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Be a Better Birder: Identification Webinars

  • Each of these one-hour webinars consists of a live interactive presentation followed by a question and answer period.
  • Each webinar highlights a specific group of birds and is designed to help beginning birders with their identification skills.
  • The series creator and presenter, Dr. Kevin McGowan, is the Home Study Course Instructor as well as the instructor for our popular online course, Investigating Behavior: Courtship and Rivalry in Birds.
  • Webinar format varies. All include some combination of photographs, videos, sounds, and audience feedback.
Please note:
  • Space is limited. Register early.
  • Registration closes the night before a scheduled webinar.
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Understanding Bird Behavior

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.
Ask An Ornithologist

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.
Raptor Identification Webinar 1: How to Get Started

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.

Raptor Identification Webinar 2: other things to use

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.

Raptor Identification Webinar 3: Buteos

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 the most common North American raptor species in this group.

Raptor Identification Webinar 4: Accipiters and Falcons

This webinar covers the different species of the short-winged accipiters and the long-winged 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.
Raptor Identification Webinar 5: Eagles, Vultures, and Others

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.

Raptor Identification Webinar 6: Kites and Rarities

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.

Shorebird ID 1: The most important things

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.
Shorebird ID 2: Other important clues

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

Lab members now enjoy $3 off our ornithology webinars; please enter your Lab ID number at checkout.
   
 
Cornell University does not offer academic credit for these webinars.

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