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Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification
Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification


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 glance from a World Series of Birding champion.
  • Get to know all the common waterfowl in North America species-by-species.
  • Practice your skills with photo- and sound-based ID Challenge quizzes.

Designed for intermediate birders, this course features lessons containing more than 3 hours of video instruction, 21 quizzes, and 2 puzzles. You can choose to earn a digital badge and a printable certificate by passing the final exam. Brought to you by Bird Academy—the online learning site for bird enthusiasts.

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This course is designed to work on all of the major modern web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox) as well as mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.

You can come back to this course as much as you like. We do not guarantee that we will maintain the site forever, but you will retain access as long as it remains online.

You will earn a digital badge and receive a certificate for completing the course and passing a final quiz. Cornell University does not offer academic credit for this course.

Need help? Email birdacademy@cornell.edu

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