Nerdy For Birdies is a youth birdwatching club in the Phoenix and Tucson Arizona areas. We offer monthly birding outings at birding hot spots in Arizona.
Check our Google Calendar below for upcoming bird outings and classes. Please RSVP to events using our Google Doc form, so that we know how many nerdy birders will be attending and so we can email you a reminder with meeting location details. Most of our outings are FREE, some of the classes may require a fee (so please read all the event details). Some of the events on our calendar are not hosted by us and are birding events we wanted to help spread the word about in case your nerdy birder is looking for more birding and bird learning fun.
About Nerdy For Birdies:
Nerdy For Birdies was created to encourage more youth to get excited about the hobby of birdwatching. My son Rowyn aka NinjaBirder, developed a love for birding shortly after moving to Arizona in the Summer of 2018. I wanted to encourage his love for his new hobby so I began to take him to monthly bird walks. We quickly noticed that he was the only youth birder present at most of the bird walks and events we attended. In August 2019 we attended our first birding festival in Tucson and decided it was time to find a way to introduce more youth to this fun and exciting hobby. And so Nerdy For Birdies was born.
If you have questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or text 678-457-0802.
In 2020 Nerdy For Birdies and Maricopa County Parks Master Naturalists ran the first CBC circle for the Phoenix Metro area. Believe it or not, Phoenix and the surrounding cities have not been counted since the early 1900's. After watching a documentary about the CBC Ninja Birder was inspired to get involved. We did a trial run in 2019 and concluded our 1st official run in 2020. We will share our results soon.
If you would like to help us in 2021 please click the "email list" button below and complete the form. We plan to offer several trainings in Fall 2021. By signing up for this email list you are agreeing to receive information about the 2021 CBC for Phoenix and the upcoming trainings.
2021 World Migratory Bird Day
Saturday, May 8th is World Migratory Bird Day. This year's theme is Sing, Fly, Soar - Like a Bird. Nerdy for Birdies will be hosting a mini bird fest on May 7th to celebrate our feathered friends. RSVP here
You can also check out the video we made for International Migratory Bird Day 2020 by clicking the button below.
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. It has a global outreach and is an effective tool to help raise global awareness of the threats faced by migratory birds, their ecological importance, and the need for international cooperation to conserve them.
Every year people around the world take action and organize public events such as bird festivals, education programs, exhibitions and bird-watching excursions to celebrate WMBD.
All these activities can also be undertaken at any time on the year because that countries or regions observing the peak of migrations at different times, but the main days for the international celebrations on the second Saturday in May and in October.
2021 Dates & Event Links:
Nerdy For Birdies Youth Birding Club is FREE and open to all ages.
At each bird club meeting, we will not only go birding, but we will also have a hands on activity and learn about a new AZ bird each month. Each participating child will receive a bird journal and a birdsleuth explorers guidebook.
(click on the links below to view event details and to rsvp)
August 13th 9:30 am Sweetwater Wetlands Tucson
September 3rd 9:30 am Gilbert Ripaian Preserve
October 29th 9:30 am Desert Breeze Park Chandler
November 26th 9:30 am Veterans Oasis Park Chandler
December 27th Christmas Bird Count Multiple Locations in the East Valley
Coming soon Saturday bird club meetings and fieldtrips.
If you would like to help us keep this club FREE we are seeking donations to help us cover the cost of materials and purchase some binoculars that we can have available for children to borrow. Click the link below to make a donation, and select Nerdy For Birdies from the drop down options.
In 2021 Ninja Birder and Zebra Bird raised $816 for Tucson Audubon. Our goal was to $700 and thanks to you we exceeded that. And Ninja Birder won the prize for best social media sharing for the 2nd year in a row. Stay tuned for details about next year's birdathon. Do you think we can raise $1,000 next year?
What is a birdathon? A birathon is like a walkathon, only instead of counting miles, we count birds! It's an opportunity to enjoy birds while raising or donating critical funds to Tucson Audubon Society.
Every dollar you raise helps to support the work of Tucson Audubon Society—protecting birds, restoring their habitats, and making sure they can be enjoyed by all for generations. Your Birdathon support inspires people to protect and enjoy birds through recreation, education, conservation, and restoration.
And if you are in Arizona we will be offering a free family friendly bird walk in Tucson on April 25th.
Visit our CafePress Store for Nerdy For Birdies merchandise. We have t-shirts, water bottles, hats, stickers, notebooks and more available.
Bird Watching Academy & Camp is one of our favorite birding resources. Get a $1 credit on a monthly subscription when you use code REFRNY7AJNXVK.
*Sadly we will have to wait until 2021. The festival was cancelled this year.*
The Southeast Arizona Birding Festival will be August 5th-9th. We are so excited to be returning for our 2nd year. This festival is what turned by young birder into a birding enthusiast. We are so excited to announce that this year we will also be leading a youth birdwalk and craft at the festival.
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Head on over to our blog to read our bird related blog posts.
Are you looking for a birding hot spot in Arizona? Here are some of our favorites and some of the birds you can expect to observe.