2018: International Year of the Bird

On the 100th anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, hundreds of organizations worldwide have joined in solidarity to celebrate the incredible diversity of our feathered friends. National Geographic, the Audubon Society, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and many others are launching a special effort to raise awareness of climate change affecting avian migrations, and to encourage bird watching & citizen science initiatives.

The Audubon Society explains:
 

"This effort aims to heighten public awareness of birds because of their wonder and beauty—and because they symbolize nature’s interconnectedness and the importance of caring for our shared planet."

Read more on their website: http://www.audubon.org/news/audubon-and-national-geographic-declare-2018-year-bird

National Geographic has created a companion student site for kids to explore the world of birds: 
https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/animals/hubs/birds/year-of-the-bird/

Cornell's excellent bird identification app Merlin uses a vast database of photos & fact sheets to assist birdwatchers and students with a virtual bird id wizard: Merlin Bird ID App 

All About Birds: What is the Migratory Bird Treaty Act?