Welcome to Watching Backyard Birds.com!

by Bill Thompson, III | Editor, Bird Watcher's Digest
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Welcome to Watching Backyard Birds.com, the companion site for Watching Backyard Birds! WBB is the sister publication to Bird Watcher's Digest, but focuses squarely on the backyard, where the vast majority of bird enthusiasts do most of their bird watching. In creating this magazine and this website, we asked ourselves, "What do backyard bird watchers want and need to enjoy their backyard birds even more?" We've tried to strike the right balance between fun and practical—and we hope you enjoy the result!

Here are some of the features you'll see on this website:

You can also stay in touch with Watching Backyard Birds by following us on Facebook at Facebook.com/WatchingBackyardBirds. Don't forget to visit watchingbackyardbirds.com for regular updates in between issues. We'll even give sneak previews of some of the articles you'll find in the upcoming issue!

Thank you for visiting our website. If you like the content, consider subscribing to the print edition of The Backyard Birds. Wishing you happy reading and great backyard bird watching!

—Bill Thompson, III
Editor

About Bill Thompson, III

Bill Thompson III is the editor of Bird Watcher's Digest by day. He's also a keen birder, the author of many books, a dad, a field trip leader, an ecotourism consultant, a guitar player, and blogger. Learn more about Bill »

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