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Bird Watching 101: Food, Feeders and Behavior

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Who do you think benefits the most from feeding and observing wild birds - the birds or us?  People of all ages, from all walks of life, study birds with interests that range from occasional pleasure viewing to an outright passion resulting in lengthy trips and major investments.  But one thing all bird watchers share is the excitement generated when a particular bird of interest or rarity is spotted -- similar to the thrill of the hunt, it satisfies our need to discover. Unlike traditional hunting, however, bird watching is about admiring the beauty of the birds in their natural habitats

Bird watching is such an exciting world to explore.  Amazing birds can even be found in your own backyard! There is a great deal of joy derived from an afternoon spent watching these beautiful creatures. Many families participate in bird watching across generations, with grandparents and grandchildren often finding a shared interest when they are bird watching together.

This self-paced online course covers bird identification and location, feeding, types of birdhouses, equipment, emergency care and behavior and habitats. Whether you are a casual backyard bird watcher or a serious enthusiast, you'll soon discover that the more you watch birds the more you will want to learn about them.

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Lesson 1: The Joys of Bird Watching

An enjoyable and inexpensive hobby for the whole family. 117 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: American Bird Conservancy; Audubon magazine
  • Review Video: Robins: 4 eggs, 4 weeks
  • Take Poll: Bird Watching Background
  • Complete Assignment: In the beginning
  • Complete: Lesson 1: Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Where to Find the Birds

From backyards to forests, grasslands to seashores, bird watching is a fascinating activity. 21 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Live feed from Osprey Nest; PBS: The Life of Birds
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Tools for Bird Watching

From Binoculars to books, identification tools are an important part of bird watching. 17 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Feeding Your Birds

Healthy ideas to attract birds to your yard. 15 Total Points
  • Review 5 Articles: American Birding Association; How to Squirrel-Proof a Birdfeeder; Types of Bird Feeders; Wild bird care; Birds of the British Isles
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Bird Feeders and Bird Baths

The different kind of feeders and bird baths that attract birds. 20 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Bird Baths; Types of Bird Feeders
  • Review Video: Squirrel Proof
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Bird Houses

Placement and materials needed to attract a variety of birds. 18 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Adding Nesting Material to Bird Houses; Kids Crafts
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: How to Identify Birds

Markings,size,and behavior can help determine species as well as a good field guide. 16 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Bird Song Identification; What Bird
  • Take Poll: What's Your Favorite Bird Type?
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Seasonal Bird Watching

The different varieties of birds and their behavior with the changing seasons. 16 Total Points
  • Review Article: Birdlife International
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Bird Watching Emergencies

What steps to take if you find an injured or abandoned bird. 114 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Poison Control Information; Sea Bird Rescue
  • Complete Assignment: New Bird
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: More Information and Further Reading

Great books and websites that promote bird watching. 10 Total Points
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Assignment

Lesson 11: Questions and Answers

Some interesting questions and facts about birds. 135 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Attracting Birds to Your Backyard; Attracting Birds to Your Feeder; Murmation
  • Take Poll: End of Course Poll
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Complete: Final Exam
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Course Title: Bird Watching 101: Food, Feeders and Behavior
Course Number: 8900278
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 0.5 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Nancy Fillip
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Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know reasons why people watch birds.
  • Describe the best places to watch birds.
  • Know the tools used to watch birds.
  • Describe the best practices for feeding birds.
  • Describe ways to identify birds, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Student Testimonials

  • "This course was presented in a very interesting and engaging format. The instructor was informative and pleasant. I enjoyed her inclusion of photographs and quotations that pertained to backyard bird watching. I'm encouraged to continue research on my own with the links she provided." -- janet J.

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