Have you ever been out for a walk when you see a bird flying through the sky, and you are curious to know what species it is that you see? Well, you’re not alone, as many people experience this curiosity about the wildlife that surrounds them. The next question is, where do I begin to learn about identifying the birds around me?

There are many useful books that you can use to learn about the birds and other wildlife that live in your bioregion. And, if you happen to be based in North America, there is an app that can assist you along this learning journey.

Founded in 1915, Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology is a leader in the study, appreciation and conservation of birds. We can begin to make further connections about the living ecosystem and changes in the seasons by observing the behavior of birds; where each bird likes to nest, what they like to eat, where they eat (these may even be three different habitats!). Do they migrate? Where do they go? Were you aware that not all migratory birds migrate North and South?  Learning the intelligence of nature is important for us as ecosystem managers who are working to provide for our own health and well-being as well as the health and well-being of our flying friends.

The bird identification app is called the Merlin ID app. It is designed to solve the mystery of, “What’s that bird?”

Watch the video below from Cornell’s Lab of Ornithology. And, in the comments section below, please share your favorite bird species, memory, or experience observing birds.