Sky’s the Limit: Birdwatching in the Pacific Northwest

Brown and white bird on a tree branch, Birds of the World

No matter the season, birdwatching is a popular pastime that allows us to connect with nature in a profound and peaceful way. Whether you're a seasoned birder or a novice just spreading your wings in the world of ornithology, Sno-Isle Libraries has a variety of resources to help you get the most out of your next birding experience. 

Books On Birdwatching

Browse our catalog to discover books, videos and other materials that can assist you with identifying species of birds, improve your birdwatching experience and show you how to care for our feathered friends. 

Online Birding Resources

Enjoy free access to online encyclopedias and other virtual reference websites with your library card.

Birds of North America - A photographic reference that covers numerous species of birds that breed or are regularly seen in the western region of North America, including information on behavior, nesting, and habitat.

Birds of the World - Discover the world of birds through comprehensive life histories for all bird species and families.

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia - Covers all types of animals in geographic areas around the world. Includes high-quality photographs and illustrations and a comprehensive index to all volumes.

World Book Student - Find information on lots of subjects including animals and nature, history, science, geography, and more!

Staff-Suggested Titles

Check out these staff-recommended titles on birds and birding for adults and children. 

General Birding

Gardening for Birds


Digital Birding Magazines

Stay up to date with the latest issue of these bird-focused magazines. Download digital magazines instantly to your favorite internet-connected device and enjoy hassle-free returns. 

Bird Watching

LIFE The Beauty of Birds

Birds & Blooms

WA State Park Passes

Plan a birdwatching visit to a Washington State Park with a free Discover Pass from Sno-Isle Libraries. 

Check Out Washington Discover Pass - Place a pass on hold for pick up at your local library. Passes may be checked out for up to 7 days at a time. 

Birding Videos

Eagles: What Are They Doing Out There? With Michelle Landis
Learn about the habitats of these beautiful birds. Where do eagles live? How can I find them nearby? How do they care for their young? Get these and more questions answered. Recorded April 2021.

The National Geographic Guide to Birding in North America - Learn core elements of birding and methods for observing birds in the field. Take a panoramic look at the bird species of North America, and visit 23 of the top North American birding sites.

The Scientific Wonder of Birds - In these 12 vividly illustrated lessons from The Great Courses, biologist and bird expert Professor Bruce E. Fleury takes you on a journey through the amazing world of birds—their evolution, their lives in the wild, and the science that underlies their behaviors.

Want More? Request a Custom Reading List!

Library staff can suggest more books on birdwatching that match your specific interest. Answer a few questions and we will curate a Custom Reading List of 4-6 hand-picked titles just for you.