Urban Birding

A cedar waxwing perches on a bare branch highlighted against a blue sky

NPS Photo

Birds enjoy the cherry trees too!

The cherry trees in Washington, DC are an important part of the city’s urban green space.

These trees provide year-round and seasonal habitat for the birds who live here in Washington, DC.

It's also a great place to seasonally spot many species as they migrate along the Atlantic Flyway!

A gold and black American goldfinch holds onto a leafy twig

NPS Photo

Locals and visitors are welcome to come recreate in these spaces.

Birding is a great way to get a new look at a familiar place!

How many species can you identify? Are they different at different times of day?

Open up a whole new world of sights and sounds by bird watching.

Red-shouldered hawk standing on a bare tree branch

NPS Photo, Jane Gamble

Don’t live near DC? No problem!

Bird watching can be done anywhere, from the busiest city to the densest forest.

Bring your eyes and ears outside! You can even bring a notebook or submit your recordings to a citizen science database, such as eBird.

Birding is just one way to enjoy nature and participate in citizen science!

You and your family can help scientists understand our world by collecting data and participating in events. These efforts are ongoing all the time all over the world, in person and online. Learn more about citizen science with the National Park Service.

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Ever want to pick up the hobby of bird watching, but not sure how to start? Join Ranger Peter as he describes some ways to get started birding in your own backyard.

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Join us for Episode 2 of our new video series, Parked At Home, where you can experience Park Science in your own home. National Park Service staff will offer some great advice on a variety of topics that you can re-create at home. Episode 2: Yard Birding with Dave Treviño As we spend more time Parked At Home, you likely notice more wildlife action outside your window. Take your backyard birding to the next level with these tips from wildlife biologist Dave Treviño.

Last updated: January 9, 2023