National Hotline and Listservs
Birding hotlines and listservs have been established to provide a venue for birders to quickly share sightings and to discuss bird identification and other birding related topics. The top national services are referenced below. There are many regional and state systems. Visit the state based information section for local hotlines and listservs.
NORTH AMERICA RARE BIRD ALERT
NARBA is a a subscription reporting service on rare birds occurring in the continental United States, Alaska and Canada. The Houston Audubon Society sponsors NARBA. Subscription fees help support the society's extensive refuge system on the Upper Texas Coast.
Initially a phone-based system, now primarily web and email based. Reports are updated several times a day. Current fee is $35.00 year.
NATIONAL BIRDING HOTLINE COOPERATIVE
The National Birding Hotline Cooperative (NBHC) was set up in 1990 to use the Internet and World Wide Web to share North American birding information. It is a group of LISTSERV (tm) mail lists which run on a computer named listserv.arizona.edu.
No discussion is allowed on BIRDEAST, BIRDCNTR, BIRDWEST and BIRD_RBA. Another list, BIRDCHAT, is available for discussion of birds and birding on a continental level, and many states, provinces, and regions have their own discussion groups. Birders can join as many of these mailing lists as they choose; there is no cost or obligation. It is good karma to "pay back" the system by reporting your sightings to local hotline compilers.