Spring field ornithology course

Register now for the annual Spring Field Ornithology course offered by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

 The eight-week course will be held March 29 through May 21, and includes evening lectures at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and weekend field trips to regional birding hotspots. You can choose one or both kinds of activities.

The course is taught by Dr. Stephen Kress, vice president for bird conservation for the National Audubon Society. 

“Our resident birds are already tuning up for the spring nesting season and its almost time to greet the spring migrants,” says Kress. “Make this the year to discover new birding places and new friends with a passion for birds and bird conservation.”

Those participating in person can choose either lectures or Saturday or Sunday field trips to regional birding hotspots, such as Braddock Bay, Derby Hill and Arnot Forest, or both lectures and weekend field trips. Students are grouped with others of the same skill level on these field trips. The cost of the course for those who can attend in person is $200 for the lectures, $240 for the Saturday or Sunday field trips, or $420 for both lectures and weekend field trips. Cornell Lab of Ornithology members receive a discount.

There are also two optional overnight trips to Montezuma National Wild Refuge, and Cape May, New Jersey.

 To learn more about the lectures, weekend day field trips and overnight field trips, see birds.cornell.edu/sfo.

For those not in Central New York or the Southern Tier, an online component will run concurrently (lectures only), with each lecture available to online participants the following day. The online lectures will be hosted on the Cornell Lab’s Bird Academy website.

Purchase of the in-person lecture series includes the online materials. If you miss a lecture you will be able to catch up at your convenience. The 2017 Spring Field Ornithology course receives support from Wild Birds Unlimited at Sapsucker Woods and The Plantsmen Nursery.


Register at sfoclass@cornell.edu or for more information, contact Marc Devokaitis, 607-254-2165.