As the home of the American Birding Association, Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley has become a destination for birders and all wildlife lovers! The abundance of incredible natural habitats and wonderful birds are perfect for the casual or expert birder. Insiders know birding is a great way to experience the beauty of Wilmington and the Brandywine Valley, explore our state parks and gardens, and learn about our native plants and bird species.

To get started, head to the American Birding Association website. For novice and experienced birders alike, the ABA's online magazines hold a wealth of information on where to go, what to look for, what you'll need, and expert interviews.

Next stop - Delaware State Parks! Download checklists for Brandywine Creek and White Clay Creek State Parks so you can keep stats on what you've seen and know what to expect. State Park birding locations include: Alapocas Run State Park, Brandywine Creek State Park, For Delaware, Lums Pond, White Clay Creek and Wilmington State Parks.

Finally, don't miss a single bird by following the Delaware Birding Trail. The trail is broken up into six, ecologically-based birding regions. According to the trail organizers, "spending time in multiple birding regions will naturally increase the number of species you encounter, as well as giving you a more complete picture of Delaware's natural diversity."

The best news? Birding in Greater Wilmington is a year round activity! Each season gives you the opportunity to have a different birding experience and learn about new species and bird habitats. So no matter what time of year you plan to #VisitWilm, go forth and bird!