The official state birding organization is the South Dakota Ornithologists' Union

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.

SDOU holds two meetings each year. The meetings are held in various places throughout the state and provide opportunity for sharing information and fun. The autumn meeting program includes presentations on ornithology and related natural history topics. The spring meeting emphasizes field trips.


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. Join Today

SDOU list-serv is where folks can post sightings and ask questions on birding.

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Members get access to South Dakota Bird Notes, the official publication of the SDOU

The latest SDOU publication on SD birds is available for purchase on the website

Lark Bunting- Fall River County-SDOU club bird