We’re here to inspire. New topics and courses added regularly

Brought to you by the education program at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Academy is here to inspire you to learn more about birds and biology. Developed as a companion site to our popular All About Birds species guide and the Handbook of Bird Biology, we’re here to take you deeper into the fascinating lives of birds and highlight what they teach us about biology.

Whether you’re a bird lover, an educator, or a student, we’ve got interactive and multimedia-rich resources tailored for a variety of learning styles.

You’ll be treated to new topics as Bird Academy grows. We started with free in-depth interactives including Feathers, Bird Song, Fancy Males, and Bird Anatomy. You can also explore our media library with 100+ videos and articles to help you appreciate birds. We also offer a variety of courses on bird identification and more.

Stay tuned for upcoming releases!


We’re here for Learners of all kinds

Lifelong learners

Follow your curiosity. Open a new window on birds’ lives. We bring you quality material in an interactive self–paced learning environment.


Bring biology to life for your students. We’ve got videos, animations & teaching slides to help.


Embrace your inner science geek. Have fun learning about birds & biology. We’re a trusted source for accurate and up-to-date info.

Who we are

A team of biologists, educators, illustrators, designers, and web developers working together to create a site that does justice to the fascinating lives of birds.

Core Team

Mya Thompson, Ph.D.

Project Leader, Content Developer

Kevin McGowan, Ph.D.

Course Developer, Webinar Leader

Susan Lyons, Ph.D.

Course Developer

Shayna Muller

Content Manager, Multimedia Producer

Jeff Szuc

Web Designer, Illustrator

Noah Warnke

Web Developer

Lee Ann van Leer

Content Developer, Learner Support


Additional Authors

We regularly work with student authors. Thanks to Marie Russell, Lucia You, Annalyse Moskeland, Sarah Newman, Feven Asefaha, Thornton Uhl, Lauren Tabor, Serena Stern, and Helen Tosteson for their contributions to this site.