Another way to find one in your area is with a web search for ‘consulting ecologist,’ while including your city name.
Be aware and observe wildlife whenever you have the opportunity, even in urban areas.
Local Audubon chapters offer many free walks and programs as well as for-fee classes to learn and appreciate birds and wildlife. You can use this link to find the Audubon Chapter nearest you.
Many people learn birds with a good bird identification book and a pair of binoculars. Wildlife photography is another good way. Images can reveal species’ behaviors as well as their identifying field marks that we might otherwise not be able to see or observe from a distance.
Other excellent resources include the websites listed below. In some cases, you will have to create an account; but this is worthwhile because these sites provide access to photos, descriptions, vocalizations and range maps of all native north American bird species. Among the data that E.bird provides is the most up to date locations where birds have been seen, not only in north America but worldwide. This is particularly helpful because a search on E.bird provides specific locations and dates.
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Free)
- National Audubon Society (Free)
- E-Bird (Free)
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology (Membership required)
- The Wildlife Federation
A search for ‘wildlife organizations’ will bring up many more resources.