|A number of resources were used to identify
the ranking of the various birding "hotspots" in Canada and the United
States. These included:
Wildbirds Top 50 Birding Hotspots
(not available on the WWW) - "The Best
Birding Locations await you throughout North America", by Paul M. Konrad.
(This article first appeared in Wildbird, September, 1996).
The list used in this website was taken from the Joy of Birding section
of Thayer's Birds of North America CD-ROM version 2.0.
Top 100 North American Birding
Hot Spots -
If you would like to see over 100 birds
in just one day, you will have to visit many different habitats. Some of
North America's most famous Birding Hot Spots include a variety of habitats
within a small area. These Top 100 Hot Spots were selected with the help
of the members of the American Birding Association at their most recent
convention in Park City, Utah. How many have you visited? This list can
be accessed at Thayer's
Birding website. For an updated version with more than 200 birding hot
spots, click here.
Hot Spots in US & Canada -
(As selected by ABA members at the 1994
Minot, ND convention). This list can be accessed at the birder.com
Icons assigned as a ranking in these
web pages reflect the quality of the birding hotspot - NOT THE
QUALITY OF THE WEBSITE!!!
Icons assigned to Birding Sites mentioned
in either the Wildbird or ABA Minot "Top 50" list reflect the highest ranking
assigned by either list.
Ranked in the "Top Ten" on either one of the lists
Birding Sites mentioned only on the Thayer
"Top 100" list are identified by the following:
Ranked Eleven to Twenty on either one of the lists
Ranked Twenty-one to Thirty on either one of the lists
Ranked Thirty-one to Forty on either one of the lists
Ranked Forty-one to Fifty on either one of the lists
Ranked in the "Top 100" - no mention on either of the other two lists
This method of ranking results in far more
than 10 sites ranked as "Top Ten". In addition, some birding hot-spots
are referenced on more than one website. So, don't worry about too much
about the numbers... anything with an icon is a GREAT place to go
in Pete Thayer's
"Top 200" list - no mention on either of the other lists
This web site entailed many, many hours
of research on the WWW. In addition to the many excellent birding location
sites of general interest that were found, at least one reference was uncovered
for every site mentioned on any one of the three reference lists
provided by either Wildbird, Thayer or the ABA Minot convention. But, many
birding hotspots are referenced in many places on the WWW. In selecting
which site (or sites) were used as the selected link, the following rules
of thumb determined the priority order of selection:
In some cases, the websites were so good that
one or two (or more) references for a specific birding location were used.
Some judgement was used if the higher priority source was a significantly
lower quality website (amount and quality of information, navigation features
of the site, etc.) than a lower priority source.
A site guide written for birders by birders
(or birding organization)
A site guide written for birders by a tourist
bureau or government organization
A site guide written for environmentalists
or scientists by a government organization
A site guide written for general tourists
which mentions the birding features
An informal trip report written by a birder
for other birders
Any site which provided either directions
or a map to the birding hotspot
A site guide or birding itinerary written
by a commercial (for profit) company, selling a tour or other service to
Please provide comments via the
button found throughout these pages if you disagree on the choice of website
for a particular birding hotspot, or your favorite "hotspot" was omitted.
If there is no good website on the WWW for your favorite birding location,
take up the challenge and write one! Just remember to let me know where
to find it to add it to these web pages. E-mail should be directed to email@example.com.
Don't miss the chance to see how many of
the provincial/state/national birds you can identify. These pictures are
located on the left hand side of the page, beside the country/state/province
name. Pause your cursor on the picture to see the bird's identification.
And... can you identify the gulls in the "Where
do you want to go birding today?" logo at the top of this page???
Unfortunately, the only prize for getting it right is the satisfaction
of knowing you're a very good birder (or at least, you know your gulls)!
Highlight the following line with your cursor for the answer....
Gulls (winter plumage)