Videos to Watch

Educational Guides

Migratory Birds | The Dr. Binocs Show | Learn Videos For Kids — This animated video by Peekaboo Kidz explains migratory birds and their flying patterns.

Birds of Passage - A Secret Journey Through the Skies — This wildlife documentary migratory birds and their epic journey across Europe, and why there have recently been fewer birds in our skies.

Top migratory birds in the world — This video from Nature Connection compiles a list of fascinating migratory birds in their natural ecosystems.

Bird migration, a perilous journey — This TED talk by Alyssa Klavans details why bird migration is so taxing and how we can assist our chirping friends.

Why do birds and animals migrate? — This animated video explains how, when, and why birds and animals migrate.

Educational Guides

Understanding birds & weather: Fall birding basics  — This comprehensive guide shows how Fall migration works for migratory birds as it relates to weather conditions.

Animal Migration Activity GuideThis activity guide is full of fun ways to learn about animal migrations in the US. Designed for elementary age kids, it can be used in a classroom as a worksheet or at home for some easy activity ideas.

Bird Migration in New Mexico This guide covers migration in New Mexico, and those birds that make it to the Middle Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico and make it their home for part of the year.

Articles to Read

Kids Books

Bird migration is one of nature’s great wonders. Here’s how they do it.  — This article discusses how and why thousands of bird species leave home in search of food, a perilous journey between summer breeding and wintering grounds (National Geographic).

Migratory birds aid the redistribution of plants to new climates  — An assessment of the timing and direction of European bird migration reveals how these patterns might affect seed dispersal as the planet warms. (Nature).

Millions of Birds Are Migrating Earlier Because of Warming This article explains weather radar data that shows how North American species are shifting their spring migration by two days each decade.

Light-colored feathers may help migrating birds stay cool on long flightsA study of nearly all bird species suggests that migrators share an unexpected flight aid: lighter-colored feathers.

Kids Books

A Bird Is a Bird by Lizzy Rockwell (Author)

Bird Builds a Nest: A First Science Storybook by Martin Jenkins (Author), Richard Jones (Illustrator)

If You Were a Bird by Jennifer O Jackson (Author)

Living on the Wind: Across the Hemisphere with Migratory Birds by Scott Weidensaul (Author)

Volunteering Resources

Nonprofits Supporting Migratory Birds

The Natural Resource Volunteer Program (NRVP) — The NRVP assists the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) by providing enhanced public service to the community while offering opportunities for citizens to make a definitive contribution toward protecting California's wildlife resources.

World Birding Center — The World Birding Center, consisting of nine nature sites, has a wide range of opportunities for everyone! Volunteers will assist us in fulfilling the organization’s mission.

Pacific Birds — Looking to get involved in bird and habitat conservation? You can attend Pacific Birds’ conferences, meetings, workshop, and opportunities.

More Information

BirdLife International BirdLife International is the world’s largest nature conservation partnership. Together, they have 123 BirdLife Partners worldwide – one per country or territory – and growing.

American Bird Conservancy American Bird Conservancy is dedicated to conserving wild birds and their habitats throughout the Americas.

Partners in Flight Partners in Flight is engaged in all aspects of landbird conservation from science, research, planning, and policy development, to land management, monitoring, education, and outreach.

National Audubon Society The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation.

Urban Bird Foundation Urban Bird Foundation has worked to protect burrowing owls, other birds, wildlife and habitat in and adjacent to urban and suburban communities – work that is beneficial to human and natural communities.

Resources linked on this page are created by third party organizations and do not necessarily reflect the values, opinions, or beliefs of Alltruists. Although Alltruists aims to provide family-friendly and age-appropriate content for children, adults should always be present in providing supervision while children explore resources on this page.