BirdWatching Membership With FREE Contest Entries
Submit your best bird photography to our contests and win prizes up to $1,000! BirdWatching Memberships include 1 or more FREE contest entries. In addition, you’ll receive subscriptions to BirdWatching magazine in both print and digital form, unlimited access to premium content on our website, and much more!
Once you’ve signed up, return to our Contest Pages to take advantage of your first free entry.
Whether you’re new to birding or have years of experience, a BirdWatching membership is for you! You’ll have access to bird-identification tips not found in any field guide, news and features that cover birding across North America, invitations to exclusive webinars, back issues of BirdWatching, and much more. Take your birding to new heights with our membership today!
Customers at the Member Plus level receive one complimentary entry per year in a BirdWatching contest. VIP members, however, receive one complimentary entry per year in each BirdWatching contest. With four contests every year, this is a $100 value!
eWorkshops & eGuides
All members can participate in upcoming live eWorkshops presenting advice on identifying and photographing birds, as well as access a complete library of past webinars. Additionally, members gain access to quarterly eGuides with trusted information for birders about identifying birds.
Members at every level can unlock full paywall access to in-depth bird-ID articles from David Sibley and Kenn Kaufman, news and features on the birding community and tips for hundreds of birding destinations across North America.
Full Magazine Access
Readers at the Member Plus and VIP levels get one year of BirdWatching magazine in both print and digital editions. They also receive access to two years’ worth of BirdWatching magazine digital back issues.
VIP members receive BirdWatching’s special edition, Ultimate Guide to Birdwatching, which covers backyard habitats, optics, birding hotspots, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: I ordered my BirdWatching subscription. Why have I not received my first issue yet?
It often takes some time for orders and magazines to travel through the mail. Please allow six to eight weeks for delivery of your first print issue. If you have subscribed to our digital editions and have not received your first issue, please email us at [email protected].
Question: How can I get assistance with my subscription?
If you would like to place an order, change your subscription, or if you have a question, please contact the BirdWatching customer service team:
Outside the U.S.: 760-496-7575
Or manage your existing print subscription here.
Question: What is the difference between subscribing to BirdWatching magazine and becoming a BirdWatching member?
Subscribing to the magazine, whether to the print edition, the digital edition, or both, will bring you each issue delivered to your home or inbox. Some membership levels also include magazine subscriptions, but have many more benefits as well.
Question: I already have a BirdWatching magazine subscription. What happens to that subscription if I become a BirdWatching member at a level that includes magazine subscriptions?
Your existing subscription will be extended by a year when you become a member at a level that includes subscriptions.
Question: I’m having problems with a digital issue. Where can I get help?
If you need assistance with problems receiving or reading your digital copy, please email us at [email protected].
Question: How can I renew my subscription to BirdWatching magazine?
You can renew your subscription here.
You can also renew by calling:
Outside the U.S.: 760-496-7575
Question: Why am I receiving invoices or renewal notices for my subscription, even after I already paid/renewed?
Very often your payment/renewal will cross in the mail with our notices. If you have already paid/renewed, please discard any notices that come afterward.
Question: How can I change the address or email address of my magazine subscription?
Question: How can I order a gift subscription or gift membership to BirdWatching?
Question: Can I buy copies of individual issues of BirdWatching?
Yes! You can buy current single copies and back issues here.
Question: Who do I contact with a question about the BirdWatching membership?
For questions about your BirdWatching membership, please contact us at [email protected].
Question: Who do I contact with a question about BirdWatching contests?
For questions about BirdWatching contests, please contact us at [email protected].
Question: Who do I contact with a question about BirdWatching eWorkshops?
For questions about BirdWatching eWorkshops, please contact us at [email protected].
Question: How can I submit an editorial question or comment?
For questions or comments about our articles, photos, or other editorial material, please write us at [email protected].
Question: How do I submit an article or photo to be considered for publication?
Information about editorial submissions can be found here.
Question: What if I have a different question that's not listed above?
For questions not related to anything listed above, please email us at [email protected]