13 Best Birdwatching Travel Guides

List Updated June 2020

Bestselling Birdwatching Travel Guides in 2020


Yucatan Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species of the Yucatan Peninsula (Pocket Naturalist Guides)

Yucatan Birds: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species of the Yucatan Peninsula (Pocket Naturalist Guides)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020

Lonely Planet Grand Canyon National Park (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Grand Canyon National Park (Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020

Maine Birding Trail: The Official Guide to More Than 260 Accessible Sites

Maine Birding Trail: The Official Guide to More Than 260 Accessible Sites
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper and Glacier National Parks (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Banff, Jasper and Glacier National Parks (Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Living Squad Kids Binoculars 8x21 - Shock Proof Toy Binoculars Set w/Real Optics - Bird Watching, Hunting & Hiking Birthday Present for Girls and Boys (Green)

Living Squad Kids Binoculars 8x21 - Shock Proof Toy Binoculars Set w/Real Optics - Bird Watching, Hunting & Hiking Birthday Present for Girls and Boys (Green)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Lonely Planet Yellowstone Grand Teton National Parks

Fodor's Belize: with a Side Trip to Guatemala (Travel Guide Book 7)

Fodor's Belize: with a Side Trip to Guatemala (Travel Guide Book 7)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Illinois Trees & Wildflowers: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants (Pocket Naturalist Guides)

Illinois Trees & Wildflowers: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Plants (Pocket Naturalist Guides)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Lonely Planet Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020
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Bird Watching Travel Mug “DAD: Just Another Name for the One and Only Best Bird Watcher on the Planet” 14 Oz Stainless Steel, Insulated w/lid—Gift for Birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day, Whenever!

Bird Watching Travel Mug “DAD: Just Another Name for the One and Only Best Bird Watcher on the Planet” 14 Oz Stainless Steel, Insulated w/lid—Gift for Birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day, Whenever!
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Costa Rica: The Complete Guide: Ecotourism in Costa Rica (Color Travel Guide)

Costa Rica: The Complete Guide: Ecotourism in Costa Rica (Color Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020

Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide)

Lonely Planet Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide)
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020
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Autumn Ridge Traders Fly Fishing Photography Vest with 16 Pockets Made with Lightweight Mesh Fabric for Travelers, Sports, Hiking, Bird Watching, River Guide Adventures and Hunting.

Autumn Ridge Traders Fly Fishing Photography Vest with 16 Pockets Made with Lightweight Mesh Fabric for Travelers, Sports, Hiking, Bird Watching, River Guide Adventures and Hunting.
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Urban Birdwatching for Homeschoolers

Nature study is often a focal point of homeschooling, but opportunities may be limited for families living in the city. Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites the public to Celebrate Urban Birds, which is a superb hands-on science activity for homeschoolers!

I don't have any quick fixes for the astronomy problems - unless you happen to live near a planetarium that projects what you would be seeing, minus the bad weather and the light pollution of the city.

But nature study is possible even in the city. Birdwatching can be a great way to start, as it can be done from your balcony or the local playground, and takes very little special equipment. Many homeschoolers read The Burgess Bird Book in the early primary years, and have found it helpful to use notebooking packages that extend the learning experience.

Homeschoolers living in urban areas might want to check out Celebrate Urban Birds from Cornell Lab of Ornithology, for an opportunity to try a more hands-on experience. A free registration kit is available for download, or you can request the kit be sent to your home. It includes two posters to help with bird identification, a data sheet and sunflower seeds to plant for the birds. (Seeds not included if you download the kit from the site.)

The activity requires one ten-minute observation in a park, balcony garden, with an additional two optional sessions in the same place on different days. There are sixteen species of birds to watch for. As birds are identified counts are recorded, and the data is later transmitted to scientists at Cornell who use the figures in their research.

Young homeschoolers enjoy learning how to use a pair of binoculars to observe the birds more closely, but it is possible to collect data without any special equipment. Children may later be inspired to set up bird feeders, or to grow containers of plants that are beneficial to birds - and butterflies and bees too!

Participants are encouraged to report their data even if they don't see any of the targeted birds. There is also an "unsure" option on the data sheets, in case participants are not 100 percent certain if they've correctly identified a species. See tips on the web site, for more help too.

Materials are available in English and Spanish. Canadians should download a data sheet from the site even if they take home delivery of the kit. There is no cost to register, and the activity is open to individuals and organizations of all types. Participate as a family or with your homeschool co-op, or get a local youth group involved!

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