Connecticut Audbon Society


Beyond Birding Virtual Weekly Descriptions

Week 1: May 18-24: Birding Overview: Getting Started!

Although gaining in popularity in recent years, the United States has a rich history of birding. For those looking to get into birding, or for those looking to go deeper, this lesson will provide an overview of birding and what you need to get started.

In this lesson, you will learn.

  • The history of birding in the United States
  • What equipment you will need
  • Bird conservation in Connecticut
  • Connecticut spring migrants
  • Quick ID tips and tricks


Week 2: May 25-31: Bird ID 101: Shape, Size, and Color

Spring migration brings numerous species back to and passing through Connecticut, in addition to our year-round residents. With so many birds flying about, it can be difficult to determine which species you are looking at, but with the right tips, it gets much easier.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • Field marks to focus on
  • How to identify birds in the field using shape, size, and color
  • Common species coming through this time of year


Week 3: June 1- 7: Birding by Ear

Spring migration means a symphony of bird calls, especially in the morning when birders eagerly await the dawn chorus. While a great way to start the morning, it can be difficult to pick out who is calling from where.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • What to listen for
  • How to identify birds by call and song
  • Resources for better birding by ear


Week 4: June 8-14: Birding by Habitat

There are a lot of incredible places to go birding in Connecticut (including your backyard!), and each habitat yields numerous different species. By knowing what kind of habitat you are going to, you can learn which species to expect. And when you are out in the field, knowing which habitat you are in can help narrow down what you will see.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • Different habitat types of CT
  • Which species to expect in which habitat
  • The different regions of CT and the habitats associated with them


Week 5: June 15-21: Bird Behavior

You spot a bird in your backyard doing something unusual and wonder, what is that bird doing and why? Bird behavior can seem mystifying, but there is a reason behind all of them.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to identify behaviors
  • Common bird behaviors and what they mean
  • Migration
  • Interactions with humans


Week 6: June 22-28: Form and Function

One of the many things that draw people to birds is the numerous adaptations they have in order to survive in their habitats. Aside from flight and feathers, there are several unique aspects that set birds apart from other animals.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • Evolution of birds
  • Unique adaptations birds have
  • How these adaptations help them survive






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