Birder's Certificate Program- Online and in the Field

Schedule:

22 classes (show schedule)
Sat, Aug 20, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Aug 21, 2022
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat, Sep 24, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Sep 25, 2022
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat, Oct 22, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Oct 23, 2022
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat, Nov 19, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Nov 20, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat, Dec 10, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Dec 11, 2022
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat, Jan 14, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Jan 15, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat, Feb 11, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Feb 12, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat, Mar 25, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Mar 26, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sat, Apr 15, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Apr 16, 2023
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat, May 20, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, May 21, 2023
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat, Jun 10, 2023
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sun, Jun 11, 2023
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Location:

online/in-person hybrid

Instructors:

David Moon - Coastal Resilience Manager, North Shore
Jon Atwood - Mass Audubon Director of Bird Conservation Research
Scott Santino - Statewide Trips, Travel and Certificate Programs Manager
Martha Gach - Education Manager and Conservation Coordinator, Broad Meadow Brook
Wayne Petersen - Director of Important Bird Areas (IBA)
Bill Gette - Former Joppa Flats Sanctuary Director
Erica Holm - Urban Ecologist

Audience:

Adult

Members:

$1800.00

Nonmembers:

$2100.00
Nonmembers can join today during checkout and take immediate advantage of member prices.

Take your birding skills to a new level! 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 to the birdwatching community. The BCP is equivalent to an undergraduate-level ornithology course.

Eleven monthly lectures and field sessions cover a wide range of subject matter, including avian systematics, biology, field identification, physiology, behavior, vocalization, ecology, and conservation. Student comprehension will be evaluated through homework assignments for each module. A twelfth module involves independent study. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of achievement and a BCP binocular harness.

Course Goals:

  • 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
  • Contribute to the conservation of birds and to the protection of the nature of Massachusetts

Lectures will be held online using Microsoft Teams. You will receive the Microsoft Teams Link to log into the program in your confirmation. An email reminder will also be sent to you 48 hours before program start.

Field sessions associated with each module will be carried out in Essex County on the Sunday morning following each lecture. Field sessions will follow the most current public health authority guidelines on social distancing and other safety measures. Please note that dates are subject to change, due to weather and other circumstances.

SCHEDULE:

August 20, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Systematics and Nomenclature with Bill Gette

August 21, 8:00 am-12:00 pm / Field Session

September 24, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Evolution and Speciation with Martha Gach

September 25, 8:00 am-12:00 pm / Field Session

October 22, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Field Identification with Wayne Petersen

October 23, 8:00 am-12:00 pm / Field Session

November 19, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Bird Conservation with Jon Atwood

November 20, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Field Session

December 10, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Anatomy and Physiology with David Moon

December 11, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Field Session

January 14, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Feeding Ecology with Erica Holm

January 15: 9:00 am-1:00 pm/ Field Session

February 11, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Feathers and Flight with Scott Santino

February 12, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Field Session

March 25, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Migration with Bill Gette

March 26, 8:00 am-12:00 pm / Field Session

April 15, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Avian Vocalization with Wayne Petersen

April 16, 8:00 am-12:00 pm / Field Session

May 20, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Breeding Behavior with Wayne Petersen

May 21, 8:00 am-12:00 pm / Field Session

June 10, 9:00 am-1:00 pm / Online Lecture: Field Ornithology with Jon Atwood

June 11, 8:00 am-12:00 pm / Field Session

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 www.massaudubon.org/birderscertificate

Instructions and Directions:

For more information or to register, contact Joppa Flats at 978-462-9998 or [email protected]

Registration is required.

Meeting Place:

online/in-person hybrid
Email [email protected] for more information.