Junior Birdwatchers

Welcome to the Junior Birdwatching Certification Program of the Marin Audubon Society!

In this program you can learn about native birds found in your local San Francisco Bay area neighborhood.

Birds! Of all wildlife, birds are the most abundant and easily seen. Their beauty, song, and ability to fly provide a magical connection to nature, helping our souls to soar above the increasingly developed landscape. Many of us spend more time inside watching television than being outside playing and enjoying the outdoors. Wherever you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, even in a large city like San Francisco, you can watch birds!

How does this web site help you learn about birds?

For each grade level, kindergarten through fifth, there are birds to learn in order to receive your certification as a Junior Birdwatcher at that grade level. There are pictures and information about each bird on the list.

After studying the birds listed for your grade you can take a practice test when you think you have learned about the birds on the list and how to identify them. Fill out the information found on the practice test page. Then take the test by writing down the bird’s name in the space by each picture. (If the student is too young to write the name in themselves, their supervising adult, with no coaching on the identification, can write down the name the child tells them.)

Do not take the practice test until you know the birds very well so you know you can do your very best. Send your completed practice test via e-mail to the Richardson Bay Audubon Center to be checked by an Audubon naturalist.

If you pass the practice test you will be notified and will qualify to be able to come and visit the Richardson Bay Audubon Center to take the official certification test. You will set up an appointment with the Audubon naturalist to do this. The test will consist of identifying pictures of the birds you will have learned for your grade level. Be ready to also tell one thing you learned about each of the birds you learned to identify. There is information about each bird on the web site.

If you identify the birds and tell one thing about each bird correctly you will receive your Junior Birdwatcher Certificate for your grade level. Your school will be sent a notice of your achievement.

If you do not pass the test you can take it again but have to wait a minimum of two weeks before trying again. That will give you time to practice.

Now you are ready to start. Just click on the study guide and let the bird watching fun begin!