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 FactBirds’ 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.
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology
- Audubon North Carolina
- NC Birding Trail
- Natural North Carolina Project on iNaturalist
Create an account for the citizen science project, eBird. Submit an observation by using eBird.org or download their mobile app. Send a screenshot of your completed observation record to [email protected].
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.