Birds

Resources for appreciating and watching birds in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.

American Avocet. Photo: Arrow Myers

The Joy of Birds

Birds bring us joy. In the spring and summer, their cheerful songs and colorful feathers brighten our lives. In the fall and winter, they bring comfort on cold, dark days. When you appreciate birds, every walk is a little more interesting, every trip a little more exciting.

Being a birdwatcher doesn't mean you have to be good at identifying birds. To us, a bird watcher is anyone who enjoys seeing or hearing birds, no matter how common they are. 

Whether you're just curious about birds or an avid birdwatcher, we hope the resources on this page help you learn about and appreciate the birds of Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.

How to Identify Birds

How to Identify Birds
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How to Identify Birds

Before you judge a bird by its color, use these eight clues to guide you.

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The Audubon Bird Guide App
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The Audubon Bird Guide App

Download our free and complete field guide to more than 800 North American bird species.

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Audubon Guide to North American Birds
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Audubon Guide to North American Birds

A free online guide to the birds of North America.

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5 Birds that Migrate to the Rockies
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5 Birds that Migrate to the Rockies

How to identify five common migratory birds in Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.

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Backyard Hummingbirds
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Backyard Hummingbirds

How to identify hummingbirds in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming and attract them to your yard.

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Get to Know These 20 Common Birds
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Get to Know These 20 Common Birds

Want to put names to species you regularly see? Start here.

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Where to Find Birds

Where to Find Birds in Denver
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Where to Find Birds in Denver

Discover the joy of urban bird watching in Denver, Colorado!

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Where to Find Birds in Salt Lake City
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Where to Find Birds in Salt Lake City

Great places to start exploring Salt Lake City birding.

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Where to Find Birds in Casper
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Where to Find Birds in Casper

Four hotspots for bird watching in and around Casper, Wyoming.

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Where to Go Birding in Fort Collins
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Where to Go Birding in Fort Collins

Great places to discover the birds of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Where to Find Birds in Evergreen
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Where to Find Birds in Evergreen

Places to go bird watching recommended by Evergreen Audubon.

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Where to Find Birds in Pagosa Springs
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Where to Find Birds in Pagosa Springs

A beginner’s guide to bird watching in Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

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Boulder Birding Destinations
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Boulder Birding Destinations

Favorite bird watching locations provided by Boulder County Audubon Society.

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Laramie Birding
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Laramie Birding

A map and descriptions of popular birding locations provided by Laramie Audubon Society.

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Where to Look for Birds During Spring Migration
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Where to Look for Birds During Spring Migration

Learn about birds commonly seen in the spring in the Rockies and where to look for them.

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Important Bird Areas
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Important Bird Areas

Protecting iconic places and the birds that depend on them

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Birding Festivals of the Rockies
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Birding Festivals of the Rockies

Meet other birders and improve your skills.

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Wyoming BioBlitz staff and attendees. Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies

Articles and Resources

The Dos and Don’ts of Helping Baby and Injured Birds
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The Dos and Don’ts of Helping Baby and Injured Birds

Learn how to tell if a bird really needs your help, and what you should do if it does.

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How Do Hummingbirds Survive Spring Snowstorms?
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How Do Hummingbirds Survive Spring Snowstorms?

Hint: They consume more than nectar.

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The San Luis Valley Crane Migration
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The San Luis Valley Crane Migration

Experience Colorado's crane migration through the gorgeous photography of a young Audubon member.

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Funneling Phalaropes
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Funneling Phalaropes

Follow the hemispheric migration of the Wilson’s Phalarope.

North American Birds Face Their Own Pandemic With Latest Bout of Avian Flu
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North American Birds Face Their Own Pandemic With Latest Bout of Avian Flu

Typically a threat to mainly domestic poultry, the virus has infected and killed an unprecedented number of wild birds, worrying experts.

Welcome to the Dark Side: Your Guide to Nocturnal Migration Birding
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Welcome to the Dark Side: Your Guide to Nocturnal Migration Birding

Here’s everything you need to join a growing DIY community where the action heats up when the sun goes down.

Keeping Birds from Hitting Windows is More Important Than You May Think
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Keeping Birds from Hitting Windows is More Important Than You May Think

From Wyoming Public Radio, learn more about bird-window collisions and how you can help prevent them.

Introduced Avian Malaria Strain Found in Colorado Chickadees
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Introduced Avian Malaria Strain Found in Colorado Chickadees

It's the first time this variant has been detected in a wild, non-migratory North American species, but there's no cause for alarm yet, experts say.

Watch: Birding in Wyoming
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Watch: Birding in Wyoming

Wyoming PBS dives into the world of bird watching enthusiasts to explore a healthy hobby that can bring peace to the soul.

The Harrier and the Owl
Gillmor Sanctuary

The Harrier and the Owl

A poetic observation of interesting raptor behavior near Audubon's Gillmor Sanctuary.

On Race and Birding
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On Race and Birding

Day Scott—a Black birder, photographer, and environmental educator living in Wyoming—reflects on racism and inclusivity in the outdoors.

A Virtual Birding Vacation in Greater Zion, Utah
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A Virtual Birding Vacation in Greater Zion, Utah

Discover the birds and beauty of the Greater Zion area in this webinar recording.

Do You Know Your Yellow-Rumps?
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Do You Know Your Yellow-Rumps?

A guide to identifying Yellow-rumped Warbler subspecies and their intergrades.

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