New England Bird Clubs
New England Bird Clubs


New England’s bird clubs are some of the nation’s oldest. They come in many forms—from college clubs to loosely affiliated groups of weekend enthusiasts to more formal clubs that host popular events, collect data, publish magazines, make grants, offer workshops, organize international birding adventures, and advocate for conservation.

New England clubs often have fascinating histories that feature legendary “twitches,” unusual discoveries, and plenty of rabble-rousing. Birders here have never been shy about challenging the status quo to protect bird habitat and green spaces, promote birding, and advocate for greater environmental justice.

Joining a bird club is an excellent way to get started birding, improve your birding skills and knowledge, meet new people, visit beautiful places, and learn more about birds, conservation, habitat, ecology, environmental justice, citizen science, biodiversity, and climate change.

Every club is different, but most are either free to join or less than $30 annually. Many of the clubs listed here also offer free public events, talks, and bird walks, and have excellent online resources available.

Smaller, more rural areas may have fewer clubs, or their clubs may largely meet online, but they are often no less active. In addition to these “IRL” clubs, there are dozens of online communities focussed on New England birding that can be lively places to share birding experiences and ask questions.

Join your local club today!

Need more reasons to join? Read this. [LINK]

A Few New England Birding Histories


We’ve compiled a list of clubs and other birding resources by state. Please send us corrections, comments, and feedback if you see anything amiss Thanks!

Connecticut Map
Maine map
New Hampshire map
Rhode Isalnd map
Vermont map


Audubon—and what it means in New England—is complicated.

Except for Vermont, every New England state is home to an “Audubon” organization fully independent of the National Audubon Society.  (Heads up, these links take you to the organization’s website).

These independent organizations are widely valued in the region and even outside New England. They provide education, recreation, research, conservation, land management, preservation, advocacy, and much more for their communities, their states the regions and beyond. All of them offer extensive programming and education for all kinds of birders and nature lovers. And they are powerful effective advocates for environmental causes.

In addition to these independent organizations, three states also host chapters, sanctuaries, and centers of National Audubon [LINK].

All of these organizations are named in honor of naturalist and artist John James Audubon who was also cruel and violent enslaver. That’s a problem.

As this history has come to light, Audubon organizations everywhere are rethinking their identity. We’ve shared some thoughts and background on this issue here.  … [LINK]