Tools to make you a better birder - Netted
Article • April 1, 2021

Tools to make you a better birder

Resources to level up your hobby.
These days, we all have some extra time on our hands to pour into a new hobby. This spring might be the perfect time to take up birdwatching and a new generation of online guides and apps make it easy to discover and ID birds, and get insights from tracking their migration patterns.
Birding is a great hobby, but it requires a lot of patience and great attention to detail. One small marking is the difference between two separate species.
If you’re looking to learn more, we’ve put together a few resources to help novices. From the eBird app to an episode of The Webby Podcast featuring an expert birder. Discover more projects to inspire your journey in The Winners Gallery + Index, a resource for discovering the Best of the Internet and maybe your next hobby.

Webby Podcast: John W. Fitzpatrick on launching eBird

Listen to The Webby Podcast episode with Dr. John W. Fitzpatrick, Director of Cornell University’s Lab of Ornithology. He joins to discuss eBird, the digital database he and students are running to collect bird-watching data, and interpret what it means about the climate and Earth at large.


Need another app in your arsenal? Check out Cornell University’s other bird-watching app, Merlin. It helps users ID birds with photo recognition or by answering three simple questions. It’ll then give you a list of possible matches of birds across the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Masters of Flight

See how hummingbirds look mid-flight with National Geographic’s project—and the 2018 Webby Winner for Best Visual Design. Using high-speed cameras, Nat Geo breaks down what makes hummingbirds so phenomenal to witness.

AllBirds | The View from Above

Birds can tell us a lot about the planet—if you know how to read their patterns. This 2020 Webby Nominee by The New York Times T-Brand Studio breaks down a few bird species that are sensitive to climate changes, and explains how they benefit the environment.