A free two hour webinar on waterfowl identification. Recorded December 3, 2016 5pm EST. Need help?: birdacademy@cornell.edu
Closeup of head of male Wood Duck

Wood Duck male

Join Dr. Kevin McGowan for a free live webinar on getting to know ducks, geese, and other swimming birds, recorded at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, December 3, 2016. We will spend an hour introducing tips and tricks for sorting them all out, and provide opportunities to quiz yourself, and then another hour answering questions posed by the live audience.

This free webinar is an introduction to the techniques taught in the popular online course, Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification. Kevin will outline the scope of that course, then teach you the two most important things you need to know to identify waterfowl. He will quiz you to see how well you can apply his tips, and then there will be a question and answer period at the end where he answers burning questions about duck and waterfowl ID from the live audience.

We hope you can join us for this recorded live event.

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Meet the Webinar Hosts

Kevin McGowan

Dr. Kevin McGowan, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Kevin J. McGowan combines deep knowledge about birds with passion for helping others to learn. He is the Project Manager of Distance Learning in Bird Biology, the instructor for the online course Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology, and the instructor and author of the online course Courtship and Rivalry in Birds and the Be a Better Birder tutorials. He has worked at Cornell University since 1988 and is one of the world’s foremost experts on the behavior of crows. He helped create the Cornell Lab’s All About Birds web site and wrote the original bird guide section.


Lee Ann van Leer

Lee Ann van Leer

Lee Ann van Leer works in Education at the Cornell Lab where she helps support online courses and run the Be a Better Birder webinar series. She is a certified bird bander and recreational birder, as well as having a degree in Zoology. She is a long-time participant and field-trip leader in Spring Field Ornithology, and leads weekend bird walks at the Lab.

Course Content

Wood Duck: Kevin J. McGowan