RESOURCES FOR LOCAL BIRDING
Check out these links to learn more about local birds and where to see them.
Curry County Bird Checklist
Not just any old checklist, this listing graphically shows what birds are here in Curry County at what time of year. It’s a great tool to help you learn about the patterns and timing of migration. It also includes a listing of good places to go birding in Curry County. The Checklist to the Birds of Curry County, Oregon was recently updated by Don and Karen Munson with assistance from Jim Rogers, Terry Wahl, and Diane Cavaness. To obtain a paper copy, contact Karen Munson at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $2 to cover mailing. Checklists are also available at local visitors' centers in Brookings, Gold Beach, and Port Orford.
Kalmiopsis Audubon Bird Notes and Archive
When and where have local birds been seen? Here you can read Jim Roger’s current Bird Notes column from the KAS Storm Petrel plus access our archive of columns going back to the 1990s.
Rogue River Walk, Birding Loop Trails
These wonderful trails beside the Lower Rogue River, close to Gold Beach, were built and are maintained by outstanding local volunteers Kathie Cotter and Gary Maschmeyer. Check out the brochure for directions, a great map, and list of birds you might see.
Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge
This website has some excellent information about seabirds, shorebirds, and other wildlife. There is an informative slideshow about seabirds, and there is a link to a recent catalog of Oregon’s seabird colonies.
Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
This website offers basic information about viewing birds at the nearby Bandon Marsh NWR, an excellent place to view migrating shorebirds.
Oregon Coast Birding Trail
Considering a birding vacation on the gorgeous Oregon coast? Check out the Oregon Coast Birding Trail. Kalmiopsis Audubon helped provide information to create this wonderful birding route. The trail brochure recommends good spots to bird--and to eat, drink, and stay the night--for the whole Oregon coast. Here’s a link to a pdf file about our very special southcoast. The above link takes you to the general website where you can request a paper brochure.
Birding Oregon Info
This website covers the entire state of Oregon. Click on Curry County for local checklists, tips for where to bird, google maps, and other interesting information about what birds to look for and where.
Sounds of Oregon Birds
Check out this website created by Don Boucher with sounds from birds in the Willamette Valley. Often birds in different regions have different dialects. This is a good online collection of Oregon bird sounds.
Oregon Birders Online
Known as OBOL, this is where Oregon birders share info about what birds are where--everyday--with a smattering of silliness from time to time, too.
The Bird Guide
A site devoted to birds and birdwatching in the Pacific northwest, with helpful ID tips and links to daily sitings
OTHER HELPFUL BIRDWATCHING LINKS
Cornell’s Online Birdguide
This is a thorough and easy to use online guide that offers photos, information about birds’ life histories, habitat, conservation issues, and even an audio recording for each bird. This can be a very helpful way to start learning bird vocalizations. The guide is national in scope and includes all our local birds.
Cornell’s Gear Guide
A place on Cornell’s birding website to find basic info about binoculars and other helpful gear
This is an extraordinary website --still evolving, with lots to explore. You can use it to keep track of your own bird sitings while also contributing to citizen science efforts. One neat part is that you can explore real-time maps that show where birds are now --based on current sitings --and dynamic maps that show changes.
Birdnet’s “Ornithology & Birds” provides information on bird families of the world, check lists and fact sheets for North American birds, and links to conservation and specialized bird groups. “Resources for Ornithologists” provides more detailed, scientific information on birds, including links to observatories and online journals.
Online fieldguides for birds, mammals, insects, butterflies, seashore creatures, wildlflowers and trees. You can restrict search by region, habitat, colors, size, and region. Register (free) to create your own annotated online wildlife lists.
This University of Michigan site has photos and detailed fact sheets on all members of the animal kingdom, as well as on classification and conservation of species. The “Virtual Museum” includes photos of museum specimens and skulls.
Borror Laboratory of Bioacoustics
Here you can listen to recordings of animal sounds from around the world. This is one of the few places where you can get a large variety of sounds for each species, such as alarm and contact calls as well as songs.