How to Help
How you can help
Add “Birds of Interest”
Think about the birds you often see at your favorite birding location. Do you visit because you can often see Bobolinks there? Or maybe it is a spot that is good for certain shorebirds in the spring or fall. Help us add a heading of “Birds of Interest” where it is missing in a description of the location. Even better, make it “Birds of Interest by Season,” making a list for each seasons of the year. For example, the page about Metzger Marsh Wildlife Area has a list of “Birds of Interest by Season.”
Write “Tips for birding . . .”
Most pages have descriptions from and links to official webpages about the location. Birders, especially those visiting the hotspot for the first time, appreciate more specific information about how to bird the location. Where do you park? Is there a trail or pond that is especially good to visit? Is it helpful to carry a scope? Is this spot good in a particular season? Are there birds that are regularly seen here? Are there restrooms on the site? Are there handicap accessible facilities? There is a paragraph of “Tips for birding . . .” for locations where birders have provided helpful information about the place.
It is extremely helpful to have photos which illustrate the habitat, parking lot, park sign, or give birders an idea of what to expect when they visit the park. Links to photos on other websites often break when the website is updated. Photos provided by birders are much preferred. In some cases, we have added a “photo tour” of the hotspot when a birder can provide 4 or 5 photos with brief descriptions. Sometimes a photo of a bird you observed also shows the habitat at the location.
Check your favorite locations
Check the links to your favorite local birding locations to see the information we have about it in the website. Report any broken links so they can be updated. If you can provide new information or add to what is there, it will be most appreciated by the birding community.