Birder's Certificate Program

Sponsored by Joppa Flats


10 classes (show schedule)
Sat, Aug 17, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Sep 14, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Oct 19, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Nov 16, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Dec 14, 2019
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Jan 11, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Feb 08, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, Apr 11, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat, May 09, 2020
9:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sat, Jun 20, 2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Joppa Flats Education Center, Newburyport MA


Bill Gette - Joppa Flats Founding Director; David Larson - Joppa Flats Science and Education Coordinator; Scott Santino - Teacher-Naturalist, Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary; Wayne Petersen - Director, Important Bird Areas program; David Moon - Joppa Flats Sanctuary Director; Jon Atwood - Mass Audubon Director of Bird Conservation






Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

The Birder's Certificate Program (BCP), offered annually by Mass Audubon since 2004, is a key component in our ongoing efforts to provide the finest educational programs that inform and excite the public about the nature of Massachusetts.

Mass Audubon staff developed the certificate program in collaboration with college faculty, experienced birders, and professional ornithologists. The program is equivalent to an undergraduate-level ornithology course, with the addition of extensive field time and the opportunity for self-directed study.
The program covers a wide range of subject matter, including avian systematics, biology, physiology, behavior, ecology, biogeography, and conservation. Eleven modules will combine classroom and field experience, and student comprehension will be evaluated through homework assignments. A twelfth module involves independent study. The program can be completed within one calendar year. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of achievement and a BCP binoculars harness.


2019/2020 SCHEDULE:

8/17/19 Systematics with Bill Gette
9/14/19 Evolution and Speciation with David Moon
10/19/19 Field Identification with Wayne Petersen
11/16/19 Anatomy and Physiology with Dave Larson
12/14/19 Bird Conservation with Jon Atwood
1/11/20 Feathers and Flight with Scott Santino
2/15/20 Feeding Ecology with Dave Larson
3/14/20 Migration with Bill Gette - CANCELLED
4/11/20 Avian Vocalization with Wayne Petersen
5/2/20 Breeding Behavior with Wayne Petersen
6/20/20 Field Ornithology with Jon Atwood
Please note that dates are subject to change. Cancellation policy: If you decide to drop the course, we will issue a refund, prorated by your participation in modules, and subject to a $100 administrative fee. For more information, please go to

Instructions and Directions:

Meet at Joppa Flats Education Center.

Registration is required.
Register by mail: program registration form (PDF 66K)
For your own security, DO NOT send credit card information via email.

For more information, contact:

1 Plum Island Turnpike
Newburyport, MA 01950