How it all started and where we are headed

How It Started

In 2012 I began birding by doing a North American Big year.  I knew almost nothing about birding and certainly nothing about where to go birding.  Without inside knowledge or experience, I missed seeing many birds that year.  

But the idea for the app wasn’t born until I was birding in for the first time in Central Park in 2016.  I kept hearing about these spots in the park where birds were being seen, but because I didn’t know any of the local birders, I spent a lot of time wandering around and missing great birds, like Mourning or Golden-winged Warblers.

I wanted a way for everyone, no matter where they came from or where they were,  to be able to connect with birders nearby and not miss out on great birds, whether during migration in Point Pelee National Park or the Rio Grande Valley of Texas… and that’s how the idea for the Birders Nearby Rare Bird Alert App was born!

What is Birders Nearby and The Rare Bird Alert App?

Birders Nearby is a Social NetworkIng App exclusively for Birders.  While using the app you will be able to discover, in real time, the birds that are being reported nearby, with directions to the exact location of a target bird.  You will be able to communicate with birders nearby as well and be able to share specific details of a sighting, including photos, so you can get other birders on the bird quickly and easily.

Giving back to the community

I’m extremely passionate about giving back to the community. Birders Nearby supports bird conservation initiatives, and 30% of the proceeds will go toward nature conservation programs. So when you purchase the app, you are also helping to conserve nature!

The greater number of birders using Birders Nearby, the better your odds are of finding target birds anywhere you happen to be, anywhere in the world.  Our goal is to create a community of connected birders so everyone, from beginner to Big Year birder, (I was both in 2012), can find and enjoy new species every day of the year no matter how close or far from home they are.


Robert Baumander
‍Founder of Birders Nearby