Have you ever wanted to find the birding clubs around you but didn’t know where to look? Here is the place to begin! Hosting the names, contact information, and other facts, this section holds a list of young birders clubs from almost all 50 states! Listed in alphabetical order, scroll down to your state to see if there are any local young birders clubs. Find the contact information and reach out or go join the next meeting. They will definitely be glad to have you!
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California California Young Birders Club – Since its founding in 2014, California Young Birders has been dedicated to bringing together young birders across Southern California and creating a sense of community. Monthly field trips that run from January to August have taken members to the Channel Islands, San Bernardino Mountains, Big Morongo, Borrego Springs, the Salton Sea, and more. We hope to provide scholarships and improved field trips in the coming year and extend our reach nationally.
Connecticut Connecticut YBC – For ages 19 and under, sponsored by Audubon Greenwich. The Connecticut Young Birders Club is an organization devoted to promoting birding and conservation for young birders within Connecticut and giving them opportunities to bird with other young birders like themselves as well as providing a chance to visit fantastic birding spots across the state.
Delaware Red Knot Youth Birders – For ages 6-18. The Delaware Dunlins Youth Birders Club is a group of school-aged young people who enjoy the excitement and experience of watching birds. The club is sponsored and supported by the Delaware Ornithological Society, a regional birding club dedicated to the study and appreciation of birdlife on the Delmarva Peninsula.
Idaho Idaho Young Birders Club – The Idaho Young Birder’s Club is a project of the Golden Eagle Audubon Society, aimed at providing opportunities for young people to get involved with birds and conservation in Idaho. We are run by high school and college students who want to give young people the same opportunities we had to get involved in birding and conservation.
Illinois Illinois Young Birders – Sponsored by Illinois Ornithological Society. Illinois Young Birders is a club for kids, teens, and young adults ages 9-18. We are here to foster and ignite a passion for birding among young people, provide community, promote conservation, investigate careers in birding, build positive relationships with other birding groups, and most of all, to have fun!
Iowa Iowa Young Birders – Founded in 2011 to encourage young Iowans ages 8-18 to study and enjoy birds and birding, Iowa Young Birders has offered nearly 40 field trips all around Iowa. More than 600 participants have included over 300 young birders, 200 parents, and 100 volunteer trip leaders.
Louisiana Kids Who Bird! – This exciting program, sponsored by Baton Rouge Audubon Society, is designed for kids ages 9-16 who are interested and excited about birds. We’ll learn about the birds you can find right here in Baton Rouge, as well as other places in Louisiana.
Maryland Young Maryland Ornithological Society – YMOS is a subgroup of the Maryland Ornithological Society and was established to make the world of birds accessible to school age youth. The group supports youth birding throughout the state of Maryland by facilitating communication among youth birders throughout the state, providing opportunities for young birders to get started in birding and to help develop their skills, and providing educators with resources and opportunities to implement programs.
Baltimore Bird Club Youth Birding – Join other young birders ages 8-15 on bird hikes in the Baltimore area. You will find and learn to identify birds by sight and song with binoculars, field guides, and useful device apps. Learn about keeping bird lists, both for personal use and as a source of important conservation information through submission to the eBird website and programs such as Project Feederwatch. You will also become familiar with many of the excellent outdoor areas in and around Baltimore, so you can come back and visit them whenever you want.
Massachusetts Massachusetts Young Birders Club – For all ages. The Massachusetts Young Birders Club was created in 2014 to unite all of the young birders in Massachusetts and provide them with unique opportunities to further their interests. Field trips are a major part of the club and they serve to connect kids with the same passion.
Michigan Michigan Young Birders Club – Michigan Audubon launched the club in 2013 for youth ages 12–18. It is a club run by young birders, for young birders, and focuses on educating young birders about birds and conservation.
Oakland Audubon Young Birders Club – Our goal is to teach young people and their families the importance of bird life and nature in the community through programs and outdoor experiences. You will learn and develop skills through stewardship while having fun. The club, sponsored by Oakland Audubon, is directed to young people ages 10-18.
New Jersey New Jersey YBC – Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon. The New Jersey Young Birders Club was created to connect young birders of New Jersey together and provide mentors for youth who are interested in natural science and conservation. If you are a birder 17 and younger, you are invited to join our club! We also welcome young birders from the surrounding states. Throughout the year, we have experienced birders leading us on field expeditions to the best birding spots in the Garden State.
New York New York State YBC – This club is for birders between the ages of 10 and 19. Club activities include field trips, annual meetings, and other events. In addition, youth members communicate via this website, a private mailing list, and an online discussion group. The New York State Young Birders Club is a special project of the New York State Ornithological Association.
Ohio Ohio Young Birders Club – Encouraging, educating and empowering tomorrow’s conservation leaders. The Ohio Young Birders Club is for nature enthusiasts aged 12 to 18. It’s sponsored by the Black Swamp Bird Observatory and offers a variety of field trips, events, and a social network.
Virginia Blue Ridge Young Birders Club – For ages 7-18. We are a group of young birders ages 7 and up from both the Piedmont and Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia who share a passion for birds, photography, conservation, and everything and anything else to do with wild birds and nature! If you are interested in sharing your passion for birds and learning more about our feathered friends then we invite you to join us.
Washington Seattle Audubon Society Young Birders – For ages 13-17. Young Birders brings together high school students with an interest in birds and conservation for a fun series of field trips, meetings, outreach activities, and scientific monitoring efforts. Experienced volunteers and naturalists help members learn about Washington’s birds and their place in the environment. Young Birders is a great way for teenagers to explore Northwest ecology, gain naturalist skills, and make a positive contribution to the natural world.
West Virginia West Virginia Young Birders Club – For ages 6-18, sponsored by Avian Conservation Center of Appalachia. Are you under age eighteen and are you interested in learning more about our state’s amazing birds? Then the West Virginia Young Birders Club may be the place for you! Our mission is to foster understanding and appreciation for West Virginia’s wild birds and Appalachian ecosystems. We host bird walks and other events in cooperation with other organizations and groups, and eventually we plan to host an annual conference.