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Missed an identification webinar? You can purchase access to the archived talk here. After each identification webinar is complete, we will offer a link to the archived talk that you can access any time up to three months after the original webinar date.
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Ask An Ornithologist - Archived Recording

Do you have questions about birds? Ask An Ornithologist!
Join us for a 90-minute LIVE question-and-answer session with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Dr. Kevin J. McGowan.
Understanding Bird Behavior - Archive

Understanding Bird Behavior

This live, hour-long webinar will explore the world of bird behavior, looking at the subtle and not so subtle ways that birds communicate. You’ll learn to read a bit of bird body language and come away from the webinar with a new framework for understanding what birds might be “saying” and why.
Odd Ducks and Wandering Waterfowl--A Review

This is an archived version of the webinar delivered by Kevin McGowan on March 27, 2015.

Join us for an hour-long discussion about waterfowl ID. We will focus on the principles taught in the Beginning Waterfowl ID lesson that is part of the Cornell Lab’s Be a Better Birder five-part webinar series. We’ll apply those principles to an additional set of waterfowl not covered in the series and demonstrate how those same techniques work on some unfamiliar waterfowl visitors that turned up in North America this winter. You’ll also see photographs of some unusual ducks–hybrids and other oddities–and learn how these unusual birds can help improve your skill at identifying “normal” waterfowl species.

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Raptor Identification Webinar 1: how to get started - Archive

This is an archived version of the webinar delivered by Kevin McGowan on April 2, 2015.

This webinar will introduce the diversity of raptors and point out the best ways to get started identifying them. It will concentrate on the two most important clues you can use for ID: shape and behavior. The focus will be on learning techniques you can use to identify raptors rather than emphasizing only key field marks for each species.

Lab members now enjoy $3 off our ornithology webinars; please enter your Lab ID number at checkout.
Raptor Identification Webinar 2: other things to use - Archive

This is an archived version of the webinar delivered by Kevin McGowan on April 9, 2015.

This webinar will explore additional raptor identification methods beyond shape and behavior, including size, color pattern, markings, habitat, range, and calls. This webinar will concentrate on learning techniques to use in identifying raptors rather than pointing out key characteristic of particular species.

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Raptor Identification Webinar 3: buteos - Archive

This is an archived version of the webinar delivered by Kevin McGowan on April 18, 2015.

This webinar covers the different species of buteos, the broad-winged hawks. This section is very detail oriented and will concentrate on pointing out key characteristics of every common North American raptor species in this group.

Lab members now enjoy $3 off our ornithology webinars; please enter your Lab ID number at checkout.
Raptor Identification Webinar 4: accipiters, falcons, and kites - Archive

This is an archived version of the webinar delivered by Kevin McGowan on April 23, 2015.

This webinar covers the different species of the short-winged accipiters and the thin-winged kites and falcons. This section is very detail oriented and will concentrate on pointing out key characteristics of every common North American raptor species in these groups.

Lab members now enjoy $3 off our ornithology webinars; please enter your Lab ID number at checkout.
Raptor Identification Webinar 5: eagles, vultures, and others - Archive

This is an archived version of the webinar delivered by Kevin McGowan on April 30, 2015.

This webinar covers the different species of very large raptors, the eagles and vultures, as well as some other species that do not fit an easy classification. This section is very detail oriented and will concentrate on pointing out key characteristics of every common North American raptor species in these groups.

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Raptor Identification Webinar 6: Kites and Rarities - Archive

This is an archived version of the webinar delivered by Kevin McGowan on May 7, 2015.

This webinar covers the different species of kites, both the long-winged, widespread ones and the broad-winged rarities. Also included are a few rare or range-restricted raptors not yet covered.

Lab members now enjoy $3 off our ornithology webinars; please enter your Lab ID number at checkout.
Shorebird ID 1: The most important things - Archive

This is an archived version of the webinar delivered by Kevin McGowan on August 18, 2014.

This webinar will introduce the diversity of shorebirds and point out the best ways to get started identifying them. It will concentrate on the three most important clues you can use for ID: shape, size, and behavior. The focus will be on learning techniques you can use to identify shorebirds rather than emphasizing only key field marks for each species.

Lab members now enjoy $3 off our ornithology webinars; please enter your Lab ID number at checkout.
   
 
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