September 24, 2017 - February 17, 2018

Ornithology Badge

Ornithology Season Badge

Ornithology is the study of birds. Birds are covered with feathers, warm-blooded and lay hard-shelled eggs. There are around 10,000 species of birds worldwide. Birds are a group that many scientists consider a sub-group of reptiles. Many North Carolina birds migrate to warmer, southern climates in the winter. The state bird of North Carolina is the Northern cardinal.

Ornithology Fun Fact

Birds’ sizes can vary greatly. The enormous California condor has a wingspan of 9 ½ feet while the bee hummingbird measures less than 3”.

More Ornithology Tips

Click on the resources below to learn more about birds.

Ornithology Challenge

Create an account for the citizen science project, eBird. Submit an observation by using or download their mobile app. Send a screenshot of your completed observation record to [email protected].

Science Mentor

Aimee Tomcho, Audubon North Carolina

Ornithology Science Mentor

Aimee Tomcho has worked as Audubon North Carolina’s Conservation Biologist since 2013. Working with private landowners to manage their habitat in ways that benefit birds, her focal species in the mountains has been the golden-winged warbler. Recently, her work with this species has taken her to Nicaragua where she spent time studying its wintering grounds. Aimee began her career working in the longleaf pine ecosystem studying the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Prior to joining Audubon, Aimee worked with the US Forest Service studying disturbance ecology in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Aimee earned her education from Virginia Tech (BS, ’98) and Clemson University (MS, ’04). Having spent some time in her career focused on environmental education, Aimee has seen nature reconnect people to intrinsic wellness; she can often be found sharing her knowledge of birds with people of all ages.

Bonus Badges

Field Season Badges


September 24, 2017 - February 17, 2018

Ornithology Season Badge

February 18, 2018 - April 14, 2018

Botany Season Badge

April 15, 2018 - June 17, 2018

Herpetology Season Badge

June 18, 2018 - September 8, 2018

Entomology Season Badge