Map of Destinations for North America

Birding North America

From the skyscraping summits of North America—with 125 peaks over 3,000 m—giant rivers drain into three of the world’s oceans, draping the continent in habitat diversity. A well-studied flora and fauna make North America a target for nature explorers. Between the USA and Canada, nearly 1,000 birds have been recorded, with new species added to the list each year. Most of the western hemisphere’s shorebirds breed across the arctic tundra, along with the charismatic Snowy Owl, Snow Goose, and Snow Bunting. Rising from the tundra and nicknamed “North America’s Bird Nursery,” the boreal forest supports billions of breeding birds, including 80 percent of North America’s waterfowl. The continent’s Pacific Northwest supports the largest temperate rainforest zone in the world, with more biomass than the rainforests of the tropics and the breeding ground for the continent’s endemic Pacific Wren and Chestnut-backed Chickadee. More than 65 conifer species grow in North America, including the oldest, tallest, and largest trees in the world. North America is famous for its colorful little Wood-Warblers (Parulidae family), numbering nearly 50 species, and over 40 Sparrows (Emberizidae family) of at least 18 genera breed between the Pacific, Atlantic, and Arctic shores. Off the edges of the coasts lie two long continental shelves and a whole world of pelagic birding that has produced at least 55 “tubenose” species, with new seabirds added annually to the continental list. Visit the continent during spring or fall migrations—along any of four major flyways—and you will be overwhelmed by the spectacle.

Birding Destinations in North America

North American Birding & Wildlife Trails

North American Birding & Wildlife Trails

A comprehensive list of North American Birding & Wildlife Trails.
Other North American Hotspots

Other North American Hotspots

The USA has excellent infrastructure for birding and nature recreation. Choose a spot in your neck of the woods from this list of Important Bird Areas, North American Birding Trails, and the extensive National Wildlife Refuge system.  
Globally Important Bird Areas in the U.S.

Globally Important Bird Areas in the U.S.

A comprehensive list of Globally Important Bird Areas in the U.S.
Canada

Canada

Canada is an immense country with much of its wilderness areas still intact. While there are no country endemics among its roughly 640 bird species, birders will find much to enjoy about exploring Canada's remote mountains, rocky coastlines, vast prairies, quaking peat bogs, extensive tundra, and its thick deciduous forests.
United States of America

United States of America

In addition to its endemics such as Rosy-Finches and Prairie-Chickens, the USA has terrific travel infrastructure and supports an unsurpassed birding network, with hundreds of listserves, Audubon chapters, hotlines, and dedicated birding sites that will ease passage and put you on the birds you want to see.
Mexico

Mexico

Mexico features some of the best birding locations in North America and in classic sites such as Oaxaca, El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve, Colima, Jalisco, and Nyarit, you can observe a diversity of tropical and subtropical species such as hummingbirds, trogons, macaws, parrots, vultures, toucans, motmots, and quetzals. Don't leave out the world-famous Veracruz "River of Raptors," one of the greatest natural phenomena on the planet.
U.S. National Wildlife Refuges

U.S. National Wildlife Refuges

A comprehensive list of U.S. National Wildlife Refuges