While I would love to say Birdfreak.com or this blog is one of the top 5 birding websites that is not the case. Yet. However, here are my top 5.
#5 eBird.org – one of the greatest because of the huge potential for data across the country and world. Easy to use and a fun way to keep track of sightings all over without having to create some elaborate database. Great for sharing data too.
#4 – National Audubon Society – The curator of the Christmas Bird Count (getting closer!) and a great organization. There are tons of sanctuaries all over the U.S. and the organization has a good gameplan.
#3 – Cornell Lab of Ornithology – a close tie with #2, Cornell has been initiating cool ideas and advancements of technological birding for quite some time. Their website offers loads of detailed info, most of which is free.
#2 – American Birding Association – One of the original clubs that focused on the fun and excitement of birding dedicated to birders. This is probably the one organization that every birder should be a part of.
#1 – The Nature Conservancy – easily my favorite organization for the simple fact that they are all business. Their focus isn’t totally on birds but their business plan is excellent. They buy and preserve land by creating long-term relationships with all kinds of people, organizations, and even the government. Business for birds is all good for Birdfreaks!