Founded in 1949, SDOU has been South Dakota's primary statewide organization to promote the study of wild birds, to encourage ornithological research, and to preserve the state's avian records. Birders, environmentally-concerned individuals, ornithologists and other natural scientists all contribute to these efforts.


Let's Go Birding

Christmas Bird Counts, SDOU spring and fall meetings, and local bird club outings provide an opportunity to bird with and learn from others. Check out the upcoming events on our calendar and make plans to attend.

Next Event: Nothing scheduled


Recent eBird Rarities

  • Birds of South Dakota

    South Dakota is blessed with many varied habitats from the western edge of the tallgrass prairie to the more westerly shortgrass prairie and on into the small mountainous region known as the Black Hills. See why we love birding South Dakota!

  • SDOU

    MISSION: To encourage the study of birds in South Dakota and to promote the study of ornithology by more closely uniting the students of this branch of natural science.

South Dakota Bird Notes

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