Welcome to the Knoxville Area Birding Group. We are made up of average backyard birdwatchers to  professional ornithologists and everything in between.  We promote birdwatching, educate people about birds and birdwatching, and help protect birds through conservation efforts. Our group is a chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (KTOS).

Browse the site to find our current newsletter and our Better Backyards for Birds blog, plus information about upcoming meetings, field trips, events, and other exciting news about what’s happening in our group.

We welcome anyone to join, even if you have never birded before. We have bird enthusiasts of all skill levels—from beginning to advanced birders—and would love to share our passion.

Morton Massey – President

Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be a potluck dinner on Wednesday, September 1 at Lakeshore Park starting at 6 PM. This will be an outdoor event. We will be in the covered pavilion (with bathrooms) attached to the main administrative building for the baseball and softball fields. You can park in the parking lot next to this building or in the parking lot for the main playground area. We will probably have plenty of seating but bring some lawn chairs if you want to spread out a little.


Our October meeting will be on Wednesday, October 6. It will be held at the McClung Museum on the UT campus. We will be viewing a bird painting exhibit and hearing a speaker from the museum.

About Us & Our Meetings

The Knoxville Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society (KTOS) was organized in 1924 to promote the enjoyment, scientific study, and conservation of birds. Activities include monthly meetings, field trips each month, spring, fall, and Christmas bird counts, and projects like our Sharp’s Ridge clean-up each spring and fall.

MEETINGS will be virtual Zoom meetings until further notice.