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Birding

Tennessee is home to a great diversity of birdlife and Tennessee State Parks offer excellent, year-round opportunities to explore this diversity. Whether you're looking for Tennessee's state bird, the northern mockingbird, a barred owl, cerulean warbler or a white ibis, you can find many of Tennessee’s birds in a state park.

Many parks have monthly bird walks sponsored by a local chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society. Bird walks, bird banding sessions and other bird-related events and programs are often listed on the event calendar.

Responsible Birding

- Do not endanger the welfare of birds.
- Tread lightly and respect bird habitat.
- Silence is golden.
- Do not use electronic sound devices to attract birds during nesting season, May-July.
- Take extra care when in a nesting area.
- Always respect the law and the rights of others, violators subject to prosecution.
- Do not trespass on private property.
- Avoid pointing your binoculars at other people or their homes.
- Limit group sizes in areas that are not conducive to large crowds.

Helpful Links

Tennessee Birding Trails www.tnbirdingtrail.org
Field Checklist of Tennessee Birds www.tnwatchablewildlife.org
eBird Hotspots and Sightings www.ebird.org
Tennessee Ornithological Society www.tnbirds.org

Tennessee State Parks has a variety of lodging options including camping, cabins, and inns. Do you know where you want to stay for your birding adventure? 

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