Georgia has many types of beautiful birds that are a delight to watch. Get more acquainted with our charming feathered friends. Check out the local Audubon Society Chapter or Bird Club below. Click on light blue names for more info.
Explore Georgia Birds, and Bird Watching Tools and Techniques:
In my last article I introduced you to the exciting and diverse bird habitats of Georgia and described how migratory patterns determine when you are likely to see specific bird species. Now that you know how location and time of year influences bird watching, I’d like to introduce a couple of tools and techniques that are essential for observing and subsequently identifying birds. Here's some interesting articles.The diverse Birds of Georgia.Bird watching tools and techniques.Find the right birdbath for your yard.
Georgia's Audubon Society Chapters
The Albany Audubon Society Meetings are held the second Thursday September through May at 7 pm at the Wet Lab in the Administrative Building of the Flint RiverQuarium, 117 Pine Avenue, Albany, GA - Phone: 229-436-5914 - Address: P.O. Box 705, Albany, GA 31707
Atlanta Audubon Society - Since 1972, Atlanta Audubon Society has been the region’s primary education and conservation organization dedicated to birds. As an independent organization, our mission is to promote the enjoyment and understanding of birds and to conserve and restore the ecosystems that support them. Phone: 770-913-0511 - Address: P.O. Box 29189, Atlanta, GA 30359
Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society - Our mission is to educate the public about birds, other wildlife, and to provide opportunities for our community to appreciate the natural world. Phone: 706-650-8959 or 803-471-0291 - Address: 4542 Silver Bluff Road, Jackson, SC 29831
Coastal Georgia Audubon Society - Phone: 912-638-3986 - Address: P.O. Box 21726, St. Simons Island, GA 31522
Columbus Audubon Society - Phone: 706-323-6673 - Address: 6000 Chrisbin Drive, Columbus, GA 31909
Ocmulgee Audubon Society - The mission of the National Audubon Society is "to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity."
The Ocmulgee Audubon Society (OAS) is one of the 508 Audubon chapters in the Americas that share a similar mission.
Ocmulgee Audubon Society was founded in 1972 and currently has about 300 members in the 14 counties of middle Georgia. The OAS offers opportunities for interested people to learn about Georgia's natural resources and conservation issues and to meet other people who enjoy exploring Georgia's woods, fields, and wetlands. The symbol of the group is the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis), which breeds in the Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge of middle Georgia. The "RCW," as it is fondly called, also graces the front page of our monthly newsletter, The Fall Line. Phone: 478-745-5174 - Address: 2210 Plantation Drive, Macon, GA 31211 or 2530 Delaware Ave., Macon, Ga 31204
Oconee Rivers Audubon Society is
an active community of birders, ecologists, gardeners, and people who just love wildlife and the outdoors in general. Many birding trips, nature walks, and environmental programs are hosted by us throughout the year. People of all ages, walks of life, and experience are welcome to attend any of our functions.
Ogeechee Audubon Society educates adults and children about birds, wildlife and the environment. We provide opportunities to enjoy the world around us, and advocate for responsible public policy and legislation for the conservation of our natural resources. Address: 6 Stone Hewer Lane, Savannah, GA 31411
More Bird Organizations and Clubs
Blue Birds Over Georgia, Inc. - North American Bluebird Society Phone: 770-469-6672 - Address: 5858 Silver Ridge Dr., Stone Mountain, GA 30087
Briar Creek Bird Club Phone: 912-839-3385 - Address: 1982 Burkhalter Rd., Statesboro, GA 30458
The Georgia Companion Bird Society (formerly known as The Georgia Cage Bird Society) is a club for devoted parrot & bird owners/lovers. Our meetings are held monthly at the Smyrna Community Center in Smryna, GA. Our purpose is to bring parrot people together for education, fun, networking and friendship. For more info, contact GCBS, c/o Cathy Joyner, P.O. Box 813570, Smyrna, GA 30081
Georgia Cage Bird Society is a non-profit Georgia corporation for those who have an interest in keeping exotic birds. The purpose of the association shall be to promote a greater interest in cage birds, and to exchange knowledge concerning the care and enjoyment of cage and aviary birds. The Georgia Cage Bird Society meets on the 4th Sunday of the month, with the exceptions of April and October, at 2:30 PM in the Arts & Crafts room of the Smyrna Community Center. Phone: 706-538-1095 or 770-466-0691
