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Birding Mail Mobile Beta (this service currently only available to users in USA)

"Just a note to thank you for this service. It's a godsend. I just saw my life and state Slaty-backed Gull because I got one of your text messages whilst I was out birding nearby. Thanks guys!!" Ron on business in CA from NY

NEW! Get text messages sent to your cellphone. FREE service from Surfbirds.

Why wait until the next time you are at your computer to find out what might be around? Now get Yahoo Group and Listserv postings sent as MMS text messages directly to your cell phone. You can choose how many messages per day you want to receive and what hours of the day to receive the messages.

The Surfbirds feed has been optimized to deliver you the most message (up to 700 characters) compared to a Yahoo SMS alert that only gives you the subject line.

Here Are The Cons

* Surfbirds and Fastbreak Mobile do not charge for this free service. However, you need to check with your cell phone carrier at what rate they charge you to receive MMS messages. Before you sign up for this, check the rates and plans with your carrier. Some carriers charge a flat monthly fee to receive unlimited monthly MMS messages and you might want to change plans if you want to monitor a busy group. If you want to get messages from a busy group like TexBirds or Tweeters 7 days per week, you might be getting 600 messages per month. Surfbirds is not liable for you racking up a massive cell phone bill.

* You cannot post text messages to any group from your cellphone. This service just allows you to receive postings as MMS text messages to your cellphone.

* This service cannot be assumed to be 100% accurate. Some messages may not go through. Users should still check the web archives of a group or become an email subscriber to a group if you want to be sure you see every message. Surfbirds is not liable if you miss a lifer.

* Does not currently work with the Iphone. But if you have an Iphone or Blackberry, you already have easy access to email and the web and can browse Surfbirds mail archives wirelessly.

OK, I'm Good. How Do I Get Started?

* Look below and click on the Get this feed to your phone! icon next to the group that you want to receive messages from.

* You will be directed to Fastbreak Mobile. Ignore "feed url" box as it will already be filled in for you and ignore any message that says it cannot pass url. Choose the hours you want to receive messages and the maximum number of messages per day you want to receive. Scroll down and create an account and select your carrier.

* You will need to confirm your phone number and respond to a verification text that will be sent to your phone.

* Once your phone has been verified by FastBreak, you can click on My Account (at Fastbreak) and edit the feed to receive up to 20 messages per day if you want.

* Come back to this page and add as many Surfbirds feeds as you like to your Fastbreak account.

It may take a day or so for the Surfbirds feed to sync up. At first, you may receive quite a few messages, some of which may be several days old. It should then settle down and just send you new messages as they appear.

