[FULL] An Introduction to Identifying Birds by Sight and Sound: 12 Week Online & Field Course

Mixed Online/In-Person

  This program is full. Please watch for another class next year.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for absolute beginner birders with no previous birding experience, more experienced birders who want to tune up their birding skills, and anyone interested in learning more about bird ecology and the habitat needs of different bird species.

Course Format

Through a combination of online and field-based instruction you will learn the most effective tips for identifying 60 species of songbirds and songbird-like birds (e.g., woodpeckers) you are most likely to encounter in southern and central New Hampshire.

  • Weekly Online Lessons include a combination of audio and video lessons that you complete on your own schedule. Weekly lessons will introduce you to 3-6 new bird species and will require an average of 1-2 hours of time to complete each week.
  • Optional Field-Based Lessons provide you many opportunities to practice identifying birds in their habitat with an instructor who will point out specific features to look and listen for. Weekly field trips will be offered at different times of the day and days of the week in central and southern NH.

2022 Course Overview & Schedule

Course Instructor  

Matt Tarr (Extension Professor, Wildlife Specialist) with UNH Cooperative Extension will be your primary instructor for this course. Matt is a professional habitat biologist, bird researcher, and avid birder.

Course Fee & Professional Credits

  • This course is free
  • Certificates of completion will be provided at the end of each week for the total number of hours of the previous week’s online lesson, and at the end of each field trip for the total duration of the field trip.


This workshop is full. 

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