for our latest Instagram stories and TikTok launch!

 

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