North America
RBA West US & Canada National Birding Hotline Cooperative (West) Get this feed to your phone!
RBA Cent US & Canada National Birding Hotline Cooperative (Central) Get this feed to your phone!
RBA East US & Canada National Birding Hotline Cooperative (East) Get this feed to your phone!
RBA Nova Scotia Public announcement and discussion of rare bird sightings in Nova Scotia. Get this feed to your phone!
British Columbia Discussion of birding issues around BC, the interior in particular. Get this feed to your phone!
Manitoba Birds Discussing birds and birding in the province of Manitoba, Canada Get this feed to your phone!
Ontario Birds OntBirds Get this feed to your phone!
Vancouver Isl & Pacific NW Birding discussions for Vancouver Island and anywhere else in the Pacific Northwest Get this feed to your phone!
Saskatchewan Discussions pertaining to the natural history of wild birds in Saskatchewan Get this feed to your phone!
Alaska Statewide Discussion of Alaska birding and wild birds only Get this feed to your phone!
AlaskaBirds-L Quickly communicate information on where rare, casual, accidental and first state record birds are being found in Alaska. Get this feed to your phone!
Beringia Birders Forum for birders to share information about birds and birding in Alaska's far west and north Get this feed to your phone!
BorealBirder Central location for up to date information on bird sightings from Interior Alaska Get this feed to your phone!
Alaska Eaglechat Discussion group for Alaska birders, with an emphasis on Juneau and Southeast birds. Get this feed to your phone!
Alabama Discussion of wild birds, birdwatching and birding related issues in Alabama Get this feed to your phone!
Arkansas ARBird Get this feed to your phone!
Arizona & New Mexico AZNM Birds Get this feed to your phone!
California Birds CALBIRDS is for discussion of wild birds and birdwatching in California only. Get this feed to your phone!
CA Central Valley CVBirds Get this feed to your phone!
CA Inland Counties To report bird sightings in Riverside,San Bernardino and Imperial Counties Get this feed to your phone!
CA Kern County Birding Rare bird announcements for Kern County, CA Get this feed to your phone!
CA Los Angeles County discussion of wild birds and birdwatching in Los Angeles Co., CA. Get this feed to your phone!
CA Mendocino County Wild birds and birding in Mendocino County, CA Get this feed to your phone!
CA Monterey County Monterey Bay Birders' listserver. Get this feed to your phone!
CA North Bay Birds Discussion of bird sightings, and distribution of birds in Sonoma, Marin, Napa, Lake, and Solano Get this feed to your phone!
CA Orange County A discussion forum for birding in Orange County, southern California Get this feed to your phone!
CA San Diego County Anyone who has an interest in the birds, birders, and the hobby/sport of birding in SD Get this feed to your phone!
CA San Joaquin Birds Exchanging information on birds and birding in San Joaquin County, CA Get this feed to your phone!
CA San Luis Obsipo Group for San Luis Obispo County birds. Get this feed to your phone!
CA Santa Barbara County Discussion devoted to sharing information about the birds of Santa Barbara County, CA Get this feed to your phone!
CA Ventura County Discussion group devoted to sharing information about the birds of Ventura County Get this feed to your phone!
Colorado Birds Colorado Field Ornithologists Get this feed to your phone!
Colorado Birders Report uncommon birds found in Colorado and discuss bird related issues. Get this feed to your phone!
Carolina Birds Forum to discuss wild birds, birders, and birding in the Carolinas, including rare birds Get this feed to your phone!
Delaware Birds E-mail discussion list for Delaware birders and anyone interested in Delaware birds and their conservation. Get this feed to your phone!
Florida Birds-L Florida Birds Get this feed to your phone!
NFLBirds Birding e-mail group covering North Florida, South Georgia, and South Alabama Get this feed to your phone!
FLABirding This list is about birding in Florida and the Bahamas and all related topics. Get this feed to your phone!
SWFLBirdline To provide the latest info on noteworthy birds in the Southwest Florida region Get this feed to your phone!
Georgia GABO Get this feed to your phone!
Idaho Idaho statewide network of people interested in the various aspects of birding and birdwatching. Get this feed to your phone!
Illinois-IBET IBET is an e-mail list for the discussion of wild birds and birding issues relating to Illinois Get this feed to your phone!
Indiana-Bloomington Bird discussion list for Indiana Get this feed to your phone!
Iowa Birds Share your sightings, ask questions, generate discussion. The key is civil discussion and respect for each other. Get this feed to your phone!
Kansas Birds Birds & Their Habitats in Kansas Get this feed to your phone!
Kentucky Want to discuss birds and birding with other Kentuckians? Get this feed to your phone!
Louisiana Email bulletin board devoted to disseminating information on birds and birding in Louisiana Get this feed to your phone!
Maine Birds Maine-Birds Email List is intended for the Birding Community in Maine to communicate efficiently via email about birding issues in Maine. Get this feed to your phone!
Massachusetts Mailing list dedicated to the interchange of wild bird and birding information relevant to Massachusetts and New England. Get this feed to your phone!
MD Osprey Public discussion list dedicated to the discussion of birds, bird habitat conservation, and birding in the State of Maryland and in the District of Columbia Get this feed to your phone!
MI Listers Report rare birds within the state of Michigan to bird listers. Get this feed to your phone!
Michigan Open forum for the posting and discussion of news and information relating to birding in southeast Michigan. Get this feed to your phone!
Minnesota MN-Bird Created in 1993, connects birders from all parts of the state Get this feed to your phone!
Mississippi On-line message board about birds and birding in Mississippi. Get this feed to your phone!
Missouri Missouri Birds listserv Get this feed to your phone!
Montana Birds MOB-Montana keeps its members up-to-date on bird sightings around the state of Montana Get this feed to your phone!
Nebraska Birds E-mail discussion list for Nebraska birders and those interested in Nebraska birds Get this feed to your phone!
Nevada Birds Discussion about Nevada's bird life Get this feed to your phone!
New Hampshire Birds Forum to discuss birding in NH including recent sightings of rare or not-so-rare birds Get this feed to your phone!
New Jersey Birds List for people interested in bird distribution and migration, bird sightings, bird watching, bird finding, and rare birds in the state of New Jersey Get this feed to your phone!
New York Hudson/Mohawk HMBirds is mainly for reports of bird sightings and interesting bird behavior in the eleven counties surrounding Albany, NY. Get this feed to your phone!
North Dakota Birds Birding Discussion List for North Dakota Get this feed to your phone!
Northern New York For amateur to expert birders to report rare, unusual, or simply interesting bird sightings in Northern NY Get this feed to your phone!
Ohio Birds Ohio-Birds Get this feed to your phone!
Oklahoma OKBirds Get this feed to your phone!
Oregon OBOL OBOL Get this feed to your phone!
PABirds PABirds Get this feed to your phone!
Tennessee Birding communications network covering the entire state of Tennessee Get this feed to your phone!
Texas TexBirds Mail discussion list (listserve) for Texas birders and those interested in Texas birds and their ecology Get this feed to your phone!
Utah Birdnet Birdnet -- Utah Bird Hotline Get this feed to your phone!
Utah Birdtalk Birdtalk -- Utah Bird Chatline Get this feed to your phone!
Vermont Birds Discussion of wild birds and birding in Vermont and adjacent areas. Get this feed to your phone!
Virginia VA-Bird Get this feed to your phone!
Washington Tweeters Serves the University of Washington, Washington State, and the Cascadia region as a public service and scientific research tool. Get this feed to your phone!
West Virginia WV-Bird Get this feed to your phone!
Wisconsin wisbirdn-request@lawrence.edu Message: SUBSCRIBE wisbirdn your name Get this feed to your phone!
Wyoming Medium by which birders can post birds seen in Wyoming, upcoming bird related events Get this feed to your phone!