Principles of Birding Ethics
It is important to remember that we don't want to negatively impact the birds we so enjoy watching. The American Birding Association has prepared a great guide on the ethics of birding available here.
Report your sightings & participate in citizen science
The collective power of birders reporting what species they encounter is incredible. We encourage birders to use online portals, such as eBird, to not only keep their own bird list, but to also make their observations count in this citizen science platform. It is free to sign up and enjoy a wealth of bird information at your fingertips.
Of note is that the power of estimating the number of individuals of an observed species is much higher then simply denoting that the species was present. Please click here for more information on estimating numbers.
Birding Guides & Bird Identification
There are many digital and hardcopy birding field guides available today. Most birders develop a preference for a particular guide, and they all have slightly different advantages. Your local library lends most of these books, so you can try a few out to see what works best for you.
Binoculars for Birding
GEAS Member, Harold Ward, was kind enough to create and share a guide of 'Binoculars for Beginning Birders'. This is a great resource on how to choose binoculars that will be right for you.