Birding Resources

Select from one of the following resources to learn more about various aspects of birds and birding in Washington State. The information provided on this web site is subject to change. It is not meant to be definitive or exhaustive. We welcome your comments and input. Please e-mail

Going birding? Be prepared.

If you're meeting a group, go a few minutes early. Wear seasonally appropriate, and quiet, clothing and footwear. Always take enough food and water for the length of the trip. Be considerate of others, and stay with the group; forging ahead may scare away the birds and make it impossible for others to see. Lock your car. Hide your valuables. Respect private property. Use common sense.

The Etiquette and Ethics of Birding

We support the American Birding Association's Code of Birding Ethics.

Before using an audio device (like a bird audio smartphone app) in the field, we recommend reading “The Proper Use of Playback in Birding” by David Allen Sibley.

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Audubon Chapters

Take a field trip with the local Audubon chapter! Find the chapter nearest your destination.

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Getting Around

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Permits, Passes, and Parking

Passes and Permits -- What you need to know before you go.

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Reporting Banded Birds

USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center Bird Banding Laboratory
12100 Beech Forest Road
Laurel, MD 20708-4037
Telephone: 301-497-5790
Fax: 301-497-5717

Banded Crows in Seattle

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Other Good Information

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Washington State Bird Festivals

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  • Benchmark Washington Road & Recreation Atlas
  • A Birders Guide to Washington by Hal Opperman, ABA
  • Birder's Guide to Coastal Washington by Bob Morse
  • The Birders Handbook A Field Guide to the Natural History of North American Birds
  • Birding in King County by Eugene Hunn
  • Birding in the San Juan Islands (The Mountaineers, 1987)
  • Birding Washington by Rob and Natalie McNair-Huff
  • (NEW) Birds of North America, Focus Guide by Kenn Kaufman
  • Birds of Washington; Status and Distribution by Terence R. Wahl, William Tweit, and Steven G. Mlodinow
  • The Birds of Yakima County, Washington by Andrew Stepniewski
  • Important Bird Areas of Washington by Tim Cullinan
  • Lives of North American Birds by Kenn Kaufman
  • National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America
  • The Sibley Guide to Bird Life and Behavior by David Sibley
  • The Sibley Guide to Birds by David Sibley
  • Sibley's Birding Basics by David Sibley
  • Washington Atlas & Gazetteer by DeLorme
  • The Work of Nature: How the Diversity of Life Sustains Us by Paul Ehrlich

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