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Birding Basics


© Deborah Phillips
Did you know that birding is the number one sport in America? According to US Fish and Wildlife Service, there are currently 51.3 million birders in the United States alone, and this number continues to grow!

Welcome to Audubonís online guide to becoming a better birder. This site was created in response to the many questions we receive from people who would like to become more proficient birders and get more out of this unique and growing hobby.

To begin birding, all you need are three items: Binoculars, a field guide and a blank notebook. Having a friend that has more experience in birding can also be helpful.

But just as important, you need patience. Birding can be a challenging activity because birds are naturally skittish. However, the rewards are well worth it; few other activities can bring such a sense of wonder, satisfaction, connecting with nature, as well as peaceful solitude -- in todayís busy world.

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