Young Birding Program
The Young Birding Program offers field trips, workshops and lectures for youth ages 13-20 to introduce them to birding, help them grow as birders and educate them about conservation. These events are led by experienced young birders and adults, and let participants directly contribute to citizen science efforts that support research and conservation in our region and across the globe. We also partner with local organizations, programs and agencies.
For questions, comments or suggestions about the program, please contact the Young Birding Program Coordinator Patrick Lewis at email@example.com.
Use the links below to learn more about the event and to register.
March 9 – Young Birding: Bird and Amphibian Walk at JK Black Oak
March 20 – Young Birding Online Presentation: Spring Migrants ID
April 27 – Young Birders Walk at Bles Park
Getting Started with Birding
If you are interested in birding, but don’t know where to start, the resources described below are easy starting points.
Along with the events hosted by the Young Birding Program, Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy leads bird walks every month that are open to anyone, including beginning birders. These walks are listed on the event calendar.
The best way to begin birding is to simply get out there! Going on walks is a great way to find and identify birds and to meet other birders. With practice, you will become a better birder no matter what your experience level is.
Places to Go Birding in Loudoun County
There are many excellent spots for birding in Loudoun. You can find some of them described in Loudoun’s Great Places. There are checklists for some of these locations, which were developed for the Loudoun County Bird Atlas.
Young Birding Newsletter
Sign up for Young Birding News, a bi-monthly digital newsletter that began publication in December 2023.
Online Resources and Books for Birders
There are websites dedicated to learning about birds, reporting bird observations and organizations for birders. And don’t forget about field guides. View recommended resources.
- DISCOVER: Education
- EXPLORE: Citizen Science
- RESTORE: Habitat Conservation
- PROTECT: Conservation Advocacy
- PRESERVE: JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary
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