Cornell Lab of Ornithology

October 29, 2009

Enhance Your Enjoyment of Birds with Our New Online Course

Why does a Red-winged Blackbird flare its colorful wing patches? What does it mean when ducks bob their heads? Explore the meaning behind fascinating bird behaviors with the Cornell Lab's newest course, "Investigating Behavior—Courtship and Rivalry in Birds."

"It's packed with multimedia and interactive activities that make this course unlike anything else available," says course instructor and author Colleen McLinn. "We wanted to create a learning environment that's friendly and accessible to everyone."

“You get the whole gamut—from birds you might see in your backyard to the most spectacular birds on the planet,” says course coauthor Kevin McGowan.

The five-week course begins on November 11 and will be offered again on January 6. The course is $255 for Cornell Lab members ($295 for nonmembers), plus a $30 registration fee. You can watch a 2.5-minute video about the course at To receive the member discount, sign up by phone at (866) 326-7635 and mention that you are a member. Enrollment is limited, so sign up soon!

More Educational Offerings from the Cornell Lab:

Home Study Course in Bird Biology

Learn about birds at your own pace in the comfort of your own home or wherever you wish! This comprehensive course is $270 for Cornell Lab members ($299.50 for nonmembers). Visit the Home Study Course website

Sound Recording Workshop

Spend a week in the Tahoe National forest with Cornell Lab experts and learn how to record wildlife sounds like a pro. Participants learn through daily field recording sessions, coupled with lectures and demonstrations. The workshop is June 12-19, 2010. The $945 workshop fee includes tuition, class materials, local transportation, food, and lodging. For more information, visit the workshop home page.

BirdSleuth for Kids

The BirdSleuth curriculum teaches kids how to investigate birds, answering their own questions through science projects and by using citizen-science data. It's fun to use in classrooms, homeschools, and nature centers. Spread the word with your favorite educators. Visit the BirdSleuth website.

BirdSleuth for Homeschools!

BirdSleuth: Science Investigator's Kit for Homeschoolers supports parents in teaching science content and the science process through birds. It's the perfect out-of-the-box way to meet your science education needs. Visit the BirdSleuth website.

Photo credits: Red-winged Blackbird by Ted Schroeder. Sound Recording Workshop by Erick Greene, Univ. of Montana, Missoula.


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