Resources for Birders

April 1, 2008
Red-tailed hawk

Red-tailed hawk. © B.K. Wheeler / VIREO

Duke super-birders Will Cook and Jeff Pippen, researchers in the biology department and Nicholas School, respectively, have created several valuable online resources for birders visiting North Carolina and specifically the Triangle.

Cook moderates Carolinabirds, a mailing list for birding discussions in the Carolinas. You can read reports of where people have been birding, submit questions about good birding sites, and learn about any rare bird sightings in the two states. The searchable archives are available on the same site.

Cook also maintains the Triangle Birder's Guide, an online source of information about birding hot spots within an easy drive of Durham.

Birders rely on checklists that tell them what birds they're likely to see at different times of the year in a particular locale. A Triangle-area list is posted on the Triangle Birder's Guide. Anyone birding in Duke Forest will want a copy of "Birds of Duke Forest," a checklist compiled by Pippen and Cook based on their own sightings during several years in which they were conducting research in Duke Forest, along with sightings reported by other birders.