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.

Chris Welsh – President


Meetings are on the first Wednesday of each month, except there are no meetings in July and August. In June and September we usually have a potluck dinner. Other meetings are in person or Zoom meetings.

Currently the building in which we have been meeting in for many years is under remodeling so for the foreseeable future we are meeting in Room 124 of the South Greenhouse at the UT Gardens.

Please check out our latest meeting on our calendar.

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.