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Bird Biology CourseNEW: Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology Course

In this college-level, self-paced course you’ll learn about bird diversity, behavior, ecology, evolution, physiology, and conservation. Students earn digital badges for passing quizzes and reaching other milestones. The course is based on the all-new third edition of the Handbook of Bird Biology (required, details below) and enhanced by a wealth of online materials including videos, interactive animations, quizzes, and additional reading, all presented through the Lab’s online educational site, Bird Academy. Sample the first lesson and explore exam questions for free. The course is $239 dollars ($199 for Lab members), available from the Lab’s secure eStore.

Handbook, third editionNEW: Handbook of Bird Biology

The new third edition of the Handbook of Bird Biology provides expanded and updated information about birds, written by world-renowned ornithologists from Cornell and beyond. It includes more than 800 full-color illustrations. A companion online media library is freely available to everyone whether or not you take the course or purchase the text. The textbook is $135 ($121.50 for Lab members) and is available from the Lab’s secure eStore or from Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods where Lab members also get a 10% discount.

CLO Pub Group BooksFun Books About Birds for All Ages

From the Cornell Lab Publishing Group Titles available include the popular Backyard Birdsong guides by Donald Kroodsma. The guides for Eastern/Central and for Western U.S. come with a built-in player so readers can learn the sounds of the birds they’re interested in. You’ll also find On Bird Hill by award-winning children's book author Jane Yolen; the children’s book Am I Like You?; a journal and activity book for kids called Bird Brainiacs; and two adult coloring books, Birds of Paradise: A Coloring Expedition, and America's Favorite Birds: 40 Beautiful Birds to Color. Thirty-five percent of the net proceeds from every CLPG purchase will support Cornell Lab of Ornithology projects. Books may be purchase through the Cornell Lab Publishing Group with select titles also sold by Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods where Lab members also get a 10% discount.

Hawk ID App

Raptor ID App

The Raptor ID App from HawkWatch International and the Cornell Lab features more than 1,000 annotated photos, videos showing each species in flight from multiple angles, range maps linked to seasonal eBird maps, vocalizations for each species, and more. The content was written by eBird leader and raptor expert Brian Sullivan along with Jerry Ligouri. The app is available for both Android and iOS devices. $9.99  

The Living Bird: 100 Years of Listening to Nature

This eye-popping book celebrates the joy of birds and the Cornell Lab's more then 100 years studying them. It features more than 250 remarkable photos by the Cornell Lab's Gerrit Vyn along with inspiring essays from leading authors, including Barbara Kingsolver, Jared Diamond, John W. Fitzpatrick, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, and Scott Weidensaul. $29.95. Available with free shipping from Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods where Lab members also get a 10% discount.

Bird Families book cover 155pxBird Families of the World

By David W. Winkler, Shawn M. Billerman, Irby J. Lovette
Lynx Edicions Publications 

This book will help anyone interested in learning about the tremendous diversity of birds worldwide. Organized by family, and including all the 243 families recently recognized, the book includes a distribution map with the breeding, non-breeding, and year-round ranges of each family, standardized descriptions of appearance, relationships, similar species, life history, conservation status, and much more. Available for $97.31 plus shipping from Lynx Edicions and for $99.95 plus free shipping in the continential U.S. from Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods where Lab members also get a 10% discount.

Waterfowl ID Foldout Guides 

Boost your odds of a positive ID using this series of three pocket guides developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. The secret lies in the answer to a simple question: Where’s the WHITE? Learn basic techniques for identifying waterfowl based on where you see patches of white and on the overall shape of the bird. Printed by Waterford Press. $7.95 each. Free shipping with purchase of all three from Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods. Lab members get a 10% discount.

Be a Better Birder TutorialsBird Friendly Logo

These online tutorials help beginning birders learn how to identify birds at their own pace. In Part 1: Size and Shape, learn which parts of a bird will be most useful in making an ID and the basic groupings used to organize the many species of birds. In Part 2: Color and Pattern, learn how to locate bits of color on a bird for identification, instead of trying to memorize every color and pattern. Other topics include the challenges posed by juvenile birds and molting birds, and how you can even be fooled by the lighting. $29 each. Access provided for six months following registration. Purchase and register

Cornell Lab Membership

When you become a Cornell Lab member, you give back to the birds by supporting our mission to improve the understanding and protection of birds. Benefits of membership include our award-winning Living Bird magazine and discounts on projects and courses, plus the latest birding news and discoveries in our monthly eNewsletter. It's a meaningful way to support conservation and enhance the understanding and enjoyment of birds. Supporter level memberships begin at $44 per year. New members receive the Lab's 2017 bird calendar. Get Lab membership for a friend or yourself

Birds & Beans, Smithsonian Bird Friendly® Certified Coffee

Many Neotropical migrant songbirds, such as thrushes, orioles, tanagers, and warblers, are suffering from loss of habitat on their wintering grounds. One of the easiest things we can do for them is to make sure the coffee we buy comes from coffee farms that preserve bird habitat. A portion of the proceeds from sales of Birds & Beans coffee helps support Cornell Lab programs. Buy now.

