The Spark Bird Project

The Spark Bird Project is designed to gather and share the stories of people’s passion for birds while gaining scientific insights into a critical missing piece in the understanding of the ecology of birds - birders themselves. 

What is YOUR Spark Bird story?

Become a Spark Birder by sharing your Spark Bird story today! 

You will also have the opportunity to share more than one story and stories in memory of someone along with your thoughts on the benefits, barriers, resources, and opportunities in birding! 

Findings from The Spark Bird Project will help our partner organizations learn how to better spark and sustain the birding community!

What is a spark bird?

A spark bird is a term used by the birding community for the bird that hooks someone into their passion for birding. 

Did you start your survey and lose the link to return?  Would you prefer to complete the survey via paper-and-pencil? Do you have any other questions? Please contact project director Jenn Lodi-Smith at or 716-888-2513. 

Having trouble getting started? Watch the video walkthrough below!

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