Birders use many kinds of information to identify birds, including size and shape, colour pattern, markings, behaviour, habitat and calls. This handy, US-centric guide puts basic birding skills at your fingertips, explaining simple techniques that allow you to sort birds into categories for easier ID. It also discusses equipment needs, resources and tools for the beginning birder, as well as tips for attracting birds to your backyard.
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Their hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet. Founded in 1915, the Cornell Lab is a nonprofit organization whose vibrant community includes 400,000 citizen-science participants from all walks of life and 14 million bird enthusiasts of all ages who connect online at All About Birds.