Master Set Bundle

A special pairing of the Cornell Guide to Birds Sounds: Master Set for North America: Master Set and the unparalleled Birds of North America reference. This combo includes a one-year subscription to Birds of North America, the most complete source of  information for the more than 700 species of birds that breed in Canada and the United States. Includes the latest science as well as photos, sounds, and videos of interesting behaviors. The Master Set includes multiple examples of sounds for each of 737 bird species in more than 4,900 tracks. $69.99. Save 20% over separate purchase of these items. Order the Master Set Bundle. Order just the Master Set for $49.99, or get the pre-loaded flash drive for $64.99.

Essential Set Bundle

This package includes a six-month subscription to Birds of North America and the Cornell Guide to Birds Sounds: Essential Set for North America.The Essential Set provides the most common sounds of 729 bird species found in North America with 1,379 tracks. $24.99. Save more than 30% over purchase of these items separately. Get the Essential Set Bundle. Order just the Essential Set for $12.99, or get the pre-loaded flash drive for 24.99.

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Just upgraded and redesigned for mobile device compatibility, this is the most comprehensive life history reference available for all of the United States and Canada’s 750+ species of breeding birds. BNA is continually updated with current scientific information and brought to life with new photos, sounds, and video. This is a gift of knowledge for anyone with an advanced interest in North American bird species. A 30-day subscription is just $5; $42 for a full year. Get The Birds of North America

Project FeederWatch

Be a part of this long-running citizen-science project. By submitting bird observations, participants contribute to the scientific understanding of feeder birds and learn more about their backyard friends. The kit includes the Handbook and Instructions with tips on how to attract birds, a poster of the most common feeder birds, and a calendar. Participants also receive Winter Bird Highlights, an annual summary of FeederWatch findings. $18. Get Project FeederWatch.

BirdSleuth Bird Bingo

This is a great game from the Lab's BirdSleuth program! Kids of any age can use this dry-erase card to look for birds or other items associated with birds and nature. Spotting a group of birds, a colorful bird, a feather, a nest, or even bird droppings can help you win bingo! Play while traveling, out for a walk, or just sitting in your backyard. Cards are sold in sets of 10, so friends, family, and the whole neighborhood can get in on the fun! Available in English and Spanish. $10.00. Buy now.

Birds of Paradise: Revealing the World’s Most Extraordinary Birds

By Tim Laman & Edwin Scholes
National Geographic Books & Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Marvel at the stunning images and groundbreaking research that reveal, for the first time, all 39 species of the spectacular birds-of-paradise. Male birds have developed intricate dances, outrageous plumes, and decorative ornaments to woo as many mates as possible. It took 18 expeditions and 8 years for Cornell Lab of Ornithology biologist Ed Scholes and photojournalist Tim Laman to document all the species. Retail: Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods. Lab members also get a 10% discount.   

Audubon holiday cardsThe Bird Watching Answer Book

By Laura Erickson
Storey Publishing 

Drawing from the tens of thousands of inquiries that pour into the Cornell Lab each year, author and bird expert Laura Erickson has compiled answers to more than 200 common and not-so-common bird questions. This handy pocket-sized book reads like a conversation with your friendly neighborhood "bird lady" and contains down-to-earth answers to questions about watching and feeding birds, bird behavior, and bird biology. Readers will find plenty of quirky stories and interesting facts tucked into every corner. Retail: Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods where Lab members also get a 10% discount.

Sapsuckers_08BirdsEye & BirdsEye Lite bird-finding apps

Bird-in-the-Hand LLC

It’s like having thousands of local birding experts at your command. The BirdsEye app for iPhone®, iPod touch®, and Android devices, harnesses the power of current data from the Cornell Lab’s eBird program to help users find the birds they want to see—showing where specific species have been reported and providing a map to get there. The app includes images and audio for the 470 most frequently observed birds in North America. Additional content is available for more elusive birds—for a total of 847 species. (BirdsEye Lite features 135 species.) Get the BirdsEye App




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