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Joy of Birdwatching: A Useful Tool Before You Go on a Safari

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“The beauty of birds is all around us. And once you learn more about them, your experiences with nature become so much richer. I made this course for anyone who’s curious about birdwatching and just needs the tools to get started. After taking this course, you’ll have newfound appreciation for the birds that make your neighborhood special. I can’t wait for you to experience the joys of birdwatching!”

—Dr. Kevin McGowan, Course Instructor

Black-capped Chickadee Photo: Evan Lipton/Macaulay Library

Welcome to the Joy of Birdwatching

This course is designed for beginners. Start your journey and let us help you enjoy every bird you encounter.

  • Discover how to find more birds in your area
  • Get the most out of binoculars, field guides, and apps
  • Gain essential tips and techniques for identifying birds
  • Learn to decode the everyday lives of birds

What’s Inside

Cedar Waxwing with berry Photo: Dennis Mersky/Macaulay Library
Completion Time:
10 hrs estimated

This self-paced course, designed for brand-new birdwatchers, includes eight lessons that give you the tools you need to find, ID, and connect with birds.

Eight in-depth lessons get you started with birdwatching—with brief instructional videos and in-depth text to support your learning. Suggested assignments with both indoor and outdoor options will help you practice. Benefit from our vibrant community of learners by participating in the optional discussion group.

Birdwatching is a great way to build wellbeing and mindfulness into your daily life. It’s a hobby that can sustain you for a lifetime. Enjoy!




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