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Be a Better Birder: Duck and Waterfowl Identification

Learn to identify ducks, geese, swans, loons, grebes, and more with Cornell Lab ornithologist Dr. Kevin McGowan. Based on the popular webinar series, each lesson in this self-paced online course features a video tutorial followed by exercises and quizzes designed to help build your ID skills.

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Learn to identify ducks, geese, swans, loons, grebes, and more with Cornell Lab ornithologist Dr. Kevin McGowan. Based on the popular webinar series, each lesson in this self-paced online course features a video tutorial followed by exercises and quizzes designed to help build your ID skills.

  • Learn strategies for identifying birds at a glance from a World Series of Birding champion.
  • Get to know all the common waterfowl in North America species-by-species.
  • Practice your skills with photo- and sound-based ID Challenge quizzes.

This course features lessons containing more than 3 hours of video instruction, 21 quizzes, and 2 puzzles. Bird enthusiasts of all levels will benefit from the expert ID tips throughout. You can choose to earn a digital badge and a printable certificate by passing the final exam.

This course is designed to work on all of the major modern web browsers (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Safari, and Firefox) as well as mobile devices including smartphones and tablets.