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Birds of a Feather: Welcome

Activities, books, and more to celebrate birding.


Welcome to Helen Hall Library's guide about birding! Birding is the observation of birds in their natural habitat and is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in North America. There are more than 46 million bird watchers in the US, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (source). Many birders use field guides, and keep notebooks where they log information about the birds they find.

The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail runs the entire length of the Texas Gulf Coast and is home to hundreds of bird species. Texas is actually home to just over 600 bird species, which is more than any other state in the United States (source). You can explore the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail here, and a great place for locals to start is with the Clear Lake Loop. There are about 15 sites within this loop that are ideal for birding, including the Dr. Ned and Fay Dudney Nature Center, Armand Bayou Nature Center, Walter Hall Park, and Challenger 7 Memorial Park.

Explore our pages to find bird-related activities, books, ebooks, movies, videos, and so much more!