Birding Activities

“Every sentence, every word, was new to them and they listened to what he said like bright-eyed ravens, trembling in their eagerness to catch & interpret every sound in the universe.

Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Watch this brief video by Henry Horn (1941-2019), Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and founding director of the Program in Environmental Studies to spark your birder spirit.

Filmed and edited by Jared Flesher of the Office of Sustainability.

To see complete video series Nature Walks with Henry Horn, where he shares his unique knowledge of Princeton’s natural history while giving viewers the information they need to go out and experience campus ecology themselves please visit:

Join Princeton Birding Society

The Princeton Birding Society was founded in 2019 to promote and encourage a love and appreciation for birds on campus in an inclusive, supportive group environment. The club hosts regular bird walks for all members of the Princeton community as well as other activities to engage members in meaningful conservation initiatives. For more information on how to get involved and join the club listserv visit:


Visit a Bird Sanctuary

The Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge is a sanctuary at the edge of the Institute for Advanced Study Woods in Princeton, NJ. The 39-acres of deciduous forest has an unusual concentration of bird species. Its trails offer some of the best bird watching in the area, especially during the migration season of songbirds (late April - late May) and it’s considered a central New Jersey birding “Hot Spot”. About 90 bird species use this refuge as its nesting habitat and over 200 species visit it during migration.

Because of his role in establishing the sanctuary, and in recognition of his contribution to ornithology this Wildlife Refuge was dedicated to Charles H. Rogers upon his death in 1977.

More information about Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge can be found at Princeton University's outdoor and experiential education program Outdoor Action.

Backyard Bird Count - From Feb. 12th-15th, 2021.

Over four days in February, people are invited to spend time in nature watching and counting birds and reporting them to the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Since 1998, Backyard Bird Count observations help scientists better understand global bird populations.

The first national bird count in 1900 had 27 participants counting bird species in 25 locations across the United States and Canada. Today, more than 60,000 people take part around the world each year. The 12-year-old Charles Rogers is credited as the first observer to do the bird count at Central Park.

Join the world’s largest biodiversity-related community science project on February 12th through 15th, 2021 at