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Transform Your Understanding of Birds

Nature Journaling and Field Sketching

Capture the wonders of nature on paper by building your observation and drawing skills with scientific illustrator Liz Clayton Fuller as your guide.

Start at your level. Theres something for every bird enthusiast.

Self-paced courses help you to train at home, while you travel, or even while birding.

Join the community of more than 57,000 students improving their understanding of birds.

Start with the course thats right for you

Choose from courses for all knowledge levels. Visit ourcomplete course catalog.

Nature Journaling and Field Sketching

Think Like a Bird: Understanding Bird Behavior

Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification

Be a Better Birder: How to Identify Bird Songs

Brought to you by the Cornell Lab, Bird Academy is continuing a century-old tradition of sharing the wonder and joy of birds far beyond our walls.

It all started with Cornell Lab founder Arthur Doc Allen, who opened the Labs doors to the public on Monday evenings for seminars created to celebrate the science and beauty of birds. Weve never stopped in our mission to help people of all walks of life understand and connect with birds.

Whether youre newly curious about what youre hearing in your backyard, an avid birder with a life list to tend, or a budding ornithologist, Bird Academys team of biologists, educators, and designers are here to help you learn. Enjoy!

Bird Academy supports birders, nature enthusiasts, and budding ornithologists from all over the world. All courses are backed by our satisfaction guarantee.

Take advantage of exclusive learning tools and friendly video tutorials created by our team of expert birders, ornithologists, and educational designers.

Get to know the instructors from some of our most recent courses

Professional Ornithologist, World Series of Birding Champion

Anything but Common: The Hidden Life of the American Crow

Professional Ornithologist, Expert in Foraging Behavior

Feeder Birds: Identification and Behavior

Vice President for Bird Conservation, National Audubon Society

Birding Expert, eBird Project Coordinator

I found many more warblers this spring thanks to this class. I knew they were there and how to look and listen for them. I also trusted my observations more, the course gave me confidence.

Be a Better Birder: Warbler Identification

Thank you for this amazing opportunity to take a course like this. This is now my third course of yours that I have taken online at my own pace and I really love the format!

Think Like a Bird: Understanding Bird Behavior

I am recently retired and have found this one of my best new projects so far! It also makes my daily walks in a nearby park more interesting as I notice the birds more and try to identify them. It makes me appreciate birds and nature even more! Thank you!

Feeder Birds: Identification and Behavior

Great course. As a beginning birder, the soundscape picture really helped me visualize the parts of the bird songs and the little quizzes helped me remember what I learned. Was afraid it was going to be too daunting, but it was fun. Thanks so much.

Be a Better Birder: How to Identify Bird Songs

I have absolutely loved the courses. As a newer birder but an avid fan of birds, I have learned so much. Your classes are really well put togetherexcellent instructional design.

Be a Better Birder: How to Identify Bird Songs

I wanted to let you know your techniques are working! Waterfowl migration is happening now I was able to identify three ducks that were firsts for me. The American Wigeon was distinctive with white flank and forehead even though very far away.

Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification

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