This live online course is now sold out. Space was limited in the live event and we reached capacity. If you’ve already purchased, we’ve saved a spot for you. If you are interested in this course but didn’t get to participate this time around, we may be offering a self-paced warbler identification course in the future.

This live online series with master birder Dr. Kevin McGowan brings you up to speed on a beloved group of birds. Warblers add enjoyment to spring birding with their bright colors and restless spirit. You’ll get to know their markings and habits so that you can add them to your list even as they forage through the treetops.

Enjoy the thrill of naming warblers without thumbing through your field guide. Kevin will give you the confidence to identify and appreciate all 50 species of warblers in North America north of Mexico.


Prothonotary Warbler

Prothonotary Warbler

Build Your Confidence


  • Learn key field marks and sound cues
  • Join in the live polls to practice right away
  • Get your questions answered in the live Q&A

Course Format

This live online course is delivered each week from right here on Bird Academy. You can flexibly choose week-by-week to participate at either 7pm or 9pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT, GMT-04) depending on your schedule. Each one hour session includes a media-rich presentation by Kevin McGowan, live polling, and a live Q&A. If something else comes up at the last minute and you can’t attend the session, don’t worry. You will have access to all video recordings until December 1, 2017. Live closed captioning will be provided.

What You’ll Learn


An Introduction to Warblers

April 6, 2017
Discover the diversity of warblers and learn how to distinguish among the species using color pattern and markings.

Songs and Behavior

April 13, 2017
Learn the key things to listen for in warbler song and how to use warbler behavior to help you get to the right ID.

Other Things to Use

April 20, 2017
Explore other clues for warbler identification, including habitat, range, size, and shape.

Widespread Warblers

April 27, 2017
Learn about the warblers that can be found all across the U.S. and Canada.
Get to know: Northern Waterthrush, Black-and-white Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, American Redstart, Yellow Warbler, Blackpoll Warbler, Palm Warbler, Yellow-rumped (Myrtle) Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat

Northeastern Warblers

May 4, 2017
Learn about all the warbler species typically found in the Northeast.
Get to know: Ovenbird, Tennessee Warbler, Connecticut Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Cape May Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler

Southeastern Warblers

May 11, 2017
Learn about all the warbler species typically found in the Southeast.
Get to know: Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Golden-winged Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler, Swainson’s Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Kirtland’s Warbler, Northern Parula, Pine Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Prairie Warbler

Western Warblers

May 18, 2017
Learn about all the warbler species typically found west of the Rockies.
Get to know: Colima Warbler, Lucy’s Warbler, Virginia’s Warbler, MacGillivray’s Warbler, Yellow-rumped Audubon’s Warbler, Grace’s Warbler, Black-throated Gray Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, Painted Redstart, Olive Warbler



Blackburnian Warbler

Blackburnian Warbler

Meet Your Instructor

Kevin McGowan

Dr. Kevin McGowan, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Dr. Kevin J. McGowan combines deep knowledge about birds with passion for helping others to learn. He is a professional ornithologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and one of the world’s foremost experts on the behavior of crows. Kevin is also an accomplished birder and World Series of Birding champion. He is the creator of the popular Be a Better Birder series of courses and live webinars and co-author of the Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology online course.

Blackburnian Warbler: Brian L. Sullivan