For over a century, the Tennessee Ornithological Society (TOS) has shared its knowledge and enthusiasm with all who desire to discover more about birds.
As a member, you will become part of a community of bird enthusiasts and citizen scientists who
Enjoy learning how to identify birds in the field or sharing their expertise with others
Go on field outings to watch birds
Improve their birding (bird watching) skills
Discover the best places for birding
Collect important data about birds
Support bird conservation and education efforts in Tennessee, nationally, and even internationally
Learn more about birds at home and around the world at local chapter meetings
Have you ever gazed in wonder at a soaring hawk and imagined what life on the wing must be? What would we do without our feathered friends for company outdoors?
How much poorer would we be without the beauty of the bluebird, the haunting song of the meadowlark, or the evocative pair-bonding dance of the Sandhill Crane?
Birds are critical
Birds are critical components of natural ecosystems, and by managing for a diversity of birds, we will also protect many other species and the habitats on which they rely.
Because of their high metabolic rate, their relatively high position in the food chain, and their distribution across a wide variety of habitats, birds are sensitive indicators of environmental conditions.
Birds are relatively easy and cost effective to monitor, and they provide an excellent means by which to track larger changes in natural systems. This is the concept upon which the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science platform, eBird is built! Indeed, our rapidly expanding capacity to monitor migration, reproduction, and survivorship in birds provides us with the ability to proactively address root causes of population declines and increases.
Why Care About Birds?
How do birds, bird habitat, and bird conservation align with human goals and interests?
5 simple reasons
why you should care about birds:
bird habitat supports clean water,
birds and their habitat support your health,
birds are good for the economy,
birds benefit your beverage choices and
bird habitat boosts property values.