Mass Audubon Birder’s Certificate Program at Joppa Flats

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Adult Birders

Take your birding to a higher level! Mass Audubon and Joppa Flats Education Center are proud to offer the Birder's Certificate Program as a key component in our ongoing efforts to provide the finest environmental educational programs.

This program was developed in collaboration with college faculty, experienced birders, and professional ornithologists. It's equivalent to an undergraduate-level ornithology course, with the addition of extensive field time and the opportunity for self-directed study.

Who Should Take This Course?

The audience for this program includes birders who want to go beyond simple field identification, nature enthusiasts who want to gain an in-depth knowledge of bird life, and natural history program leaders who want to gain scientific insight into their work.

Program Goals

The program's primary goals are to:

  • develop the ornithological knowledge base of birders,
  • demonstrate ways birders can contribute to the scientific study of birds,
  • encourage closer collaboration between birders and professional ornithologists,
  • develop a cadre of skilled program and trip leaders,
  • provide professional development opportunities for Mass Audubon staff, and
  • contribute to the conservation of birds and to the protection of the nature of Massachusetts.


The Birder’s Certificate Program Director is Dr. David M. Larson. The office is located in the Joppa Flats Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary in Newburyport, Massachusetts. All registration queries and applications should be directed to that office.

Class size is limited to 18 participants.

More Information

Mailing Address

Birder’s Certificate Program, c/o Joppa Flats Education Center
1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, MA 01950

Phone & Email

978-462-9998 (phone) • 978-462-4143 (fax)  • Email Us