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Learn about bird behavior, migration, ecology, conservation, and many other subjects—in your own home, at your own pace! This fun course was written at an introductory college level and includes all basic ornithology topics. It is suitable, however, for anyone with an inquiring mind and a serious interest in birds.

The course requires the Handbook of Bird Biology, 2nd edition, which unfortunately is out of print. If you don’t already have a copy, you might be able to borrow one from a library, friend, or nature center, or find a used one online or in a used book store. Once you have a Handbook you should sign up for the course, below.
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Home Study Course in Bird Biology

The course requires the Handbook of Bird Biology, 2nd edition, which unfortunately is out of print. If you don’t already have a copy, you might be able to borrow one from a library, friend, or nature center, or find a used one online or in a used book store. Once you have a Handbook you should sign up for the course, below.
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Give the Home Study Course in Bird Biology as a gift! Fill in the recipient's name and address in the “ship to” section of the checkout page and we will send them a course packet. Please note: Giving the Home Study Course as a gift must be done in a single transaction. If you want to purchase multiple gifts or sign up yourself, each transaction has to be handled separately.

Cornell University does not currently offer college credit for this course. Many of our students have been successful getting academic credit through their local educational institutions. We recommend making arrangements with your local school before you purchase this course.

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Sign up by phone: 607-254-2452
(Business hours M–Th, 8:00 A.M.–5:00 P.M. F, 8:00 A.M.–4:00 P.M. ET)

Send a check made out to Home Study Course and a registration form to:
Home Study Course
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
159 Sapsucker Woods Road
Ithaca, NY 14850