Georgia Hummer Society - Georgia is a great place to watch hummingbirds. Like the rest of the Southeast we have hummingbirds all year long. While we only have one specie that breeds here, we have had eleven other species that have been recorded in Georgia. Our resident breeder the Ruby-throated Hummingbird arrives in Georgia in early March and usually is last seen around mid-October. Phone: 770-784-1636 - Address: P.O. Box 323, Newborn, GA 30056
Georgia Ornithological Society - GOS actively promotes bird conservation by encouraging the preservation of habitats that are vital to the survival of resident and migratory birds. The GOS also gives scholarships, produces scientific publications, and provides fellowship among those interested in nature. Address: 198 Ponce de Leon Ave, Unit 7C, Atlanta, GA 30308
Okefenokee Bird Club - Meetings: on-call or in conjunction with field trips. No newsletter. Phone: 912-285-0419 - Address: 324 Pineview Dr., Waycross, GA 31501
Seven Hills Birdwaters is an active bird watching club whose primary goal is to have fun learning and watching birds in our area. SHB takes from 12 to 15 fieldtrips each year throughout NW Georgia. Phone: 706-676-1362 - Location: Rome, GA
Southern Wings Bird Club welcomes all those who enjoy birds from the beginner to the expert. We offer a friendly, informal atmosphere where questions can be asked and answered, interesting sightings can be shared, and all can learn about our avian neighbors.
The Toccoa Bird Club has documented well over 100 species of birds that migrate to or through Stephens County, including: Great Blue Heron, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Blue-Headed Vireo, Red-Breasted Merganser, Purple Finch. Meetings: Third Friday of every other month, beginning in January in the conference room at the Toccoa Clinic, 800 E. Doyle St, Toccoa, GA - Contact Bob Presley - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rare Bird Alerts
Call 770-493-8862 Statewide or 912-244-9190 South Georgia
Places to See Birds in GA
Birdsong Nature Center - Nestled among the pines and hardwoods that spill across the south Georgia hills, Birdsong Nature Center is a gentle harbor of warmth and natural wonder, a serene sanctuary where one can explore and enjoy verdant lands and learn about the workings of our natural world. Birds are abundant in the fields and the Bird Window.
Dauset Trails Nature Center is a place where everyone of all ages can explore the beauty of nature and wildlife in a relaxing, peaceful setting. Dauset Trails Nature Center's mission is to provide quality environmental education, outdoor recreation, and an understanding of early farm life through close and intimate contact with Georgia's preserved flora and fauna. Open: Monday - Saturday: 9-5 Sunday: 12-5 There are no parking or admission fees at Dauset Trails. Donations are welcome. Phone: 770-775-6798 - Address: 360 Mt. Vernon Ch. Rd., Jackson, GA 30233
Georgia's National Wildlife Refuges Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge - Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge covers about 4,049 acres in southern Georgia. Public use opportunities at Banks Lake include hiking, boating, freshwater fishing, wildlife observation and photography.
Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge - Harris Neck NWR serves as an important link in the chain of refuges along the eastern seaboard. The refuge includes 665 acres of open fields, 649 acres of mixed forest and 1,295 acres of salt marsh.
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge- The Okefenokee NWR encompasses a fully functional ecosystem of approximately 680 square miles. The refuge has been designated as a Wetland of International Importance.
Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge - The forest of Piedmont NWR is predominantly loblolly pine on the ridges with hardwoods found along the creek bottoms and in scattered upland coves
Savannah National Wildlife Refuge - Savannah NWR is located, in Chatham and Effingham Counties, Georgia, and Jasper County, South Carolina, on the lower Savannah River between mile markers 18 and 40. The port city of Savannah lies downstream of the refuge.
Wassaw National Wildlife Refuge - Wassaw NWR is composed of a single barrier island, Wassaw Island, that is managed as a migratory bird refuge.
Georgia Painted Buntings - Patuxent Wildlife Research Center - Every year since 1966, thousands of volunteers have assisted wildlife biologists in conducting the annual North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), which is organized and managed by the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Each volunteer surveys a 25-mile roadside circuit by stopping for three minutes every one-half mile and counting all birds that are seen or heard. These surveys provide wildlife biologists with valuable trends for many of our bird populations.