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Learn Bird ID Basics with a Free Course

An Owl. Text: Be a Better Birder 1: Size and Shape

Begin a lifetime of learning and enjoyment of birds today!

To welcome new birders, we’d like to help you learn the basics of bird ID. That’s why we’re offering free enrollment in our beginner ID course, Be a Better Birder 1: Size and Shape, a $29 value.


Birdwatching can be as fun, rewarding, and challenging as you want it to be. This online course features interactive lessons, videos, and quizzes that you can complete at your own pace. There is no deadline to complete any Bird Academy course, so you can return to the material as often as you wish. 


Interested? To enroll, apply the following coupon code during cart checkout: 




Here's how:

1. Head to the Be a Better Birder 1: Size and Shape course page. 

2. Add the course to the cart by clicking the "Enroll Now" button.

3. Enter the coupon code NewBirder22

 and click 'Apply Coupon.'

4. Click 'Proceed to Checkout.' The total in the 'Cart Totals' box will now be $0.00.

5. To check out, you'll need a free Cornell Lab account. If you don't already have one, you'll be guided through the process.

Screenshot of a Bird Academy checkout page. Don't forget to Apply Coupon!


Feel free to share this coupon with friends—just send them the link to this page. 

We hope you enjoy your free course.


—The Bird Academy Team


What is Bird Academy?

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Bird Academy supports birders, nature enthusiasts, and students of ornithology from all over the world. Take advantage of exclusive learning tools and friendly video tutorials created by experts and made to be fun. Bird Academy courses are online, self-paced, and there is no deadline to complete them. You can return to them for reference or practice as often as you want. All course material, practice tools, instructional videos, and quizzes are available through your web browser. 

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