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Whether it’s an intensive 5-week online course, a self-paced, comprehensive college-level study of bird biology, or a live one-hour webinar about how to identify waterfowl, the Cornell Lab offers are many ways to take your learning to the next level.


Learn Your Ducks with the Lab’s New Online Course Learn to identify ducks, geese, swans, loons, grebes, and more with Cornell Lab ornithologist Dr. Kevin McGowan. Based on the popular webinar series, each lesson in this self-paced online course features a video tutorial followed by exercises and quizzes designed to help build your ID skills. Learn strategies for identifying birds at a glanc... Read More


Ask An Ornithologist Enjoy this 90-minute question-and-answer session with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Dr. Kevin J. McGowan, professional ornithologist, educator, and avid birder. This webinar was held August 26, 2015.     Each of our one-hour webinars consists of a live interactive presentation using photographs, videos, sounds, and audience feedback, and is followed by a q... Read More


Learn about bird behavior, migration, ecology, conservation, and many other subjects in your own home, at your own pace. This comprehensive course was written by 12 leading ornithologists, edited by Cornell Lab staff, and illustrated by acclaimed artist John Schmitt. The course was produced at an introductory college level and includes all basic topics in ornithology. It is suitable for anyone w... Read More