Birdwatching in Chattanooga, TN

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Whether you’re a “wake up to the sound of birds” type, or a “please be quiet I’m trying to sleep” type, we’re all getting a new soundtrack to our Tennessee mornings.

Here’s the pitch: Imagine getting out of bed in the morning, sitting out on the patio, or going for a hike. Instead of just a bunch of noise, you hear the songs of Eastern Bluebirds and Blackpoll Warblers. You could even learn their colors, habits, and favorite foods. The upshot: You should really get into birdwatching.

You could wing it, or…

A little bit of preparation goes a long way — i.e., you don’t need to drop your tax return on binos (although it couldn’t hurt to look).

What might help:

Did you know that today is also the National Endangered Species Day? Southeast Tennessee is home to ~12 birds that are currently considered endangered species. To celebrate the day, people from all around the country are participating in nature walks to identify local wildlife + connect with nature.

Ready to meet our local feathered friends for yourself? Check out this map for birding trails in the area — each location lists the types of birds you’re likely to see during your trip.

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