From our start in 1986, Vanguard’s mission has been to help our customers explore their world and experience the outdoors. Our dedication to photography and nature comes from a deep love and appreciation for life, culture, nature, and the outdoors. We hope you use the resources on this page to explore nature and birding in your backyard, at your bird feeder, or any off the beaten path destination your travels take you.

Conservation doesn’t just happen by chance; those who came before us made the conscious decision to conserve our wild places for future generations to enjoy. We experience this legacy of conservation each time we stop to appreciate our natural world. To protect the beauty of our natural world, Vanguard encourages our customers share their love of birding, hiking, exploration, nature, and the outdoors with someone new to these experiences. Only through helping someone new explore our world, will more people gain a deeper appreciation and understand the need to preserve our wild places.



eBird is the world’s largest biodiversity-related citizen science project with more than 100 million bird sightings contributed each year by eBirders around the world.

North American Bird

Dedicated to advancing the understanding and protection of the natural world. Your online guide to birds and bird watching in North America.

Merlin App

Free App with instant bird ID help for 3,000+ birds for North and South America, Europe, India, and Australia.

Macaulay Library

With nearly 6,000 individual birdsong recordings of over 2,600 species the library’s sound archive is a superb example of dedicated citizen scientists.

Nest Watch

You will be contributing extremely valuable information to science as you learn firsthand about birds and create a lifelong bond with the natural world.

Fat Birder

Fatbirder is the premier birders’ web resource about birds, birding and birdwatching. Whether you are looking for birds in your backyard or are planning a trip or birding tour, this is your resource.